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This review is from: Doctor Who Hornets' Nest 1: The Stuff Of Nightmares (BBC Audio) (Audio CD)
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I suppose one of the skills in writing an episode of an interlinked cycle is to provide enough resolution for the episode to stand alone whilst leaving the listener in a state of eager anticipation of the next episode. The weakness of this story is shown by the fact that that I was left unsatisfied by the tale's conclusion and at the same time in two minds about listening to part two.
The story opens promisingly with Mike Yates being lured to Nest cottage by a strange advertisement, but Mike's role in the story thereafter is disappointingly minimal. The tale of stuffed animals coming to life is narrated by Tom Baker in grand style with occasional dramatised moments, but even Baker can't evoke the sort of atmosphere needed to carry this stuff off.
The writer seems occasionally to forget that the Doctor is talking to Mike Yates, rather than narrating a novelisation. Also both characters appear at moments considerably slower than I remember.
Having said that the cd frittered away an hour or so in a mildly pleasurable fashion.