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Aunts and aliens,
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This review is from: The Auntie Matter (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
First in the latest series of Doctor Who audio stories to feature Tom Baker as the Doctor. Also featuring Mary Tamm as his companion, the first Romana.
The story is complete and self contained in two episodes that run for thirty minutes each [approx] and is presented on one cd.
It requires no knowledge of any previous audios in order to listen to it. There are continuity references which establish where it is set in relation to this TARDIS crew's tv stories. And where K9 is. But anyone listening to this will doubtless understand those anyway, so casual listeners can get into it with absolutely no problems.
The story is set in 1920's Britain. It sees the Doctor and Romana staying in London as the Lord and Lady of a townhouse.
Meanwhile, upper class twit Reggie is taking his latest girlfriend to meet his aunt at their country estate.
When Romana attempting to sample the human lifestyle, the Doctor detecting alien technology, and Reggie's desire to find a soulmate all collide, lives will never be the same again...
This is unashamedly a Doctor Who story that is also a pastiche of the works of PG Wodehouse. And it's quite delightfully done. The opening does recapture the Wodehouse style perfectly. Which makes the switch over to science fiction elements all the more surprising.
Tom Baker responds to the demands of the script brilliantly and clearly has a lot of fun with it. Mary Tamm recreates her Romana - smart and alien with little life experience outside of her homeworld - impeccably also. Plus the supporting cast are also quite brilliant. With aunts and twits and servants and young ladies that could have come straight out of Jeeves and Wooster.
With a few slight science fictional twists.
The plot does contain familiar elements and isn't desperately original when you get down to it, but the style that surrounds it and the wonderful characterisation and interplay means that doesn't really matter. Each episode passes very pleasantly as you listen.
A pefect way to open a season of these, and a wonderful and highly recommended listen.
There's a trailer for the next in this season on the track after the end of episode two.
Plus just under fourteen minutes of interviews with cast and crew on the two tracks after that. These deal with the fact that Mary Tamm passed away a few months after recording in an understated and very touching manner, and simply have to be listened to as a result.
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Initial post: 15 Mar 2014 16:55:48 GMT
Timelord - 007 says:
Good review as ever Paul.
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