The first of the second season of Fourth Doctor audio stories from Big Finish, this very strongly 'P.G. Woodhouse'-spired two-parter sees Doctor #4 and Romana #1 enjoying a break from their travels as the supposed lord and lady manor of an English Manor in the early 20th century. However, the peace doesn't last long, as soon Romana becomes involved with a strange young man, Reggie, and the machinations of his rather strange 'Auntie'.
The cast here, as well as being the usual BF top job, are all having a a ball with the material. Baker and Tamm are pitch perfect in recapturing their younger selves, have a more bickery relationship as opposed to the more equal partnership during the Lalla Ward days. He is wonderfully ebulliant while she is terrifically bossy and direct, and it's a joy. The rest of the cast is small but equally as fun, with special props to Julia McKenzie as the enjoyably diabolical 'Aunt', who feels like she popped right out of the Douglas Adams era, and is clearly having a riot as the villain.
BF's technical work is once again top notch, though much simpler as it's primarily the sounds of the country and old motorcars, but the real prize here is the script. John Morris continues to impress me as a Who writer, this time displaying himself as a very able comedy writer. It's often really, really funny and witty, and anyone who is a fan of the Adams era, or the likes of Woodhouse and Blackadder, will instantly be at home here with its humorous jab at the archetypical crust of historical English society and the upper class. And mix the abundant wit with the brisk pacing of a two-parter, and you have a short, sweet and loveable good time here.
As for the package itself, the story is on a single disc, and ends with a making of/interviews with some of the crew and cast, including the late but rather lively and clearly happy Tamm. To close off, 'Auntie Matter' is a real corker of a Who story, and well worth the purchase. Clever, amusing and brisk, it is everything you would want in such a period-flavoured piece and then some.
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