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4.0 out of 5 stars The boy in the paper mask, 13 Nov. 2011
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This review is from: Doctor Who Serpent Crest 2: The Broken Crown (Audio CD)
Second in the latest series of audios from the bbc that Tom Baker as Doctor Who. As with the first in this batch it runs for one hour - give or take a few seconds - and is one long episode, the only breaks being the usual cd chapter ones.

There's a short reprise of what happened in part one right at the start [although you're probably better off listening to that than using this as a jumping on point] and minimal sleeve notes give the usual cast and copyright details and present a reproduction of an item that does turn out to have some bearing on the story.

This one is again full cast audio drama - although with a couple of bits of narration - and it picks up from where part one left off, with the Doctor and Mrs. Wibbsey finding themselves back in Hexford village where they came from. Albeit over a century too early.

People are going missing from the village. And the local Reverend has a young ward called Andrew. Who wears a paper mask to hide his face. His tutor is someone whom Mrs. Wibbsey recognises.

And local children have found something strange and wonderful in the bushes.

What is the secret of the boy in the paper mask?

This would probably benefit from being a two parter because it does take a while to get going and it could probably do with a cliffhanger in the middle to heighten the drama. Because whilst it does create the atmosphere and people of a quiet 19th century village rather well, there's little sense of menace or drama in the first half hour. All the cast are pretty good though and do have their moments.

Things do pick up come the second half when revelation and exposition aplenty reveals what's going on. But this does turn out to be just a chapter in the bigger story, rather than anything that stands on it's own.

It uses the audio medium well, with a few scenes that really look good in the imagination, and it ends on a cliffhanger which leads straight into episode three.

Thus it's not the greatest Doctor Who audio ever, but it's still a decent enough listen if you stick with it.
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