A Cromer girl in Paris,
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This review is from: Doctor Who Demon Quest 2: The Demon Of Paris (Audio CD)
Following on from Doctor Who: Demon Quest: Relics of Time v. 1 here's the second - of five - in the latest series of Doctor Who audios from the BBC featuring Tom Baker back in the role.
This series sees the Doctor and his housekeeper Mrs. Wibbsey on the trail of a mysterious foe who has vital components of the TARDIS in their possession and who wants the Doctor for something.
This episode runs for one hour and ten minutes approx and is complete on single cd. It's one long episode and the only breaks are the cd chapters.
The inlay has minimal sleeve notes giving cast and crew details and details of other bbc audio Doctor Who products, plus a couple of rather clever mock ups of something from the episode and a radio times listing for it.
It begins with a reprise of the story so far so new listeners may be able to get into it without having heard relics of time.
And it sees the Doctor and Mrs. Wibbsey in paris in the 1890's on the trail of their foe. Meeting Toulouse Lautrec and investigating some grisly murders....
Following on from the format of relics of time this is mostly audio drama with some narration. But whereas that was narrated by the Doctor this is narrated by Mrs. Wibbsey. Which works ever so well. The narration gives some real depth to her character and Susan Jameson turns in a superb performance reading it.
The atmosphere of Paris of the time is also very nicely created thanks to judicious use of sound effects and background music.
It's not quite a five star story though because at heart it's a rather slender plot and whilst the atmosphere sustains it for the first thirty minutes that does drop off a bit afterwards. It is also rather dark and gruesome but that does fit the era of the show in which it is set.
But in trying to do a standalone story whilst advancing the ongoing storyline this does work much better than relics of time did. So it's a worthwhile and enjoyable listen all in all.
The story continues in Doctor Who: Demon Quest: Shard of Ice v. 3: A Shard of Ice