Doctor Who

  • by Paul Magrs
  • Narrated by Tom Baker, Richard Franklin, Susan Jameson, Daniel Hill
  • 1 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Tom Baker reprises the role of the Fourth Doctor in the first of five thrilling, brand-new audio adventures, with Richard Franklin as Mike Yates. 'Wanted: retired army Captain for light household duties and fireside companionship. Must tolerate mild eccentricity and strong scientific advice. Knowledge of Giant Maggots, Super Intelligent Spiders and Prehistoric Monsters a positive boon.' Responding to an advert apparently worded for him alone, Captain Mike Yates (retired) is reunited with a ghost from the past. But why has the Doctor, that mysterious traveller in Time and Space, sent for his former UNIT acquaintance? Trapped by a horde of vicious creatures in an apparently innocuous English country cottage, the two old friends are on the brink of an enormous adventure.As the Doctor relates his recent escapades, it becomes clear to Mike that they - and the Earth at large - are facing an enemy of unimaginable power and horrific intent. The nightmare is only just beginning.... With Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey and Daniel Hill as Percy Noggins.

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Charming? Yes. Doctor Who? Maybe.

Tom Baker's [Fourth] Doctor was a master of quick, quirky quips and turn-on-a-dime reaction. With a booming voice, instantly recognizable scarf, and a series of memorable facial expressions: he still is /the/ Doctor for many fans of the long running series. While all the other living Doctors from the original series have showed up in third party materials, especially the Big Finish radio productions, Baker has tended to stay aloof from the role, excepting bits here or there, since he departed in 1981. Getting any bit of Whoniverse with Tom Baker in it is a delight: Hornet's Nest was absolutely a must buy.

It IS charming and interesting. Baker's voice is magnificent. Franklin, returning as once-Captain Yates, is spot on. The foley effects and soundtrack are all top notch. The story, too, is appropriately weird and spooky and ends only after hooking you in for more (parts 2-5 of Hornet's Nest). It is just not quite Doctor Who.

The presentation has a lot to do with this. It is not an audiobook, nor is it exactly full cast. Somewhere in between. Most of the 72 minutes is taken up by either the Doctor or Yates retelling what happened to them, with a second voice or so added in during key dialogues. While I will never criticize Baker's speaking voice, it does break the weird, sporadic quirk that was a staple of his version of the Doctor. Only in one or two short spots does the cadence we are used to seep out.

The Tardis is mostly mentioned, not used (short time jumps, apparently, took place). The rest of it surrounds 7th-9th season [Third Doctor] like storyline of him being in one place for some time. It even has an [ex-]UNIT member.

Still, I chuckled at the explanation of why the Fourth Doctor got captured so often (the best way to see inside the secret fortress) and I'll have to hear more: give it time to bring out the Tardis and more "Who"-esque stories. Just, fans, be aware that it is Baker, but not quite as you remember.
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- W. Doug Bolden "book addicted librarian"

Tom Baker is wasted on such a mediocre story

Tom Baker, the fourth doctor, who is an excellent reader, deserves some great writing! Something of the calibur of what the current tv series provides to us. As thrilled as we all are to hear Tom Baker, back and reading once again as The Doctor, the material that Mr. Baker has been provided with to read to us is beyond retarded. Please god, some good author, write something and send it to Mr. Baker to consider reading. Unfortunately, we don't have Douglas Adams anymore. How about Neil Gaiman?

Also the whole scum bag money sucking approach by Audible regarding this series is shameful. (They release the story an hour at a time and have the gall to charge for each hour).
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- Chuck

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2009
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited