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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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OK, so first of all this is a great audio book and as a big doctor who fan (I have watched every episode, including the classic series and the new series) I definitely recommend buying it.Don't listen to the people that say it's not like doctor who because the whole idea of tom baker living in a cottage was tom bakers idea to get back in to doctor who because he had not wanted to have anything to do with doctor who and this was his way to ease back into the series. And tom baker has said that he really liked the script. So while other reviewers may have different opinion, I really liked it and I hope if you buy it you enjoy it as much as I did.
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I loved Tom Baker in Dr Who- now he's back!! Great cast and I loved Percy Noggins!!
Baker is phenominal, A fantastic command of the english language, an exciting delivery Tom has a supreme confidence, one of the greatest voices of the last century, totally imersing.
Baker could make an inflight Safety Manual sound exciting to a pilot.
The story is pretty good too, Spine chilling, uncomfortable, creepy and disturbing, comedic, it flows like Sherlock Homles story, perfectly paced.
It leaves me rather irritated to think that Tom Baker hasn't been churning these audio books out by the dozen.
If you think that Jonathan Ross costs 13 million a year and he can't even pronounce his R's, baker must be into 9 figures.
No sign of ring rust here Baker is the Doctor, the Doctor is Baker, he didn't go away he, owns this, in fact everything he reads.
Tom Baker would give Christoper Lee, Peneoply Keith, or Steven Fry a run for thier money any day of the week.