BBC Audio released Oct 8 Available on CD [RRP £6.25] & Download [RRP £4.95]Tom Baker
is back, but I'm not sure who
he's playing. Is
he The Fourth Doctor
or is he simply
There are a number of time during the second part of the Hornet's Nest
series that one wonders just what Graham Williams
had to put up with back in that
fateful season when the expression The Tom Baker Show
was coined. Tommy B
gets away with an awful
lot here. An awful lot.
His voice is definitely The Doctor
but his mannerisms are certainly focused on his more recent outings such as Little Britain
and Have I Got News For You?
- his regaling of stories in The Dead Shoes
sounds like Baker, not
our favourite Time Lord. Tom's reading of the line "now please, your stockings" was reminiscent of the time he held the Key to Time
and his description of a choc ice dribbling felt it should have been accompanied by David Walliams
in a nighty...
But, having said that, Hornet's Nest: The Dead Shoes
is a mighty fine audio and keeps the listener enthralled throughout. Mike Yates
is pretty much absent as The Doctor takes a trip down memory lane (but keen to avoid any repetition of over familiar tales) which scares and laughs in less than equal measure. The "empty faces" mentioned evoked the Ugly~Wugglies
in the BBC's superb adaptation of The Enchanted Castle
but that's really it for the 'scares' department.
Traditionalists may wonder what's going on but I encourage you to purchase purely for the joy of hearing Tom Baker do what he does best, be himself - "it's more effective than a label named drink me", classic!
BLOGTOR RATING: 8/10
Thanks to BBC Audio
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