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90. Year of the Pig

Synopsis
Ostend, 1913. War is coming. A war in which millions will die. And the guest in suite 139 of the Hotel Palace Thermae knows it. Which is odd, considering he has trotters,
a snout and a lovely curly tail.

Toby the Sapient Pig is a swine on the run. Two peculiar strangers have been hunting him across Europe. The first, Miss Alice Bultitude, is an Englishwoman and collector of obscure theatrical ephemera. The second, Inspector Alphonse Chardalot, is a celebrated member of the detective police - the man who brought the trunk murderess of St Germain to justice.

This was supposed to be a reading week for the Doctor and Peri. Now they must do battle with a villain who wants to wipe every last human from the face of the earth - once he's had just another dish of truffles. And maybe a valedictory glass of fizzy lemonade.
Starring
Colin Baker (The Doctor); Nicola Bryant (Peri); Adjoa Andoh (Nurse Albertine); Paul Brooke (Toby the Sapient Pig); Michael Keating (Inspector Chardalot); Maureen O'Brien (Miss Alice Bultitude)
Written By
Directed By
Gary Russell

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Review By EscapeSwitch
Rated 10/10 on 11/24/10 11:24 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
"Year Of The Pig" manages to be acutely interesting in spite of the slightness of the plot. The dialogue is sparkling and lively, the performances are all top notch, and the sound design is great. Matthew Sweet's writing is imaginative and intelligent, and I'd like to hear some more of it very soon please!
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Review By jhuxford
Rated 10/10 on 8/18/10 5:33 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Weird and wonderful! An unabashedly DIFFERENT take on Doctor Who, lavishly sophisticated (and playing some cheeky mind games with Proust.)

It will never be everyone's cup of tea - but I adore it!
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Review By templetongate
Rated 10/10 on 8/18/10 5:33 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Hated this the first time; adored it the second. Really. Stop the clocks, cut off the phone, shoot the dog. This one takes concentration and more effort than most releases, but the rewards are fab! It's a fascinating, genteel world of weirdness that is evoked here; but it's a clever one and you'll love it.
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Review By jolyon
Rated 8/10 on 3/14/13 3:41 am
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
A great cast having fun with material that isn't quite conventional Doctor Who. It is long and slow, but the characters created are lovely to listen to and the plot, for what plot there is, has a sense of comfortable sadness that is so gentle, you wouldn't believe it a Colin Baker play at all. The supporting cast are wonderful.