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5.5 - Gallery of Ghouls

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 2/6/19 2:28 am
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Gallery of Ghouls is a bit of a tossed salad of recycled ideas. Nothing is entirely reused from another story but bits and pieces are in play that we've seen before only with a different angle. We have a visit to a wax works with animated wax dummies controlled by an alien. Spearhead From Space? But the wax creatures are mechanical, not living! And they can reshape their faces to impersonate or infiltrate... Android Invasion? Ah, but did I mention the doppelgangers of Marie Antoinette and Robespierre? Now chop all that up and toss lightly to coat in some Tom Baker humor and you're all set. If that sounds appetizing to you you'll probably enjoy this story. It's really not bad and can hit the spot if you're in the right mood. Me, I found it a little light and prefer something with a little more meat to it.
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 1/25/19 9:58 pm
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Ever want to hear "Doctor Who" do "House of Wax" but with a sci-fi edge? That combination is essentially the premise of "Gallery of Ghouls" that sees the Fourth Doctor and Romana become involved in a waxwork rivalry that turns into a story of aliens looking to return home. The script by Alan Barnes is a bit of a mishmash of dark horror and silly humor and while it doesn't quite succeed at what it's trying to do, you certainly can't fault it for trying as hard as it does. It does have problems in tone and atmosphere and many of the side characters are either completely unlikable or too difficult to understand. It also suffers in a surprising way from the era of Doctor Who it's set in in that one of the main mechanics driving the TARDIS team ends up hurting the story more than helping it. But Tom Baker and Lalla Ward are both fantastic with multiple moments with them making me chuckle out loud, the inventiveness of what's going on is certainly interesting, and it actually ends in a happy ending for almost everyone involved in the plot which doesn't happen as much as you'd think. Is this a story you are going to come back to again? Probably not. It's a little bit too obvious with its plot points in places and the jokes don't land as often as they should. But as a good adventure for Four and Romana that revels in its ideas, "Gallery of Ghouls" does the job fine. It's not gigantic, trend-setting, or anything like that but it's a lot of fun and a neat little way to kill some good listening time with a great TARDIS team.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 7/29/16 11:50 am
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The Fourth Doctor and Romana land thirteen years too early for an exposition and end up going to a wax museum where the Doctor is accused of stealing a sculpture of the head of Marie Antoinette. But something far more sinister is afoot.

Overall, this is a bit of a mixed story. There was some genuinely funny moments mixed with some where the jokes felt very strained. At the same time, there are many plot points where the contrivances are just a bit too obvious. Still, a fair entry in the Fourth Doctor Adventures even if it's the weakest of the current series.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 6/10/16 8:08 am
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The 58th most favourite thing for the 4th Doctor is a Waxworks, well according to the dulcet tones of Tom Baker, playing the 4th Doctor in this instalment. We have the Doctor and Romana (Lalla incarnation) in this outing of the fourth Timelords's adventures. The Doctor lands on the south coast. Knowing the Doctor, I would imagine somewhere near Brighton, as this seems to be the norm for him. Now anything with Tom in and also Lalla is a hit with me. The story in this is not a heavy one, no, deep concentration required, but it is a wonderful way to pass a couple of hours with the extras that Big Finish always drop on the end of the production, and are always welcome as they add a that little bit more to the release. The story itself, it isn't going to win a Pulitzer, but it will entertain. The story is the standard fodder. With the Doctor and Lalla, going to visit a Waxwork, where there is a matriarchal woman, lording it over her male "go-fer" her "Nonie", who is ceaselessly trying to create a historically accurate portrayal of various more unpleasant eras within history. The Doctor is never for one for letting the inaccurate bother his OCD tendencies is caught by the owner of the Waxworks, telling the assembled masses what really happened at the beheading of Marie Antoinette, at the same time as a member of the audience steals off with the wax head. Madame Tissot who owns the waxworks, is not happy to say the least at both the meddling and the loss of one of her exhibits, and despatches her "Nonie" to go after the perpetrator. Lalla who is hot pursuit of the individual who has somehow impaled himself on the gates trying to escape from the museum. With Nonie causing a distraction and Lalla trying to implore the man not to try and escape for fear of further injury, the perpetrator escapes, but with what appears no injury at all in the confusion. The perpetrator however, isn't human, and so we start our adventure with the Doctor in hot pursuit of what really is going on, and, also to re-establish his 58th favourite thing of all time, a good Waxworks museum.

As I referred to earlier this is not one of those heavy in-depth stories that requires almost 100% attention on the part of the listener, but for that it actually as the ability to giving you a warm glow, a feel of nostalgic pleasure, of the era when things probably for a lot of us were not as stressful and our main worries where not missing the next episode on Saturday tea time, or if we had enough money to buy some penny sweets on the way home from school. Or maybe even enough for a packet of KP Snaps. For that and that whiff of my youth, the ease in the story telling, the wonderful way that a picture has been painted and for an hour's worth of not having to worry about the woes of a middle-aged man. Then this is a winner. My one minor criticism is Big Finish ought really I think be pushing Tom and co. to make perhaps more complex work. We will see.