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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.