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Hornets' Nest - Volume 1: The Stuff of Nightmares

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/9/15 12:54 pm
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Former Captain Mike Yates responds to an ad that was tailor made for him and finds the Doctor (the Fourth One) is behind it. He finds the Doctor needs his help to fight off Intelligent hornets with designs on world conquests who came to the Doctor's attention by slaughtering minor British officials with stuffed animals. (Because after all, what Intelligent Alien doesn't begin their conquest by killing random British people.)

The Doctor tells Mike how he became involved in this affair that began with a meek man refurbishing stuffed animals that were being thrown away by museums. The audio had some good research and thoughts on this whole stuffed animal thing.

The story was not a traditional full cast audio drama, but a somewhat "enhanced" talking book similar to Big Finish's Companion Chronicles with the Doctor telling the story to Yates except there are a few more actors in support of Baker but less sound effects than Big Finish springs for. Tom Baker has a great reading voice that makes the story enjoyable, even though it's really hard to imagine his Doctor doing this (particularly the buying a house in a small village in Sussex.)

My big complaint is that the structure is somewhat awkward. Because it all past-focused, Yates is even less use than the typical companion as he's basically there to ask the Doctor, "And then what happened next?" Still, it's an okay if not spectacular start to the arc.
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Reviewed By: GcookscotlandReview Date: 10/3/13 10:44 am
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Mike Yates arrives at a house called The Nest where he teams up with the Doctor. The narration switches back and fourth between Mike and the Doctor and is well told. The story tells of stuffed animals and birds coming to life to kill. The story is well told but is a bit on the boring side.
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Reviewed By: PaulaPenguinReview Date: 7/11/13 9:23 am
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The Stuff of Nightmares turns out to be rather an uneven start for the Hornets' Nest series. The beginning is a bit slow and it takes a while for things to actually get going. But then when events do start to unfold it all goes a little over the top, both in terms of plot development as well as performances. It's still quite enjoyable to listen to, but somehow the balance seems a bit off at times.
The format for this first series of BBC Fourth Doctor stories is a mixture between audiobook-type narration and dialogue scenes. Personally I don't have a problem with non-full-cast releases - as long as they are well done, I find straight forward book readings or the Companion Chronicles style just as enjoyable as full-cast audio drama. Unfortunately, in this case the format mix doesn't quite come off. The dialogue elements sometimes feel intrusive or random, breaking the flow of the story. And a couple of times I didn't quite catch the change from conversation to narration, which again took me right out of the drama.
Overall it's an okay release. The premise for the Hornets' Nest series probably isn't one of my all time favourites, but I found it intriguing enough to continue with the story arc.
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Reviewed By: bladerunner13Review Date: 7/22/11 4:17 pm
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The series starts a little slow, but by the end of this first episode Tom Baker is back in all his glory as THE DOCTOR!!!