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51. The Wormery

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Reviewed By: the13thdrReview Date: 2/18/18 4:46 pm
0 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Let me get this out of the way. The Wormery is terrible. This story has nothing good about it and I found myself just bemused at how bad it was. Following on from a complex and imaginative Zagreus release we somehow are left with a story that just bumbles through four episodes.

This story sees the return of Iris Wildthyme which wasn’t a massive reason to cheer. Its great that we get to hear Katy Manning on a Doctor Who release but surely something that a bit more suitable. Having a drunk Iris was fun awhile then you start wishing that she would sober up then she would be a good companion for the Doctor. Also the Tequila Worms as interesting as they might be they were just your typical alien menace. Nothing spectacular.
The story isn’t without its good points. The setting of a 1930’s club was interesting and the way that Mickey was telling the story and more over I found her voice almost mesmoring. Jane MacFarlane could read the phone book like this and it would be an interesting four parter. Returning to Katy Manning I thought that she was better in this then in the Excelis story and I also found that she worked better with Colin Baker than she did with Peter Davison. Baker’s Doctor’s reaction when he saw Iris was quite funny and helped add a bit of humour to proceedings.

If you want to say that you have listen to every Big Finish play then listen to The Wormery. However I would stay away from this. It’s a shame that I write this about a Sixth Doctor story but the sooner he gets back with Evelyn or Peri or Mel the better.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 7/10/17 5:40 pm
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At the time of writing, I haven't heard any of Iris's solo stories. I have only dim memories of the BBC "Doctor Who" novels she appeared in. In fact, this story was my first introduction to Katy Manning's Iris Wildthyme. Since then, I've gone back and heard "Excelis Dawns" and "The Plague Herds of Excelis", plus the Companion Chronicles "Find and Replace" and "The Elixir of Doom". I cannot imagine a story more suited to Iris than this. It was made for her, in more ways than one.

I mean...., two antagonistic factions of intelligent Tequila worms, which you can only communicate with by getting drunk? A story that takes place in a cozy little night club, where Iris gets to strut her stuff on stage as the new chanteuse? This material is perfect for Iris, and she takes right to it.

The first time I listened to it, I wasn't an Iris fan. As I said, I only dimly remember those old BBC books, but I dimly remember not thinking much of Iris at all. I went into this story expecting not to like it, only to be pleasantly surprised. You don't have to love Iris to love "The Wormery" (but it does help). It's an outstanding story. It's got a framing device that actually works (although I'm not at all sure why "Mr. Ashcroft" is so interested in Mickey's old tapes. It doesn't pull focus away from the main story (see "The Pirates" and "Master"), but enhances the main story by giving the audience a particular point-of-view. It allows Mickey to serve as a kind of narrator, which is a convenient way of handling some of the exposition.

But then there's the story itself. The reveal that Bianca's is not really in 1930s Berlin, the reveal of its true nature, and the ultimate reveal of Bianca's true identity, are all wonderfully handled. The story is also very funny, but it's the best kind of comedy, where the jokes never undermine the characters or the seriousness of what's at stake.

But mainly, it's a refreshingly entertaining palate-cleanser following that four-hour nightmare, "Zagreus".

"Iris, you're drunk."
"Of course I'm drunk! I'm always drunk!"
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/18/15 7:58 pm
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The Wormery finds a companionless Sixth Doctor arriving at a cabaraet on a Nexus. However, this isn't any normal cabaret. It's one bar but with many entrances across the universe. It's a place of shadows and worms. And it's there the Sixth Doctor meets Iris Wildthyme who says she's on a mission, a mission she hears instructions by being get drunk.

This has all the hallmarks of a good Paul Magrs story. The writing seemlessly mixes comedic moments with high concept Science Fiction. The chemistry between Colin Baker and Katy Manning is superb, and the plot is interesting and multi-faceted with a good solution. The story is set shortly after Trial of the Time Lord and there is one element that can seem a little derivative, but the Doctor's reaction to it is priceless and pushes that thought inside including the immortal line, "‘Who ever heard of a diabolical denouement taking place in a patisserie!’"

The Soundscape is wonderful as you really can hear the atmosphere of Bianca's. It comes to life. Overall, this story was a treat to listen to.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 8/26/14 5:10 pm
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Ok the adventure as Iris Wildthyme in here for good measure. This for me was my first encounter of the character, so I think it will take a while for me to get used the character, and will probably have to reference some of the material that has been put out with the character herself before it gels. The story itself is quite a nice little distraction. Colin produces a confident performance as ever as the 6th Dr in the guise of needing a little R&R and ending up in a night club which he thinks is in Berlin. That said obviously it isn't. The night club that the Dr frequents is Bianca and there is something more in the air than smoke that is causing problems. There is also a more malevolent plan afoot to take over the universe. We also encounter a bizarre emotional state for the Dr that of love. All in all a very strange journey is wove with this tale. In saying that, this is bread and butter Dr Who main range offering. It is high quality at the end of the day when all said and done, and in my opinion the tenure of Big Finish producing and releasing these Dr Who adventure exceeds by far what the BBC where capable of doing, but that is my opinion.

Good enjoyable, well written and well acted drama.