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2.1 - The Auntie Matter

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 10/30/18 11:21 pm
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A wryly written bit of dark comedy. Tom Baker wears the role of the Fourth Doctor comfortably here and clearly has fun with the script. The plot never overreaches or takes itself too seriously and fits neatly into the hour format.
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Reviewed By: MegaplumfinityReview Date: 3/4/18 3:07 pm
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Doctor Who does P.G. Wodehouse. The results are charming and amusing although never quite manage to raise a laugh. The farce-like structure is fun though with both the Doctor and Romana facing off against the villain without ever crossing paths. Fantastic cover too.
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Reviewed By: civi68Review Date: 10/2/17 10:44 pm
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This is one of my favorite BF stories. It has a lot of humor but also a serious side. All of the characters are memorable and remind me of characters Robert Holmes created. The robot butlers add a nice touch of menace and humor. Mary Tamm gives a good performance of playing off with Tom and with her suitor in the story.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 11/9/15 3:03 pm
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Jonathan Morris gives a very macabre comedy script in The Auntie Matter. The plot involves the Doctor and Romana having an adventure on a 1920s country estate where an alien Aunt is trying to take over the bodies of young girls to survive. There's an android butler and gamekeeper and an imbecile for Lord of the Manor in this two part romp. The best bits of the script are those that emulate the writing of Douglas Adams who is someone to emulate if you want a science fiction comedy.

The best bits of the story are whenever Tom Baker gets to interact with his maid Mabel as he treats her like your standard companion, only there to ask questions and not to take part in the actions. Her fate is fitting at the end of the story as she hooks up with Romana's companion, Reggie, the imbecile Lord of the Manor. Reggie has the task of always finding a wife and decides to pick Romana because she seems smart. It's really ironic that Romana would believe Reggie was anything more than an idiot. The titular Auntie is our villain and is masterfully played by Julia McKenzie. McKenzie plays her almost like the Rani and there is one really funny reference to Time and the Rani near the middle of the story.

Mary Tamm is great as Romana as she gets to be the Doctor leading up to her second incarnation where she would become a mini version of the Doctor. Her final scenes with the Doctor are great as the story ends on an extremely funny joke. I also have to say that I loved the tribute to her at the end of the story as it felt very genuine with Tom Baker nearly in tears over the loss of another friend. This is definitely not a story to miss as it gives some really dark material with a great villain.