Paul Magrs – Doctor Who: The Nest Cottage Chronicles

Tom Baker stars as the Fourth Doctor in 15 full-cast audio dramas written by Paul Magrs, plus bonus features exclusive to this edition.

Hornets Nest: when former UNIT captain Mike Yates is reunited with a ghost from the past, he and the Doctor are soon united in battle once more, against alien insects intent on global domination.

Demon Quest: a key component from the TARDIS disappears, exchanged for a bag containing four curious objects. Each one is a clue, and so the Doctor and Mrs Wibbsey embark on a chase through Time….

Serpent Crest: the Doctor acquires a Skishtari egg, whose powers are both wondrous and deadly. When the village of Hexford comes under attack, Mrs Wibbsey and Mike discover that two Doctors arent necessarily better than one….

With Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey and Richard Franklin as Mike Yates, these thrilling adventures also feature Michael Maloney, Rula Lenska, Samuel West, Jan Francis, David Troughton, Michael Jayston, Simon Shepherd, Sophie Ward, Andrew Sachs, Nerys Hughes and many others.

Also included in this edition are a previously unheard interview with Tom Baker, outtakes from the original studio sessions, promotional trailers and a PDF booklet featuring sleeve notes by writer Paul Magrs.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

Author: Paul Magrs
Narrator: Tom Baker, full cast, Richard Franklin, Susan Jameson
Duration: 17 hours 37 minutes
Released: 19 Apr 2004
Publisher: BBC Digital Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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Almost ten years ago, this was one of Tom Baker’s early “audio” returns to the character of The Fourth Doctor with what turned into a three part series – “Hornet’s Nest”, “Demon Quest”, and “Serpent Quest”. Eventually these were collected into “The Nest Cottage Chronicles” in 2015, but oddly enough this didn’t get the all important Audible Release until April 2019.

Content is about 16 hours 37 minutes with another hour of “extras”.
Basic Cast is Tom Baker (of course!) and Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey, with Richard Franklin (who played Capt. Mike Yates of U.N.I.T.) Also in the final two episodes of Serpent Quest, David Troughton plays the role of “The 2nd Doctor” which allows for a little Dueling Doctors Humor (sort of.. ..spoilers).
Downloads are One Big File (17h 37m) or Two Files broken into (14h 38m) and (2h 58m).
Also comes with a 31 page PDF document which contains scans of the CD inserts – front cover, rear, etc.
Depending on how you access the file (Mobile device, Itunes, Cloud Player) there are 25 chapters in this release:

Part I: Hornet’s Nest
Chapter 01: Stuff of Nightmares
Chapter 02: Dead Shoes
Chapter 03: Circus of Doom
Chapter 04: String in the Tale
Chapter 05: Hive of Horror

Part II: Demon Quest
Chapter 06: Relics of Time
Chapter 07: Demon of Paris
Chapter 08: Shard of Ice
Chapter 09: Starfall
Chapter 10: Sepulchre

Part III: Serpent Crest
Chapter 11: Tsar Wars
Chapter 12: Broken Crown
Chapter 13: Aladdin Time
Chapter 14: Hexford Invasion
Chapter 15: Survivors in Space

Part IV-ish: Extras/Bonus Content (one hour)
Chapters 16-25: Extras, with Chapter 24 being a twenty-two minute interview with Tom Baker.

Description? It’s Tom Baker returning to his role as The Fourth Doctor with over SIXTEEN HOURS of content. Does more need to even be said? It’s like the classic series, only what the classic series SHOULD have been. It’s entertaining, it’s fun, and overall it’s well worth the purchase. I’ve have had this for years, but the CDs are tired-and-worn (or missing). Can now get the whole thing again for just One Credit and never need to worry about scratching or misplacing the discs.

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