Doctor Who: The Auntie Matter

Doctor Who: The Auntie Matter



Doctor Who: The Auntie Matter – Starring Tom Baker, Mary Tamm, Alan Cox, Robert Portal, Julia McKenzie, Jane Slavin & Written by Jonathan Morris – Cd / Download (Big Finish Productions www.bigfinish.com)
The Doctor in the roaring twenties? Seems like a dashed strange idea, or so I thought until I plunged headlong into ‘The Auntie Matter’, the Blandings via Jeeves And Wooster inspired Who adventure that I’ve just had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with. Well, when I say with, I mean listening to obviously, and a jolly fine old time was had by yours truly, I can tell you. If PG Wodehouse had written a tale or two for Doctor Who, then ‘The Auntie Matter’ would have been the one that fandom clutched to its bosom, as it combines the best of both worlds in a spiffing yarn that imitates Wodehouse’s overt social humour perfectly, transplanting it into the world of scientific and fantastic adventure, that strange and wonderful world in which The Doctor exists and thrives. ‘The Auntie Matter’ has got the lot, a feckless, good for nothing, big hearted chinless wonder, a valet who helps him avoid disaster and strife on this path through daily life and an indomitable aunt who wants to see said chinless wonder married off to the right sort of girl double quick smart, so that she, the bride to be, can make something of him, killer robots, a crashed spaceship and a parasitic alien whose continued existence is dependent on a constant supply of fresh, young donor bodies. It’s a sticky situation and no mistake, and one which the Doctor and Romana find themselves caught up in, thanks to a book shop and yet another of The Doctor’s alien detecting doohickeys. Once all the players are in place, at the obligatory country manor, all hell breaks loose and the fun really begins. ‘The Auntie Matter’ may very well be light hearted and a little whimsical for a Who story, but it’s rather fun, and it’s also jolly nice to hear the much missed Mary Tamm as Romana, picking up where she left off with The Doctor as though the last thirty and some change years had never happened. In fact, it’s rather smashing all round, and on the strength of ‘The Auntie Matter’, I can’t wait to hear the rest of the series. Tally-ho! Tim Mass Movement

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