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Doctor Who: Serpent Crest: The Broken Crown: Pt. 2 by Paul Magrs

1/12/2011. Contributed by Sue Davies

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pub: Audio Go/BBC. 1 CD minute story. Price: CD: GBP10.20 (UK), Download: GBP 6.11 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-40846-886-9). cast: Tom Baker, Susan Jameson, Terrence Hardiman, Joanna David, Guy Harvey, Simon Shepherd, Charlie Mitchell, Elinor Coleman, Geoff Leesley and Su Douglas.

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In an expected ending to ‘Tsar Wars’, our adventurers, the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and Mrs Wibbsey (Susan Jameson) find themselves plonked back in Hexford. Unfortunately, they are a few years short of their expected Christmas dinner and Nest Cottage has yet to be built. Such is the problem with wormhole travel. With no TARDIS, they are indeed up the creek and must make the best of it.

It seems reasonable to start at the pub and they soon find that all is not well in Hexford with tales of disappearances and a strange boy called Andrew (Guy Harvey) with a paper face, who lives at the vicarage. His tutor, Mr. Bewley (Simon Shepherd), sounds familiar, too.

While Mrs Wibbsey makes herself useful as a stand-in housekeeper for the Reverend Dobbs (Terrence Hardiman), the Doctor must investigate and between them, they find some familiar people. It seems they have not left the Robotov Empire quite as far behind as they think.

As it becomes clear just who Andrew is, we find he is still a threat to the safety of all who meet him. After all, he is just a child and prone to demanding what he wants, with the power to back up his demands.

Resistance is useless as the Fourth Doctor sails like a galleon through and over the script. He positively bursts like brilliant sunshine through your headphones as he continues to bounce Mrs Wibbsey like a squash ball through time and space.

This adventure leads directly into the next ‘Serpent Crest 3: Aladdin Time’. I can’t wait.

Sue Davies

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