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Publisher's Summary

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 aren’t 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.

©2015 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2015 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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  • 04-04-19

Tom Baker returns as The Fourth Doctor (2009-2011)

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.



Other releases set in the "Nest Cottage" Universe
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1) Doctor Who: The Thing from the Sea
https://www.audible.com/pd/Doctor-Who-The-Thing-from-the-Sea-Audiobook/B079MDZX13

2) Doctor Who: The Winged Coven
https://www.audible.com/pd/Doctor-Who-The-Winged-Coven-Audiobook/1787534448

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Classic Doctor Who

If you’re a fan, this radio drama starring Tom Baker is a must have. Like so many kids who grew up watching Doctor Who
on PBS, I think of Baker as my first Doctor. This audiobook capture the spirit of those adventures.

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Great fun!

I had never heard these stories before, but they are well written and fun. Tom is on top form here.

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Great story terrible audio editing

The dialogue, especially Tom Baker's is often a whisper from a million miles away, but the special effects and music are very loud and patiently waiting for you to turn up the volume so they can destroy your brain and take over the universe. Really enjoy the story, but I need headphones or a very quiet environment.

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another classic

Tom Baker is an amazing narrator, this entire novel was riveting from start to finish

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Tom Baker is fantastic!

I'm glad I found this here and am going to look for more when they come out!

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it is Tom Baker

it is what you would expect, Tom performing as The Doctor. Good series of stories with excellent performance.

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Good to hear Tom, good for young listeners...

... but die-hard fans might find it a bit too dissimilar from the television adventures. It's charming, but a bit too silly for it's own good.

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Tom Baker awesome!

Loved every second of it and sad that it had to have an ending.

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a wonderful treat.

a must have for any Dr. Who fan.
it sent me through a time traveling adventure through my fondest memories.

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  • John P. Allum
  • 05-05-19

Enjoyable listen

This is a very enjoyable listen, simple easy stories, relaxing and fun. Love the acting, so much better than a plain narration. Tom Baker is as wonderful as ever and Susan Jameson is very versatile. A great listen that takes you back to an earlier time in your life whilst whisking you off around time and the cosmos.

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  • syntax0ne
  • 01-16-21

Tom Delievers again

I had some initial reservations regarding how this audioplay was going to pan out. I have listened to numerous Tom Baker Doctor Who stories on Big Finish, but this was the BBC, and they kind of do things differently. The BBC have all the experience because they created the show back in the 1960's and so they understand how to pace episodes. A story can pay multiple episodes unlike today, where stories are told in just 1 or 2 episodes. However this is a very big arc, and the acting is second to non given its just an audioplay.
Tom Baker truly brings his old Doctor out into the public like he never stopped playing the character. These kind of audioplays can really be a big hit or a massive miss, if they don't deliver in the first couple of minutes. From the off, the adventure starts, and it instantly draws you in. Tom's voice acting is second to non, the way he speaks, the way his intonations are, everything about his voice draws you in. The 3 story arcs are well written, and easily flow one into the other. It could get easy to be bored after a couple of episodes, but each episode is almost a like a cliff hanger in itself. Each chapter begins a new story within the overall arc of the Nest Chronicles. Which if it was just one big monotonous monologue would get very confusing very quickly and it would be easy to loose one's place within the story.
The BBC out did themselves with this nest trilogy. Every story is exceptionally well written, well voiced acted and an absolute please to listen to. I have decided not to talk about any of the chapter stories or the overall arc because it would unfair to those who have never heard it before. A spoiler in this case would be a bad idea. Just know if you grew up with Tom as your Doctor in the 70's your really not going to be disappointed with this offering. as i said everything flows easily from one nest story to the next. exceptional story telling.

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  • M James
  • 01-22-20

The fourth Doctor rises

I purchased this as I was looking for a lengthy audiobook and although I had not heard of this story was interested because it featured my Doctor growing up and was read by Tom Baker! Imagine my delight when I listened that it was quite simply fantastic and my regret when it finished. Got to mundane stuff but as I've come to appreciate the chapters are named so you can easily navigate and return to parts that you want. it is frustrating that I have great difficulty finding the story that I want in other Doctor Who audio books and some others that I have because the chapters are not named.

The stories are fantastic and not wanting to give anything away I will just leave it at that. I'm not going to give a synopsis as that may ruin the enjoyment but take it from me, the story and especially the performances are first rate. If you want to see why Tom Baker is remembered as well one of the great Who's listen no further.. All the rest of the cast are fantastic, this is an audio drama so it has audio effects which enhance the story even more. This is easily my favourite of my Doctor Who collections so far. Enjoy, I'm going to start all over again now myself

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  • solidair
  • 11-19-19

It’s Tom Baker !

What’s not to like when it’s him ! Good cast , well made and Paul Magrs has written a good story . Certainly better than some of the Big Finish releases ( sorry Big Finish).

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  • Zoony Lazoon
  • 05-13-22

Barking mad and fantastic

I think this has to count as the most bonkers Doctor Who epic of all - and there’s some competition for that.
The premise of the first 10 stories is ludicrous and the plot holes are mind-bogglingly everywhere - but it’s fantastic entertainment, interesting and funny and the performances are wonderful, especially by Tom Baker who has never overacted or over-pronounced so much in his life. Also Susan Jameson was an excellent companion of a kind never seen on TV. Full credit too to Paul Magrs for his crazed imagination and for giving the Doctor so many mouth-stretching lines.
The weaknesses of Hornets’ Nest and Demon Quest are that the individual stories can tend to lack satisfactory conclusions as they all have to leak into the bigger Macguffin of the overall sequence. But this isn’t a big issue as the plots are very much secondary to the joy of the wild ride itself.
The third cycle (Serpent Crest) owes more than a little to 2000AD’s Nikolai Dante for inspiration and is a more typical Doctor Who story - but with an interesting surprise character.
Somehow, the name Mrs Wibbsey remains funny to the very end!

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  • Dawn Martin
  • 03-16-22

A tour de Tom.

Very different story threads, yet all working well as they unravel. Sound production and music also more imaginative than most of Aunties Dr Who audio productions. Also pleased to become reacquainted with Mike Yates, always my favorite Unit officer. Mrs Wibsey is a great character too, in every sense of the word.

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  • PJM
  • 01-13-22

Great collection

Really enjoyed the stories in this collection. Well worth a listen now looking to find another similar title

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  • L. M. Juerss
  • 09-10-21

Wonderful

Not the most deep review but just wanted to say how much I LOVED this group of stories and Tom Baker is on top form!

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  • Mario
  • 03-14-21

Brilliant stories and cast.

This is the first review I have written because I really enjoyed this audiobook both the reading and the stories are very good .

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  • Naala
  • 08-12-20

Loved this!

A fantastic set of adventures, really enjoyed it from start to finish. I would definitely recommend this.

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  • jonnee
  • 10-29-21

classic doctor who

starts a bit slow but in the end its like haveing a season of classic tom baker dr who on audio, really fun enjoyable characters a. it old fashioned vut exactly the type of dr who i enjoy.