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Doctor Who: The Nest Cottage Chronicles

4th Doctor Audio Originals
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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.

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 reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our Desktop Site.

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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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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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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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Tom Baker is on top form

Loved every moment of it. Well done to everyone involved. Proving Doctor number 4 will always be number 1.

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  • NM
  • 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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  • Julian C. Chambliss
  • 08-06-19

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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  • C. Christopher Hart
  • 05-05-20

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-04-20

Tom Baker awesome!

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

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  • Quinn
  • 24-02-20

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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  • A. West
  • 30-08-19

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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  • Adrick Tolliver
  • 20-05-19

Wonderful Tom Baker Doctor Who at a great price!

This is 15 audio dramas packaged as 1! So great! Must have for Baker fans.

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  • Phoenix
  • 13-04-19

Another brilliant performance.

An absolutely amazing Dr Who story. From beginning to end it draws you in and keeps you wanting more. Full of humor and suspense.