Whilst K9 is off in the TARDIS leading the Black Guardian on a wild goose chase, the Doctor and Romana are enjoying a leisurely lifestyle as the Lord and Lady of a London townhouse. But trouble never stays away from them for long, and before they know it a chance discovery of alien technology leads them deep into the heart of the English countryside where a malign presence lurks.
As the Doctor dodges deadly butlers and ferocious gamekeepers, Romana is faced with a malevolent Aunt and an even deadlier peril - marriage.
Written By: Jonathan Morris Directed By: Ken Bentley
CAST Tom Baker (The Doctor), Mary Tamm (Romana), Julia McKenzie (Florence), Robert Portal (Reggie), Lucy Griffiths (Mabel), Alan Cox (Grenville), Jane Slavin (Ligeia)
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While the rather OTT sensibilities of the story might tend to pull ratings down to the middle I had to go for a 4/5. I thought it was a great story and the OTT stuff was rather built into the narrative, and I rather liked it.
The Fourth Doctor and First Romana were practically Wodehouse characters already. The one brilliant but erratic, and the other aristocratic yet naive. This story was a perfect fit for them and I feel it made the most of Mary Tamm's character out of all the stories she did for Big Finish. Jolly good.
"Keeping an open mind is a virtue—but, as the space engineer James Oberg once said, not so open that your brains fall out."--Carl Sagan
I actually knew absolutely nothing about Wodehouse prior to hearing this story.
I’m in the same boat. I’d heard of Wodehouse but knew nothing about him or his stories. Just got my hands on a collected works from the iBook store. Started reading “Something New” and I’m in love. Got to love Doctor Who just for opening our eyes to what’s right here on Earth. As for The Auntie Matter, well, delightful is the only word that comes to mind. What a lot of fun it was.
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