"10.3 The Tribulations of Thadeus Nook by Andrew Smith
It’s time for the trip of a lifetime! Come along on one of Thadeus Nook’s Time Tours. See history as it really was. Get to witness wars and assassinations! See barbarian warlords right up close!
The Doctor and Leela encounter a most enterprising young gentleman – using time travel for his own financial gain. The Doctor is horrified at the irresponsibility – but it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Because Thadeus Nook is about to learn that history is often best left in the past."
Well hooked, this is great and only on episode one...loving it
nearly finished you know this was absolutely great fun/dramatic too with some interesting points based on time tourism...Tom and Leela and rest of the cast are on good form.So far it’s been my favourite of the Volume 10 lot...but still one more story to go...definitely could see it as a televised story. I am giving it a 5 as I didn’t get bored of it at all and followed it all through in one go
I dunno... something about it was vaguely unsatisfying. Perhaps it was the stereotypes - evil warlord with zero morals and a very deep voice as the big baddie... Loveable rogue hero with long-suffering devoted girlfriend...
Or have decades of 4th & Leela storytelling finally exhausted the possibilities?
Whatever, very listenable but ultimately lightweight.
MISSY: We’ve had a long history of treating creation like dogs treat lamp posts. CRISPY: And you wanted to see if we could do better.
I enjoyed this one a lot. Interesting to have The Doctor as the least crazy one of the bunch. Yes, Thaddeus Nook wasn't a unique character, but he was written and played very well. I would love to have him back for another story. This was a very fun listen.
This is fun, but I felt it didn't live up to its premise and therefore I left feeling disappointed. The first half of the story is far better than the second; it's quirky, well paced and feels as though it's building up to something. Unfortunately, that something is generic and feels a bit shoehorned in; like a six parter that's missing the middle act. Thaddeus Nook is full of heart, although he does often stray a bit too close to acting and sounding like the Meddling Monk, which is a bit unfortunate. Still, Brendan Murhphy and Laura Riseborough make for a lovely little guest cast.
There's a better story in there somewhere and I think it needed to lean on its quirkiness and bonkers concept a little more.
I enjoyed that loads. If Leela had stayed on for S16, this is how it might have started and the Time Card which controlled Thaddeus' time machine would probably have been the First Segment.
The combination of a good solid adventure story with a sense of fun, a pair of characters who are up to distinctly dodgy dealings, but not bad people, and a warlord who definitely is a very bad and violent person, reminded me of one of my favourites from that season: 'The Ribos Operation'. I've not had chance to listen to the interviews yet (I listen after hearing the whole volume usually) but I loved what was surely a nod to that story at the end, where Thaddeus wonders if he might go into the planet-selling "business" - just like Garron was! (Maybe Thaddeus meant selling planets he actually had the right to sell... )
Great performances all round, some played 'straight', some played with the distinctly OTT style that their characters deserved and a great story for the Doctor and Leela. I loved Tom's seemingly effortless flipping from flippancy to Time Lord authority, and Leela mostly very serious and all-action as Leela usually is, with a big heart.
I don't make comparisons with Robert Holmes lightly, but for me Andrew Smith absolutely nailed that same combination of fun, frolics, a proper adventure story with a fanatical foe who isn't as clever as he thinks he is, and gave us a very well-plotted story of time travel "interference" which left everything just as it always was; we didn't know at the start quite how it was but presumably everything that happened was always part of the Web of Time and only at the end could we see the true picture. Very neat.
And the story found time for some quiet moments to show Thaddeus and Jess as the nice couple they are - behind their distinctly dodgy dealings in time travel! I'm so pleased the Doctor was able to arrange a happy ending for them. I just hope Jess can get Thaddeus to stay out of trouble in future; I wonder if we'll ever find out what they did next...? I'd like to.
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