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Absolutely brilliant start to season 2

By:Matthew David Rabjohns, Bridgend, United Kingdom
Date:Saturday 16 March 2013
Rating:   10

One is only truly sad to hear the wonderful Mary Tamm now that she's left the world, she was a brilliant actress and seemed to be a really good decent person too. It was with a bit of a lump in the throat that I put this on my cd player. I didnt even begin to wonder whether she'd still have the same magic she did all those years ago as Romana Mark 1, the by far superior incarnation of the lovely time lady.

The Auntie Matter is probably one of my favourite of Jonathan's scripts so far, its littered with good humour and comedy, and possesses several of those all time brilliant near misses and nasty robot villains, and above all else, that amazing chemistry that Tom had with the lovely Mary. They still have that beautiful spark that made their season on the TV series my favourite of the whole series to date.

The whole near misses of the two of them never knowing the other is as Bassett hall are hilarious and made me smile. This is what real decent storytelling is all about. And also, somehow, Tom sounds younger here....he's such a brilliant Doctor this guy. There are many who say Doctor Who isnt very good when its trying to be funny, but that is so not true. And as a story in the 50th anniversary of the brilliant show, then this is a brilliant summation of all that is great in Doctor Who, and why it has lasted so long is easy to figure out when you listen to a brilliant little tale like this one.

I love Romana. She was pretty, smart, witty and able to care of herself, and she was more than able to take care of herself, but then Mary left after only one season and I was left cold with Lalla Ward, who was OK, but not a patch on lovely Mary Tamm. I will miss her, and stories like these only make me miss her more. She was a great actress, and this small snippet of Whodom makes that resonate like no mans business.

I long awaited Tom to return to the role of the Doctor for BFP, and my wish came true. But what I really wanted was Mary back as Romana...and oh boy, thanks to BFP, again I got my wish. And The Auntie Matter bodes well for the rest of the series if they are even half as good as this. The Auntie Matter is good old fashioned PG Wodehouse fun at its core. And Ill say it again, the BFP series of Doctor Who outshines and outclasses the New TV series in every respect.....

And again the sound design on this outting is flawless, and realistic. Oh, and have I said I love Mary Tamm....a very sad loss for the acting world....

Wooster eat your heart out

By:Clive T Wright, St Lawrence, United Kingdom
Date:Friday 3 May 2013
Rating:   10

So many ingredients, PG Woodhouse meets Doctor who, gives us a great tongue in check fun.


By:David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
Date:Wednesday 30 September 2015
Rating:   7

"The Auntie Matter" sees the return of the Doctor 4 - Romana 1 pairing. This would probably be the start of season 2 for this pair had Mary Tamm stayed. As it is, the program would have fit very well into the Graham Williams era of Doctor Who. It is light, with bits of adventure and danger, and has many British cultural references. The basic idea is to mix Doctor Who, P.G. Wodehouse, and Agatha Christie. The Wodehouse gets the bulk of the material, though. So, the story is all about a rather stupid upper class bachelor, his exceedingly helpful butler, and his attempts to please the latest in a succession of overbearing aunts. We get mixups, and a plot involving the Doctor and Romana going to exactly the same place, meeting exactly the same people, and never once crossing paths, not even knowing that the other is there. Julia Mckenzie plays the latest two aunts, who both happen to be the same aunt, sort of. For the first, she does an uncanny Maggie Smith impersonation. It's all good fun in that Wodehouse way. Of course, this is Doctor Who, so it cannot be left just there. An alien, two robots, and a crashed spaceship serve to provide the requisite science-fiction spice to this stew. It's all good fun, quite lighthearted, but does not go beyond being just good fun.

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