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Baker's End: The King of Cats

Written by: Paul Magrs
Narrated by: Tom Baker,Katy Manning,Susan Jameson,David Benson
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Publisher's Summary

Former Doctor Who star Tom Baker stars as himself, Tom Baker, in a series of bedazzling audio adventures from the pen of Paul Magrs (Doctor Who, The Brenda and Effie Mysteries): Baker's End.

Peevish actors are descending mournfully upon the remote English village of Happenstance for the funeral of TV legend Tom Baker. His one-time costar Suzy Goshawk is sucked into a parochial vortex of intrigue involving the quailsome local vicar, Tom's acidulous housekeeper Mrs Frimbly and various other fruminous scumblebums. None of them can agree upon how Tom met his disastrous end, and Suzy is starting to suspect that something murksome and swervish is going on.

The snow comes down, and Suzy finds herself trapped at Baker's End for Christmas, with all the village's creepy pensioners enslaved by a strange, dancing dragon...and a Sinister Presence lurking on the sidelines.

Why are old ladies twerking their bottoms outside the post office-cum-mini-mart? Why is the vicar creeping about in the bushes in the dead of night? And why, just when all looks hopeless, does a strange, scobberlotching creature spring into view? Who exactly is the King of Cats in his furry costume and his battered golden crown?

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What the critics say

"A bizarre, off-kilter story suffused with the feeling that almost anything might happen.... Baker is in full flow here, playing an amped-up version of himself, much in the same way that Matt Le Blanc does on Episodes.... this shaggy cat story is probably the oddest thing you will hear all year. It may well be the funniest too!" ( Cultbox)
"Beautifully bizarre and laugh-out-loud funny, writer Paul Magrs wonderfully baroque dialogue suggests the star himself may have had some input.... A riotous, fantastical, absurdist romp then.... 82-year-old Tom has never sounded more at home than in Baker's End." ( Edinburgh Evening News)
"Giggle-inducingly joyous listening.... Top wordsmithery on the part of the lovely Mister Magrs, beautifully realised by the cast and crew.... Highly recommended listening, if you like the clever, the silly, and the downright delightfully batty." ( We Are Cult)

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Tom Baker chewing the scenery and having a blast

This feels a little more polished than it likely was, thanks to skillful editing and sound mixing. At a guess they had a script and let the actors ‘punch up’ or ad lib takes until there was more left on the cutting room floor than made it into the short story here.

It’s a fun, goofy, very off the wall odd story that ends up coming out of this. I was onboard from the first Tom Baker lines when he clearly set the pace for his performance and the others run to match it.

The actual story was inspired by the king of the cats short tale, then inflated with more madness than one would otherwise suspect fitting. In the end we have characters stepping back to make sure we all know where the pieces are before the game continues but a zany trip in which things continually pile on rather than resolve. (As you would expect in a short piece like this)

If you are a Tom Baker fan this is worth getting. It is silly enough that even if you don’t know who he is then you can still enjoy it (played it for my kids 7 and 12 at the time) and they laughed. Just not has hard as I did.

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