BAKER’S END: TATTY BOGLE

PrintE-mail Written by Tony Jones

After a mere three episodes, we have to bid farewell (but hopefully, not goodbye) to the gorgeously crazy Baker’s End with the story Tatty Bogle. While less anarchic (in a good way) than the first stories, a more measured story-telling leads the listener down a path to the mad village of Happenstance, in this very modern horror-cum-Wonderland. Imagine Lewis Carroll mixed with Stephen King and the rain of blood seems almost every day as the villagers get ready for the festival of Tatty Bogle. If you think The Wicker Man meets Monty Python you will begin to get some idea. Paul Magrs has much to be proud of in this fabulously creative tale.

Tom Baker is still playing Tom Baker and spends much of the first half of Tatty Bogle tending his cabbages, or friends as he likes to think of them. He is still talking of Goblin chicanery, but it is housekeeper Mrs Frimbly (Susan Jameson) who has most to worry about and she is up to something. It is to Suzy Goshawk (Katy Manning) to make sense of the rising tide of madness and she makes a wonderful counterpoint to the rest of the Baker’s End household.

Stakes rise as bad things and some of our heroes take a trip to the very shores of Hell itself (not to be mistaken for Middleborough). A lot more happens beside with some fabulous twists that can’t even be hinted at. Suffice it to say if you enjoyed the first two episodes, this will leave you keen for more and knocking at the door of the publishers demanding more. 

The Baker’s End series may just be the maddest thing to come to audio this millennium, but beneath the surreal insanity is a cunningly crafted (if sometimes well-hidden) story.

BAKER’S END: TATTY BOGLE / AUTHOR: PAUL MAGRS / PUBLISHER: BAFFLEGAB / STARRING: TOM BAKER, KATY MANNING, SUSAN JAMESON / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW

 


Suggested Articles:
In his current run of audio stories alongside both his TV companions, Ace and Mel, the Seventh Docto
We are in Paris in the 1940s, and if Nazi occupation isn’t enough to deal with, there’s the litt
The current series of Fourth Doctor audio dramas reaches its conclusion with this first half of an e
Four more tales from the Dark Shadows universe arrive from Big Finish in this release. Love Lives On
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner