Welcome to Baker's End, the latest Bafflegab range and the very first episode, The King of Cats. Tom Baker stars as Tom Baker in this off the wall feast of frolics and fun written by Paul Magrs. This is very much the Tom Baker of the Doctor Who Hornet's Nest stories, also written by Paul, and listeners should expect a strange vicar, a mysterious housekeeper (played by Susan Jameson) and much strange shenanigans in the village of Happenstance. The fourth wall is also pierced a few times and nearly trampled on once. Such is the crazy world of Baker's End.
The plot (if there is one) centres on Suzy Goshawk, played completely straight by Katy Manning. Katy has also played another Paul Magrs character in the past - time travelling Iris Wildthyme. In this story Katy's character is a far remove from Iris and acts as the lynchpin around whom the story happens.
So, the story: it's nearly Christmas and actors have gathered for the funeral of Tom Baker. Have no fear, being dead doesn't inhibit Tom's appearance in any number of flashbacks. As matters progress Suzy tries to solve the mystery of the King of Cats, and avoid getting shot by lasers or falling foul of a curious sproinging creature. All very mad but great fun. Of course the story never makes the mistake of getting in the way of the madness, but there is a lot of going on and hints of deeper events and things to come.
The King of Cats on September 2nd, 2016; full details are
available on their website for this
and the rest of this series.
It may not be to everybody's taste, but if you liked Hornet's Nest or want some slightly surreal adventure, this is worth giving a try. The next part, Gobbleknoll Hall will be released in November.
THE KING OF CATS / AUTHOR: PAUL MAGRS / PUBLISHER: BAFFLEGAB / STARING: TOM
BAKER, KATY MANNING, SUSAN JAMESON / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW AT: http://www.bafflegab.co.uk/bakers-end.asp