Dr Zachariah Marwick has started a special clinic for people
with mysterious lumps, but how come he always knows exactly
what they are before he's even examined them? And why is he
so insistent upon his patients joining an exclusive speed-dating
club? Iris, Tom and Panda must face demons from Iris' past,
as an outrageous presence - that seems to have been reading
far more Dennis Wheatley than is strictly necessary - begins
to assert itself over reality...
It is rare for an Iris Wildthyme story to be penned by any
other writer than her creator, Paul Magrs. This audio adventure
is scripted by Stephen Cole, though he does have previous
experience with the character, having written for Katy Manning's
incarnation in the Bernice Summerfield audio drama The
Plague Herds of Excelis and the Doctor Who
Wormery, the latter of which was co-authored
Devil in Ms Wildthyme is as madcap and jaunty as its predecessor,
at Large, with self-aware comments about plot
construction, bizarre happenings such as Tom (Ortis Deley)
finding straw coming out of his head like old stuffing, Panda
(David Benson) developing a passionate nature, and an unhinged
performance by Michael Hobbs as Dr Marwick.
my previous review, I found myself comparing Wildthyme
at Large to MJTV's Soldiers
of Love series and remarking upon how various characters'
voices reminded me of other people. I may as well continue
the trend by stating that I thought Dr Marwick sounded rather
like Teddy, SoL's deranged space dentist.
There are frequent references, in this and the previous episode,
to Iris being a multiverse traveller, rather than merely a
wanderer within any single universe. I wonder whether this
is an attempt to establish the series as an entity distinct
from Doctor Who (i.e. not necessarily set in the same
reality) or a prepared get-out clause in case of any future
continuity issues (such as the fact that Christopher Eccleston's
Doctor claimed that all the other Time Lords have been wiped
out - but then again, Iris has always been regarded as not
quite a proper Time Lord). We shall have to wait and see.
you approach this as a Who spin-off or as a new series
with no such baggage, there's plenty of fun to be had in Wildthyme's
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