Friday, August 28, 2009

Tom Baker signing event at HMV Oxford Street

For the first time in 28 years, Tom Baker is returning to his role as the Fourth Doctor in a 5-part series of audio adventures from BBC Audiobooks. Tom Baker will be at HMV Oxford Street on 4th September to sign copies of Doctor Who Hornets' Nest, The Stuff of Nightmares which is released on 3rd September.

Fans can collect wrist bands from the store on the day of the signing – these will be limited in number so it is advisable for customers to arrive early. The signing will begin at 1pm and you must have a wrist band before you can meet Tom Baker.

The Doctor Who: Hornets' Nest series is written by the acclaimed Paul Magrs and stars Tom alongside a cast including Richard Franklin as Mike Yates, Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey and Rula Lenska as the Hornet Queen. The series is exclusive to BBC Audiobooks and is available on CD and for download, it will not be available in any other format.

The brand new series sees the Doctor on fighting form as he comes up against an enemy of unimaginable power and horrific intent. The first story, The Stuff of Nightmares, will be available to buy from 3rd September 2009 priced at £9.78, with the remaining four stories due for release on:

2. The Dead Shoes – 8th October
3. The Circus of Doom – 5th November
4. A Sting in the Tale – 3rd December
5. Hive of Horror – 3rd December

Doctor Who: Hornets' Nest – The Stuff of Nightmares
1 hour on 1 CD
Price: £9.78
Release Date: 3rd September 2009

Responding to an advert apparently worded for him alone, Captain Mike Yates (retired) is reunited with a ghost from the past. But why has the Doctor, that mysterious traveller in Time and Space, sent for his former UNIT acquaintance? Trapped by a horde of vicious creatures in an apparently innocuous English country cottage, the two old friends are on the brink of an enormous adventure. As the Doctor relates his recent escapades, it becomes clear to Mike that they – and the Earth at large – are facing an enemy of unimaginable power and horrific intent. The nightmare is only just beginning.

Interviews are available with Tom Baker, Richard Franklin and Paul Magrs
Doctor Who: Hornets' Nest will be available from all good bookshops, online at or by BBC Audiobooks direct mail on 0800 136 919 and as a download from

Fans eager to engage with the series before the release date should check out, a landing page with exclusive content and material such as a Q&A with Tom Baker, photographs from the recordings, audio clips and a poll on Tom's best moments as the Doctor.

■Photographs from the recordings are available upon request
■Full cast – Tom Baker, Richard Franklin, Susan Jameson, Daniel Hill, Michael Maloney, Rula Lenska, Clare Corbett, Christian Rodska, Susie Riddell, Jilly Bond and Stephen Thorne
■Other credits – Producer and Director: Kate Thomas; Script Editor and Executive Producer: Michael Stevens
■Paul Magrs is the acclaimed writer of the Brenda and Effie novels (Never the Bride; Conjugal Rites) numerous Doctor Who books (Sick Building; Verdigris etc) and several books for younger readers (Strange Boy; Exchange)
■The covers of the series are spectacularly illustrated by Ben Willsher, with design concepts and the Hornets' Nest logo by Anthony Dry

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