Tom Baker is dead and no one can seem to agree on how it happened.
That’s how this first audio drama in a new three-part series from Bafflegab Productions begins and it only gets stranger from there.
Acting colleagues including former co-star Suzy Goshawk, (played by Katy Manning) arrive at the fictional village of Happenstance for the funeral, but Suzy gets snowed in at Tom’s home, Baker’s End, over Christmas. Trapped in Happenstance the situation gets more bizarre as Suzy encounters a dancing dragon, twerking old ladies, the mysterious King of Cats and a co-star who may not be as dead as she thought.
Penned by Paul Magrs, author of various Doctor Who audios and creator of Iris Wildthyme and The Brenda and Effie Mysteries, Baker’s End is a surreal delight.
The idea for the series was conceived between the writer and star in an email exchange and it’s quite clear Baker has had much input into the story as it plays up his natural eccentricities and strange sense of humour.
Baker’s End is indeed weird. It starts off relatively simple enough before going down a Wonderlandian rabbit hole to surreal events, Lewis Carroll style word play and some surprisingly adult humour.
But somehow it all seems to work.
To dissect Baker’s End thoroughly would be to getting into spoiler territory and I would certainly not like to ruin anyone’s enjoyment or bafflement at what is in store for you here.
Needless to say this is an incredibly enjoyable romp and it is clear the cast, especially Baker are enjoying the proceedings immensely. It is thoroughly entertaining to listen to Tom Baker being let off the leash and going into the realms of delightful madness.
Amongst all the bizarre goings on there are hints of a greater scheme at work here that I hope will play in the future installments of the series.
Joining Baker and Manning is Bafflegab regular David Benson (known for many roles in The Scarifyers) and Susan Jameson as Tom’s shady housekeeper Mrs Frimbly. It is a credit to Magrs’ script that despite the large presence of its star, the supporting cast is never overshadowed by Baker.
Baker’s End might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you have a bizarre sense of humour and simply love the eccentric majesty that is Tom Baker, this is very much a recommended listen.
Publisher: Bafflegab Productions
Rating – 5/5
GS Blogger – Matt Davis @DecadentGent