Inspector Lionheart and Professor Dunning, having disposed
of a diabolical threat from the Woman's Institute, are sent
to investigate the strange goings on in Denge Marsh, an acoustic
listening facility, where the operators are dying one by one...
The Scarifyers: The Devil of Denge Marsh is an audio
adventure written by Paul Morris and directed by Simon Barnard
and is the follow up story to The
I had the good fortune to review the first disc and all I
can say is that the series has gone from strength to strength.
There is little doubt that, given the choices of vocal actors,
that Cosmic Hobo were trying to interest the Doctor Who
crowd. Now this is not a bad marketing ploy, but in truth
this adventure is so good that is should engage any fan of
The show is set in the mould of a boys own adventure with
more than a nod to the comedic possibilities. There are puns
aplenty to make you smile and, a wicked pastiche of the nude
dancing scene from The
Wicker Man, with the ugly Mrs Willow dancing
for Professor Dunning at the Donecombe Inn (pronounced Don't
Come In). Cosmic Hobo should send me compensation as I broke
out into fits of laughing in the high street, much to the
consternation of passers by. Word of warning, if you're going
to listen to this in public you may spend an inordinate time
with a silly grin on you face.
Given that the adventure is written with amusement in mind
Paul Morris has not skimped on the central mystery, which
he has set in the real world. Many of the characters existed,
such as Aleister Crowley, once dubbed "The Wickedest
Man in the World". And the acoustic listening devices
not only did exist, they still do. They are enormous
concrete structures which were used to detect incoming aircraft;
they were eventually replaced by radar.
Having settled into their new characters Nicholas Courtney
(Lionheart) and Terry Malloy (Dunning) put in even better
performances the second time around. The rest of the crew
keep their vocal talents just this side of caricature, so
whilst there isn't a character that doesn't have an accent
or odd vocal inflection it never slips into the outright silly.
The overall effect adds to the light-hearted ambience.
So here we have a professionally produced, well acted, funny
yarn, which should entertain anyone from eight to eighty.
If Cosmic Hobo can keep up this level of quality I definitely
look forward to the next adventure. This release is a little
slice of audio perfection.