DOC­TOR WHO: THE LABYRINTH OF BUDA CAS­TLE Vamp­ing it up

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“Doc­tor Who ver­sus Drac­ula!” – it’s an ir­re­sistible pitch, and over the years we’ve seen mul­ti­ple Who- re­lated takes on clas­sic vampire mythol­ogy. The lat­est ex­am­ple ar­rives in lively au­dio ad­ven­ture The Labyrinth Of Buda Cas­tle, which pitches the Fourth Doc­tor ( Tom Baker) and Ro­mana ( Lalla Ward) against deadly blood­suck­ers in 1979 Bu­dapest.

Vis­it­ing the East­ern Euro­pean city in search of a de­cent hol­i­day, their plans are de­railed by a mys­te­ri­ous se­ries of at­tacks and a youth­ful vampire hunter. The clues even­tu­ally lead them to an an­cient labyrinth oc­cu­pied by the Hun­gar­ian mil­i­tary, where a dark force from the 15th cen­tury is once again threat­en­ing the world…

Bal­anc­ing gothic chills with play­ful hu­mour, Ed­die Rob­son’s script packs in healthy lev­els of in­ven­tion and de­liv­ers a rounded and char­ac­ter­ful ad­ven­ture romp. The cen­tral sci- fi twist on vam­pires may not be shock­ingly orig­i­nal, but it’s still in­ter­est­ing enough to drive the story for­ward, and en­gag­ing turns from both Baker and Ward help suc­cess­fully cap­ture the spirit of one of Who’s wit­ti­est eras. Saxon Bul­lock

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