For the first time in 28 years, Tom Baker is returning to the world of Doctor Who in a series of five thrilling audio adventures from BBC Audiobooks. Paul Magrs' Hornet's Nest series kicks off in September with The Stuff of Nightmares...

Tom Baker returns! Hornet's Nest from BBC AudiobooksFeaturing covers illustrated by Ben Willsher, with design concepts and the Hornets’ Nest logo by Kasterborous' own Anthony Dry, the series sees the Fourth Doctor teaming up with Mike Yates...

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…

Produced and directed by Kate Thomas, the full cast is: Tom Baker, Richard Franklin, Susan Jameson, Daniel Hill, Michael Maloney, Rula Lenska, Clare Corbett, Christian Rodska, Susie Riddell, Jilly Bond and Stephen Thorne.

Listen to a clip at the BBC Shop.

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

The series will also be available as a download from
Paul Magrs - whose work includes numerous Doctor Who books (Sick Building, Verdigris) the Iris Wildthyme character says of Tom return to the role:

“This is the first adventure with the Tom Baker Doctor since Logopolis. And it feels fantastic to write for him. I would say he's a brilliant mixture of everything the Fourth Doctor ever was. He's dark and sombre at times; other times he's gleefully macabre and mischievous.”

Fans eager to engage with the series before the release date should check out, where a dedicated page for the series will launch on 10th August. The page will contain 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.

Christian Cawley