Doctor Who Audio books in August at AudioGO

24 Aug

Our August range of Doctor Who titles has a suitably epic feel to it, with two titles which take the monochrome years of Doctor Who (i.e. when we all had black and white TVs) and transform them into vivid colour. The Aztecs has colour in spades, thanks to the elaborate costumes and headdresses of the native Mexicans whom the 1st Doctor and his companions meet. John Lucarotti’s novelisation of his 1964 TV adventure – itself a favourite of many Doctor Who fans – makes for a compelling listen, read by the ever-popular William Russell. A tale from the very first series of Doctor Who, it explores the conundrum of time travellers who apparently cannot interfere in Earth’s past. History teacher Barbara Wright is determined to bring an end of the Aztecs’ barbaric sacrifices, even when the Doctor forbids her to do so. What happens next leads them all into very hot water. William Russell played fellow teacher Ian Chesterton in the original TV serial, and here he conveys all the anger, heated tempers and stirred emotions which result from the travellers’ predicament. Simon Power complements the reading with some perfectly judged sound design.

I love the blockbuster feel of The Wheel of Ice, BBC Books’ new novel by Stephen Baxter. We’re releasing an unabridged audio recording read by David Troughton.  Stephen Baxter’s credentials, as one of the foremost authors of science fiction writing today, have made this a long-awaited novel, and rightly so. The author brings his scientific and technical knowledge to the worlds of Doctor Who, along with a keen eye for detail and obvious interest in space exploration, and blends them with pitch-perfect renditions of the Second Doctor (as played on screen by Patrick Troughton) and his companions Jamie and Zoe. The adventure which unfolds feels authentic for the period of Doctor Who it’s set in – a period when space ‘hardware’ was prevalent in serials such as the aforementioned The Wheel in Space and The Space Pirates – whilst also adding a degree of character sophistication which 1960s episodes couldn’t always attain within the 25 minute episode format.  David Troughton gives a deft reading of the text with terrific interpretations of all the characters, not least of all the Doctor, whom his father Patrick made so popular. Evocative special sound is provided by Simon Hunt.

Mary Tamm

We were saddened to learn of the death of Mary Tamm earlier this month. As the first incarnation of Romana in Doctor Who she was much admired, and off-screen she was a popular and much-loved person. Her performance as Romana will be heard again in one of our TV soundtrack titles later this year, The Pirate Planet.

Until next month, keep listening behind the sofa!

Michael Stevens

Commissioning Editor, Doctor Who

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