Doctor Who Audio books in January

23 Jan

Happy Birthday Doctor Who…nearly! Admittedly the first ever episode of Doctor Who was broadcast on 23rd November 1963, and November is a long way off yet, but Doctor Who fans will be celebrating all year long, and we are joining in! This month sees the launch of our specially commissioned series of original adventures, Destiny of the Doctor which, if you hop on now, will take you all the way to November, in the company of all eleven Doctors and their companions. We begin with Hunters of Earth by Nigel Robinson, an atmospheric tale of strange happenings in 1963 London. The First Doctor (as played by William Hartnell on television) is there, with his sensitive granddaughter Susan (Carole Ann Ford, who performs the story alongside Tam Williams). Made by Big Finish Productions for AudioGO, Destiny of the Doctor offers thrills, intrigue and an ongoing mystery concerning cryptic messages to each Doctor… can you work out what they mean?

Christopher Benjamin reads the Talons of Weng ChiangLondon of an earlier period is the setting for our Doctor Who Classic Novel this month,  The Talons of Weng-Chiang. It’s written by the legendary Terrance Dicks (Doctor Who series script editor and prolific noveliser in the 1970s and 1980s) and based upon the original TV serial by the similarly legendary Robert Holmes. In Victorian London, young women are going missing and strangely injured bodies are being found in the Thames. The master magician Li H’sen Chang is playing to packed houses at the Palace Theatre, and Henry Gordon Jago has seen a ghost in his cellar… When the Fourth Doctor (as played on TV by Tom Baker) and Leela arrive on the scene, they’re immersed in both the fog and the adventure, with thrilling consequences! The reader is Christopher Benjamin, who played the reluctant hero Henry Gordon Jago in the original TV episodes, and who brings charm and vivid characterisation to the piece.

What’s to come next month? Well, the Destiny of the Doctors baton passes to the Second Doctor, or more properly to Frazer Hines, who played faithful companion Jamie and stars in The Shadow of Death by Simon Guerrier. The First Doctor arrives in Tombstone, location of the legendary OK Corral, in The Gunfighters, and Melody Malone’s own story The Angel’s Kiss arrives on CD. Until then, happy listening.

Michael Stevens

Commissioning Editor, Doctor Who

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