Doctor Who Audiobooks in April

3 Apr

For AudioGO and Doctor Who, April is a month of returns and new beginnings. The TV series is back on our screens – hurray! An air of excitement hovers over Saturdays from now until mid-May, and we already expect some thrills and revelations, such as an expedition to the heart of the TARDIS and the return of some old foes, including the Ice Warriors and the Cybermen.

David Warner Plague of the Cybermen 2Both those ‘classic monsters’ are also returning to the audio fold. I’ll talk more about the Ice Warriors in next month’s blog, but for now let’s focus on the Cybermen. They’ve menaced the Doctor ever since his first encounter with them in 1966 (The Tenth Planet), and their redesign in the new TV series is keenly awaited. Justin Richards’ brand new BBC Books novel is called Plague of the Cybermen, and it’s set in the 19th Century village of Klimtenburg. Suspense and expectation mounts by the chapter, followed by a series of thrilling reveals. It’s a very atmospheric story, and we were thrilled that David Warner agreed to read it for us. You’ll be familiar with David as the charismatic star of stage and screen who has graced films such The Omen, Time Bandits, Tron, Star Trek V and VI, The Lost World, Titanic and Planet of the Apes. The Cybermen themselves are given their authentic voices by the redoubtable Nicholas Briggs.

There are new beginnings of a different kind in April’s Classic Novel audiobook, The Rescue by Ian Marter. This is a novelisation of the 1964 two-part TV adventure of the same name, and it’s noted for being the introduction of the character of Vicki. Played by Maureen O’Brien – who is also the book’s reader – Vicki is a young girl from future Earth, who finds herself marooned on the planet Dido. At the time of the TARDIS’s arrival she is in considerable danger, and this is the story of her encounter with the First Doctor, Ian and Barbara. Ian Marter himself played a Doctor Who companion – Harry Sullivan in the 1970s – before turning his hand to writing. Here he was working from David Whitaker’s original TV scripts. On a very sad note, this was Ian Marter’s final work before his death, at a young age, in 1984.

Those of you keen to know where the Destiny of the Doctor will take him next will welcome the release of Babblesphere, the fourth entry in our ongoing series to celebrate 50 years of the programme. Now it’s the turn of the Fourth Doctor to helm the TARDIS, and doing so brings him and Romana to a world where the population feel compelled to share their every waking thought via a vast computer network. Sounds familiar? Unsurprisingly, there are those who don’t wish to be a part of the Babblesphere, but opting out doesn’t seem to be allowed. This cautionary, tongue-in-cheek tale by Jonathan Morris blends high drama with humour to great effect, and is brilliantly recounted by Lalla Ward, who played Romana in the TV series.

If you’d like to explore more of the Fourth Doctor’s adventures, have a look at our special Facebook page doing just that. There you’ll find our Top 5 Fourth Doctor stories (clips of which can be heard on our main website) and a potted history of the incarnation brought so vividly to life by Tom Baker.

The final comeback for this month is that of a classic LP which many people may once have prized among their vinyl album collection. BBC Sci-Fi Sound Effects follows hot on the heels of last year’s Doctor Who Sound Effects, and it brings with it some weird and wonderful noise not only from Doctor Who (1980’s Season 18) but also from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio series, Blake’s 7 (all four series) and the 1980 radio serial Earthsearch. All were produced by Dick Mills, Elizabeth Parker, Lloyd Silverthorne and Richard Yeoman-Clark of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and the album has been remastered for CD by Mark Ayres. As with all the titles in our Vintage Beeb range (five others are released this month) it comes complete with original sleeve notes, artwork and a vinyl-look disc!

Next month we follow Doctor no. 5 to a fairground in the Destiny series, join the Third Doctor on a diplomatic assignment in our Classic Novel, and also make an exciting detour into the world of Blake’s 7

Happy listening!

Michael

 

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2 Responses to “Doctor Who Audiobooks in April”

  1. TomFan April 4, 2013 at 7:42 am #

    What has happened to Tom Baker working with AudioGo? He hasn’t done a Classic Novel in years and no Nest Cottage series last year. I would have loved Tom to have read Shada or Babblesphere. Can we have more Tom? I’d love another series of the excellent Nest Cottage era!

    • audiogoblog April 4, 2013 at 10:21 am #

      Hi,
      our latest collaboration with Tom was on ‘Tom Baker reads A Christmas Carol’, and that we look forward to working with him again in the future!

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