Doctor Who Audiobooks in May

10 May

Doctor Who and the Curse of Peladon (Classic Novel) Did you see the Ice Warriors in the recent Cold War TV episode of Doctor Who? 39 years after their previous last screen appearance they were back, as huge and menacing as ever. If this left you intrigued about their previous encounters with the Doctor, AudioGO can help! Not only do we have two versions (a narrated TV soundtrack and an unabridged novelisation) of their very first story – 1967’s The Ice Warriors – but this month sees the publication of Classic Novel The Curse of Peladon, in which the native Martians (for that’s what Ice Warriors are) greet the Doctor in a surprisingly non-combative manner. The story is written by Ice Warriors creator Brian Hayles and read by David Troughton, who played King Peladon in the original TV serial and who is by now a seasoned Doctor Who audiobook reader. It’s a thrilling tale of how the undeveloped society of Peladon is thrown into turmoil as it prepares to join the Galactic Federation, and how the Federation’s colourful alien delegates are picked off one by one by an unknown force. Posing as the representatives from Earth, the Third Doctor and Jo find themselves up to their necks in trouble… If Peladon is your destination of choice this month, you might also like our narrated TV soundtracks of The Curse of Peladon and its sequel serial The Monster of Peladon.

We move on two regenerations to the Fifth Doctor for this month’s Destiny of the Doctor release, Smoke and Mirrors by Steve Lyons. Following on from the previous four instalments, this is once again a standalone adventure for the Doctor, albeit one with links to the rest of the series. It’s performed by Janet Fielding – who played the terrifically popular companion Tegan in the 1980s – and Tim Beckmann, and is set against the colourful background of a fairground in 1920s England. The Fifth Doctor (as played by Peter Davison on TV) and his companions Tegan, Adric and Nyssa, meet the famous escapologist Houdini and are drawn into the mystery of a fortune teller with supernatural skills. But lurking in the shadows is a sinister and all-too-familiar presence… Listeners familiar with the Fifth Doctor’s era will enjoy this recreation of the era when the TARDIS was occupied by three young companions of differing temperament, and a Doctor who was the youngest ever model yet! If you’d like to familiarise yourself with that period in Doctor Who, you can do so with several of our Classic Novels titles, including Castrovalva, The Visitation, Black Orchid and Earthshock.

Doctor Who: Smoke and Mirrors (Destiny of the Doctor 5) If Doctor Who ever had a sister programme in the 1970s and 1980s (long before Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures) it was Blake’s 7. Devised by the man who created the Daleks (Terry Nation), script edited by the man who created Leela and the Robots of Death (Chris Boucher), and written and directed by a whole host of experienced Doctor Who hands, it had the look and feel of a grittier, harder sci-fi relative. Still adored to this day by a legion of fans, Blake’s 7 ran for four series on BBC1, from 1977 to 1981. During that time the intrepid Roj Blake and his band of fellow rebels tirelessly battled the Federation (shades of The Curse of Peladon, above!) and fought to defend planets and people from the despotic rule of Supreme Commander Servalan.

Trevor Hoyle wrote four Blake’s 7 novelisations, and we have just added the third, Project Avalon, to our collection of unabridged audio readings. It’s read by Jacqueline Pearce – Servalan incarnate – and Paul Darrow, whose Avon became the leader of the rebels in the latter two series. Together with sound design from Simon Power (who also stirs it up beautifully on The Curse of Peladon) their readings do terrific justice to Trevor Hoyle’s exciting retelling of the TV episodes Seek-Locate-Destroy, Duel, Project Avalon, Deliverance and Orac. There’s some wonderful dialogue and a breathtaking array of scenarios, from a deadly battle for survival in a forest to a sub-zero mercy mission in a landscape of snow and ice. The crew of the Liberator also meet their newest recruit, in the form of the portable computer Orac! This unabridged reading joins our previous two Blake’s 7 titles, The Way Back (read by Gareth Thomas) and Cygnus Alpha (read by Paul Darrow).

Before I teleport to another planet surface, there’s just time for me to hint at next month’s Doctor Who releases, which include a double bill of adventures for the Third Doctor, the double return of some particular famous exterminators, and an encounter with Christopher Columbus! Try not to wish May away in the meantime…

Happy listening!

Michael Stevens

Commissioning Editor, Doctor Who

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