Doctor Who

  • by Colin Meek
  • Narrated by Sylvester McCoy, Stephen Fry, John Sessions, full cast
  • 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Sylvester McCoy, Stephen Fry, and John Sessions star in an action-packed adventure specially created for audio. The Doctor and Antimony arrive on the planet Santiny, just as it comes under attack by General Tannis and his Canisian battle fleet. Meanwhile, his other companion, Ace, finds herself under the guidance of the mysterious Casmus, who seems to foresee an important and unusual role in store for her. As the adventure lurches from Santiny to contemporary London and on to Gallifrey, it becomes clear that the Canisians' next target is to be Earth. First webcast on BBCi and also starring Sophie Aldred, Anthony Stewart Head, and Leonard Fenton, this original audio adventure unites elements of the Doctor's past with bold and original ideas for his future.

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What could have been?

This is an original audio drama produced by the BBC in 2001 and broadcast online. There was talk at the time about continuing the Doctor's adventures in this format, so this could be seen as testing the waters on some level.

As a fan of the show, it is hard to be objective reviewing this radio drama as it does a fair bit of "re-imagining" of the premise of the show. The Time Lords are presented as "Gods of the Fourth", supremely powerful and unable to interfere with the machinations of the universe without destroying it (and given all the killing with a single word stuff, is paying homage to Frank Herbert's Dune).

We encounter a Doctor who has dealt with the issue of unpredictable companions by literally building his own, who of course is not aware of his own origins (which I admit leads to some lovely scenes when The Doctor has to deal with the loss of Antimony). TV companion Ace is back, voiced by the gorgeous Sophie Aldred, but now even she is something more than we remember and has a difficult path ahead of her as she moves away from The Doctor.

The plot follows the conquests of the brutal General Tanis, while the 7th Doctor is busy pulling strings behind the scenes to manipulate his downfall. The production becomes almost surreal at times with wonderful characters such as the "Minister of Chance" weaving themselves in and out of events. In coming to resolution, The Doctor is forced to make some very difficult decisions, some of which change the universe (and by extension, the nature of any adventures that might have followed in this canon).

Personally, I loved this drama and found the bizarre quality of the story and characters genuinely engaging. That being said, I can see how the story might be too confusing for someone not a fan, and ironically may put off the die-hard fan due to its rewriting of continuity.

Fans of the series who can deal with speculative treatments of the material may find a hidden gem here.
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- David

Confusing

I wanted to like this audio adventure but unlike those done by Elizabeth Sladen and John Pertwee, this adventure does not flow well, has some overwhelming sound effects which blot out dialogue at times, and is produced as if the listener could see what is happening.

Slyvester McCoy is barely in the episode and the events in this story seem over the top, even for Doctor Who.

Good voice acting, especially by John Sessions.
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- K. Allison

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-19-2005
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited