Matthew Waterhouse reads this classic novelisation of a Fourth Doctor TV adventure.
The Doctor, Romana and K9 are heading for Gallifrey when they temporarily lose control of the TARDIS. The significance of this event is only revealed when they land, not on Gallifrey but on Alzarius. The planet's legendary Mistfall is approaching, a time when giant scaly creatures emerge from the swamps and go on the rampage, leaving a trail of death and destruction in their wake.
As the Alzarians take cover in the Starliner spaceship, one band of young rebels is determined to be different. Among them is Adric, a boy who inadvertently leads Romana and K9 into terrible danger. Will the Doctor be able to save all their lives and unravel the secret of Mistfall?
Matthew Waterhouse, who played Adric in the BBC TV series, reads Andrew Smith’s complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target Books in 1982. Reading produced by Lyndsey Melling. Sound design by Simon Power. Executive producer: Michael Stevens.
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- R. Compton
Exciting novelization of a 1980 story
This new recording of the 1982 novel is an in-depth dramatization of the four-episode story Full Circle which aired in 1980 begins with exciting, explosive scenes eloquently written and elegantly performed. The sound effects and music are stunning.
The voices are excellent. I was particularly impressed that Waterhouse could voice four people in a conversation and the sound design was so carefully done that the listener could instantly discern which character was speaking each time from the first word in the sentence because of where the voice was coming from. It sounded as if multiple actors were all standing and moving about in front of me. Add to that that the voices/accents/dialects all varied. Waterhouse is a major talent.
The depth of the four-hour unabridged novel, with its allegory and allusion to religions and evolution, made for a much richer experience than the 90-minute TV story arc. I was amazed.
- Alabama purchaser