History must take its course... The TARDIS materialises in the middle of a holy war between King Richard the Lionheart and the Saracen leader, Saladin, in 12th Century Palestine. As the Doctor, Vicki, Ian and Barbara explore their surroundings, they are suddenly caught up in a Saracen ambush - and Barbara is kidnapped. For the time travellers, intrigue and espionage ensue as they once again become involved in living history. A newly-knighted 'Sir Ian of Jaffa' makes haste to find and rescue Barbara, whilst the Doctor finds it difficult to stay out of trouble in the court of the King... This classic adventure, only two episodes of which survive in the BBC film archive, stars William Hartnell as the Doctor, William Russell as Ian, Jacqueline Hill as Barbara, and Maureen O'Brien as Vicki. Amongst the guest cast are Julian Glover as Richard, with Jean Marsh as his sister Joanna.
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The Doctor meets The Lionhearted
Due to the story being the recording, with linking narration added, of the lost TV episode, it flows much better then a simple audiobook with a single narrator.
There were a lot of memorable moments, though I guess the climax of the story with the Doctor and gang making their way to the TARDIS to escape was a big one.
With William Hartnell, and the rest of the cast you really get a sense of the story they were telling, where just reading the novelization robs you of hearing the characters voices.
No real extreme reactions, you have the usual up and downs like when Barbara escapes or when Ian ran into the bandits on his way to rescue Barbara.
Fans of Doctor Who's classic stories would really enjoy hearing this classic lost story, as well as hearing all the original voices, many who have since passed on.
- Ryan S. Witalison
Soundtrack from TV Show with Narration