William Russell reads this exciting novelisation of a classic Doctor Who adventure.
In a final bid to regain control of the TARDIS's faulty control system, the Doctor is driven to experiment with a dangerous untried combination.
With a violent explosion, the TARDIS blacks out and the crew find themselves trapped inside. A simple technical fault? Sabotage? Or something even more sinister? Tension mounts as the Doctor and his companions begin to suspect one another.
What has happened to the TARDIS? Slowly a terrifying suspicion dawns. Has the TARDIS become the prisoner of some powerful fifth intelligence that is even now haunting the time-machine's dark and gloomy corridors? William Russell, who played the Doctor's companion Ian in the original TV serial, reads Nigel Robinson's complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target Books in 1988.
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For completists ONLY!
The soundtrack is overloud and drowns out the dialogue at points. Also there are are awkward silences between chapters.
As for the story, the weaknesses are nicely summarized by the Wikipedia article. I might add that the narration is a little overwrought at points, particularly for the female characters.
The ending, well, let's just say this is one of the primary reasons this is for completists only. Overall, the story is weak. However, there are a few moments which help create the overall mythos we know and love.
- Mark Gibson