Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet

  • by Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by Jon Culshaw
  • 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jon Culshaw reads the brand-new novelisation of a classic Doctor Who adventure by Douglas Adams.
The hugely powerful Key to Time has been split into six segments, all of which have been disguised and hidden throughout time and space. Now the even more powerful White Guardian wants the Doctor to find the pieces.
With the first segment successfully retrieved, the Doctor, Romana and K9 trace the second segment of the Key to the planet Calufrax. But when they arrive at exactly the right point in space, they find themselves on exactly the wrong planet - Zanak.
Ruled by the mysterious 'Captain', Zanak is a happy and prosperous planet. Mostly. If the mines run out of valuable minerals and gems then the Captain merely announces a New Golden Age, and they fill up again. It's an economic miracle - so obviously something's very wrong.
Duration: 10 hours approx.


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Available on Audible MONTHS before

Where does Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very good adaption of a classic 4th Doctor story. Great follow-up to "City of Death" and "Shada". The previous 2CD release of TPP was the original TV release with additional narration, while the 2017 release is unabridged allowing greater development of characters and expanding upon the original story/screenplay.

Which character – as performed by Jon Culshaw – was your favorite?

All the voice acting was excellent.

Any additional comments?

Actually, I just wished to let fellow fans know that one doesn't have to wait the extra months for this product as it appears to have been available on since it was first released in the UK (January 2017). lists it as Jun 2017, so a six month delay for those fans in the US unless you want to spend extra $$ for overseas shipping.... or just get it right away via Audible. :)

Tried leaving a review to that effect on, but as I bought it via "Audible - An Amazon Company" it doesn't actually count as a "verified/valid" Amazon purchase, and such "unverified" reviews are hidden by default. So just deleted that one and tried again here.

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- NM

This Audiobook is a TARDIS

What made the experience of listening to Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet the most enjoyable?

Goss and Culshaw know the Dr. Who universe like their own back gardens. They are cheek to cheek with Adams and Baker in this production. The fourth doctor was my favorite regeneration in the old television show and they brought it back to life so vividly, I had to occasionally remind myself I wasn't watching it on a tiny black and white screen in the kitchen after school. Jon Culshaw goes past mimicry which honestly would get tedious after an hour, but I'm on my third listen from the top. Nothing in the writing is labored. It all flows like an impossibly long scarf down a linear induction corridor.As always, the framework Douglas laid down goes beyond science fiction. It is storytelling at its finest and a complete joy.

What other book might you compare Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet to and why?

City of Death. Mined from the same vein of 70s sci-fi gold, and lovingly narrated by Lalla Ward.

Which character – as performed by Jon Culshaw – was your favorite?

The Fourth Doctor (aka Tom Baker.)

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment where the Doctor confronts the Captain in the gallery is just as moving (if not more) as the original.

Any additional comments?

Keep these coming.

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- Jon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-05-2017
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd.