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DOCTOR WHO And The Curse Of Peladon. [Unknown Binding]

Brian Hayles
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  • Unknown Binding: 141 pages
  • Publisher: Distributed by Lyle Stuart Inc (1976)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007AZLCA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,535,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Curse of Peladon 28 Jun 2014
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a 5-cd set of a reading of the novelisation of The Curse of Peladon, a story first aired on television in 1972 and featuring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor and Katy Manning as Jo Grant. In this story, the Doctor takes Jo for a quick spin in the Tardis, but they don’t land back on Earth where Jo is about to go out on a date and is dressed accordingly, but on a forbidding mountainside where they are forced to clamber up to a citadel on top of the mountain. There they find that they are on the planet of Peladon, where the young King Peladon of Peladon is hosting dignitaries from the Galactic Federation assessing Peladon’s readiness to join the Federation. But there are those on Peladon who would rather they stayed with the old ways, under the sway of religion dedicated to the royal beast Aggedor and who will stop at nothing to remove the threat of the Federation. When the Doctor is mistaken for the Earth delegate and Jo an Earth Princess, they take the opportunity to try and help.

This is a great story, a reading of a classic novelisation by Brian Hayles which has been very sympathetically and fully written. The background to the culture and politics of Peladon, and the ethos of Aggedor is very well done, and the other characters are very well written and portrayed. The Martian Ice Warriors are great; at first the Doctor is wary and suspicious of them as in his previous meetings with them they have been hostile, but it doesn’t take long for the real characters of Izlyr and Ssorg to come through and charm the Doctor and even more so, Jo. The rather phallic character of Alpha Centauri still makes you chuckle, both for its appearance and its highly excitable character personified in a high-pitched voice.
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As majestic as the Royal Beast itself/himself, AUDIOGO's new audio production of Brian Hayles' CLASSIC SERIES four-parter, DOCTOR WHO AND THE CURSE OF PELADON is, simply, imperious, and is as polished and crafted as the author's original TARGET novel.

Faultless, unchallengeable and audaciously addictive to a point where you will be drawn into listening to the release two or three times across consecutive days without boredom setting in or regret that you haven't fed the cat or, heaven forfend, undertaken daily ablutions.

Submit to the true `curse' of Peladon; be a `couch-potato' for five hours.

Like a time-worn Grandfather perched on the edge of his Grandson's bed reading a dog-eared TARGET original copy, David Troughton is singularly unpretentious as reader-performer with a beguiling rhythm and genuine authority that is as comforting as a mug of warm milky cocoa. At times, he's calming, delicate and comforting only to release a guttural passion as the narrative wheels on a Sixpence.

Perhaps, the least successful characterisation is that of the Martian Lord, Izlyr, who tends to `rassssssp' verbally less like an `ice warrior' and more like a bronchially challenged Sir Robin Day with a hint of Roy Hattersley.

Simply, he is, along with Geoffrey Beevers, one of the archetypal DOCTOR WHO novelisation reader-performers, and as such, in the future, would be able to make Glen McCoy's Sixth Doctor novelisation, DOCTOR WHO - TIMELASH (1985) as thrilling as a Matt Damon BOURNE movie if he had the opportunity.
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When I was young, the Target novels were a monthly treat. Old stories that seemed so distant in the memory - yet were probably less than a decade old! - were brought to life on the printed page.

This reading by David Troughton brings to life a classic Pertwee story that saw not only the return of the Ice Warriors, but also introduced a group of memorable aliens including the hexapod, Alpha Centauri, and the "head in a goldfish bowl", Arcturus.

Mr Troughton is a master reader, and even now the story holds together. Fleshed out characters and motivations are envigorated with a great performance, that, aided by audio trckery, allows different races to have different voices.

Its one of the longer books, running to 5 CDs and this affords the story time to breathe. Its a who-done-it for want of a better description and as with many of the 70s stories, even some of the villains are shown to be misguided in their sense of duty rather than evil.

As an introduction to the range or an ongoing part thereof, Curse of Peladon is good value for money and a great item to listen to whilst relaxing on the sofa or whilst doing the dishes!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Perils of Peladon 4 May 2013
By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 100 REVIEWER
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The first of Brian Hayles' two novelisations for the Target range, The Curse of Peladon was published in January 1975. Whilst it sticks closely to the television original, with only a few new scenes added, Hayles was able to take full advantage of the medium of the printed page and he created a novel rich with detail and atmosphere. The result is that this audiobook is a great listen in its own right, as it's much more than just a straightforward transcription of the tv script.

Landing on the primitive planet of Peladon, the Doctor and Jo quickly get caught up in local politics. Peladon is seeking entry into the Galactic Federation and a group of delegates from various planets have arrived to hear their case. Some, like Alpha Centauri and Arcturus are new to the Doctor. Others, like the Ice Warriors, are old enemies of the maverick Time Lord.

When a high ranking Peladon official is found dead in mysterious circumstances, the Pels claim that the spirit of Aggedor is responsible. The Doctor, however, is certain that the Ice Warriors are the guilty party. But is there another solution?

David Troughton, who played King Peladon in the television original, is the reader. Troughton has already read a number of Second Doctor audiobooks, as well as some new series titles. It's easy to see why, as he is a quality reader, with a warm and compelling voice.

Sound and music design is good, and not as overpowering as some of the previous titles. The menagerie of monsters are realised well, sounding quite similar to their television originals.

Running for 5 hours and 20 minutes, The Curse of Peladon, is a highly entertaining reading of one of the classic books from the early days of the Target range.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good Dr. Who story 29 Jan 2014
By Kurt A. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
When the (third) Doctor takes Jo on a test flight of the Tardis, they little know what they are in for. Directed by the Time Lords, the Tardis has landed in the far-future on the planet of Peladon. A delegation from the Galactic Federation are on Peladon to consider the planet’s entry into the Federation, and there is someone who wants to make sure that Peladon maintains its independence, and they are willing to kill to see to it that it doesn’t happen. Can the Doctor unravel the mystery of who is the mysterious killer? You bet! That is, if he can survive long enough.

Overall, I found this to be a very good Dr. Who story. I like the combination of the third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) and Jo Grant (Katy Manning), and thought that the story did a good job with them. It had great action, adventure, intrigue, mystery, and (dare I say it?) a hint of romance. I really liked this book and highly recommend it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Free SF Reader 26 Oct 2007
By Blue Tyson - Published on Amazon.com
Interstellar diplomacy, with castles and monsters.

The Third Doctor arrives on a planet and is mistaken for a late arriving alien diplomat.

He gets caught up in a plot to do with a local monster of legend, and political nastiness that just may involve the odd old Ice Warrior friend.

There are some very entertaining aliens here.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Political intrigue in the far future 19 Nov 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
By the time Doctor Who's ninth season had rolled around, it appeared that the production team were bored with the "exiled on Earth" format. Following the time travel of 'Day of the Daleks', the Doctor and Jo found themselves off in space again in this story, adapted by its original author, Brian Hayles.
The Doctor invites Jo to join him on a test flight in the TARDIS, and they land on a stormy mountainside. The landing is not a good one - the TARDIS is perched precariously on the mountainside, and falls after the travellers disembark. Trying to climb to a castle they can see above, the Doctor and Jo find the entrance to a confusing series of underground passages, neatly foreshadowing the political maze they will soon find themselves embroiled in.
They have landed on the planet Peladon in the far future. Peladon is being considered for entry into the Galactic Federation, and an assessment committee is present, including natives from the star systems Alpha Centauri and Arcturus, as well as Ice Warriors from Mars. The Doctor is mistaken for the committee's chairperson from Earth. In this role, both he and Jo are drawn into the centre of the intrigue.
Exactly who is plotting what is something that can only be found out at great peril.
The book features illustrations, but not ones that particularly assist in evoking the original serial.
One of the examples of political commentary in the show's history, it mirrors the consideration that Britain was giving to becoming a member of the European Common Market. It is also, quite simply, an excellent story. It has been released on video, if you prefer.
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