The Doctor Who legend that is Tom Baker narrates this great Target story adapted from the 1975 serial featuring Tom himself as the Fourth Doctor as well as his feisty journalist companion Sarah-Jane Smith. The TV story was a cracker and the novelisation was also superb - rewarding the faithful reader with embellishments to the original script and creating a fantastically Gothic mood and atmosphere.
Shortly after an insectoid mutant has been savagely dispatched by a sinister hulking barbarian, the TARDIS arrives on the stormy planet of Karn, and the time travellers find themselves in what seems to be a spaceship graveyard. Discovering a formidable looking castle on the horizon they head there to shelter from the storm, and are welcomed by seemingly charming scientist Solon (the excellent Phillip Madoc) but soon discover he has ulterior motives for his hospitality; he is in possession of the still living brain of executed Timelord criminal Morbius, and is planning on putting it into a new body so that the arch-fiend may live once more and continue his reign of terror.
After thoroughly enjoying this unabridged audio book, I was keen to revisit the DVD, and was surprised how much more I enjoyed Baker's reading than watching the events unfold on screen. Tom's melifluous tones are perfect, and he puts on understated yet appropriate voices for the unctuous Solon and maniacal Morbius, creating a pitch-perfect tone for the story.
As always with this series of audio books, the front cover is faithfully reproduced from Mike Little's 1978 Target original, and the whole package is classy and great value for money.