I hadn't expected this to be quite as enjoyable as it turned out to be. DOCTOR WHO AND THE DOOMSDAY WEAPON is a rather loose adaptation of COLONY IN SPACE, a television production that has the reputation of being a rather plodding affair (it was released on VHS many years ago in the limited edition Master Tin) but Malcolm Hulke managed to take rather unpromising material and turn it into a very entertaining and engaging little tale. He has rearranged the story into a much leaner and exciting structure and yet added much to the back-story of the characters and given the whole thing a strong environmental spin that is still relevant today despite the original text being written in the early seventies. I shouldn't have been surprised, of course, as those early Target novelisations (especially those first published with the black block text "DOCTOR WHO" logo) were amongst the strongest in the entire range and really do manage to stand the test of time.
Geoffrey Beevers narrates in a delightfully crisp manner - his voice is very easy on the ear - and only adds a sinister edge when he is delivering the lines of the Master, a role he did indeed play later on in his career (in "The Keeper of Traken" on TV - available in the "New Beginnings" DVD set - and DOCTOR WHO productions from Big Finish).
The packaging includes a booklet containing small reprints of the original illustrations that were inside the book, and reprints of the various cover art illustrations that graced the cover of the book over the years are also printed inside the CD case. I would have prefered them to use the original version of the cover art for this, but that really is a minor gripe and comes from nostalgia rather than anything.
All-in-all the whole release is very thoughtfully put together and I found myself feeling a warm glow of contentment as I was easily carried back to my youthful enjoyment of these books.
This is intelligent storytelling that doesn't talk down to its audience and as such is highly recommended.