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Product details

  • Audio CD: 5 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition (14 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405687622
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405687621
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 561,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Barry Letts reads his own gripping novelisation of a classic Doctor Who adventure.

About the Author

Barry Letts started his career as an actor. He began in repertory in York whilst also working for a local radio station in Leeds. After a chance meeting with BBC producer/director Rex Tucker, Letts started working with him first on radio and then on television. His first television appearance was with Patrick Troughton in a 1950 production of Gunpowder Guy, about Guy Fawkes. Eventually Letts decided he wanted to go into directing and attended the BBC director's course in 1967. He worked on episodes of Z Cars and The Newcomers before directing the six-part Doctor Who story 'The Enemy of the World' in 1967. Following this he became producer of Doctor Who in 1969. After he left Doctor Who in 1974, he found himself marking time by working as a sort of assistant to Head of Drama, Ronnie Marsh, until he decided to return to directing and approached various producers for work. It was because of this that he came to direct 'The Android Invasion' for Doctor Who in 1975. Straight after that came a production of The Prince and the Pauper for John McCrae. However, McCrae was promoted to Head of Drama for a New Zealand TV station and so Letts was asked to take over as producer of the classic serials on BBC1. In the late Seventies and early Eighties Letts returned to Doctor Who for a time as executive producer. He continued to work as a director, particularly on the classic serials which were at the time being produced by Terrance Dicks. In 1993, Letts wrote a new radio production of Doctor Who called 'The Paradise of Death', and this was followed in 1995 by 'The Ghosts of N-Space'. Letts has since written several original Doctor Who novels, and has also completed the first part of an autobiography called Who & Me, published in an online format in 2006, and as an abridged audiobook in 2008.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Le Quin on 10 Feb. 2009
Format: Audio CD
If you are not sure about this BBC audiobook range, then Barry Letts reading of a story he was heavily involved in is actually very good. Letts is a good story teller as his "Who and I" testifies. Had I not known that this was Barry Letts voice, one could be forgiven for thinking it was the lovable Peter Sallis detailing the story of Devil's End.

The story gets a four as it does feel a little over long and I am not fully convinced we really need such readings when a DVD would suffice. It is amazing to think that these original books were generally between 30p and £2 for the bulk of their paperback life, yet now we are paying nearly tenfold for an audio adaptation. As good as a reading might be, for many it is still no substitute for the visual and audio experience of the original.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Number13 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Nov. 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
`The Dæmons' is one of the all-time classics of `Doctor Who', perfectly capturing the whole Third Doctor era in a single story: a seemingly tranquil English setting, alien power stirring in the darkness and the sinister Master (posing as the local Vicar) at his nefarious schemes again with only the debonair Doctor and UNIT's finest to save the world.

Renowned producer Barry Letts was co-author of this classic and I think this was his only novelisation (of any televised story) - it's one of my favourites and quite unusual; at 170 pages of small print (in the original 1974 Target edition, dark blue spine and back cover for this one) I think it might be the longest `Doctor Who' novelisation by some way, even allowing for it being a five-part story. This allows for some longer, more descriptive passages, not perhaps to everyone's taste but I liked the style the first time I read it, 40 years ago, and still do.

Generally, it follows the televised version closely; the writing is a pleasure to read and there are a few differences and additions that are fun to encounter, such as joining our heroes for their tasty-sounding `ploughman's lunch' in a quieter moment at `The Cloven Hoof'. The highly convenient stepladder used by Jo Grant to escape from the pub gets a better replacement, as does the too-fortuitous placing of the motorbike used by Mike Yates in the helicopter chase. And in one chancy moment at the heat barrier, this very nearly becomes the last story the Brigadier was ever in ...

Memorable village witch ("A white witch, of course!") Miss Hawthorne here gets to try out some more visible lore and magic, curing the Squire's headache with a herbal remedy and (with the slightly embarrassed Sgt. Benton) even takes on the evil gargoyle Bok with some defensive white magic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rob Cameron on 11 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
I bought this after hearing Barry Letts reading his autobiographical book "Who and Me" on BBC Radio 7. Finding his voice and reading style very pleasant, I thought I'd buy this reading of a story that I just about remember seeing the first time round in the early seventies. I wasn't disappointed. It makes very good listening.
Barry Letts co-wrote The Daemons with Robert Sloman whilst he was producer of the show and he also wrote the 'novelisation' of that story for Target books in the mid seventies. The Target novelisations were the only way of reliving Doctor Who stories before VHS tape and they could represent the original story with varying degrees of accuracy, depending on the writer's imagination and poetic license. Barry has stuck to the original story quite faithfully but has added more depth to the characters, which helps make it feel more like a book that a converted script.
Sadly Barry died last year but we are lucky in that he had already recorded readings of this story and "Who and Me" for posterity.
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