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Doctor Who Earthshock [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Ian Marter , Peter Davison
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2 Feb 2012 Doctor Who
Peter Davison reads this exciting novelisation of a classic Doctor Who adventure in which the Fifth Doctor encounters the Cybermen. A group of palaeontologists have been savagely attacked while carrying out a study of fossilised dinosaur remains in an underground cave system on twenty-fifth century Earth. A party of troopers and Professor Kyle, the only survivor of the attack, are investigating the deaths of her colleagues when they discover the Doctor and his companions at the site of the massacre. The time-travellers are immediately suspected. In trying to establish their innocence and find out who - or what - was responsible for the killings, the Doctor is confronted by an old enemy...The Fifth Doctor himself, Peter Davison, reads Ian Marter's complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target Books in 1983, whilst Nicholas Briggs provides the authentic voice of the Cybermen.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; Unabridged edition (2 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140846831X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408468319
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 12.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 493,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Since 'Earthshock' was the first classic `Doctor Who' story I watched, it's fair that I should purchase the audiobook of the Target novelisation of the TV story.

`Doctor Who - Earthshock' is a brilliant novelisation of one of my favourite Who stories with the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa of Traken, Tegan and Adric and of course with the Cybermen. I read the actual novelisation of this whilst hearing the audiobook in the background. I bought the audiobook in Stratford-upon-Avon whilst purchasing the novel from Amazon. The story is read by none other than the Doctor himself - Peter Davison. There's also Nick Briggs who provides the Cybermen voices for this to, which are very convincing Cyber voices compared to the TV story.

This book was published from the Target range in 1983, a year after the TV story's initial broadcast. It was novelised from Eric Saward's TV scripts by...Ian Marter! Yes, that's right. Ian Marter wrote this novel. Do you know who Ian Marter is? He played Harry Sullivan, Doctor Who companion during Tom Baker's time. And he's done a remarkable job adapting this story into a novel that I've enjoyed reading and hearing.

Ian has written a number of Target novels based on original TV stories during the series, particularly stories from the Patrick Troughton days such as 'The Dominators' and 'The Invasion'. He also novelised a story he was in himself that became 'Doctor Who and the Sontaran Experiment'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Return of the Cybermen 21 Oct 2012
By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Earthshock is an efficient adaptation by Ian Marter of Eric Saward's script, originally transmitted in 1982. Marter was responsible for penning a series of highly regarded Doctor Who novelisations, from the late 1970's until his untimely death in 1987.

Earthshock sticks quite closely to the original scripts, although Marter is more than able to add more tension and fear on the printed page.

Peter Davison gives a capable reading, and sound design and effects are as efficient as usual. The only drawback is that the Cyber voices are not the ones as used in the original TV serial.

Nicholas Briggs did offer to do Earthshock-style voices, but for some strange reason BBC policy decided that this wasn't acceptable, and the new series voices should be used instead. As the Earthshock-era Cybermen are quite verbose it doesn't really work if they don't have the "proper" voices.

It's still a decent reading though, and worth picking up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A memorable Story. 22 July 2012
By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Earthshock is possibly one of the most remembered stories of the Doctor Who Series for the simple reason that one of the Doctor's Assistants dies at the end.

I don't think for a moment I have written a plot spoiler for almost everyone will know the ending? It was dramatic and shocking- that doesn't happen to the Doctor's assistants does it?

Peter Davison is also one of the top of people's favourite Doctors and Cybermen are up there too with the favourite monsters.

Eric Seward was a great Doctor Who writer.
Marry that with the fact it's set in earth's Future and you have Space Freighter's in peril then you have a cracking mix of a realy good story.

So with all those in the mix I sought out this Audio Book reading by Peter Davison.

The book is actually written by the deceased Ian Marter based on Eric Seward's Serial for Dr Who. It was published in 1983 after Sewards serial shown in 1982. Even I cannot believe it is over 30 years ago since I saw it.

Davison reads the book well. When he depicts a character's voice there is a special effect that changes it so it does not detract from the story- but rather enhances the narrative.
The Cybermen too are voiced by Nicholas Briggs so this really helps dispel possible 'dryness' in the narration. - True some decry Brigg's voice as not being authentic but for me the voices are spot on in increasing my enjoyment of the books reading.

At a running time of 4 hours and 45 minutes spread over 4 CDs this is good entertaiment.

The story as I said is a cracker- well remembered and liked.
Davison depicts it well and the story rolls along at a good pace with no 'dead part; fillers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cybermen's cunning plan 22 Jun 2012
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Review of Audio cd: (22 June 2012)

I only vaguely remembered the story of Earthshock from the tv series; only the ending is etched indelibly on my mind. It was shocking at the time; or at least I found it so. And it's still really shocking when you hear it read out loud now. I never really cared for the character of Adric much, but the whole story is really quite sad.

Peter Davison is great in this reading of Ian Marter's wonderful novelisation of this wonderful 80's story; it's lovely to hear a Doctor reading a story about the Doctor. His reading of the other character's voices is not affected in any way; it's really just a simple reading done by him in the character he played so well. The only gripe I really had was the cybermen voices - it would have been nice to have David Banks voice the cybermen in the tones that were used in the original tv story; it would have made more sense too, when Ian Marter uses the word "boomed" to describe the Cyber Leader's voice; Nicholas Briggs' rendition of the cybermen, while good, is more of a "classic" Cyberman, not the 1980's even more chilling creatures that were voiced by David Banks. Apart from that, everything was spot on - the voices, the characterisations, the sound effects.

All in all, totally recommended - a great story, well novelised, well read and wonderfully preserved for us all to listen to again and again.

Review of novelisation: (2 July 2013)

This is, as any Doctor Who fan will know, the story with the ending that just about everybody is familiar with. I won't spoil it here for anyone who doesn't know it, but it's a biggie for the Tardis crew.
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