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Doctor Who: Earthshock Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140846831X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408468319
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 14 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Peter Davison reads this exciting novelisation of a classic Doctor Who adventure in which the Fifth Doctor encounters the Cybermen.

About the Author

Ian Marter is best remembered by Doctor Who fans as the actor who played the Fourth Doctor's companion Harry Sullivan. In fact, his first role in Doctor Who came a couple of years earlier when he played the character of Andrews in 'Carnival of Monsters'. Marter worked with his friend Tom Baker on ideas for a possible Doctor Who film, and together they developed a script. Though the film was never made, Marter continued to write and novelised nine Doctor Who adventures for Target books. Ian Marter died in 1986.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bradley as Billy on 14 Feb. 2014
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'Doctor Who - Earthshock' is a brilliant novelisation of one of my favourite 'Who' stories!

Since 'Earthshock' was the first classic `Doctor Who' story I watched, it's fair that I should purchase the audiobook of the Target novelisation. I bought the audiobook in Stratford-upon-Avon and the novel from Amazon. I read the novelisation and listened to the audiobook at the same time.

The story is read by the Doctor himself - Peter Davison - with Nick Briggs as the voices of the Cybermen. These are convincing Cybermen voices compared to the TV story. The bood is divided into 10 chapters spread out on 4 CDs in the audiobook.

This book was published 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! Ian played Harry Sullivan with Tom Baker's Doctor and has done a remarkable job adapting the story into a novel.

Ian has written a number of Target novels based on original TV stories, including 'The Dominators' and 'The Invasion'. He also wrote 'Doctor Who and the Sontaran Experiment' which he was in. 'Earthshock' is his fifth novel, and he adapts the story splendidly with a 'novel' approach.

In terms of plot, not much has changed. Although Ian has slightly amended and adjusted certain scenes to work better compared to the TV story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 July 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Jun. 2012
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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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