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Doctor Who and the War Games (Classic Novels) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Malcolm Hulke , David Troughton
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14 Feb 2011 Classic Novels
David Troughton reads this thrilling novelisation of a classic Doctor Who adventure. Mud, barbed wire, the smell of death...The year is 1917 and the TARDIS has materialised on the Western Front during the First World War. Or has it? For very soon the Doctor finds himself pursued by the soldiers of Ancient Rome; and, then he and his companions are reliving the American Civil War of 1863. And is this really Earth, or just a mock-up created by the War Lords? As Doctor Who solves the mystery, he has to admit he is faced with an evil of such magnitude that he cannot combat it on his own - he has to call for the help of his own people, the Time Lords. So, for the first time, it is revealed who is Doctor Who - a maverick Time Lord who 'borrowed' the TARDIS without permission. By appealing to the Time Lords he gives away his position in Time and Space. Thus comes about the Trial of Doctor Who...David Troughton reads Malcolm Hulke's complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target Books in 1979.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (14 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408468336
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408468333
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 575,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The End Of The Line 5 Oct 2012
By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The War Games was the last Doctor Who story of the 1960's, the last Doctor Who story to be made in black and white and also the last regular Doctor Who story to star Patrick Troughton. Amongst these lasts, it also marked the first appearance of the Time Lords. So, all in all, it's a milestone in the history of the programme.

Malcolm Hulke's novelisation was published by Target Books in 1979, based on the original scripts written by Hulke and Terrance Dicks. The TV serial was 10 episodes long, clocking in at around four hours. The book compresses some sections of the story, but nothing really vital is lost. It works well in book form, capturing the essence of the original.

There are plenty examples of Hulke's tweaks to the original material, which always made his Doctor Who novelisations so interesting to read. At times there's a slightly harder edge to the early part of the story, which is set in the 1917 Zone.

David Troughton, at times sounding uncannily like his father, is a wonderful reader with a rich and expressive voice. There are still plenty of Second Doctor stories left, so hopefully David Troughton will read many more of them.

The War Games is an Audiobook that can be listened to again and again, and as the last Doctor Who novelisation written by the late Malcolm Hulke it stands as a fine tribute to this influential Doctor Who writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A family at war.... 16 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
So The War Games materialises in the always-excellent Classic Novels audio strand, despite not perhaps being a true classic of ye olde Target range. It's certainly not vintage Malcolm Hulke, but that's only because of the high standards he set with both his original TV scripst and later novelisations "Doctor Who" and the Cave Monsters (Classic Novels). (And there are perhaps reasons for this; Hulke sadly died shortly after the source book used here was completed in 1979.)

None of this means that The War Games isn't a welcome addition to the audios, of course: it's an important story, marking as it does the end the second Doctor's adventures and with it the introduction of `Them' - the Time Lords.

Fans will know that, for various production reasons, the original 1969 TV series was a bit of an epic - ten episodes, and as the original writers now acknowledge, somewhat reliant on padding. Unlike so many Troughton-era tales Doctor Who - Lost In Time [DVD] [1963], it survived the Great BBC Tape Purges of the sixties and seventies and is out on DVD Doctor Who - The War Games [DVD]. Excellent it is too and, padding or no, across its four-hour run time is rarely less than entertaining. The same can be said for this five-hour, four-CD version, but it's quite a different beast - and fascinating with it.

Hulke compresses and reshapes the material into a more gripping, focused affair.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A pivotal Doctor Who 25 Mar 2011
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
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While this story is long and involved, and thereby runs the risk of falling flat, it never does. The storyline is well paced, the characters well drawn - except possibly the Mexican bandit who got a bit cartoonish for his own good.

This is a very long story but offers much more than just a plot based around the War Lord's people playing their own War Games. It also offers background on the Doctor (new to those seeing this story for the first time in the 1960s). It is a pivotal story in the Doctor Who timeline for being the last Patrick Troughton story, and leads well into the Jon Pertwee error.

David Troughton reads this very well - the voice characterisations are spot on - uncannily so for Patrick Troughton, his father, sometimes - it sounds just like him.

A good story, very well read - I enjoyed listening to this - brought back fond memories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing! 28 Mar 2010
Always one of my favourite Doctor who stories, this is top Target writer Malcolm Hulke's piece de resistance. Only Hulke could cram a ten-episode TV serial into a slim paperback, without sacrificing any of the story's style or substance, and even fleshing-out some of the TV shows' more marginalised characters. Hulke's left-leaning politics come to the fore here, although it's certainly not a didactic story in any way. With some great characters, a lively plot, a regeneration scene, the first mention of the show's most enduring mythologies (The Doctor's background), and one of the range's most striking and memorable front covers; this is a book to treasure in every way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The end of an Era 29 Jun 2013
By Mike
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Patrick Troughton was one of my favourite Doctors. The War Games was a fitting way for him to 'bow out'. Also the end of the Black and White era.
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