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Doctor Who: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (7th Dr) (Dr Who) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Stephen Wyatt , Sophie Aldred
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: AudioGO Limited (1 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471347095
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471347092
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 12.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Stephen Wyatt writes for theatre, radio and television.

For further information on Stephen's life, work and how to contact him, please consult Stephen's website:


Stephen also wrote the introductions to Pinero:Three Plays (Methuen).

Stephen's dramatisation of Henry Fielding's Tom Jones for BBC Radio4 is available as an audio download from audible.co.uk

Product Description

Doctor Who: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (7th Dr) Sophie Aldred reads this exciting novelisation of a classic Doctor Who adventure CREEPY. That's what Ace thinks of clowns. But the Doctor insists on entering the talent contest at the Psychic Circus, the self-proclaimed Greatest Show in the Galaxy, on the planet Segonax. What has reduced Segonax to an arid wasteland? Full description

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Season 25 Story Now on Audio 15 Oct 2013
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Sophie Aldred gives a great presentation of narration in this adventure bringing a nice range also to her character performances.
The music & sound effects add atmosphere to the story.

Nothing really been added on from the transmitted tv story.

Roll up roll up come & see the greastest show in the galaxy.

The Doctor & Ace arrive on the planet Segonax but what is the mystery here?, Why has the planet Segonax become a galactic wasteland?, Why does everybodys at the circus seem so unhappy & who are the Ragnarok.

A ancient evil is stirring inside the psychic circus evil is manifesting as The Doctor enters the talent contest run by The Ringmaster & his killer robots but will the Doctors talent for entertaining the Ragnarok inside the big top result in his death?

The Doctor & Ace need the wits about them in defeating this evil whom has sucked the fun out of this circus.

A great adaption of Stephen Wyatts story read with great efficiency by Sophie Aldred.

What loses a star is there nothing new or expanded on in this audiobook compared to it's tv episode counterpart which is a real shame as I'd like to have seen a bit more backstory of the Ragnarok & the effect they have on the circus folk.

Also the tv episode version showed a rather chilling performance by Ian Reddington as The chief clown which isn't translated as well using narration to this audiobook.

But great atmospheric music & effects does create a creepy tense atmosphere especially if listened to in the dark, like i do constantly.

Not the best of the Target range but far from the worst either a enjoyable listern & recommended to fans of The Seventh Doctor.
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From a period in DOCTOR WHO's legendary history when it was traumatically ailing, almost terminal without a defibrillator to reinstate any form of dramatic pulse, however, as part of SEASON 25, Stephen Wyatt's DOCTOR WHO - THE GREATEST SHOW IN THE GALAXY injected a much need Adrenalin shot of fantasy intrigue and delivering an array of engaging characters that truly was the beginning of the end of mediocrity that had plagued the series over the previous four.

A chance encounter with `space-based junk mail', the Doctor and Ace are tempted to visit the planet Segonax-based Psychic Circus that is, effectively, at the centre of a web controlled by Ragnarok, who feed insatiably on `entertainment' (rather like the Weeping Angels who feed on `future time' by sending their prey back in time) of the unwitting attendees of the Circus performers pressganged to perform & die or die.

Certainly, if this four-parter had been conceived within the NEW SERIES and contracted into a single 45-minute episode then DOCTOR WHO - THE GREATEST SHOW IN THE GALAXY would be hailed as a disturbingly haunting `classic'. I wonder if a clever fan-geek has re-edited it into a truncated single episode for a YOU Tube upload? However, it is generally ignored by fans for any form of recognition or appreciation as it is unexpectedly overshadowed by McCoy's equally impressive THE CURSE OF FENRIC or GHOST LIGHT or SURVIVAL.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The greatest show in the galaxy? 8 Aug 2013
By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Ace doesn't like clowns. So a trip to the planet Segonax to visit the famous circus - proudly proclaimed as The Greatest Show In The Galaxy - doesn't appeal to her at all.

The Doctor is insistent though, and once they arrive he quickly finds himself entered in the talent contest. But all is not well, and there are dark secrets to be uncovered and an ancient evil for the Doctor and Ace to fight.

Originally released by Target Books in 1989, Stephen Wyatt's novelisation of his original scripts is an efficient retelling of the television original. There's not a great deal added to the book, but it's still an effective adaptation of a good story.

It's read by Sophie Aldred, her first for the range. It's a very good reading from her, as she produces a nice range of voices for the different characters and she has a pleasant speaking voice as well..

A solid reading of a solid book from an era of the programme that is sometimes unfairly overlooked. Doctor Who in the late 1980's didn't perform particularly well in the ratings, but it often had stories of imagination and character, and this is one of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The clowns are coming..! 19 Dec 2013
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For me, the televised story derived from the novel on which this audio reading is based, is one of the most underrated serials in the show's long history. Sinister clowns, psychotic robots, galaxy-destroying `gods', a host of colourful guest characters, AND that bloke who played Adrian Mole...what more can one ask for?! The icing on the cake is that the audio is narrated by Sophie Aldred - herself involved in the TV version as the Seventh Doctor's spunky companion Ace. Understated but well-deployed sound effects, a strong sense of mystery, and Aldred's effective range of accents, from The Doctor's soft Gaelic burr to the Chief Clown's sinister whisper, all combine to make this a hauntingly powerful story, and a superb addition to the audio range.
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