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.
on 19 December 2013
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.