Following the disappointing audio novelisation of DOCTOR WHO - THE RIBOS OPERATION, AUDIOGO latest (April 2011) CLASSIC SERIES unabridged release firmly places the product range back on track.
DOCTOR WHO - INFERNO delivers an evocation of Don Houghton's 1970 television gritty and acerbic journey to a parallel universe, and, at times, it exceeds that original broadcast production due in part to the combination of a dramatically skilful performance (Caroline John) and a technical deftness of music & sound effects (Meon Sound's Simon Power).
Terrance Dicks' 1984 novel (published by TARGET BOOKS) expertly condenses this seven-parter into a succinct 128 pages, over-brimming with threat, guile, violence and a message that even today (a drilling project based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, is attempting to drill deep into the planet's crust to tap it's latent energy - read the BBC News report. The deepest ever drilled is 12,262 meters (40,230 ft) at the Kola Peninsula in Russia. However, this was a scientific project, not oil exploration) would be clearly understood; compromising our planet could lead to irreversible consequences (unless there's an exiled Time Lord available to literally mop-up the resulting and inevitable mess). Such is his skill of knowing the target (sic) audience's quest for knowledge, Dicks the audacity to contribute supplementary back-story to Houghton's script, establishing more substantial character relationships and expanding on the historical differential between the two universes.Read more ›
Inferno is usually seen as one of the best stories from the original Doctor Who TV series, directed by Douglas Camfield and, owing to Camfield's ill health, Barry Letts. The novel, by Terrance Dicks, is not remembered as being as good, with the 7 TV episodes re-told in just 126 pages. The book certainly is not one of the strongest of the Target range, some of the characters lack a little detail, but Dicks still manages to deliver a text that is exciting and entertaining. Caroline John's super narration, combined with some very good music and sound effects, brings Inferno to life. She finds a voice for each character without trying to re-create the original performances or voices, the result being an audio that creates its own version of Inferno with far greater success than might be expected. Well worth a listen.
This is another brilliant narration of a novelisation of a `classic' Doctor Who story from the early Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) era.
In this story, Caroline John (who played Liz Shaw in this time) narrates the story of an ambitious drilling project to harness the energy from the Earth's core. The Doctor, meanwhile, is trying a few experiments of his own, still in no way reconciled to his exile to Earth imposed on him by his fellow Time Lords. When the Doctor and the Director of the drilling project don't get on, the consequences are far more widespread than anyone could possibly imagine.
Add to this the UNIT team tryiing to solve strange disappearances and mutations, and you have a cracking Jon Pertwee story filled with action and adventure, a great range of characters and plenty of great storyline to keep you hooked.
Caroline John does a great job narrating so many characters; they are all unique without being in any way parodies of the original tv story; and her reading is very clear and well structured. Sound effects are subtle and apt.
This classic story marking the end of Jon Pertwee's First season As the pompous and flamboyant Third Doctor has been adapted from the original TV episode by the great wordsmith and former Script editor himself Terrance Dicks.
Mr Dicks has made a lot of changes from the original episodes to trim away the boring bits and expand on the interesting and exciting parts. It almost makes it seem like both a new story and an old one at the same time.
For example at the beginning of the story when the monster runs around The Drilling Yard, attacking people has been shortened, while the relationships between The Doctor and the Liz Shaw from the alternate universe and the relationship between the Australian oil man Greg Sutton and Dr Stahlman's young female assistant Petra Williams in both universes have both been expanded.
The Audiobook also gives a better explanation of how the British Fascist state came into being in the alternate universe. The story gets into personal territory when the Doctor is being interrogated by the alternate versions of his UNIT friends Brigadier/Brigade Leader Lethbridge-Stewart, Dr./Section Leader Elizabeth Shaw and Sergeant/Platoon Under Leader Benton. The Doctor tries to explain about how the combined weight of small decisions made throughout their lives had led them to become very different people to their counterparts.
With the advantage of a seemingly inexhaustible supply of slaves, the alternate universe facility will breach the earth's crust much sooner and will allow the doctor to find out what will happen in his own universe ahead of "Penetration-Zero".Read more ›
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