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Doctor Who: Inferno (Classic Novels) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Terrance Dicks , Caroline John
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6 Jun 2011 Classic Novels
Caroline John reads this thrilling novelisation of a classic "Doctor Who" adventure. Inferno is the name of a top-secret drilling project to penetrate the Earth's crust and release a major new energy source. A crisis develops when a noxious green liquid leaks out as drilling progresses - the green poison has a grotesquely debilitating effect on human beings. As the Earth's plight worsens, the Doctor is trapped in a parallel world, unable to rescue the planet and its inhabitants from the destructive force of Inferno...Caroline John, who played Liz Shaw in the original "Doctor Who" TV serial, reads Terrance Dicks' complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target Books in 1984. "BBC Audiobooks has chosen well with its books and has taken the right approach with its readers...they benefit from new music and sound effects." ("Doctor Who Magazine").

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; Unabridged edition (6 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408468328
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408468326
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 515,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Inferno Entertains 11 April 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inferno 11 July 2011
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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.

Totally highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracking good Tale! 25 Feb 2014
By Mike
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Having enjoyed the DVD, I have certainly not been disappointed with the Classic Novel. Caroline John does a great job with the voices. The pace keeps up well. Whoever's idea it was to produce these audio CDs - well done!
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