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Doctor Who and the Sea-Devils (Classic Novels) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Malcolm Hulke
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7 Jun 2012 Classic Novels
Geoffrey Beevers reads this exciting novelisation of a classic "Doctor Who" adventure. Whilst visiting the Master, who has been exiled to a luxurious castle prison on a small island, Doctor Who and Jo Grant learn that a number of ships have vanished in the area. Whilst investigating these mysterious disappearances, Jo and the Doctor are attacked by a Sea-Devil, one of a submarine colony distantly related to the Silurians. Soon they discover that the Sea-Devils plan to conquer the Earth and enslave humanity, aided and abetted by the Master. What can Doctor Who do to stop them? Geoffrey Beevers, who played an incarnation of the Master in the classic BBC TV series, reads Malcolm Hulke's complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target Books in 1974.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (7 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445824671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445824673
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 14 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 501,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Once in a while AUDIOGO releases a DOCTOR WHO unabridged novelisation reading, based upon the original TARGET range of paperbacks, that is dull, poorly paced and abhorrently boring immediately tossed into an old TESCO plastic carrier bag for its one-way day-trip to the local charity shop. Unsurprisingly, I think my OXFAM donated copy of DOCTOR WHO - GHOST LIGHT will either be heavily reduced or gathering dust on their shelf unwanted and ignored. Now, that was a release depressing to listen to.

However, once in while a genuine masterpiece is released and this is it; DOCTOR WHO AND THE SEA-DEVILS.

In 2012, if you want/have to/need to select one novelisation release then Geoffrey Beevers' charismatic performance in reading Malcolm Hulke's 1974 published novel is an unequivocal choice.

Nearly four and half-hours delivering thrilling action, a subdued characterisation of the Third Doctor, a chillingly personification of hatred embodied in the Master, and an aural canvas of technical & atmospheric sound effects that is more akin to a cinematic production rather than a humble spoken word release.

With an opening sequence - wonderfully written by Hulke nearly 40 years ago that has stood the test of time - that is as heart-stoppingly energetic as Spielberg's sequence of a mass troop deployment on Utah Beach in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. In Chapter One ("Abandon Ship") Crafted by Simon Power (MEON SOUND), we are treated to a multi-layered audio feast that assaults the ears with storm-forced winds, inconsolable waves, creaking steel-work of an aging vessel (SS Pevensey Castle), mechanical winches, and the chilling impossibility of crackling flames from the sea that was anything but empty.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor meets the Sea Devils 29 April 2013
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Geoffrey Beevers narrates this audio version of the novelisation of the Third Doctor story, originally broadcast in 1972. The story was novelised by the writer, Malcolm Hulke, who also added a few extra bits into the novelisation that were not seen in the original tv story. So we get a very well-rounded story here. Beevers is known to `classic' Doctor Who viewers as one of the incarnations of the Master in the 1970s, and suitably dastardly he was then. His voice in these audio stories (of which he has narrated several that I can think of) rolls beautifully through the language. (Beevers was also married to Caroline John, who played the Third Doctor's assistant Liz Shaw, and who sadly died in June 2012).

This story introduces us to the Sea Devils, aquatic cousins of the Silurians, creatures the Third Doctor has met previously. The Sea Devils are, right from the start, involved in the mysterious sinking of ships off the British Coast. But the Doctor and Jo soon find that one of his most deadly foes is also involved in the plot. Can the Doctor set everything right? Well, we're pretty sure he can, but we have great fun listening to him as he does so!

Although the Sea Devils are the reason for all the skullduggery and intrigue, they don't really have a huge role to play in this story; rather it is a story of the Master and the Doctor, those classic Third Doctor confrontations which Jon Pertwee and Roger Delgado did so well. The other thing that I felt really added to the whole Third Doctor atmosphere was the Navy involvement, with Captain Hart, and of course the rather sad figure of Mr Trenchard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's something nasty in the water 30 Sep 2012
By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 100 REVIEWER
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It's no surprise that all seven of Malcolm Hulke's Doctor Who novelisations have been released as audiobooks since they are rightly regarded as some of the strongest in the entire Target series of over 150 books.

Read by Geoffrey Beavers, who briefly played The Master in the Tom Baker era, The Sea Devils takes place in the middle of the Jon Pertwee era, when the Doctor finds himself crossing swords, this time literally, with his arch nemesis, the Master.

Although imprisoned on an island in the English Channel, this hasn't stopped the Master from making contact with a race of reptiles who ruled the Earth long before the human race, and have a desire to do so again. The Master, of course, is only too happy to help, particularly if it means the Doctor's favourite planet is in the firing line .....

One of the joys of Hulke's Doctor Who books are the numerous extra touches he added. Never content to simply take the original story and transfer it scene by scene and word by word, he often played around, inventing or improving scenes as well as allowing the reader into the minds of the characters.

One of my favourites concerns the bluff Colonel Trenchard, governor of the Master's prison. He is duped into helping the Master, who convinces him that the area is under attack from enemy agents, whereas the Master is preparing the way for the Sea Devils. When the Sea Devils invade the prison, Trenchard nobly attempts to defend it, but releases too late that the safety catch of his gun is still on and dies before taking a shot. When the Doctor discovers his body later, he notices this and turns the safety catch off, so no-one will realise his mistake. It's a small character point, but it adds great depth to the character of Trenchard.
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