The Twin Dilemma is one of a very small handful of stories that the majority of Doctor Who fans are acutely embarrassed about. It's dreadful, it's also the very first adventure of the sixth Doctor, Colin Baker, the narrator of this talking book.
I collected all the TARGET novelisations as they were published and I was dreading this as I disliked the story so much, to my surprise it was fantastic and, in actual fact, bears very little resemblance to the TV original. Everything has been altered to make the story flow better. Here we don't have to suffer the terrible costumes that the unfortunate actors were forced to wear. Here we don't have to cringe at some of the dreadful acting of the two 'actors' chosen to play the twins of the title. Here we don't have to shrink away with horror at one of the worst monsters ever to appear in the show. This book does away with all that and presents us with a tightly plotted story, excellent characterisation and genuinely interesting set pieces, and more importantly the story flows.
Eric Saward, Doctor Who's script editor at the time, has used the Douglas Adams' Hitch Hikers style as a template, it's very funny and witty. It's also dark and serious when it needs to be and is thoroughly engaging.
Colin Baker narrates the story with glee and gusto and one gets the feeling that he enjoyed revisiting an old story of his and presenting it from a very different angle. The soundtrack and spot effects greatly enhance the mood of Colin's narration and it zips along brilliantly.
This is the definitive version of The Twin Dilemma, so leave the DVD of the story on the shelves and listen to this instead, you won't be disappointed.
An excellent reading of a great book.