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Doctor Who and the Visitation [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Eric Saward , Matthew Waterhouse
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4 Oct 2012
Tegan, the young air hostess who quite unintentionally became a member of the TARDIS's crew, wants to return to her own time, but when the Doctor tries to take her back to Heathrow Airport in the twentieth century the TARDIS lands instead on the outskirts of seventeenth-century London. The Doctor and his companions receive a decidedly unfriendly welcome - but it soon becomes clear that the sinister activities of other visitors from time and space have made the villagers extremely suspicious of outsiders. And as a result of the aliens' evil schemes, the Doctor finds himself on the point of playing a key role in a gruesome historical event...Matthew Waterhouse, who played the Doctor's companion Adric in the original BBC TV serial, reads Eric Saward's complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target Books in 1982.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; Unabridged edition (4 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445826208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445826202
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Terileptils In A Book! 24 Jun 2014
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`Doctor Who and the Visitation' is a very enjoyable audiobook of the novelisation by Eric Saward on his first TV story for the series.

I enjoyed reading and listening to this story with the Target book in my hand and hearing Matthew Waterhouse's narration in the background. This is surprisingly a 3-disc set for the audiobook. This is unusual because `Doctor Who' Target novelisation audiobooks tend to be either 4 or 5 disc sets. But because Eric's novel is slim and not expansive as 'Doctor Who - Logopolis', 'Doctor Who - Castrovalva' or 'Doctor Who - Earthshock', the story fits in only on 3 discs.

This book is based on the original TV story, 'The Visitation' with Peter Davison's Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric. It's one of my favourite TV stories featuring the new monsters called the Terileptils and featuring a historical element in the plague and the Great Fire of London. I wanted to explore more of this story and hoped this Target novel/audiobook would provide just that.

I bought the Target novel at a convention in Weston-super-Mare back in July, 2012. But I didn't read the book until I bought the audiobook recently. Reading the book and listening to the audio at the same time is a real treat, and allows me to read and hear what differences were made to the book compared to what was done in the actual TV story.

The target novel is about 11 chapters long for the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who and the Visitation 5 Mar 2013
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Having just read the novelisation of this story, by Eric Saward, I have now received the audio reading of the novelisation released in October 2012. This novelisation is read by Matthew Waterhouse, who played Adric, companion to Peter Davison's Fifth Doctor in the 1980s. I was a little dubious, but Matthew Waterhouse reads this very well - his voice has matured, yet is still recognisable as `Adric'.

The reading of the voice of the actor, Richard Mace, to start with sounds a little over the top, but you soon get used to it, and I think he comes across, quite cleverly, as a rather `overwrought thespian' from the Stuart Age - used to projecting emotion and voice in a larger than life manner to a broad audience. As such, Matthew Waterhouse's characterisation of Mace is really quite enjoyable. His rendering of the Doctor and Tegan are quite spot on, and the remainder of the characters are also read very well.

In the story itself, the Doctor, attempting to return Tegan to her correct time and place (1980 at Heathrow Airport), finds that they have in fact landed in the right place, but not the right time. But someone else who should not be there has got there before them; and unless the Doctor and his companions can remove the threat, the Plague and the Great Fire of 1666 may not be the worst things to happen in London this year.

One of the delights of these readings of the novelisations of the `classic' Doctor Who stories, is that, while the novels themselves tend to be quite short (around 130 pages) and are a quick read, on listening to a trained actor's voice portraying the characters, and `emotionalising' the narrative, the story becomes hours of enjoyment, with subtle sound effects, and becomes much more than just a reading of a book, but a whole audio experience - the novels are lifted up beyond a quick read to a new realm and a new way of enjoying Doctor Who.

I thoroughly enjoyed this cd, and this story - totally recommended.
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By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 100 REVIEWER
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The Doctor and his companions land in 17th Century England. Fear stalks a countryside ravaged by plague, but there's other dangers too. A small group of aliens have crash-landed in the vicinity, and they have a plan, which will involve the extermination of the entire human race ......

The Visitation, written by Eric Saward, was broadcast on BBC1 in 1982, and the Target novelisation followed some six months later. It's a pretty traditional tale of aliens interfering in Earth's past, which is a familiar scenario, and better examples can be found, like The Time Warrior or The Masque of Mandragora, but The Visitation is entertaining enough to pass a few hours.

The reader is Matthew Waterhouse, who played Adric between 1980 and 1982. Clearly an Australian accent isn't one of his strengths so Tegan sounds more like a Londoner than anything else. And his voice for Richard Mace, the main guest character, is ridiculously fruity, which does grate after a while.

A few dodgy voices apart, this is a good reading of a solid, but undemanding, story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Peregrinations on Pudding Lane 18 Sep 2013
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As the supposedly `Artful Dodger-esque' space orphan Adric in the early 80s incarnation of Doctor Who, Matthew Waterhouse proved to be an acquired taste, with several colleagues and many fans of the show highlighting is inexplicably self-important attitude, wooden acting, and ability to run other cast members of the show firmly up the wrong way. However, as the narrator of this audio reading of the TARGET novelisation of Peter Davison's 1982 story (in which he himself also starred), Waterhouse is a calm revelation; his rich and plummy take on debauched thespian Richard Mace is brilliant, whilst his interpretation of Davison's brisk speech sounds incredibly like the real thing. Tegan's nasal Antipodean twang is also reassuringly familiar, and although harder to realise, Nyssa's gentle, lilting voice is also performed creditably.

Former script editor Eric Saward's story itself is pretty slight, and his interesting monsters - the Terileptils - underused, however the story moves along at a good pace throughout, and has enough going on to satisfy the listener.
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