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"Doctor Who": Daleks - Mission to the Unknown (Classic Novels)
"Doctor Who": Daleks - Mission to the Unknown (Classic Novels)
by John Peel
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 11.44

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daleks: Mission To The Unknown, 11 Jun 2010
Without giving anything of the plot away for anybody who doesn't know it this is a superb novelisation of the first half of the epic Hartnell story `The Daleks Master Plan'. Given that most of the TV episodes from the story are missing from the BBC's archive it's a very welcome release. John Peel does far than just adapt the original script which written by the late great Terry Nation and Dennis Spooner, some dialogue has been rewritten and above all Peel really fleshes out the character of Mavic Chen (one of the main villains of the piece) which is all to the good and works extremely well. The writing is something of a rarity, considered and intelligent as well as being fast paced with brilliant action packed scenes.

The reading is wonderful and has been divided between Peter Purves (who played the Doctor's companion Steven) and Jean Marsh (Sara Kingdom). At first it seems strange that there should be two readers as they have very different styles but you quickly get used to this and it works well, they are both excellent and Purves in particular does a very good first Doctor.

For me this is one of the very best releases in this series so far. I can't recommend it highly enough!


"Doctor Who" and the Abominable Snowmen (Classic Novels)
"Doctor Who" and the Abominable Snowmen (Classic Novels)
by Terrance Dicks
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 13.25

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 2nd Doctor At Last!!!, 12 Jan 2009
The Doctor, Victoria and the ever dependable Jamie arrive in the Himalayas where they encounter what are believed to be the elusive Yeti. But nothing is as it seems as the companions are helped and hindered in equal measure by warlike Monks, peaceful Lamas, an overambitious professor Travers and an old friend the Doctor assumes is long dead.

I must confess that I have been rather impatiently waiting for the BBC to release a 2nd Doctor story ever since they started recording the old Target novels a few years back. Every novel released is gratefully accepted but the 2nd Doctor is my personal favourite (the late, great Patrick Troughton) and The Abominable Snowmen is a pretty good place to start. Terrance Dicks as usual provides a very sound adaptation and David Troughton gives an excellent reading. His voice is so reminiscent of his father, especially when using low tones making him the perfect choice for this era. Hopefully there will be many more to come!
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"Doctor Who" and the Brain of Morbius (Classic Novels)
"Doctor Who" and the Brain of Morbius (Classic Novels)
by Terrance Dicks
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 11.69

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor Is Headhunted!, 12 Feb 2008
Another classic Target novel gets the BBC's fabulous unabridged treatment with one of writer Terrance Dicks best efforts featuring the fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith. Without giving too much away for those who don't know the story this is basically a Doctor Who meets Frankenstein's Monster mixture with a renegade Time Lord angle thrown in for good measure and perhaps even a hint of Macbeth in the form of the Sisterhood, Dr Solon's Castle and desolate landscape that all combine to make a delightful concoction.

Read perfectly by the legend that is Tom Baker in his usual silky smooth tones, The Brain Of Morbius is an absolute must for fans of the series and well worth the purchase!.


History Of Snooker [DVD]
History Of Snooker [DVD]
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 11.00

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining. But......., 18 Jan 2008
This review is from: History Of Snooker [DVD] (DVD)
First of all it has to be said that this DVD is not as the title suggests a history of Snooker but more of a summery of world championship finals between the 1970's and 2003 which is certainly not a bad thing though it would have been nice to have had a proper description of the game's origins. Unfortunately the early legends of the game such as Joe Davis, Fred Davis and John Pullman (the latter appearing in a very short clip from a holiday camp) are only briefly touched upon and there is no mention at all of the great Scottish player Walter Donaldson who was the first person to become world champion after the domination of Joe. Strangely there is far more attention given to Terry Griffith and his 79 win than to the combined achievements of Ray Reardon and John Spencer.

Those grumbles aside this is a really enjoyable piece of sporting nostalgia as many of the most memorable moments of Snooker are replayed such as Alex Higgins incredible clearance in the 82 semi-finals, the famous black ball game between Dennis Taylor and Steve Davis (Davis displaying rare frailties in the 80's), Joe Johnson's unexpected 86 win and the rise and rise of Stephen Hendry in the 90's. Ably narrated and presented by Clive Everton and Steve Davis this is an excellent release that will be extremely entertaining for fans of the green-baize game.


"Doctor Who" and the Doomsday Weapon (Classic Novels)
"Doctor Who" and the Doomsday Weapon (Classic Novels)
by Malcolm Hulke
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 12.36

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable adventure for the third Doctor, 15 Nov 2007
The Doctor and Jo Grant try to help some desperate earth colonists in their struggle to prevent a ruthless mining company from illegally evicting them (by any means necessary including murder) from their new home planet. Bound up in events is The Master who as always seems to have his own agenda and shows a more then casual interest in the primitive aboriginals that inhabit some caves.

It's a great idea for the BBC to start to release these classic Target novels as unabridged audio recordings. Geoffrey Beevers (who once played an incarnation of The Master) does an excellent job of the reading and whilst he doesn't attempt direct impressions of Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning and Roger Delgado, he gives them voices that are totally compatible with the characters. The story 'Doctor Who And The Doomsday Weapon' is adapted from 'Colony in Space', both written by Malcolm Hulke who was one of the very best writers to work on the TV series in the sixties and early seventies.

A real treat for fans of the classic series or for anybody who just likes to listen to a good story. More please!


Three Men in a Boat
Three Men in a Boat
by Jerome Jerome
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 11.75

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pure Delight!, 17 Sep 2007
This review is from: Three Men in a Boat (Audio CD)
Hugh Laurie narrates this classic book as perfectly as he played Bertie Wooster and gives the character of J the voice which you instinctively feel he should have. The story of three friends (and a dog) going for a boating trip on the Thames is told with such expertise that you may find yourself bypassing the last hundred or so years and imagining your actually listening to the author himself. I have read the book on a number of occasions, loving it each and every time but Mr Laurie manages to pull a few extra laughs out of the tale with his delivery that I have never before noticed. He brings out all the wit and subtlety of Jerome K Jerome's prose effortlessly, leaving you wanting more. Listen out for Harris and the maze, simply hilarious!.

How I wish this was a full and unabridged recording. Oh well, can't have everything I suppose!.


QI : Complete BBC Series 1 [2003] [DVD]
QI : Complete BBC Series 1 [2003] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stephen Fry
Price: 7.63

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Classic!, 23 Aug 2007
For me QI is the best comedy show of any description to grace our television sets for years and is a very welcome DVD release. It is intelligent, interesting and completely hilarious.

Stephen Fry and Alan Davies work together brilliantly. The guests on the first series include Phill Jupitus, Bill Bailey, Rich Hall, Jimmy Carr, Sean Lock, Jo Brand, Clive Anderson, Jeremy Hardy, Rob Brydon and the sadly missed Linda Smith. Together they talk about practically everything and 'send up' any strange fact to do with the letter A. I hope they will eventually go through the entire alphabet.

Please BBC, bring out the next series on DVD as it feels long overdue!.


Push on universal Snooker Extenda Extension
Push on universal Snooker Extenda Extension
Offered by John Parrott Cue Sports
Price: 27.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Making a shot that bit easier, 23 Aug 2007
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
For some reason Amazon have put this in the toy section when it really should be classed as sports equipment!.

The Extenda Extension is a quick and easy way to reach those difficult shots at the other end of the Snooker Table without using the cumbersome and wobbly long cue-rest.

Simply slide the Extension onto the butt of your cue, put it on top of the long rest and take your shot. If you had two Extensions you wouldn't need the long rest at all.

A great device to own that helps you to pot balls you'd otherwise struggle with.


Punt And Dennis: The Imaginatively Titled Punt And Dennis Video [DVD]
Punt And Dennis: The Imaginatively Titled Punt And Dennis Video [DVD]
Dvd ~ Steve Punt
Offered by rebeccathackray
Price: 22.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You poured it on a FISH!!!!????, 23 Aug 2007
As indicated by a previous review this is a pretty minimal DVD release from the BBC, just a basic transfer from the old video version with no extras. Thankfully the show itself more than makes up for this omission.

It is a well written and performed series of sketches from the underrated comedy duo of Punt & Dennis that has memorable characters, witty one-liners and enough catchphrases to keep anybody happy. Hugh Dennis comes across as a very natural performer and has extremely good timing, acting as a good foil for the slightly more 'straight man' style of approach by Steve Punt.

It's a shame this is only a single compilation disc and not the entire first series, not to mention the fact that there has not as yet been anything released from the second one. Hopefully both series will be brought out in their entirety in the near future. In the meantime this is an excellent way to get into a very underestimated comedy team.


Portrait Of A Killer: Jack the Ripper - Case Closed
Portrait Of A Killer: Jack the Ripper - Case Closed
by Patricia Cornwell
Edition: Paperback

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amateurish Nonsense!, 22 Aug 2007
Without a shadow of doubt this has to be one of the most pathetic, moronic and ignorant books ever written. If it is meant to be a serious account of the Ripper murders then all I can say is I hope Patricia Cornwell never has to do jury service, otherwise some poor innocent soul may get put away for a very long time.

'Jack The Ripper-Case Closed' is complete and utter trash from the first page to the last. The only reason I read the whole thing through was because I just couldn't believe how bad it was. Cornwell's character assassination of the artist Walter Sickert without the merest hint of evidence pointing towards him is nothing short of contemptible and I would think if there are any relatives of the man alive today however distant, then they would surely have good grounds to take legal action against her. Cornwell's interest in necrophilia is bizarre, out of context with the subject and to be honest quite disturbing. Her ridiculous attempts at cockney slang have to be seen to be believed. The conclusions that are reached are total leaps of faith that most sane people wouldn't countenance for a moment.

This drivel might have been be a good laugh if it wasn't for the fact that these were real people involved and not just fictional characters to be used and abused at the authors whim. If your interested in a proper description of the known facts then a good place to start is 'Jack The Ripper: The Facts' by Paul Begg.

Avoid this tripe at all costs, it isn't worth a second of your time or a penny of your money!.


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