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4.0 out of 5 stars Arachnophobia, 14 July 2010
The final TV serial to feature Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor was scripted by outgoing producer Barry Letts, and with its unsubtle championing of Buddhist ideals is a somewhat heavy-handed and slightly laboured story.
Having said that, the titular arachnids are pretty cool on audio, and characters such as the deluded Lupton and enigmatic priest Cho-Je are well drawn.
Elisabeth Sladen does a decent job of reading the story, and her impersonations and accents are competent too. Overall though, despite its kudos as a 'regeneration story', this is a fairly run-of-the-mill early Seventies adventure, that will not stay too long in the mind after listening.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Where there's life, there's ..... ", 15 Feb 2014
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The only Doctor Who classic novel recorded by Elisabeth Sladen before her sadly premature death, The Planet of the Spiders stands as not only a fine tribute to her, but also to the Third Doctor.

As it was Jon Pertwee's final story, it featured many little touches that celebrated his era. Terrance Dicks' novelisation expands on this, adding a lovely prologue with Jo Jones (nee Grant).

Onscreen, the planet and inhabitants of Metabelis 3 were somewhat lacking, on paper and audio this isn't a problem.

A shame that Lis didn't record more, but we do have this and it's one of the best releases in the range. It's just a pity that due to the collapse of AudioGo it's now hard to find a reasonably-priced physical copy, so at present the Audible download would seem to be the best option for those who want to add it to their collection. And it's a story that's well worth a listen. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enthusiastic reading and great sound effects, 12 Oct 2009
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Elizabeth Sladen reads this story very well indeed with impersonations that distinguish the characters (original cast members well). Sladen also accelerates her reading when cliffhanger-like moments occur. If anything is to fault, it is the third-generation copy factor. i.e. Sladen does a wonderful job reading an average novel of an average, if overlong and a little tedius at times, television story. I would have loved for her to have done Pyramids of Mars, but there are still plenty of more possibilities.
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Doctor Who and the Planet of the Spiders (A Target adventure)
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