4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I always enjoy stories being read by William Russell - even though his voice is so much older now, it's definitely Ian Chesterton who brings the story to life for the listener.
This is a great atmospheric story. Only the third of the original Doctor Who stories, this was originally broadcast in 1964 in the UK. The characters are still new to each other, and indeed to the audience. Susan and her grandfather are alien to Ian and Barbara, who have in turn thrust themselves upon the Doctor and Susan in their travels. The Doctor is of course unable to return them to England in 1963, much as he would like (generally) to get rid of them.
The story is also set entirely inside the Tardis, and it is this which gives so much of the atmosphere to the story. It's a psychological thriller, where all is not as it seems; are Barbara and Ian up to something? Are they right to mistrust the Doctor? And what about Susan's strange episodes? Why are such odd things happening to them inside the Tardis - how much of it is inside their own minds, and how much of it is imposed on them by something external? Could there be something in the Tardis with them?
Given the static environment in which the whole story is set, and the small core cast, this is the perfect opportunity to find out more about each of the characters. And that is what we, as the audience, get to do. Tempers flare, things get said - but in the end, the characters are reconciled to their journeying together and head off with renewed hope.
The novelisation which is read here of this story, is great. The plot is explained well for the listener; the sound effects in the Tardis are just right - not obtrusive, but certainly enhancing to the story and the atmosphere.
And William Russell's reading of the story is great - the characters are all just as you imagine they should be - the tones, the delivery. It's wonderful to hear William Russell as Ian Chesterton again.
Thoroughly recommended; particularly for those who, like me, love the "Classic" Doctor Who stories and relish the opportunity to see or hear them again, anytime.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2011
It's not often that these BBC Audio/AudioGo versions of Target novelisations better the stories they were based on, though many come close. However, here we have an example of one which exceeds above and beyond the quality of the TV version.
'The Edge of Destruction' was a 2-part 'filler' episode for Doctor Who, and its third ever story. Being so short, and set exclusively inside the TARDIS using only the regular time travellers as the cast, the original could at times become dull and at times confusing. In this version there is a far more leisurely pace and as such this enables the author to really get inside the heads of the people who are experiencing the bizarre and at times disturbing events within the TARDIS. The longer time also allows for a few extra scenes (such as Ian and the Doctor's trip to the TARDIS' engine rooms) to flesh out the story and add more meaning.
This audiobook is read by William Russell, who portrayed Ian in the original story. The inclusion of an actual cast member adds an air of authenticity to the whole piece, and the actor's reading is very impressive; he turns it right up for the dramatic parts, and drops down low for the more tense scenes.
Sound effects are, as ever, provided by Simon Power, and the results are - of course - excellent. Silence is at times a powerful tool in this (the normal background hum of the TARDIS being notably absent for most of the story), but extra sounds such as smashing glasses, the schoolroom noises of Ian and Barbara's hallucinations, and many more are added to good effect.
Overall this is a stellar release and well worth the relatively low price tag. I would really like to hear more of William Russell's readings, especially, as they greatly enhance this and make it feel just right. 10/10 all the way!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2011
Found this to be a wonderful adaptation of the television serial and a great intense, intriguing lsiten. it is beautifully read by William Russell who manages brilliantly to capture the atmosphere and portray his former co-stars perfectly whilst portraying Ian as if it were yesterday.
A bonus of the cd is that it manages to capture the ideas of the original serial but explore further the spooky eerieness of what is happening aboard the TARDIS and to the time travellers. it also manages to realise this in a more effective way than in the television episode. the explanations of the plight is better and specified and a lot easier to understand whilst the original and beautiful dialogue, anxieties and arguments between the four characters is kept in and read wonderfully.
there is also great descriptive scenes of the TARDIS and it's many rooms and a good exploration of the role of the TARDIS as a character and it's function within the series.
A definate must have for fans of the original series and general who fans.
on 21 May 2011
This audio reading of early Doctor Who serial 'Inside the Spaceship' is a masterclass in moody character-based Sci-fi storytelling. William Russell's dry, clipped tones are entirely appropriate and add to the sense of the surreal that permeates the story.
Recent Matt Smith serial 'The Doctor's Wife' pays homage to what was originally a filler story in the 1964 season of Doctor Who, and The Edge of Destruction is a deservedly acclaimed entry in the show's canon.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 June 2009
I'm not really sure what prompted another reader to declare that this book contains "thunderously bad" prose. It seemed fine to me. Fairly consistent in style with the dozens of other Doctor Who novelizations by the likes of Terrance Dicks, Ian Marter et al. If you enjoy reading these Doctor Who stories off the page, you'll probably enjoy this one too. It's pretty faithful to David Whittaker's original script as broadcast in 1964, giving the rather odd, nervy, 'psychological drama' style of these two old black & white episodes. It wasn't actually novelized until 1988, so there's a little bit of 'revisionism' in the way some of the concepts are presented, but only a little.