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on 9 March 2009
The legend that is Tom Baker narrates this slice of classic Gothic early-seventies Doctor Who. The original TV story has gone down in `Who-lore' as one of the finest in the show's long and illustrious history, and this audio adaptation of the original Target novelisation certainly does it justice. The Fourth Doctor and companion Sarah-Jane Smith have great chemistry and the sinister alien threat `Sutekh' is genuinely chilling. Baker's narration is both eerie and invigorating, while the bits of the story that didn't make the TV version are filled-in for the listener. Writer Terrance Dicks' effortless flair for creating readable, listenable and watchable drama is never better demonstrated than here. Chris Achilleos' classic Target cover is faithfully reproduced, and this is another beautifully packaged addition to what is fast becoming an essential CD collection.
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on 19 January 2009
As a child, I had fond memories of this story, and the novelisation was the book I read most often. I recall once actually finishing it and turning straight back to the first page to read it again! Terrence Dicks, stalwart of Doctor Who publishing, turns in a better than average book, adding to the basic story to flesh out character backgrounds and provide information about what happens to characters after they leave the story. In listening to this audiobook, it was this aspect which impressed me most.

The other impressive aspect is Tom Baker's reading. He brings to life the characters on the page, imbuing them with something of their screen-selves. The Doctor was never more alien than in Pyramids of Mars, and this comes across thanks to the fluency of the reading. This is one audio book that I have returned to more than once.
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VINE VOICEon 20 November 2010
This audio book of one of the old Target novelisation's of the Classic series is a great listen that'll wrap you like a mummy's bandages in the world of Tom Baker's gothic era of classic Who.
It's read by Baker, who brings his earlier self vividly to life and does a great job reading and acting the other roles. There's atmospheric but sparing use of dramatic music and sound effects (but you won't hear the classic Who theme). For those who have seen and are familiar with this adventure, it'll spring in Technicolor before their eyes, for those who haven't, I imagine they'll enjoy the adventure and be surprised at how bleak and chilling these old adventures could be.
This is because, as said, this is a great example of Baker's gothic era, when the emphasis was on claustrophobic and atmospheric drama and scares, with genuine moments of horror. It's a tight contrast with the widescreen digital effects and multi-verse destroying spectacle of contemporary Who. I believe this really shows that less can be more.
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on 4 December 2013
'Pyramids of Mars' has got to be one of the all time Doctor Who great stories, and this novelisation does it justice. Dicks has understood every nuance of the story perfectly and delivered a pacey, suspenseful thriller. It feels like the author is enjoying himself, especially when he writes about the Doctor. Sarah Jane is also wonderfully written for and there is more of the story seen from her perspective than in the original.

The plot and action are faithfully followed, the writer's little embellishments concentrating on character, detail and background. Dicks' biggest changes don't really alter any of the story as they are basically two additions serving as a prologue and an epilogue. Both work really well. The prologue gives a history of Sutekh and the Osirians similar in style to the history/origins of the Cybermen that serves as a prologue to all the Cybermen Target novelisations. Somehow the epilogue, oddly, has a bit of a 'Sarah Jane Adventures' feel to it.

This is a strong story which contains a lot of interesting ideas. It is a great blend of the science fiction and the historical, and it is an enjoyable read.
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on 9 April 2009
Tom is back and reading one of the greatest Doctor Who stories of all time. Whilst the book is very straight forward, Tom's brilliant reading lifts it from the pages and makes for an enjoyable couple of hours. BBC audio have scored a real coup getting Tom Baker on board with these releases, let hope they continue!
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on 1 July 2013
This book is amazing. I like the way it details little scenes that were not in the TV serial. Highly enjoyable and highly recommended.
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on 11 January 2013
Bought as present for Dr Who mad husband. Big fan of series and Tom Baker favourite DR so a big hit.
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on 1 October 2007
For many thousands of years SUTEKH had waited... trapped in the heart of an Egyptian Pyramid. Now at last the time had come - the moment of release, when all the force of his pent-up evil and malice would be unleashed upon the world... The TARDIS lands on the site of UNIT headquarters in the year 1911, and the Doctor and Sarah emerge to fight a terrifying and deadly battle... against Egyptian Mummies, half-possessed humans - and the overwhelming evil power of SUTEKH!

Sarah is characterized especially well in this book, making the reader really empathize with her as she struggles to come to terms with concepts as bizarre as Egyptian mummies walking around and building a rocket, but the real surprise is the way the Doctor is handled. The televised story is well known for the moments where the Doctor's alienness are emphasized, but Dicks if anything goes further. There is a brief moment where Sarah realizes how little she actually knows about the Doctor
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