Customer Reviews


3 Reviews
5 star:
 (1)
4 star:
 (1)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:
 (1)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can anybody stop the catharsis of spurious morality?
The Trial of a Time Lord Volume 2 contains the final two stories of the Trial season, allowing the listener to enjoy a double dose of Pip and Jane Baker.

I've always been fond of Terror of the Vervoids. It's an archetype of a story - The Doctor and Mel answer a distress call and find themselves aboard the space liner Hyperion III. As soon as they turn up, a...
Published 9 months ago by Mr. D. K. Smith

versus
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pity the poor readers
Bonnie Langford and Michael Jayston are fine audio book readers. A pity then that these two books are so poor. Written by the television show's original script writing team of Pip and Jane Baker, the two stories form the final half of 1986s weak trial season. Whilst Terror of the Vervoids is weak, The Ultimate Foe is just awful. Its over written and use of language is...
Published 6 months ago by M. Hevingham


Most Helpful First | Newest First

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pity the poor readers, 19 Jan 2014
By 
M. Hevingham "Mark Hevingham" (BIRMINGHAM, WEST MIDLANDS United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Trial of a Time Lord: Vol. 2 (Classic Novels) (Audio CD)
Bonnie Langford and Michael Jayston are fine audio book readers. A pity then that these two books are so poor. Written by the television show's original script writing team of Pip and Jane Baker, the two stories form the final half of 1986s weak trial season. Whilst Terror of the Vervoids is weak, The Ultimate Foe is just awful. Its over written and use of language is there just to show the authors "know big words". Michael Jayston's melifluous cadence intones the prose (oh no I'm doing it now) ...At only three discs it took me a fortnight to get through where as some of the longer books (10 discs total for Daleks' Masterplan) took only a week!

Avoid.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can anybody stop the catharsis of spurious morality?, 27 Sep 2013
By 
Mr. D. K. Smith (South Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
(TOP 100 REVIEWER)    (REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Trial of a Time Lord: Vol. 2 (Classic Novels) (Audio CD)
The Trial of a Time Lord Volume 2 contains the final two stories of the Trial season, allowing the listener to enjoy a double dose of Pip and Jane Baker.

I've always been fond of Terror of the Vervoids. It's an archetype of a story - The Doctor and Mel answer a distress call and find themselves aboard the space liner Hyperion III. As soon as they turn up, a series of murders begin and naturally the Doctor finds himself under suspicion. Can he untangle the tangled threads and unmask the real murderer?

The story unfolds at a good pace, running for 3 hours 50 minutes across three CDs. Read by Bonnie Langford, it sticks pretty closely to the television script. Bonnie has a lovely reading voice, which makes this a very enjoyable listening experience.

The last two episodes of the Trial season, commonly known as The Ultimate Foe, were designed to wrap up the whole 14 part season, but the production was far from straightforward. Robert Holmes, the series' greatest writer, was commissioned to write the episodes, but died shortly after completing work on the first episode. Script editor Eric Saward then wrote the second episode but following a disagreement with producer John Nathan-Turner, Saward quit and took his episode with him.

So at the 11th hour, Nathan-Turner approached Pip and Jane Baker and they had the unenviable job of cobbling together an episode at very short notice which would explain everything that had happened up to date. Given these problems, they did a good job and the novelisation enables them to refine things slightly, allowing a few plot-holes to be corrected. It runs for 3 hours 20 minutes across 3 CDs.

One of the best features of the Trial season was Michael Jayston's performance as the Valeyard and it's rather wonderful that he's the reader of this audiobook. A highly experienced audiobook reader (his John LeCarre readings are some of the best audiobooks around) his instantly recognisable tones make this another highly enjoyable listen.

Two quality audiobooks with two exceptional readers, this is a great release.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars A very good box set, 12 Dec 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Trial of a Time Lord: Vol. 2 (Classic Novels) (Audio CD)
This set is for me one the better story's that I have in all the ones I have. I have at least 26 separate Dr who story's on audio cd.
ps they are great to fall asleep to at bed time, that's if you haven't got anything better to do when you go to bed.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Doctor Who: The Trial of a Time Lord: Vol. 2 (Classic Novels)
18.35
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews