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4.0 out of 5 stars "...diligent character delineation with a skill and a comprehension..."
From a period in DOCTOR WHO's legendary history when it was traumatically ailing, almost terminal without a defibrillator to reinstate any form of dramatic pulse, however, as part of SEASON 25, Stephen Wyatt's DOCTOR WHO - THE GREATEST SHOW IN THE GALAXY injected a much need Adrenalin shot of fantasy intrigue and delivering an array of engaging characters that truly was...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Season 25 Story Now on Audio
Positive.
Sophie Aldred gives a great presentation of narration in this adventure bringing a nice range also to her character performances.
The music & sound effects add atmosphere to the story.

Negative.
Nothing really been added on from the transmitted tv story.

Review.
Roll up roll up come & see the greastest show in the...
Published 18 months ago by Timelord-007


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4.0 out of 5 stars "...diligent character delineation with a skill and a comprehension...", 12 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Greatest Show In The Galaxy (Dr Who) (Audio CD)
From a period in DOCTOR WHO's legendary history when it was traumatically ailing, almost terminal without a defibrillator to reinstate any form of dramatic pulse, however, as part of SEASON 25, Stephen Wyatt's DOCTOR WHO - THE GREATEST SHOW IN THE GALAXY injected a much need Adrenalin shot of fantasy intrigue and delivering an array of engaging characters that truly was the beginning of the end of mediocrity that had plagued the series over the previous four.

A chance encounter with `space-based junk mail', the Doctor and Ace are tempted to visit the planet Segonax-based Psychic Circus that is, effectively, at the centre of a web controlled by Ragnarok, who feed insatiably on `entertainment' (rather like the Weeping Angels who feed on `future time' by sending their prey back in time) of the unwitting attendees of the Circus performers pressganged to perform & die or die.

Certainly, if this four-parter had been conceived within the NEW SERIES and contracted into a single 45-minute episode then DOCTOR WHO - THE GREATEST SHOW IN THE GALAXY would be hailed as a disturbingly haunting `classic'. I wonder if a clever fan-geek has re-edited it into a truncated single episode for a YOU Tube upload? However, it is generally ignored by fans for any form of recognition or appreciation as it is unexpectedly overshadowed by McCoy's equally impressive THE CURSE OF FENRIC or GHOST LIGHT or SURVIVAL.

With AUDIOGO's commitment to the CLASSIC SERIES continuing unabated, Wyatt's taut, psychological adventure can be once again envelope fans with the disquieting oppressiveness like the billowing, swaddling fabric sheets of the Psychic Circus' tents themselves, and with Sophie Aldred (`Ace') reading-performing the TARGET novelisation (1989) the story has had a new life breathed into it (and, like myself, will prompt you to reach for the BBC DVD Doctor Who - The Greatest Show in the Galaxy [DVD] [1988] and re-watch it again).

In her first CLASSIC SERIES unabridged novelisation reading, Sophie Aldred, no stranger to audiobook readings, is a reassuring voice - like a visiting Aunt reading you your favourite bedtime story when you were a mere toddler - who delivers a restrained yet diligent character delineation with a skill and a comprehension of what exactly DOCTOR WHO is and can be.

Underplaying the often `broad' on-screen characters (probably due to lack of television direction as opposed to actor inexperience), Aldred tempers them with a `care of duty' to Wyatt's layered narrative, giving each of the disparate protagonists a undercurrent of motive & soul that was previously not expressed or explored throughout the televised version.

The Circus' Ringmaster is suitably `cred' (and Aldred's effortlessly delivers his 80's Rap introductions) whilst the cheerfully sarcastic Stallholder is a glorious impersonation of Peggy Mount's broadcast version, and as scared Ace, undermined & manipulated by the Seventh Doctor, Aldred gives her own character a depth that had sometimes been missing from the on-screen persona. As chilling as on-screen, Aldred breaths true chilling malevolence into GREATEST's `villain'; the Chief Clown replete with a sterile psychotic grin etched into his flesh.

The sound treatment for Aldred to channel the Ragnarok, by MEON POWER's Simon Power, is quite disturbing; deceptively simple but all-consuming. Due to Wyatt's four-parter narrative, the supportive sound effect & music content is not as expansive as other releases, however where it has been applied it is accurate, appropriate and creative.

Overall, DOCTOR WHO - THE GREATEST SHOW IN THE GALAXY's transference to audio is, perhaps, more rewarding than the novel and the televised version themselves, and this is all due in part to Sophie Aldred's reassuring, commanding and entertaining reading, which makes me think if AUDIOGO's release of DOCTOR WHO - GHOST LIGHT (Classic Novels) could have been wholesale improved if Ian Hogg had been replaced by her reading.

With DOCTOR WHO - THE CURSE OF FENRIC not yet released as an audiobook, it would seem that the only candidate for its reader is Sophie Aldred and that would be - and excuse for this - ace.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Season 25 Story Now on Audio, 15 Oct. 2013
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Timelord-007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Greatest Show In The Galaxy (Dr Who) (Audio CD)
Positive.
Sophie Aldred gives a great presentation of narration in this adventure bringing a nice range also to her character performances.
The music & sound effects add atmosphere to the story.

Negative.
Nothing really been added on from the transmitted tv story.

Review.
Roll up roll up come & see the greastest show in the galaxy.

The Doctor & Ace arrive on the planet Segonax but what is the mystery here?, Why has the planet Segonax become a galactic wasteland?, Why does everybodys at the circus seem so unhappy & who are the Ragnarok.

A ancient evil is stirring inside the psychic circus evil is manifesting as The Doctor enters the talent contest run by The Ringmaster & his killer robots but will the Doctors talent for entertaining the Ragnarok inside the big top result in his death?

The Doctor & Ace need the wits about them in defeating this evil whom has sucked the fun out of this circus.

A great adaption of Stephen Wyatts story read with great efficiency by Sophie Aldred.

What loses a star is there nothing new or expanded on in this audiobook compared to it's tv episode counterpart which is a real shame as I'd like to have seen a bit more backstory of the Ragnarok & the effect they have on the circus folk.

Also the tv episode version showed a rather chilling performance by Ian Reddington as The chief clown which isn't translated as well using narration to this audiobook.

But great atmospheric music & effects does create a creepy tense atmosphere especially if listened to in the dark, like i do constantly.

Not the best of the Target range but far from the worst either a enjoyable listen & recommended to fans of The Seventh Doctor.

Timelord Rating.
6/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars The greatest show in the galaxy?, 8 Aug. 2013
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Ace doesn't like clowns. So a trip to the planet Segonax to visit the famous circus - proudly proclaimed as The Greatest Show In The Galaxy - doesn't appeal to her at all.

The Doctor is insistent though, and once they arrive he quickly finds himself entered in the talent contest. But all is not well, and there are dark secrets to be uncovered and an ancient evil for the Doctor and Ace to fight.

Originally released by Target Books in 1989, Stephen Wyatt's novelisation of his original scripts is an efficient retelling of the television original. There's not a great deal added to the book, but it's still an effective adaptation of a good story.

It's read by Sophie Aldred, her first for the range. It's a very good reading from her, as she produces a nice range of voices for the different characters and she has a pleasant speaking voice as well..

A solid reading of a solid book from an era of the programme that is sometimes unfairly overlooked. Doctor Who in the late 1980's didn't perform particularly well in the ratings, but it often had stories of imagination and character, and this is one of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The clowns are coming..!, 19 Dec. 2013
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For me, the televised story derived from the novel on which this audio reading is based, is one of the most underrated serials in the show's long history. Sinister clowns, psychotic robots, galaxy-destroying `gods', a host of colourful guest characters, AND that bloke who played Adrian Mole...what more can one ask for?! The icing on the cake is that the audio is narrated by Sophie Aldred - herself involved in the TV version as the Seventh Doctor's spunky companion Ace. Understated but well-deployed sound effects, a strong sense of mystery, and Aldred's effective range of accents, from The Doctor's soft Gaelic burr to the Chief Clown's sinister whisper, all combine to make this a hauntingly powerful story, and a superb addition to the audio range.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... ultimate Dr Who cd I got on cd Nearly good on DVD, 24 Aug. 2014
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The ultimate Dr Who cd I got on cd
Nearly good on DVD
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