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The End Of The Line,
This review is from: Doctor Who and the War Games (Classic Novels) (Audio CD)
The War Games was the last Doctor Who story of the 1960's, the last Doctor Who story to be made in black and white and also the last regular Doctor Who story to star Patrick Troughton. Amongst these lasts, it also marked the first appearance of the Time Lords. So, all in all, it's a milestone in the history of the programme.
Malcolm Hulke's novelisation was published by Target Books in 1979, based on the original scripts written by Hulke and Terrance Dicks. The TV serial was 10 episodes long, clocking in at around four hours. The book compresses some sections of the story, but nothing really vital is lost. It works well in book form, capturing the essence of the original.
There are plenty examples of Hulke's tweaks to the original material, which always made his Doctor Who novelisations so interesting to read. At times there's a slightly harder edge to the early part of the story, which is set in the 1917 Zone.
David Troughton, at times sounding uncannily like his father, is a wonderful reader with a rich and expressive voice. There are still plenty of Second Doctor stories left, so hopefully David Troughton will read many more of them.
The War Games is an Audiobook that can be listened to again and again, and as the last Doctor Who novelisation written by the late Malcolm Hulke it stands as a fine tribute to this influential Doctor Who writer.
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Initial post: 10 Oct 2013 15:47:44 BDT
Classic final second Doctor story & having his son David narrate this entertaining Audiobook is quite fitting.
Great interesting review.
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Oct 2013 18:11:15 BDT
Mr. D. K. Smith says:
Yes, it's a great reading by David Troughton, who at times sounds uncanilly like his father.
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