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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who and the Visitation, 5 Mar. 2013
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Having just read the novelisation of this story, by Eric Saward, I have now received the audio reading of the novelisation released in October 2012. This novelisation is read by Matthew Waterhouse, who played Adric, companion to Peter Davison's Fifth Doctor in the 1980s. I was a little dubious, but Matthew Waterhouse reads this very well - his voice has matured, yet is still recognisable as `Adric'.

The reading of the voice of the actor, Richard Mace, to start with sounds a little over the top, but you soon get used to it, and I think he comes across, quite cleverly, as a rather `overwrought thespian' from the Stuart Age - used to projecting emotion and voice in a larger than life manner to a broad audience. As such, Matthew Waterhouse's characterisation of Mace is really quite enjoyable. His rendering of the Doctor and Tegan are quite spot on, and the remainder of the characters are also read very well.

In the story itself, the Doctor, attempting to return Tegan to her correct time and place (1980 at Heathrow Airport), finds that they have in fact landed in the right place, but not the right time. But someone else who should not be there has got there before them; and unless the Doctor and his companions can remove the threat, the Plague and the Great Fire of 1666 may not be the worst things to happen in London this year.

One of the delights of these readings of the novelisations of the `classic' Doctor Who stories, is that, while the novels themselves tend to be quite short (around 130 pages) and are a quick read, on listening to a trained actor's voice portraying the characters, and `emotionalising' the narrative, the story becomes hours of enjoyment, with subtle sound effects, and becomes much more than just a reading of a book, but a whole audio experience - the novels are lifted up beyond a quick read to a new realm and a new way of enjoying Doctor Who.

I thoroughly enjoyed this cd, and this story - totally recommended.
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Initial post: 15 Oct 2013 14:26:41 BDT
Great review of a great Fifth Doctor adventure.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Oct 2013 05:23:41 BDT
Keen Reader says:
Thanks timelord007.

Posted on 4 May 2016 15:55:08 BDT
Hi KR!

I'm currently re-reading/re-listening to the novel/audiobook of 'The Visitation' at the moment.

I enjoyed your review on this story. Matthew Waterhouse is a very good reader and I enjoyed his rendition of the other characters' voices as well as Adric. His interpretation of Mace is interesting. I initially thought he was trying to do Michael Robbins' voice on audio, but I found later on that this wasn't the case he was doing what Eric Saward originally intended for the character.

I enjoyed Eric Saward's novelization of the story, although I was expecting more in-depth information about the story especially with more on the Terileptils and an expansion of their world. Sadly this is a slim novelization of the story.

Glad you rate this audiobook highly, Leigh. Very pleased you enjoyed the CD.

Great review! Tim. :)

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2016 03:02:27 BDT
Keen Reader says:
Hi Tim

Are you reading the book, and listening along to the audio version at the same time? I like to do that, I think it makes for a great overall experience of the story.

Matthew Waterhouse really does do a great job at this performance. I wasn't quite sure at first, but once you get into the story, I think he's performed it all really well. His rendition of Mace is, really, quite right for the character, as it would have been at the time, isn't it.

A really good story, I think, and I like the nod to the historical aspects which are used. It is a shame there isn't more development of the Terileptils, but they remain only slightly rounded out for us, I suppose, so they could always be visited again in another story.

Many thanks for your kind thoughts, Tim, I appreciate it.
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