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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting stoned on the moors, 26 Mar. 2012
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Stones of Blood (Classic Novels) (Audio CD)
I remembered elements of this story on tv, many years ago now. But I didn't remember all the details, so it was wonderful to hear this great rendition of a totally classic Fourth Doctor story. The Doctor in this story is in top form - witty repartee abounds, and you get those glimpses of the Doctor's mercurial temperament, flitting from seemingly flippant humour to deadly serious all in the blink of an eye.

The Doctor and Romana are still on the search for the elements making up the Key to Time, on behalf of the White Guardian. In this story, they land on Earth, where they seem to get sidetracked by the escapades of a professor surveying an archaeological stone ring and her friend, Miss Fay. Susan Engels, who reads this story, played Vivien Fay in the original 1978 tv story, but funnily enough in this reading, she seemed to really portray the slightly dotty but harmless professor best. The reading of Professor Rumford was brilliantly funny. Apart from the Professor and Miss Fay, there are not many characters, apart from poor disposable chaps who end up in the way of the Ogri, until towards the last episodes where the Megara justice machines happen on the scene and attempt to minimise everybody to their cold logical justice.

In some ways this story seems to be made up of two quite distinct halves; the first, where the action is on Earth and there's a lot of working out what's going on, and running away from Ogri, and the second part where there's a few surprises of identity, and the Doctor spends an awful lot of time trying to stop the Megara from executing him. It's great to hear K9 in this story as well, although Romana seems to only get quite a small amount of action and dialogue in the story.

Wonderful story, wonderfully read and with great sound effects. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this and will happily do so again.
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Initial post: 15 Oct 2013 14:39:38 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Oct 2013 14:41:32 BDT
On of my favourite storys from The Key To Time Season, Tom Baker is superb in the tv story & this isca exellent audio adaption read by Susan Engel & John Leeson(K9).
very well explained review by this superb reviewer.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Oct 2013 05:27:38 BDT
Keen Reader says:
Yes, I really liked this story when I saw it - and the audio novelisation is really good. I liked all the backstory and further detail that couldn't be shown visually. Thanks for the positive feedback!
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