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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a real treat. Glorious., 23 July 2012
This review is from: Doctor Who Sensorites (Classic Novels) (Audio CD)
As reassuringly comforting as a WERTHER'S ORIGINAL BUTTER CANDY that has been deliciously dissolved around your mouth for five minutes bringing to the fore distant memories of childhood, of school holidays bathed in endless sunshine and of cosseting grandparents secreting a spare ` thruppenny bit' in your pocket when mum & dad weren't watching, listening to William Russell reading DOCTOR WHO - THE SENSORITES is equally as pleasurable, and you just wished it would continue.

AUDIOGO's new audio novelisation of Nigel Robinson's Peter R Newman's 1964 six-parter continues the ever expanding range of unabridged CLASSIC SERIES stories, and in contracting William Russell (needless to say he played Ian Chesterton in the original series) they have another guaranteed success.

It's a real treat. Glorious.

With honest generosity, I could end the review there, as it's all you need to know. There are not many things in these uncertain times that are adroitly perfect that surrender to the microscopic scrutiny and comes through untarnished and critically unalloyed. In this her Diamond Jubilee year, HM Queen Elizabeth II is one such example and, now, DOCTOR WHO - THE SENSORITES can be joined. Yes, an excessively sweeping statement but I do truly believe that this new release is as perfect as perfect can be measured against.

Like a swan, William Russell glides through the pages of the TARGET novel with a regal elegance but with unchallengeable intelligence that will endear him to younger fans that have only known (and loved) the NEW SERIES but will cement himself as a living DOCTOR WHO legend amongst `long-time' fans.

Cleverly, Russell is an 'acting chameleon' of some note, adapting effortlessly in fleshing-out a disparate stage of characters, from TARDIS time-travellers, to `kidnapped' Earth Astronauts, to hirsute aliens in adult-sized `baby-grows'.

As the First Doctor, Russell is wonderfully accurate as an abrupt and crisp alien out of his time, whilst as the abducted School Teachers (Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton) he is soft & prime and decisive & confident respectively. As the thought-provoking (sic) aliens, Sensorites, his performance required conscientious delivery to portray the subtleties of the `good' and `misguided' elements within their society. Credit is duly assigned.

Like a blazing Guy Fawkes Night bonfire that catapults wisps of burning embers into the night sky that is laden with the sweet smell of Parkin and Toffee Apples, William Russell draws you closer into the action yet holds you at arms length giving you a feeling of security. Mark my words; clear all prior appointments, meetings, and social events, as you will be listening to DOCTOR WHO - THE SENSORITES in a single marathon sitting.

Commendation is, once again, required for the incidental music, sound treatment and `Foley effects', provided by Simon Power (MEON SOUND) that is essential, like the relationship between the Doctor and a companion/assistant itself, in supporting the storytelling with creativity and passion. Whilst I may have been so engrossed in William Russell's performance/reading but the incidental music seems to have an appropriate 1960s `period' resonance (without parodying the Norman Kay soundtrack created for the original televised version). However, THE SENSORITES `Foley effects' (e.g. the sound effects of footsteps on the gravel as the Doctor explores the tunnels beneath the Sense Sphere, etc that mirror action within the story) are of merit, like crispy Yorkshire Puddings served with a Sunday Roast Beef lunch; the meal would not be complete with out them.

Demonstrated here by MEON SOUND is a masterclass for all budding sound creatives & technicians in how to understand what a story requires and, without deflecting from the reader's voice, how to incorporate additional sound to enhance and balance the final product.

DOCTOR WHO - THE SENSORITES has been a pure joy to listen to - a valuable companion on a delayed train journey recently - and will remain a faithful addition to the ever expanding DOCTOR WHO audio collection.
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