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This review is from: Doctor Who and the Tomb of the Cybermen (Classic Novels) (Audio CD)
Tomb of the Cybermen is considered by many to be one of the classic stories of the original run of Doctor Who. The book - a novelisation from 1978 - comes to audio courtesy of a dramatic and entertaining reading by the Cyber Controller himself, Michael Kilgariff.
From the start, the reader draws the listener in with one of the best readings in Audio Go's recent titles. Clear and easy to follow, Kilgariff also acts many of the characters and whilst avoiding an attempt to copy Troughton's Doctor, the characters are all distinct and Viner in particular sounds as though the late Cyril Shaps was present.
There has been some disappointment in other Cyber novels that the voices all sounded too much like the 2000's version of the silver giants. Here Nick Briggs delivers a very similar intonation to the original TV versions.
For once, the sound effects are kept in their rightful place - as background tonal soundscapes, and are much the better for it. The dripping water in the echoey tombs adds to the sense of tension as the Cybermen begin to unthaw. THe only slight disappointment is the ineffective "feet walking in cat litter" sounds to suggest people walking - where everyone from the petite Victoria to some of the Cybermen have the same monotonous tone. Also the producers are tempted to add sound where none is necessary and again we have text suggesting silent events that are accompanied with a sound effect!
These are very slight criticisms and I would rate this release as one of the very best of the range. I hope that Mr Kilgariff is invited back - Attack of the Cybermen would be a must - but any other adventure would be great. Michael offers a clear, effective reading of an enjoyable classic novel. Highly recommended!