"Doctor Who" and the Brain of Morbius (Classic Novels) Audio CD – Audiobook, 4 Feb 2008
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Tom Baker, like the character he portrays, initially takes a while to warm up but enunciates each syllable with feeling -- his sentences ending with the words "death" or "blackness" are chilling. His wry humour is reflected in the joy of the character of Maren, the high priestess of the Sisterhood of the Flame, who takes the Elixir of Youth when she is aged and so remains forever old! Baker plays his ageless younger self with carefree ease and his version of Sarah is altogether delicate, moderate and proactive. His characterisation of Solon is unique from the televised portrayal and conjures up an unpredictable, doddering experimental mad scientist instead of Madoc's slick and cool killer.
Unlike other talking books, Baker does not sound rushed or concerned that he won't fit the chapter onto the end of the CD. He takes his time to let the chapters unfold and let descriptions and pauses between scenes (and indeed within sentences) to sink in. He modulates and paces his voice in relation to the tension and suspense in the narrative so that he is performing rather than reading the play. There is a sense that he treats the work seriously and with respect as he would Shakespeare which can't be said for all Doctor Who actors. He seems to want to share an adventure of his to new listeners (and old) rather than pocket the money and run!
Terrance Dicks's writing is particularly strong with a new backstory introducing the spacefaring mutant insect.Read more ›
Read perfectly by the legend that is Tom Baker in his usual silky smooth tones, The Brain Of Morbius is an absolute must for fans of the series and well worth the purchase!.
Shortly after an insectoid mutant has been savagely dispatched by a sinister hulking barbarian, the TARDIS arrives on the stormy planet of Karn, and the time travellers find themselves in what seems to be a spaceship graveyard. Discovering a formidable looking castle on the horizon they head there to shelter from the storm, and are welcomed by seemingly charming scientist Solon (the excellent Phillip Madoc) but soon discover he has ulterior motives for his hospitality; he is in possession of the still living brain of executed Timelord criminal Morbius, and is planning on putting it into a new body so that the arch-fiend may live once more and continue his reign of terror.
After thoroughly enjoying this unabridged audio book, I was keen to revisit the DVD, and was surprised how much more I enjoyed Baker's reading than watching the events unfold on screen. Tom's melifluous tones are perfect, and he puts on understated yet appropriate voices for the unctuous Solon and maniacal Morbius, creating a pitch-perfect tone for the story.
As always with this series of audio books, the front cover is faithfully reproduced from Mike Little's 1978 Target original, and the whole package is classy and great value for money.
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A treat for Who fans as Tom Baker reads this Target novelisation of one of the better stories of the mid-1970s. Read morePublished 5 months ago by andrewphall
Hard to believe, but Baker's reading of this improves on the already fantastic original TV series. His pace, accents (quite different from the original actors - for instance... Read morePublished on 11 Jun. 2012 by cambridge medic