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"Doctor Who": The Ambassadors of Death: (Classic TV Soundtrack) Audio CD – Audiobook, 6 Aug 2009

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio (6 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408410125
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408410127
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 14.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 700,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jon Pertwee's first year as DOCTOR WHO is widely regarded as the best of the five years in which he played the role. It's certainly the one considered the most "adult" as the series relaunched itself in colour and with a "Quatermass" edginess. The four stories making up this season, SPEARHEAD FROM SPACE, DOCTOR WHO AND THE SILURIANS, THE AMBASSADORS OF DEATH and INFERNO have all had video releases in the past and all but this one are now available on DVD. It might be some time before this story does come out on DVD due to the amount of restoration work required, so this is a very welcome audio release to have.

It's also a very appropriate one at this time of the anniversary of the Moon landings as the story centres around the little known British Space Programme and its very own mission to Mars! Actually this show was made at much the same time and the influence of the style of the presentation of the Apollo missions is strongly felt.

Over the course of these seven episodes (spread across 3 CDs) DOCTOR WHO shows its most James Bondian side with much plotting and counterplotting by villains, spies and counterspies in a tale that's basically about misunderstandings and rather radioactive (in so many ways) xenophobia. There's action aplenty and more than one ghastly assassination along the way as well as a rather funky soundtrack and some passably convincing pseudo-science. It can also get quite gritty and brutal on occasions - Reegan's disposal of his henchmen (or "heavies" as they are - rather too often - called) is particularly nasty - but the soul of the series survives intact and the "don't judge on appearances" message comes across very strongly.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x95f7dfc0) out of 5 stars 1 review
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HASH(0x95f82198) out of 5 stars A good a good audio version of the show 25 Mar. 2013
By The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
When the latest Mars Probe (number 7), returns to Earth in radio silence, Recovery 7 is sent up to collect it. But, the (third) Doctor soon realizes that something is wrong, and he and Liz Shaw and the Brigadier set off to find out just what is happening. However, it soon becomes clear that someone with a lot of power in the British government is playing a game of their own, stealing the astronauts, and beginning a wave of crime for unknown purposes. Now the Doctor must foil the machinations of his unseen foes, and find out just what is going on in outer space.

Overall, I found this to be a pretty good episode. I agree with those who say the story drags at time, especially at the time when the Doctor is heading off to space. Also, I really could not understand why the Brigadier could never get a handle on the security angle, even at his own headquarters!

Nonetheless, this is a good audio version of the show - the BBC took the soundtrack and glued it together with narration provided by Caroline John (who played Liz Shaw!) to let you know what you are missing by not seeing it. I really liked hearing the Doctor and Liz and the Brigadier again, and Caroline John did do a great job as the narrator. Plus, the additional interview with Ms. John is very good.

Yeah, this is a very good audiobook, one that I am very glad I listened to. Long live the Doctor!
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