- Audio CD
- Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition edition (8 July 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408426722
- ISBN-13: 978-1408426722
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,138,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Doctor Who: The Awakening Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Nerys Hughes reads this exciting novelisation of a classic Doctor Who story.
About the Author
Eric Pringle was born and bred in Morpeth, Northumberland, and took a degree in English and American Literature at Nottingham University. After spending several years working in insurance, he ended up writing and editing various publications, including staff newspapers. After deciding to take up writing as a career, Pringle wrote plays and one-off episodes for series on HTV, Yorkshire TV and BBC 2, including The Cornforth Practice in 1974. His play, Jogger, was made by Radio 4 in 1983 and a play in the series The Ten Commandments was transmitted by the BBC's World Service.
Much of Pringle's more recent work has been for the radio, including adaptations of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and J. B. Priestley's The Good Companions. His 2001 Radio 4 play Hymnus Paradisi about the life of composer Herbert Howells won a Sony Award.
Also in 2001, his children's novel, Big George, illustrated by Colin Paine, was published by Bloomsbury. This has been followed by two sequels: Big George and the Seventh Knight (2002) and Big George and the Winter King (2004).
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Considering that this novelisation is based upon a two episode serial it doesn’t make much constructive use of the extra length; which is actually somewhat longer than a lot of the novelisations based upon four part televised stories.
Rather than providing any extra content or building characterisation it just tends to be more drawn out. This makes for quite a laborious read; the novelisation lacking vitality until, perhaps, the latter stages.
Unfortunately the scenes featuring Kamelion that were cut from the televised version aren’t reinstalled in the novelisation; but they weren’t particularly relevant to the storyline anyway.
There isn’t really any elaboration on the Malus either which conceptually is quite intriguing but whose nature and where it comes from receives a rather bland description onscreen.
There are, however, quite a few references to a squidgy, metallic, black ball that doesn’t appear onscreen. It seems to be given a lot of importance in the early stages of the book but later appears to be forgotten about, probably because as a plot device it wasn’t really needed.
The idea of two time periods interacting, or at least one bleeding into the other one, certainly has some potential but it isn’t used to greatest effect in this story.
The opening scene, which lasts less than a minute on screen, is laboured and over written and the desire to shout "oh get on with the story" crept in almost straight away. The plot - as previously stated - is padded out but not always with interesting new events merely waffle. Like Black Orchid, and The Edge of Destruction, brief two parters sometimes become new creatures in printed form, and this novel is no exception. (Hopefully Ian Marter's superb retelling of The Sontaran Experiment will be brought to audio as *he* knew how to add to a story!) And so the book is somewhat of a mishmash - where the characters think and feel about doing things that took seconds on screen but here stretch out like a chasm of boredom.
The reader for this book is Nerys Huges, whose two links to the series are that her co star of the Liver Birds played Jane in the original episodes, and she herself was in Kinda two years prior to this story. To be honest I wasn't looking forward to her reading. However I think that she is responsible for two of the three stars I've awarded the release. She does wonders with some - lets be honest - poor text and really brings the characters to life, whilst her reading voice is very pleasant.
Whilst not a disaster this was never going to be the best ofthe range. As it is it will slot on neatly once more novels from that era appear (although help us all when the flimsy Kinda and Warriors of the Deep come out - probably on a single disc!!)
Nerys uses a variety of accents to clearly define the diverse characters making it an easy to follow and interesting listen. For me, a good reader is one that gives characters space to breathe in and never confuses to listener as to who is speaking and where they are.
Also of special note, the BBC sound effects and music are well judged and add an extra dimension to the narration during dramatic moments.
On a personal note, my favourite Dr Who television adventures were always the gothic horror pastiches of the Hinchcliffe years. Being a somewhat morbid child my interest waned as the series moved from the supernatural to the more sci-fi themed adventures. I only really rediscovered Dr Who many years later during its final season with the excellent 'The Curse of Fenric' and 'Ghostlight', which were more to my taste.
Listening to this story it was easy to imagine it as having been made in the classic gothic style - as it features some quite frightening descriptions of ghostly manifestations, alien possession and a gory death.
Nerys Hughes, stalwart though she is, is also not a great choice to read the story, as she doesn't distinguish particularly well between the different characters and doesn't give it the necessary pep other readers do.
So many of this range are genuine 5-star releases that when one comes along that isn't it really stands out. Hopefully 2011 will see many more of this excellent series (more of the early stories please).
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