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Product details

  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; WW edition (6 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471301486
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471301483
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 14.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 367,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Tom Baker stars as the Fourth Doctor in this TV soundtrack adventure by David Agnew, with linking narration by Lalla Ward.

About the Author

'David Agnew' is a pseudonym for author David Fisher, script editor Douglas Adams and producer Graham Williams, who collaborated to write the script for City of Death. Douglas Adams' contribution is especially apparent in the humour and dialogue.

The serial was broadcast on BBC1 in four parts between 29 September and 20 October 1979, during a strike by rival broadcaster ITV. As a consequence, it received exceptionally high ratings, with the final episode attaining a record audience of over 16 million.

City of Death was the first serial to film on location in Paris - previously, all filming had taken place in the UK. It is also notable for featuring cameo appearances by well-known actors John Cleese and Eleanor Bron.


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This really is a work of art. The creator of this CD has blended a narration by Lalla Ward and timely spliced audio from the episodes perfectly to bring to life the story in audio form.

However, it's the interview with Lalla Ward which was the highlight for me. David Darlington was clearly smitten by his subject in the most wonderful way possible! A most charming interviewing style which you rarely ever hear and all the better for it too.
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Buy it.

There, my work is done.

I cannot just leave it there, surely, disappointing readers with a lack of perspective honesty, wit and charm. Well, one out of three isn't too bad, is it?

AUDIOGO's December 2012 release of the narrated original television soundtrack DOCTOR WHO - CITY OF DEATH (1979) from the extraordinary clattering dual-inked ribbon typewriter (ask your parents!) keys of Douglas Adams (with minor contribution from the series producer, Graham Williams) - under the nom de plume of David Agnew - epitomises the very essence, the DNA, of the series as it is now let alone at was in late 1970's. Yes, the four-parter has been released through BBC DVD but, here, in one of its purest of forms (audio) fans will be treated to an ultimate master class of disciplined story-telling, dialogue that unwontedly surges tsunami-like from workman-like to genius in a matter of milliseconds and a display of Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor that is at his zenith.

Simply put, 33 years on from its original broadcast this story is, without being sued by a household cleaning product, "the diamond standard" from which all, and I mean all whether past, present or future, DOCTOR WHO stories are to be measured against. Even Russell T Davies dipped (read: loving plagiarism) into the story for inspiration for the first-to-be-filmed episode of the 2005 NEW SERIES, ALIENS OF LONDON, as the Ninth Doctor skim-reads the UNIT Report mirrors that of the Fourth Doctor reading a `cheap paperback' in double-quick time. Surely, this is testament to Adams' genius that T Davies can/will admit defeat once in a while.

Doctor to the Countess: What a wonderful Butler; he's so violent.
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One of my favourite Doctor Who stories, the cliffhanger at the end of episode 1 gave me nightmares as a kid that I still remember today (well, I was only 6 at the time!)
The soundtrack is great, with Lalla Ward's links just enough to keep the story flowing without interrupting it, and I can easily visualise the actual programme. Not seen it? Doesn't matter, the vocal performances of the whole cast are terrific and you'll have no trouble following it. Julian Glover is magnificent, worthy of special mention.
As one previous reviewer said 'Buy It'!! I did, and I'm glad I did!
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When I heard that City of Death was being released on cd I jumped for joy. My favourite Doctor Who story on audio, what could go wrong? Nothing. There really isn't much to say about this story that hasn't already been said. The plot is a masterwork, the acting is amazing, and it has the brilliant wit of Douglas Adams. I have just one complaint about this cd, and that is that sometimes the audio of the story can seem really quiet compared to the narration. But other than that, this is a brilliant purchase, and I would urge anyone to pick it up
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