- Audio CD
- Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; WW edition (2 May 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1445826259
- ISBN-13: 978-1445826257
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.4 x 14 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 687,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Doctor Who And The Curse Of Peladon (Dr Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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David Troughton reads this gripping novelisation of a classic Doctor Who adventure.
About the Author
Brian Hayles wrote for radio, television and film, including such series as The Archers, United! and Z Cars. Hayles' work on Doctor Who included adventures for the first three Doctors. His first story was the well-remembered 'The Celestial Toymaker', and after his historical adventure 'The Smugglers', Hayles wrote 'The Ice Warriors' - introducing the creatures for which he is best remembered. He wrote three further Ice Warriors stories, the last two featuring the Third Doctor and set on the feudal planet Peladon. Brian Hayles died in 1978.
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Top Customer Reviews
I am hopelessly biased about this story. It has been among my very favourite ‘Doctor Who’ adventures since I first saw it in 1972 and the novelisation IS my favourite, so no surprise, this review will be positive! But this really is a terrific Audiobook presentation that does Brian Hayles’ classic work full justice.
For me, this ‘Doctor Who’ story has it all; the exciting action and Aikido so typical of the Pertwee years, aliens of every kind, a definitive ‘monster’ and an intelligent, thoughtful plot worthy of the best Hartnell-era historicals.
In the Citadel high on storm-wracked Mount Megeshra, a young king, his nobles and visiting delegates from several alien worlds hold the future of Peladon in their hands (those who *have* hands…) Should the people of Peladon hold fast to their ancient beliefs and reject the Galaxy beyond their world, or should they join the Galactic Federation and accept change as the price of progress?
The ever-dashing Third Doctor and wonderful Jo Grant land (with suspiciously perfect timing) right in the middle of this heated debate, as danger, death, diplomacy and unexpected romance all collide in a power struggle between the old and the new, between religion and technology, between the familiar and the unknown.
‘Our royal host’ for this journey through the smoke-filled throne rooms and secret passages of power is no less than the original King Peladon of Peladon himself, David Troughton.Read more ›
This is a great story, a reading of a classic novelisation by Brian Hayles which has been very sympathetically and fully written. The background to the culture and politics of Peladon, and the ethos of Aggedor is very well done, and the other characters are very well written and portrayed. The Martian Ice Warriors are great; at first the Doctor is wary and suspicious of them as in his previous meetings with them they have been hostile, but it doesn’t take long for the real characters of Izlyr and Ssorg to come through and charm the Doctor and even more so, Jo. The rather phallic character of Alpha Centauri still makes you chuckle, both for its appearance and its highly excitable character personified in a high-pitched voice.Read more ›
Faultless, unchallengeable and audaciously addictive to a point where you will be drawn into listening to the release two or three times across consecutive days without boredom setting in or regret that you haven't fed the cat or, heaven forfend, undertaken daily ablutions.
Submit to the true `curse' of Peladon; be a `couch-potato' for five hours.
Like a time-worn Grandfather perched on the edge of his Grandson's bed reading a dog-eared TARGET original copy, David Troughton is singularly unpretentious as reader-performer with a beguiling rhythm and genuine authority that is as comforting as a mug of warm milky cocoa. At times, he's calming, delicate and comforting only to release a guttural passion as the narrative wheels on a Sixpence.
Perhaps, the least successful characterisation is that of the Martian Lord, Izlyr, who tends to `rassssssp' verbally less like an `ice warrior' and more like a bronchially challenged Sir Robin Day with a hint of Roy Hattersley.
Simply, he is, along with Geoffrey Beevers, one of the archetypal DOCTOR WHO novelisation reader-performers, and as such, in the future, would be able to make Glen McCoy's Sixth Doctor novelisation, DOCTOR WHO - TIMELASH (1985) as thrilling as a Matt Damon BOURNE movie if he had the opportunity.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A thoroughly enjoyable story with many elements that make a good Doctor Who. Although essentially science fictional, in many ways ‘The Curse of Peladon’ feels like a historical. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Alaran
When I was young, the Target novels were a monthly treat. Old stories that seemed so distant in the memory - yet were probably less than a decade old! Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2013 by M. Hevingham