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Doctor Who And The Curse Of Peladon (Dr Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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  • 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)

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Book Description

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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By Number13 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Jun. 2016
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‘His cry of warning shall be heard in the night, and death shall ride in the land of Peladon!’ The spirit of Aggedor howls through this superb Audiobook version of a true classic from the Pertwee era. 5* (5 CDs, 5 hours 20 minutes)

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.
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Jun. 2014
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This is a 5-cd set of a reading of the novelisation of The Curse of Peladon, a story first aired on television in 1972 and featuring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor and Katy Manning as Jo Grant. In this story, the Doctor takes Jo for a quick spin in the Tardis, but they don’t land back on Earth where Jo is about to go out on a date and is dressed accordingly, but on a forbidding mountainside where they are forced to clamber up to a citadel on top of the mountain. There they find that they are on the planet of Peladon, where the young King Peladon of Peladon is hosting dignitaries from the Galactic Federation assessing Peladon’s readiness to join the Federation. But there are those on Peladon who would rather they stayed with the old ways, under the sway of religion dedicated to the royal beast Aggedor and who will stop at nothing to remove the threat of the Federation. When the Doctor is mistaken for the Earth delegate and Jo an Earth Princess, they take the opportunity to try and help.

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.
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As majestic as the Royal Beast itself/himself, AUDIOGO's new audio production of Brian Hayles' CLASSIC SERIES four-parter, DOCTOR WHO AND THE CURSE OF PELADON is, simply, imperious, and is as polished and crafted as the author's original TARGET novel.

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.
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