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Doctor Who: Hunters from Earth MP3 CD – 31 Jan 2013

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: AudioGo Ltd Trade (31 Jan. 2013)
  • ASIN: B00GPSMT28
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,944,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Title: Doctor Who: Hunters from Earth (Destiny of the Doctor 1) <>Binding: Hardcover <>Author: Nigel Robinson <>Publisher: AudioGo Ltd Trade

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This is the first of the eleven part, eleven doctors set of stories featuring each of the Doctors in their own adventures which was released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who in 2013. There is an overarching story arc which will become apparent on listening to all the stories. In this story, Carole Ann Ford (who played the Doctor’s grand-daughter Susan in the tv series 1963-1964) narrates the story. The only other voiced part is played by Tam Williams, who plays Susan’s friend from school Cedric.

Susan narrates a story set in October 1963, when she and her grandfather are living in the Tardis in the junkyard in Totter’s Lane. Her grandfather is trying to fix the Tardis without getting attention for the parts he is required to buy, so is going about the repairs surreptitiously. Susan has enrolled in the local Coal Hill School and is finding it difficult to fit in, until Cedric makes friends with her and introduces her to a wider group of schoolfriends. But someone else is watching Susan and her grandfather, and why are “aliens” being hounded out of the area? What’s the wider picture that Susan and her grandfather are about to find themselves part of?

This is a great story; very evocative of the background to the first televised story, which every Doctor Who die-hard fan will know, An Unearthly Child, where two teachers from Coal Hill School follow Susan home one night, concerned about her welfare. So that background that we now get of the School, of Totters Yard, of Susan being different from her other school friends, is all very in keeping with the ‘classic’ Doctor Who feel and characterisation. That’s where this particular story is strongest, I think.
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As part of the momentous 50th Anniversary celebration for Doctor Who, AudioGo unleashed Destiny of the Doctor, an 11-part series with each chapter focusing on a different incarnation of the Time Lord, and subsequent era & companions. A tremendous idea, and one that provides the perfect means of celebrating the diversity of Doctor Who.

So, obviously for Part 1, we would begin with the legendary First Doctor (as portrayed by the late, great William Hartnell) and his granddaughter Susan Foreman (Carole Ann Ford) in a tale that's worthy of that era. Hunters of Earth takes place PRIOR to the first-ever episode of Doctor Who, "An Unearthly Child" (before the Time Lords are joined by Barbara Wright & Ian Chesterton). Stranded on Earth in 1963 after fleeing Gallifrey in the TARDIS, the Doctor is after components to repair his machine, while Susan struggles to fit in at Coal Hill School.

The Doctor wants to leave Earth as quickly as possible, whereas Susan just wants to be accepted in Earth society. However, both their ambitions are thwarted by a bizarre frenzied panic that has gripped the local populace. Residents are now aware of the Time Lords' presence...and are determined to have their hides.

The Destiny of the Doctor series prides itself in honouring all the different eras of Doctor Who, and that's something you can expect right from the get-go. Hunters of Earth kicks off with the original & vintage Doctor Who theme (shades of "An Unearthly Child" and that era), and captures the essence of the sixties-lifestyle i.e. the Beatles, rioting, racism, transistor radios, the Cold War etc. It's faithfully presented here by Nigel Robinson, who's written a very good start to this series.
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