Doctor Who-Logopolis (A Target book) Paperback – 21 Oct 1982
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"An atmospheric and engaging adventure" (Saffron Walden Reporter)
"Bidmead's voice is crisp, his enunciation and pronunciation cultured, a combination of authority and intelligence that wins over the listener" (http://www.eyeofhorus.org.uk) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Christopher H. Bidmead reads his own thrilling novelisaton of the last adventure for the Fourth Doctor. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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This is the final story of Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor. I remember watching this on tv years ago, and finding the story somewhat confusing. The novel, while clarifying some aspects, still remains a little unclear in some places. I think the confusing elements arise from the different manner in which the Doctor responds to the rather stressful situation he finds himself and his companions in; while it becomes clear that he `senses' his time is about to change, it is still handled somewhat clumsily. The dunking of the Tardis in the Thames is really just not good at all - really didn't gel at all. Having said that, it was good to have the novel written by the writer of the original story.
This is always going to be an iconic story because it is the last story of the Fourth Doctor. Nyssa is re-introduced, and the reader is introduced to Tegan as another companion. The concept of Logopolis is well thought out, and the Master showing up to carry out one of his many complicated schemes is always welcome.
A bit of a mixed bag; good in places, not so good in others. But always a story that will hold a special place in the Doctor Who world.
The set is packaged in a fairly chunky CD case, carrying four CD's and a small booklet. The CD's are about an hour long each, and each contain three chapters - though each chapter is spread over multiple tracks. The booklet provides a listing of which chapters are on which CD and which tracks cover a given chapter, and also some quick notes on the novelisation of Logopolis, and the author. These are interesting enough, but there was certainly room in the booklet for more.
Bidmead, the original author of the TV episode, as well as the novelisation, also serves as the reader here. He's obviously quite familiar with his own work, and rattles it off quite nicely. He's pleasant enough to listen to, and manages to alternate between characters and accents without any real problems. The only real complaint is that with a story as complex as this, switching characters all the time, it can become difficult for the listener to differentiate them all - but Bidmead does a good job trying to differentiate them. His version of the Master is particularly menacing.
The sound effects here are, as one might expect, quite superb - the BBC has provided some excellent background music to raise the suspense level, and the reading itself is clear as crystal.
The story itself is, at least to begin with, a little slow (though this was something of a fault of the TV version as well) - and would probably be quite difficult to follow if the listener was a) new to Dr. Who, or possibly even b) hadn't seen the TV version.Read more ›
The audio is crystal clear, and it's a great reminder of the way that Doctor Who used to be - multi-episode stories, with cliffhangers every half an hour. Although these aren't evident from the CDs, you can play a great game of 'spot where the TV episode would have ended', and Christopher Bidmead's narration is fantastic - although it is strange to hear the Doctor's dialogue spoken by somebody else.
A great retelling of a great book, and for all 30/40 somethings who want to remember how great Doctor Who used to be (not that it isn't now) then it's highly recommended.
The original television version of the story had a great deal of tension building throughout the four episodes and is seen by many as one of the great Doctor Who stories. However, although I do enjoy the story and can see why people would like it I can also see what is at fault.
The wonderful thing about the written word, to be more precise, the novelisations, is that you can go over the story and with a wonderful flourish of the pen increase the production values, go over mistakes, tighten the story, fix certain elements and increase the tension and so on. For example, the murder of a policeman and Tegan's Aunt in the television series was sadly disappointing due to the lack of money. However, this reading of the novelisation allows the full creepy idea of them being shrunk to death, to the size of dolls to be fully realised and the hunting description stays with you.
The novelisation of Logopolis was written by the actual scriptwriter and as he is a highly respected scientific writer, and this is apparent due to the rich use of language, the plot is a complicated one. This rich vocabulary benefits the plot hugely as it heavily revolves around the concept of mathematics as language, and how numbers can be made to effect change in the real world.Read more ›
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JUST BOUGHT THIS TO REPLACE MY ORIGINAL ONE AS IT GOT DAMAGED SO WANTED A MINT COPY THIS WAS INDEED MINTPublished on 22 May 2014 by John Hogg
For me this took me back to the classic doctor for me, Tom Baker
Great to listen to on a long flight, kept me entertained for hours!
I got this for a Family member who assures me that this cd is great and just the thing to listen to in the car.Published on 16 Jun. 2012 by L. E. Cooper
Written by Christopher Bidmead and first broadcast in 1981, Logopolis follows on from Castrovalva but only in a very loose sense - so being unaware of the earlier story won't spoil... Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2010 by Mr. P. HAIGH
Although I was somewhat disappointed to find that it is not Tom Baker himself reading this story, it has to be said that Christopher Bidmead does a good job. Read morePublished on 27 Sept. 2010 by Otto99
This is a gret story from the Tom Baker era. I vaguely remember his regeneration, but I don't remember this story at all. Read morePublished on 20 Aug. 2010 by woody_tng
This is a Tom Baker period Doctor Who adventure which features the Master. Two iconic characters from the long running BBc series. Read morePublished on 22 April 2010 by Stevetrumpet
This is another quality production from the archives of Doctor Who.
The story starts quite slowly but after the first disc the pace quickens and I was drawn into the... Read more
Christopher Bidmead reads the novelisation of his story Logopolis, closing out the chronicles of the Fourth Doctor and his travels through time and space. Read morePublished on 11 April 2010 by Karura