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Doctor Who-Logopolis (A Target book) Paperback – 21 Oct 1982

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who; Reprinted edition edition (21 Oct. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426201493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426201496
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.9 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 867,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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.

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Note this is a review of the novelisation by Christopher H Bidmead.

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.
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This is a four-CD audio version of the novelization of the fourth-Doctor TV episode ` Logopolis'. Given how many filters it's passed through to get to this point, it's quite a good adaption, too!

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.
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Tom Baker is perceived by many to be THE Doctor Who, and I fall into that group. For those of us who do think that Baker was best, then Logopolis is a real blast from the past - his final adventure, pitted against his nemesis, the Master.

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.
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This is the narration of the aptly funeral-atmospheric laden Logopolis, a story in which the Doctor becomes aware of his own approaching regeneration by the ghostly figure of the Watcher and was written by the then script editor of the show, Christopher Hamilton Bidmead who narrates his own novelisation.

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.
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