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- Listening Length: 3 hours and 38 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 21 April 2009
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ772I
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Doctor Who and the Masque of Mandragora Audio Download – Unabridged
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Top Customer Reviews
This is the second of two consecutive novelisations by Philip Hinchcliffe, who was running the show when this serial aired. It is somewhat better than his novelisation of 'The Seeds of Doom'. Because this story isn't quote so fast and full of action it allows him a little more time to concentrate on developing character and surroundings. Creating the right atmosphere for Renaissance Italy is quite vital to the story and the author does it well.
He also manages very successfully to portray the three way power struggle that takes place between Heironymous/the Mandragora Helix, The Doctor/Guiliano and Count Fredirico/Rossini.
The characterisation of the major roles is of a high standard. Interestingly Hinchcliffe has opted to concentrate on the relationship between Sarah and Guiliano. This was very subtle in the actual programme but Hinchcliffe has made it much more of a budding romance, on both parts. It raises the question, considering that Elizabeth Sladen leaves in the next televised story, whether Hinchcliffe may have had ideas about Sarah Jane leaving the Tardis for Renaissance Italy instead.
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In an attempt to circumnavigate the Tim Piggot-Smith versus Tom Baker debate I will say that this is a solidly entertaining reading of one of the Fourth Doctor's most exhilerating... Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2010 by Captain Pugwash
This audio book would have been so much better with Tom Baker. He has lifted a poor novelisation before with his great reading voice and delievery (Pyramid of Mars), however the... Read morePublished on 9 April 2009 by DUSTY