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- Listening Length: 2 hours and 23 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Original recording
- Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 19 Jan. 2005
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ6Z6W
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Doctor Who: The Abominable Snowmen Audiobook – Original recording
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The Doctor and his friends Jamie and Victoria arrive in the Himalayas, where the Doctor anticipates a warm welcome, since he is going to return the holy Ghanta - a ceremonial bell which he "borrowed" from the local monastery on his previous visit. In this hope, however, he is disappointed, as he is immediately suspected of being the murderer of an English explorer by the survivor of the expedition, Professor Travers. Even the monks have to admmit that the normally placid and timid Yeti have been behaving uncharacteristically violently recently.
This is one of the earlier Doctor Who novels, written by Terrence Dicks, one-time writer and script editor of the show, the man who wrote by far the majority of the Doctor Who novelisations. He turned Brian Hayles's original script into a taut, gripping novel. The book is read by David Troughton, son of the star of this story, Patrick Troughton. He has an excellent reading style, and his impression of his father is so close to the original that it sends a shiver down the spine. The booklet contains notes on the episodes, as well as reproductions of the original illustrations found in the book.
One of the best in the BBC's on-going audio novel series, highly recommended.
I must confess that I have been rather impatiently waiting for the BBC to release a 2nd Doctor story ever since they started recording the old Target novels a few years back. Every novel released is gratefully accepted but the 2nd Doctor is my personal favourite (the late, great Patrick Troughton) and The Abominable Snowmen is a pretty good place to start. Terrance Dicks as usual provides a very sound adaptation and David Troughton gives an excellent reading. His voice is so reminiscent of his father, especially when using low tones making him the perfect choice for this era. Hopefully there will be many more to come!
This is a splendid addition to the audiobooks range. Terrance Dicks' text manages to enhance the limitations of the television production and has created an exciting and entertaining story with some wonderful embellishments which didn't disappoint me 35 years on. Sadly only 1 complete episode still survives of the original six part adventure - available on "Doctor Who - Lost in Time" on DVD - which is a great shame as it seems to be a rather fine example of the 1960s series. The audio of the entire original production is available as "The Abominable Snowmen" in the BBC soundtrack CD range.
David Troughton is an excellent choice as narrator and his impression of his father's performance is truly amazing. The whole package, including small reproductions of the illustrations from inside the original novelisation, has an air of genuine care about its production that really shines through.
David Troughton who reads the books is the son of the late Patrick Troughton, who played the Doctor in this story. He is able to give a very good impression of his father when reading his lines, and even gives them some of the same verbal tics that Troughton's Doctor used. He also manages a credible Scots accent for Jamie, but can be a little shrill as Victoria. His clear speech is ideal for the narrated sections, and he gives all the supporting characters distinctive and consistent voices.
Added to this is Simon Power's music and sound design. I can't praise his work enough. I was sceptical when I heard that effects and music would be added to this reading, but they really do lift the story from the page and bring it to life. The music isn't intrusive, and touches like adding an echo to scenes set in a cave give the listener the feeling that they are really there.
A wonderful version of a great book, ideal for long car journeys!
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