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Doctor Who: The Myth Makers Audio Download – Unabridged

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Homer's `The Iliad' breaks off his epic tale of the Trojan War, abruptly and annoyingly, soon after the death of Hector, Prince of Troy, at the hands of Achilles. Now we know why. Even an audience accustomed to stories about all the gods and goddesses of Olympus simply wouldn't have believed what happened next ...

Donald Cotton's superb novelisation of his story `The Myth Makers' brings William Hartnell's Doctor to Troy for a brilliantly entertaining, mostly comic conclusion to the war, with the Wooden Horse and all that ... and some rather confused Greeks and Trojans confronted with a magical blue box and its three occupants, one of whom may or may not be Zeus, but who claim to be travellers in Time and Space. No wonder Homer left that part out!

Sadly, the television episodes are mysteriously `lost', I assume since Odysseus and his Ithacan horde stormed Television Centre, because obviously nobody would just wipe the tapes of these classics, would they? (!) The soundtrack exists and tells an excellent and (in part 4 especially) different and far more serious story than the novel, but having now heard the two surviving versions I prefer the novelisation and it's the wonderful Audiobook of that which is reviewed here.

Donald Cotton's sparkling 1985 novelisation of his scripts turns the original story into a `Homer's-eye view' account of the closing events of the Trojan War, as witnessed by the poet as a young man and now told by him, in old age, to a visitor to his olive grove. There, Homer sits in the sun among ancient ruins, eating goats' cheese and recounting his astonishing adventure.

And he does so, splendidly, in a literary voice somewhere between P.G. Wodehouse and Jerome K.
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'The Myth Makers' happens to be amongst the many Doctor Who serials that have become lost following the BBC's purging of what they deemed 'irrelevant' material, and the biggest shame is that not a lot of the programme remains other than the television soundtrack (due to a very loyal fan-base pointing their portable recorders up to the television screen at time of broadcast). Broadcast Between October and November 1965, this entry is among the show' s historical genre of serials, in contrast to the more science-fiction oriented, and the setting this time is in (Mythical) Ancient Greece, in the midst of the Trojan War. It seems something of a teaser/ filler episode, set in between the single episode serial 'Mission to the Unknown' (famous for including none of the main cast, but focusing on the menacing daleks) and the twelve part epic 'The Daleks' Master Plan'.
The story leads straight on from the previous serial 'Galaxy 4', and involves the First Doctor, Vicki and Steven becoming embroiled in the war between the Greeks and the Trojans, during the infamous Battle of Troy. Donald Cotton's script utilises a lot of the Homeric characters of Achilles, King Priam, Helen of Troy (never actually seen, but mentioned), Troilus, Odysseus and so on. The historical factor is slightly marred by the fact that the events of the Trojan War have never been revealed as factual, but more of a mythical story told by bards and poets of ancient times. However, the educational factor is still there, and Cotton uses his various sources of Homer, Virgil and Shakespeare well to create a well-paced four-part drama that also delivers a high level of entertainment.
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Pretend you're at the Siege of Troy right now. You have just seen Achilles slay Hector. You know that the subterfuge with the Trojan Horse is soon to follow. But there is a change. You suddenly hear a loud groaning hum. A small light appears. With it, a wooden blue police telephone box. You stare in amazement as it all appears before your eyes. The TARDIS has arrived.

Based on the television serial of the same name, Doctor Who: The Myth Makers sets the Doctor and his companions Steven and Vicki to one of the most infamous wars of ancient history. Unfortunately, none of this serial exists anymore, save for a few seconds of footage. The only way you're going to know the events at this point of time is to read this book. Anyway, the Doctor is the first to exit the TARDIS and is believed by the Greeks (most of them) to be Zeus, because of the way the TARDIS appeared. Steven goes out after him while Vicki remains behind. The TARDIS however is found by Paris and he orders his men to carry it into Troy. Vicki comes out and is assumed to be a priestess of power, much to the displeasure of the city's high priestess Cassandra.

At the Greek camp, the Doctor's disguise is soon foiled and he is forced by King Agammemnon and hero Odysseus to construct a means of ensuring their victory over the Trojans. King Priam expects a similar thing of Vicki by predicting what the Greeks are going to do, and renames her Cressida. Steven aims to rescue them both, with the the willing help of one Greek poet named Homer, the legendary author of epics The Illiad aoctornd The Odyssey. The heroes must now work on separate sides to rejoin one another and return to the TARDIS. It will not be easy, as one of them faces an agonising choice. And when that choice is made, it is the Doctor who pays the price.
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