Firstly, can I suggest that whoever thought of putting these "lost stories" on as audio cds for us to enjoy now should be given a pat on the back for his or her brilliance. This is an absolutely wonderful idea, and I am thrilled that this looks to be a good series of stories from all Doctor Who eras, with stories that we never got to hear or see previously now being released in an audio format, narrated and performed by wonderful actors.
This story features a First Doctor story, originally put forward in 1963 for a six-part tv story by Anthony Coburn. The Doctor, with Ian, Barbara and Susan find themselves drawn unwillingly down to the surface of a planet. There does not appear to be anybody there, but there are vast buildings, futuristic technology and robots. Are the time travellers expected? And if so, by whom, and for what purpose?
The narration in this story is brilliantly done by William Russell (playing his original character, Ian, and the part of the Doctor) and Carole Ann Ford (playing her original character, Susan, and the part of Barbara). The nuances of the voices as they speak the characters' parts are brilliantly done, and the linking narration which is shared by both narrators is top-notch. Other voices in the story are played by Joe Kloska. I particularly like the absolutely spot-on characterisations of the four main time travellers - the Doctor's tone is captured perfectly, Ian's joking and teasing attitude is played perfectly, and Barbara and Susan are also captured absolutely perfectly.
This is a real `classic' Doctor Who story - even though we never got to see it on the small screen, there is no doubt that this story was well suited to the Hartnell era, with his companions Ian, Barbara and Susan. This cd brings the story totally to life; you can `see' it in your minds' eye as the story unfolds, and imagine how it would have looked without a doubt on the tele. Not only that, it's a whole 180 minutes long. And there are very interesting cast and production interviews as extras on the cds. What more could you ask for? Absolutely wholeheartedly recommended. Totally brilliant.