Doctor Who and the Doomsday Weapon

 
9780426103721: Doctor Who and the Doomsday Weapon

The evil Master has stolen the Time Lord's file on the horrifying Doomsday Weapon, with which he will blast whole planets out of existence and make himself ruler of the Galaxy! The Time Lords direct Doctor Who and Jo Grant to a bleak planet in the year 2471, where they find colonists from Earth under threat from mysterious, savage, monster lizards with frightful claws! Hidden upon the planet is the Doomsday Weapon, for which the Master is intently searching. Geoffrey Beevers, who played an incarnation of the Master in the classic BBC Doctor Who TV series, reads Malcolm Hulke's complete and unabridged novelization.

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About the Author:

Malcolm Hulke was a prolific and respected television writer from the 1950s until the 1970s. His writing credits included the early science fiction Pathfinders series, as well as The Avengers. Hulke was first approached to write for Doctor Who when the series first started, but his idea for The Hidden Planet was not pursued. In 1967 he wrote The Faceless Ones (with David Ellis) for the Second Doctor. By 1969, Hulke's friend and occasional writing partner Terrance Dicks was Script Editor for Doctor Who and needed a ten part story to replace other scripts and write out Patrick Troughton's Doctor. Together, they wrote The War Games, which for the first time explained the Doctor's origins and introduced his people, the Time Lords. Hulke continued to write for Doctor Who, providing a story for each of the Third Doctor's series. Malcolm Hulke died in 1979, soon after completing his novelisation of The War Games.

From AudioFile:

Geoffrey Beevers's narration of this 1974 serial shows how well the Doctor stands the test of time. Time, of course, is the center of the adventure in DOCTOR WHO, and here the Doctor and his assistant, Jo Grant, inadvertently travel to 2471. They become embroiled in a dispute between a band of colonists and a greedy mining company (and become party to the unknown motivations of the Master). Unlike many Doctor Who audio productions, this is a single-voice narrative, but Beevers does an outstanding job of making it sound like many voices are at work. There are minimal music and sound effects, but the narrative hardly needs them. For new and loyal fans alike, this is Doctor Who at his finest. F.G. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

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