In an exclusive bonus interview, Anneke Wills, who also narrates the story's soundtrack, recalls her memories of making The Tenth Planet.
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In his final adventure before his very first regeneration, the Doctor and his companions, Polly and Ben, land at the South Pole. They are greeted by the discovery of a new planet, eerily similar to Earth, from which the famed "Cybermen" appear. The Cybermen are determined to take over the station and will kill anyone in their way. However, the stakes are raised even higher when their failing planet, Mondas, becomes the centre of a plan to blow it up.
I've been a Doctor Who fan for so long that I'm not even sure when I became such a fan. The show has been around for fifty years now and I haven't been around for quite that long, so it's been around all my life. The great thing about being a fan of audiobooks is that I can listen to radio plays and novels on audio, especially while I'm eagerly awaiting the next episode of Doctor Who on tv.
William Hartnell's appearance as the First Doctor is way before my time, but I've seen some tv episodes with him and I decided he'd be a good place to start reading some of the novels. In "Doctor Who and the Tenth Planet" this is his first regeneration and the first appearance of the Cybermen. It's a great adventure and it's fun to see the interaction between the Doctor, his companions, Ben and Polly, and how they get out of the mess. It's interesting that in all the adventure the sonic screwdriver is only vaguely mentioned once, as Ben tells a crew member that he has a "screwdriver" that may help deactivate the bomb!! For a lot of this episode the Doctor is in failing health and it's really up to Polly and Ben to save the day.
The audio is fantastic. It's narrated by Anneke Wills, who plays Polly, and I really felt like I could be back in the 1960's and listening to this play on the radio. I loved the sound effects used and the interview with Anneke Wills at the end was a fantastic bonus. She talks about William Hartnell's failing health during the filming of the actual episode and the regeneration.
If you're a Doctor Who fan I strongly suggest listening to this one on audio. It was a super fun episode and great on audio.
I really enjoyed this audio title, the acting naturally is top class due to most of it been taken from the tv print. At this point it is very evident that Bills health was failing him due to his absence totally in one episode. The voices and style may seem a little hammy these days but this was cutting edge stuff in its time, and whoever doesn't like a wobbly set scifi romp doesn't really like scifi at all.
Bill is in my opinion one of the best doctors and I would love to see another grumpy old doctor before the end of the 12 regeneration.
Well worth a listen even if it just for the regeneration scene!
"Future nostalgia presently..."
Despite the 'fillers' by Anneke Wills (excuse the spelling), this is a splendid piece of Auntie Beeb's sci-fi nostalgia. I like that this is now part of a series of repackaged works, they benefit from this and the extra post production interviews immensely. I would recomend this not only to sci-fi enthusiasts, but to anyone who appreciates a darn good radio play.
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