An unabridged reading of the brand-new novelisation of a classic Fourth Doctor TV story by Douglas Adams.
The Doctor takes Romana for a holiday in Paris - a city which, like a fine wine, has a bouquet all its own. But the TARDIS arrives in 1979, a table-wine year, whose vintage is soured by cracks in the very fabric of time itself.
Soon the Time Lords are embroiled in an audacious alien scheme which encompasses home-made time machines, the theft of the Mona Lisa, the resurrection of the much-feared Jagaroth race, and the beginning (and quite possibly the end) of all life on Earth.
Aided by British private detective Duggan, the Doctor and Romana must thwart the machinations of the suave, mysterious Count Scarlioni - all twelve of him - if the human race has any chance of survival.
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Tom Baker was my first Doctor, and though this tale rambles a little it does feel like a Douglas Adams story (fitting, as the central concept evolved into the plot of Dirk Gently).
I've waited a long time for this novelization. This story was one of my favorite all time Doctor Who adventures. Staring my favorite Doctor Tom Baker and favorite companion Lalla Ward. Some of it was filmed in Paris, a first for Doctor Who. It had a great guest cast Julian Glover, Catherine Schell, David Graham, Tom Chadbon. It also had a special cameo by John Cleese. The novelization gave this story more background stories on the characters, made them more interesting then they were on the show. Even gave John Cleese's character more things to do in the story, then stand around and gape. The author also did a great job with the Doctor and Romana, made me fall in love with the character all over again. Lalla ward did a great job narrating,I wish Tom Baker could of worked with her on this. Douglas Adams is still my favorite author. James Goss did a great job making Douglas script into a novel, I like to think Douglas would be proud of this work.
I always love hearing audio's with Lalla Ward as she has talent and tells a wonderful story. This version of city of death is more detailed with character backgrounds that set up the adventure nicely. I love all the characters that are portrayed as they all have differences whether it be accents or mannerisms Lalla does brilliantly as always. The story itself was like an extended version of the tv episode well done to all involved in the audio version of City of Death I hope there's more.
New novelisation of a classic. Almost as if Adams wrote it
Laugh out loud funny
"Fleshed out an already good story"
From what I remember it follows the original story accurately but adds humour and insite into the characters. Enjoyed it very much.
Lalla Ward read it well... Quite a lot of technology terms that she read effortlessly.
"Lalla and Douglas"
Douglas Adams + Doctor Who is sheer brilliance for me. Add to that Lalla / Romana's performance and, like any good book, I didn't want it to end. If you like this you MUST read SHADA!
"Improves on an already classic story!"
Top five, maybe top three even!
Too many to count
As usual she does a fantastic job of everything but Tom Baker's voice. I hate to have to say that because she totally gets into the part and is a wonderful storyteller, but no-one but Tom Baker can do Tom Baker!
Oh yes, i didn't want to stop until it was over, then i was sad it was over
This story takes 'City of Death' and adds so much backstory, characterization and elaboration to the original somewhat bare-bone story. It all fits, it all works and the story is so much better for the additions. Lalla Ward is the perfect choice to narrate this. If you like this novel and her voice work i heartily reccomend you check her out reading Shada too!
The depth of characterisation, the depth of intellectualism, the depth of Scaroth's unwavering conviction, the depth of the Dr's pockets and the deep dark depths of Douglas Adams' life affirming humour make this a classic among classics.
Littered with New series mentions and read by the amazing Lalla Ward this is a must listen for any fan!!!
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