When Jamie McCrimmon brings the Second Doctor a mysterious book, little does he realise the danger contained within its pages. The book transports the Tardis to a terrifying glass city on a distant world, where the Archons are intent on getting revenge on the Time Lord for an ancient grudge...
©2013 Michael Scott (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited
This is an unfair question: there are days where reading is difficult for my eyes. That said, I like print that lets me see things in my head--but an audiobook that can do the same thing for me? That's harder. Scott's audiobook is one of those cases where I could listen to it and see images of what was happening in my head!
a tie between the moment in which I thought "Oh, no. Here comes Cthulu" and "Jamie likens the Doctor to one of the Sidhe. Well. Life is good!"
Hines does more than his voice of Jamie and an eerily correct version of Patrick Troughton. He can modulate his voice gently to where you can feel the differences between the other characters. Hines makes me think of a seanchai jumping out of ancient folklore. Only instead of a bard or poet reciting runes, he uses his voice to compel the past. Listening to him we can see Patrick Troughton sprawled on the floor of the TARDIS, surrounded by broken parts, a quicksilver glint of mischief in those button-bright eyes. Maybe some genius will have him recite the Carmina Gaedelica someday for the sight-impaired. He's my first pick.
Two things crept up on me. The Doctor's pain at the Master's choice of enmity, as well as his refusal to speak of it. He identifies the Master by his scent on the cloth, which is something humans will do but they rarely admit to it. Second Doctor and Master collisions are rare upon rare, but this is something we can sink our teeth into. Also, the TARDIS' plight as, wounded as she is, takes them to the edge of reality. That was quite a bit of a twist for WHO, as we're perhaps a little too used to the timeship taking her crew to the next destination very quickly.
The trust between Jamie and the Doctor flows without a hitch throughout this story. It's a beautiful thing. There is the obvious bond the Doctor has with the TARDIS herself, and the bond with Jamie, mixed with the broken friendship with the Master and the eager anticipation of the Old Ones who plan to eat the Doctor once their schemes are complete. No Doctor is really outspoken on what bothers him, and Troughton is no exception, but here you get a glimpse of the pain and loneliness the Doctor feels as an exile in time and space. He admits to loneliness and wouldn't wish it on anyone. He is wrenchingly surprised and delighted that someone would give him something--Jamie's gift is his first present in about 200 years. As he's 500 years old here (Season 6B with Jamie?), that's all the more poignant. It reminds you of those sometimes puzzling moments when the Doctor acts cranky or short-tempered. He may be very old and wise, but he isn't human enough to ask for things the way a human would. Eleven admitting he has a Christmas List is as close as he gets! This is a stellar bit of Lovecraftian mythology. I love i.
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