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Doctor Who

By: Barry Letts
Narrated by: Jon Pertwee, Elisabeth Sladen, Nicholas Courtney, full cast
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Jon Pertwee, Elisabeth Sladen, and Nicholas Courtney join forces once more for a specially written Doctor Who adventure.

'When the barrier gives way, this planet will be flooded by all the evil in N-Space; and at the moment I have no idea how to stop it.'

The Brigadier's ancient great-uncle Mario seems unsurprised by the spectres which haunt his even more ancient Sicilian castle. But when the Doctor comes to investigate he finds himself faced with a danger as great as any he has yet encountered.

Is the answer to be found in the past, in the corrupt alchemy of the black-hearted sorceror said to have been walled up alive for his evil deeds? Or must the Doctor, and the faithful Sarah Jane Smith, brave the realm of ghosts and face the very fiends of hell? The classic team of Doctor, Sarah Jane, and the Brigadier are on the case in this eerily thrilling adventure, written especially for radio by Barry Letts.

Don't miss any of the Doctor Who episodes.
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Too Ridiculous even for Who

Would you try another book from Barry Letts and/or the narrators?

I'm not sure I trust Barry Letts with doctor who material. Really, I can accept a lot of so-soft-its-runny scifi from Doctor Who, but a scientifically established afterlife? That's too much for me.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'm going to think about giving the radio collections a miss. There just wasn't enough visual idea of the Fiends for them to engage me and bring me into the setting. I wanted to get them in my head.

Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

The narration was not the problem here.

What character would you cut from Doctor Who?

The woman with the shrill imitation-new-york accent.

Any additional comments?

This is a concept that just didn't play out well. I don't understand how the guy achieved bodily immortality, and what that meant in context. How did he get out of the wall?

And, really, doctor who with a proveable afterlife and pratical alchemical sorcery? Maybe somebody else might like this, but it was too much for me.

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