Doctor Who: The Celestial Toymaker

Narrated by: William Hartnell, full cast
Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

William Hartnell stars as the first Doctor in this classic four-episode story from 1966, which pits the TARDIS crew against one of the most powerful enemies they have ever encountered.

The travellers arrive in the dangerous domain of the Toymaker, where their failure to win at a series of games could result in them becoming his playthings for eternity. Apparently innocuous nursery characters reveal deadly intent, and for companions Steven and Dodo the stakes are raised with every game of blind man's buff and musical chairs. The Doctor, meanwhile, is rendered invisible and given the challenge of completing the fiendishly difficult Trilogic game.

This fondly-remembered story, only one episode of which survives in the television archives, is narrated by Peter Purves who also played Steven in the story. Michael Gough is the Toymaker and Jackie Lane is Dodo, whilst Carmen Silvera adopts a number of roles.

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Deadly games.

The Doctor and crew vs the toymaker in series of games to win back the Tardis. The Toymaker is a lot like Q from Star Trek. He all powerful and mischievous. This story is very strange and is a great story. Good stuff.

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Listening to Dr. Who

It is awesome to be able to listen to old Dr. Who episodes that were thought to lost.

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Just doesn’t work in audio

This may have been a brilliant episode in the original series, but it just doesn’t work in audio, at least for me, even with the generally excellent linking narration. My eyes glazed over as I tried to visualize the games. My overall rating should not be taken as an opinion of the writing or the acting, as shown in my separate ratings of those aspects. This is the only one of the classic Who audios I’ve had this reaction to.

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  • skye man
  • 07-17-18

A decent attempt to restore a lost classic

The story is told using the surviving audio of the lost serial but sadly it doesn't really work in audio form as the Celestial Toymaker was obviously a very visual story which doesn't really translate well this format

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  • Ned
  • 06-02-07

Macabre & sinister fun

One of the more bizare Doctor Who adventures, The Celstial Toymaker sees the film actor Michael Gough put on a sinister turn as the eponymous villain. Played out like a demented gameshow, this imaginative little romp will delight casual listeners and dedicated fans alike.