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Doctor Who and the Sunmakers

4th Doctor Novelisation
Narrated by: Louise Jameson, John Leeson
Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins

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Louise Jameson reads this classic novelisation of a Fourth Doctor TV adventure featuring Leela and K9.

Everyone knows that Pluto is a barren, airless rock. So naturally the Doctor is surprised when he discovers artificial suns and an ultra-modern industrial city. What’s more, a group of colonists is being worked - and taxed - to death in this inhospitable and supposedly undeveloped part of the Universe.... 

With the help of his companion Leela and the faithful K9, the Doctor takes on the mysterious and powerful Company, a ruthless exploiter of planets and their people. 

Louise Jameson, who played Leela in the BBC series, reads Terrance Dicks’s unabridged novelisation of the 1977 TV adventure by Robert Holmes, starring Tom Baker as the Doctor. 

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  • NM
  • 07-02-2019

Another great 4th Doctor novelization

One reason I am glad to have an Audible subscription is that I can access these BBC Doctor Who audio releases the day they become available. No waiting for CDs to arrive and no wasted space for the piles and piles of CDs I would otherwise have to store somewhere.

This latest release is (obviously) from the Fourth Doctor Era. While it would be fantastic if they could have gotten him to narrate it, this is a close second as this release is narrated by Louise Jameson (Leela) with John Leeson as the voice of K9. Other than that, what more is there to say? The novelizations are a different take on the original TV episodes as they are able to expand and flesh out what was available with the original script. Even back then the most you might get was a six part episode which would come out to about two hours. This audio version is three and a half hours, which is a big improvement over what they would have been able to do on TV. Plus no cheesy effects with the audio version. :)

Future Info:
So far as Fourth Doctor Audio Releases go, as of Feb 2019 there are two on the horizon to keep an eye on:
Warrior's Gate: ETA-ish 04/04/2019
Armageddon Factor: ETA-ish 06/06/2019

Trivia: Warrior's Gate is the last of the E-Space trilogy to get an audio release.
Armageddon Factor is a Key To Time Episode.

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  • Martin Walker
  • 16-02-2019

You have nothing to lose but your chains

The Doctor starts a revolution (while quoting Karl Marx) in the most political story of the classic series.
Robert Holmes was a terrific TV writer, one of Who’s best. Here Terrence Dicks remains (mostly) faithful to the original Holmes offering. During the workers’ revolt an additional line, absent from Holmes’ original, “...things may have gone too far,” probably reflects Dicks’ slightly more moderate political views.
Politics aside, it’s an enjoyable romp, entertainingly read by Louise Jameson. And it’s always a pleasure to hear John Leeson’s K9 butt in from time to time.