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Doctor Who: The Time Meddler Radio/TV Program

Doctor Who: The Time Meddler: 1st Doctor Novelisation

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Publisher's Summary

An unabridged reading of this classic novelisation featuring the First Doctor and the Meddling Monk.

When the TARDIS materialises on an apparently deserted Northumbrian beach, Steven disputes the Doctor's claim that they have travelled back to the 11th century. The discovery of a modern wristwatch in a nearby forest merely reinforces his opinion.

But it is 1066, the most important date in English history, and the Doctor's arrival has not gone unnoticed. Observing the appearance of the TARDIS is a mysterious monk, who recognises the time machine for what it is. He also knows that the Doctor poses a serious threat to his master plan - a plan which, if successful, could alter the future of the entire world....

Duration: four hours approx.

©2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd. (P)2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd.

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    Falco 09/05/2017
    Falco 09/05/2017 Member Since 2009

    Editor by trade, reader by compulsion, listener by virtue of a delight in the audio dimension. Long To-Be-Listened-To List.

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    "Classic Who With A Fantastic Narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Who: The Time Meddler the most enjoyable?

    A combination of the audacity and comedy in the writing (translated faithfully from the screen by Nigel Robinson), and the ridiculously good narration and characterisation by Peter Purves.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Purves is the undoubted stand-out of this release. Not only does he give faithful voice to his own companion-character, Steven Taylor, he has a more than decent stab at everyone else, including Vikings, Northumbrians, and Maureen O'Brien's Vicki. But the great revelation (at least if you haven't already heard his work in the Big Finish audio stories), is Purves' rendition of William Hartnell's First Doctor. While Hartnell was a powerful presence on screen, Purves delivers a version of him that does far more than taking you into the story - he makes you quickly believe that he IS the First Doctor, which anchors you in the world of the story very firmly.


    What about Peter Purves’s performance did you like?

    Everything about Purves' performance enhances this audiobook - his First Doctor and his faithful replaying of Steven Taylor particularly, but (as Purves himself has said before now), much of his career over the last few decades has been filled with audio work of one kind or another, and that expertise comes shining through every second of this telling. In retrospect, it's rather a shame that other Target novelisations of his period, including The Myth Makers and The Gunfighters (both of which worked very well in print), were delivered by other narrators, as Purves would be a solid go-to narrator for all First Doctor stories of his period, because you get more than your money's worth from his performance across the board.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely - The Time Meddler is a story that encourages single-sitting consumption in any case: someone beggaring about with history, with added Vikings. But Purves' performance (it's diminishing to call it a reading) makes it a story you can certainly listen to at a single gulp, given the free time.


    Any additional comments?

    The Massacre was pretty hard going on screen, but on the strength of The Time Meddler, and of Purves' delivery in particular, that's one I'll be investing in shortly, so this audiobook resulted in two sales.

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