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Doctor Who: Marco Polo

1st Doctor Novelisation
Narrated by: Zienia Merton
Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
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Zienia Merton reads this captivating novelisation of an epic ‘lost’ historical TV adventure featuring the First Doctor. 

The young Venetian Marco Polo is on his way to the emperor’s court in Peking when he meets four intrepid time travellers: the elderly Doctor, his granddaughter Susan, and their companions Ian and Barbara. 

The TARDIS has broken down whilst on Earth, in the year 1289. Marco Polo recognises in it a means of winning favour with the emperor, and he insists that the travellers accompany his caravan to Cathay. 

The journey is fraught with sandstorms, drought, bandits, would-be assassins and many other hidden dangers. Even if they do arrive safely at the court of Kublai Khan, the Doctor and his friends have no guarantee of ever seeing the inside of the TARDIS again.... 

Zienia Merton, who played Ping-Cho in the original BBC serial, reads John Lucarotti’s own novelisation of his 1964 TV adventure.

Dedicated to the memory of Zienia Merton.

  Text © John Lucarotti 1984
Cover illustration by David McAllister

Reading produced by John Ainsworth
Recorded at Ashwood Music
Postproduction by Ladbroke Studios
Sound design by Simon Power for Meon Productions
TARDIS sound effect composed by Brian Hodgson
Executive producer: Michael Stevens

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