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Doctor Who: The Five Doctors

5th Doctor Novelisation
Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
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Summary

Jon Culshaw reads this classic novelisation of Doctor Who's special 20th-anniversary TV adventure, featuring the Doctor in each of his first five incarnations.

Each one has been removed from his time-stream and - with one unfortunate exception - brought to the Death Zone on Gallifrey. There, they - along with an array of their loyal former companions - encounter numerous deadly obstacles including Daleks, Cybermen, Yeti, the Master and a fiendish set of puzzles. Who is the ultimate enemy they must all unite to defeat?

Based on Terrance Dicks's epic TV adventure, first broadcast in 1983, The Five Doctors offers listeners a chance to turn the clock back and meet some old friends - and some old enemies.

©1983 Terrance Dicks (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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Nostalgic bliss...

I have very fond memories reading this as a child, specifically between films (with a torch 😅), at a ABC cinema Star Trek movie marathon, munching on egg sandwiches. Ha ha context is everything! This is a lovely reading by Jon Culshaw - getting all the Doctors just right, and bringing a lovely hint of menace to both The Master and Borusa. Nick Briggs does a sterling job as always on Dalek/Cyberman duties, and the sound effects and atmosphere are just right. If you are in need of a nostalgic hit this is perfect. 10/10

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Culshaw is excellent in this faithful recreation

Very enjoyable. Faithfully recreating the atmosphere of the story, Jon Culshaw's reading is excellent, his vocals capturing the performances of the leads, with particularly fine turns as Troughton and Pertwee Doctors.

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Fantastic

I first read the book at age 12.

Jon Culshaw was spot on with the Dr voices.

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The five doctors

Fantastic performances by Jon culshaw and supporting cast ,must have purchase for any classic who fans, my only wish was that they could have expanded the 4th doctors role in the story!

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best who audiobook

great narration and one of my favourite stories makes this an exceptional audiobook. A must have

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An excellent reading of The Five Doctors.

Loved it. I always enjoy these multi-doctor tales. The narrator 's third doctor especially effective.

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5 reasons to be cheerful.

Jon Culshaw is the reason I gave this 5 stars overall. Simply superb voice artistry capturing both the essence and mannerisms of each Doctor brilliantly. His Pertwee and Baker as usual are excellent and his ( maturer) Troughton voice is for me 2nd only to the incredible Chris Thompson.
I was also amazed at how well he recreated the Richard Hurndall interpretation of the 1st Doctor. Terrance Dicks was lumbered with the almost impossible task of providing a 90 minute 20th anniversary story special and
contributed as good a story as I think was humanly possible. (Even the great Robert Holmes turned down the chance). I think 4 stars out of 5 is fair as the story itself is concerned. Pity Tom Baker declined to involve himself in the production back in 1983. Would have given Mr Culshaw more opportunity to mimic his great voice in the audiobook. Overall a very enjoyable listen to a good old fashioned classic Dr Who romp. Recommend to all fans of the show and to casual listeners who enjoy old fashioned and uncomplicated adventure.

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Enjoyable!

Fair story, brilliantly narrated! Jon Colshaw is excellent as ever and the overall story keeps the listener's attention.

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Classic DW story told with great style.

A fantastic telling of the Target novelization. Jon Culshaw excels as the Doctors, and supporting characters. Everyone knows how good Culshaw's impression of Tom Baker is, but here he delivers a stellar and uncanny performance of Jon Pertwee's 3rd Doctor. It's as if Pertwee is alive again when you hear his lines. Also of note are Jon's impressions of the 5th Doctor, the Brigadier and The Master.

5/5 from me. A must for any Doctor Who fan.

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Culshaw makes it sound like a multi cast drama.

I've read this book several times and have seen the programme it is based on several times. in this reading, Culshaw proves that he isn't just a great mimic of the fourth Doctor: his other Doctors, particularly Doctors two and three, are spot on.

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  • Marty
  • 12-02-18

My God this narrator can do every voice perfectly!

My God this narrator can do every voice perfectly! Perfect I say. Greet classic. Buy

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  • S. Nelson
  • 30-12-17

Brill!

As always, John Culshaw delivers a Great performance; and proves his versatility, voicing all five Doctors, and the companions, magnificently!

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  • Mary Beth
  • 18-10-18

Amazing voices

The story is well known to Whovians of a certain age, and this edition does not disappoint. Very much a novelization of the on-air episode. The very best thing about this audiobook is the narrator who is able to give voice to each Doctor just about spot on in timbre and intonation. It was so easy to believe the actual actors were voicing their roles. The male companions were also very faithful, leaving only the female characters as standing out as being voiced by another. Still, the male narrator captured the essence of each female companion enough so that the spell was not broken too much. Well done! A wonderful addition to my Doctor Who audiobook collection.

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