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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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a great listen for a quiet weekend

John Culshaw of Dead Ringers fame provides brilliant and immersive narration utilising his improv skills to wonderfully emulate the tones and inflections of the various Doctors as he goes. a wonderful and atmospheric trip back to the Tarhey Novel days. we worth this months credit.

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One of my favourite Doctor Who stories

Absolutely love this anniversary story. Remember it well from my childhood and subsequent dvd viewings. To hear the audio book read wonderfully by Jon Culshaw is a joy. He captures all the doctors so well.

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An ambitious story beautifully realised

The Five Doctors is, in my opinion, one of the most ambitious stories in the series’ history, and this Target adaptation by the mighty Terrance Dicks proudly rises to the occasion! I remember thoroughly enjoying the book as a child, and that same experience was true on audio as an adult. Generally I tend to prefer audios narrated by their relevant Doctor (or a trusted companion, if need be), but in this case Jon Culshaw and Nicholas Briggs are the ideal combo. Culshaw captures the personality of each Doctor (and their companions) without ever descending into parody or basic mimicry. It’s an aural tour-de-force, and makes The Five Doctors a must-have on audio.

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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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  • 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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  • Chris Coyne
  • 21-06-20

Five for the price of one.

Five Doctors. Heroic companions. K9. Daleks and Cyberman. Yeti. The Master. A great adventure . Who can ask for more.

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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.