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Doctor Who: The War Machines

1st Doctor Novelisation
Narrated by: Michael Cochrane
Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
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Summary

Michael Cochrane reads this novelisation of a classic TV adventure featuring the First Doctor.

The TARDIS materialises outside the Post Office Tower in London, 1966. The Doctor senses a powerful and evil force, which he and the ever-curious Dodo track down to scientist Professor Brett and WOTAN, his revolutionary new computer.

Designed as a universal problem solver, WOTAN has suddenly begun to think for itself and has formulated a deadly plan. Using its phenomenal power it will programme humans to build mobile fighting computers, and with these indestructible war machines WOTAN will take over the world. 

With the help of Dodo, Sir Charles Summers and new friends Ben and Polly, the Doctor must find a way to prevent a global catastrophe.

Michael Cochrane, who has played several roles in the BBC TV series, reads Ian Stuart Black’s novelisation of his original 1966 serial starring William Hartnell as the Doctor.

Novelisation copyright © Ian Stuart Black 1988
Original script copyright © Ian Stuart Black 1966

Reading produced by Neil Gardner
Recorded at Ladbroke Audio Ltd

Sound design by Simon Power for Meon Productions

Executive producer: Michael Stevens

TARDIS sound effect composed by Brian Hodgson

Cover illustration by Alister Pearson

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd t/as BBC Studios (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd t/as BBC Studios

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Make Love Not War!

The War Machines is a classic tale of sixties London that encapsulates the early days of classic Who. Ian Stuart Black crafts an accurate period piece of a time when the world was advancing, yet traditional values still held their sway. For those who lament all the missing episodes from the Doctor Who archive, this is a lovely way to spend time with Ben & Polly, and to experience what they brought to the series.