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Doctor Who: Warriors’ Gate

4th Doctor Novelisation
Narrated by: Jon Culshaw, John Leeson
Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
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Jon Culshaw reads this iconic novelisation of a Fourth Doctor TV adventure, newly restored and extended by the author. 

The Doctor and his companions are trapped in E-Space, struggling to find their way back into their own universe. Arriving at an intersection, the TARDIS is invaded by a refugee of the enslaved Tharil race.

With K9 damaged by the Time Winds, the Doctor, Romana and Adric explore the strange white eternity of the Gateway, where past, present and future cross over. 

They also meet the crew of the Privateer, led by the embattled Rorvic. As all parties strive to find a way out, the Doctor realises that Rorvic’s ship holds the terrible secret of the Tharils’ history and the means of their liberation.

Jon Culshaw reads Stephen Gallagher’s novelisation (as John Lydecker) of his 1981 TV adventure starring Tom Baker as the Doctor, now newly extended and restored from an unpublished manuscript. John Leeson provides the authentic voice of K9.

Novelisation © John Lydecker 1982
Original script © Stephen Gallagher 1980

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 Andrew Skilleter

©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd t/as BBC Studios (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd t/as BBC Studios

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  • 04-04-19

Nice way to round out The E-Space Trilogy.

The first two chapters (Full Circle and State of Decay) already have had their audio releases, and now the final chapter is finally available as an extended audio release that adds three hours of content to the 1981 televised version. Jon Culshaw has narrated several 4th Doctor titles and does a fair-to-middling "Tom Baker Impression" as he has done in other releases like The Pirate Planet and The Sontaran Experiment. John Leeson also returns as the voice of K9.

Warrior's Gate was an interesting story that handled some pretty complex topics. The slavers are now the enslaved, but have they learned from their mistakes and do they deserve The Doctor and Romana's help? Will K9 survive?. Who will escape to N-space, and who will stay behind?

The story does well as an extended release and covers more ground than the shorter televised version by filling in and expanding on many details that couldn't be crammed into the original ninety minutes. It can be a little dry at times, and I think it would been a lot more FUN if there had been more for K9 to do, as variety in the narrative is always a welcome thing. Unfortunately for plot purposes, poor K9 is running-on-empty most of the time, so his presence in this story is limited.

While Romana and K9 opt to remain in E-Space and thus "Warrior's Gate" is their final appearance in Classic Doctor Who television, Tom Baker himself only remained for two additional episodes after "Warrior's Gate". After "Keeper of Traken" and the final scene of "Logopolis", the Tom Baker (classic) Era was over with Peter Davison taking over as Doctor #5.