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Summary

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(as John Lydecker) of his 1981 TV adventure starring Tom Baker as the Doctor, now newly extended and restored from an unpublished manuscript.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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One of the Fourth Doctor's later adventures ...

I have no recollection of this story as a child - I’ve a feeling I’d switched over to ITV to watch the Star Wars rip-off Buck Rogers at this point.

Tom Baker’s time as the Doctor was almost up - and I don’t blame him jumping ship as the stories weren’t what they used to be. Tom’s golden era was the first few seasons; simpler stories with big monsters to grapple with and a megalomaniac to defeat each week. With Harry and Sarah-Jane by his side, of course.

The later stories were too ‘esoteric’ (with irritating sidekicks and wishy-washy villains that often looked like New Romantics) - more in line with what was to come in the Peter Davison era). The Producers made the mistake of thinking their audience wanted ‘less childish’ episodes; typical clueless BBC.

So, is this particular story any good? Well, it’s got unpleasant, bickering space-slavers, 'time-surfing' lion-men and a mirror the Doctor falls through. Oh, and K9 is on the blink. It’s a bit odd; hints of ‘Aslan’ or the lion from the Wizard of Oz.

The author has expanded and fleshed out his original script (I like it when they do that), which helps it. Jon Culshaw’s narration is excellent as always. Works better in this format than on TV (with the BBC’s cheap budget). The recording is excellent, as are the subtle sound effects in the background.

I’m slowly collecting all of the Fourth Doctor audios, because Tom was the best Doctor; this isn’t one of my favourites, but it’s worth a listen.

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A wonderful reinterpretation of an classic story

This is a reinterpretation of the broadcast story based on the original script, and it's compelling stuff. The narration is terrific, there's a great soundtrack and soundscape, and it oozes with atmosphere. Thanks to Radio Free Skaro for letting me know this existed.

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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.

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  • Tate A.
  • 13-08-21

I can't believe that wasn't Tom Baker's voice

Superb narration for a superb classic who story; strongly recommended for fans of the classic show and newcomers.

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  • 09-02-20

An EXTENDED Classic!

Culshaw and Leeson give a Grand performance of a restored classic story. I loved it.

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  • Jennifer Baratta She/Her
  • 23-04-19

for Whovians

Romana's last adventure with the Doctor. Where she learns how to lead people out of trouble.