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Summary

For two decades, from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s, every fan of the Doctor hoped to find The Doctor Who Annual in their Christmas stocking. Larger than life and twice as colourful, the stories within were exuberant - and often charmingly naive - in their take on 'the children's own programme which adults adore'.

Here, for the first time on audio, Peter Purves (Steven), Anneke Wills (Polly), Geoffrey Beevers (the Master), Matthew Waterhouse (Adric) and Nicola Bryant (Peri) read a selection of these colourful and energetic tales.

In 'The Sons of Grekk', the First Doctor is held prisoner in a brutal, otherworldly society. 'The King of Golden Death' finds that the Second Doctor, Polly and Ben have materialised inside an Ancient Egyptian pyramid. The Third Doctor, Jo and the Brigadier confront a familiar adversary in 'Dark Intruders' whilst in 'Conundrum' the Fourth Doctor, Adric and K9 experience warped physics in the corridors of the TARDIS. In 'The Penalty', a delirious Fifth Doctor finds old friends and adversaries ganging up on him, and the Sixth Doctor and Peri plunge into a dangerous period of British history in 'The Real Hereward'.

Also included are two vintage essays on the character of our favourite Time Lord: 'Who Is Doctor Who?' from 1966 and 'The Phoenix in the TARDIS' from 1968.

Take a nostalgic journey through time with these vintage Doctor Who tales.

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A mixed bag of stories

Was The Doctor Who Audio Annual worth the listening time?

Overall, yes. The stories are taken from different editions of the show's annual Xmas tie-in book, dating back over 50 years, including several from before the Doctor's back story had been formulated. This can lead to occasional inconsistencies. It's also worth remembering that not every writer was a Doctor Who "expert," so some stories feel like regular SF tales, with the Doctor grafted into place. But the stories themselves are entertaining, the narration is generally spot on, and it's almost... almost... as much fun as settling down with one of the original publications.

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