Publisher: BBC Audiobooks
Release Date: 5th November
Tom Baker reads the novelisation of his first TV story ‘Robot’ (in common with many Doctor Who novels of the time the book renames the story) in this four disc unabridged presentation of the book by former Who script editor Terrance Dicks which is in turn based on his own TV scripts.
Although it introduces Tom Baker as the newly regenerated Fourth Doctor much of the story focuses on companion Sarah Jane Smith, currently to be found winning record audiences in her own spin-off series on CBBC after a successful appearance opposite David Tennant in the 2006 series.
Also joining the cast in this story is Ian Marter as companion Harry Sullivan, Chief Medical Officer for UNIT the top secret organisation which defends Earth against alien threats and which has also appeared in the revived series and been referenced in the spin-offs ‘The Sarah Jane Adventures’ and ‘Torchwood’.
The presence of these familiar elements means this release should appeal to Doctor Who fans of all generations and makes it a very canny title to release so close to Christmas.
The story sees UNIT and the Doctor investigating a series of break-ins at secure premises. First to be stolen are the plans for a disintegrator gun followed by the components needed to build the gun.
Sarah discovers that the thefts have been carried out by a robot designed by a Professor Kettlewell while he was working at a research group called Think Tank.
But Kettlewell tells UNIT he’d instructed Miss Winters, the director of Think Tank, to destroy the robot when he left the organisation. UNIT must act fast to find who is now controlling the robot and what the Scientific Reform Society which most of Think Tank’s staff belong to is up to…
Baker’s reading is enhanced with music spots and occassional sound effects adding a sense of depth.
Echoing the episodic format and cliffhangers of the original TV version each of the discs ends on a suitably exciting plot point. Each chapter is announced by Baker as he proceeds through a story which, in part at least due to the relatively low page count of the source novel, never plods.
A must buy for Who fans of all ages.
Doctor Who and the Giant Robot will be available from 5th November