BBC Audiobooks have released details of two new releases for August and September.
William Hartnell stars in August’s release – Doctor Who: The Ark
It’s the distant future and the TARDIS has materialised in a tropical forest. The Doctor, Steven and Dodo are surprised to find that it’s situated inside a vast spaceship where the last survivors form earth are on a 700 year voyage to the planet Refusis II. Accompanying them are their mute, one-eyed servants: the Monoids.
Trouble erupts when Dodo unwittingly spreads her cold amongst the Monoids, proving to be deadly to them; the travellers are accused of sabotage. Suddenly the TARDIS jumps forward in time to the Ark’s future, where the Doctor and his friends make a horrifying discovery. The balance of power has shifted, and humanity is now enslaved by the vengeful Monoid race, who plan to make Refusis their own�
This original television soundtrack adventure contains linking narration by Peter Purves, as well as an additional bonus interview where Purves recalls the making of the original 1966 television serial.
The Ark is released on 7th August.
September 4th sees the release of Doctor Who at the BBC: The Plays
Over the years, Doctor Who has provided the inspiration for a number of original radio plays. Three of them are presented here in their entirety, and each focuses on the effect which Doctor Who has had on the lives of ordinary – and some extraordinary – people.
‘Regenerations’ by Daragh Carville is a powerful and moving play about a group of six friends who reunite for their annual Doctor Who convention. Set against a backdrop of the Belfast troubles, the play deals with themes of sexuality and love, and features appearances by Tom Baker and Sophie Aldred.
‘Blue Veils and Golden Sands’ by Martyn Wade tells the story of Delia Derbyshire, the delightful and unusual woman who created the unique sound of the original Doctor Who theme tune.
Finally ‘Dalek, I Love You’ by Colin Sharpe is a recent BBC7 production. It tells how one young lad’s obsession with Doctor Who causes him to meet the girl of his dreams – named Romana…
(We’re warned that ‘Regenerations’ features some adult themes and language).
Both titles will be available from all good bookshops, online at www.bbcshop.com or by BBC Audiobooks direct mail on 0800 136 919.