Publisher: BBC Audiobooks
Release Date: 5th November
This month’s second reading of a Doctor Who novelisation is based on a 1970’s Jon Pertwee story which sees The Doctor and companion Sarah Jane Smith return to Earth in the middle of a crisis which sees London evacuted after multiple sightings of dinosuars.
Teaming up with UNIT the Doctor discovers that the dinosuars are a by product of experiments with time and encounters a group promising its members a fresh start on a new world, but not everything’s what it seems…
However many allowances one is prepared to make for the special effects in the original series it’s an inescapable fact that the effects for the television version of this story are poor.
The medium of an audiobook frees the story from visual shortcomings although it’s pretty obvious that that writer Malcolm Hulke, perhaps aware of the difficulties in realising the monsters, unapologetically shoves the titular dinosaurs into the background and provides a complex and multilayered story.
This is an enjoyable story and like many of the 1970’s Who adventures still has something to say on the issues of our time.
Those who think the series only discovered character development with the 2005 revival may be pleasantly surprised at the personal journey of UNIT’s Captain Mike Yates which forms an important element of the story and feeds into the season finale (and end of the Pertwee era) a few stories later.
Narration duties here are provided by Martin Jarvis who plays Butler in the television version and who, in keeping with this month’s other release, provides a limited performance for each character.
This is an enjoyable story with a eco-friendly core ensuring it continues to have something to say to an audience more than 30 years after it was first written.
Doctor Who and The Dinosaur Invasion will be available from 5th November