BBC Audio released Nov 5
Available on 4 x CD [RRP £17.61]
Not only that, at the helm of this behemoth (running time of over four hours!) is William Russell – the actor who played one of the original companions, Ian Chesterton. Russell’s various voices and accents are superb; clearly delineated from the narration, exuding personality for each separate character. In particular, his ‘impersonation’ of William Hartnell’s Doctor amuses and enthralls in equal measure; coming off as an intergalactic Professor Yaffle.
Oddly, his own voice (that of Chesterton’s) isn’t quite that of the teacher we’re familiar to but the fact that Russell is slightly older (only about 46 years or so) that’s to be expected. Even odder is the fact that his narration sounds not unlike Michael Palin (though that’s not a bad thing at all). New series fans will recognise the tone of Nicholas Briggs as the voice of the Daleks and, as always, he pitches the dialogue perfectly.
With four CDs to take in you certainly get value~for~money with this release and you’ll be drinking it in for some time. An epic story presented with a reading and production to match.