I was thinking about when I started watching Doctor Who, in 1982 (when I was tiny), and PBS in Boulder, CO was playing Baker’s last season. I still think this is one of the most solid runs of stories the show EVER had (well, maybe not Meglos…). It also occurred to me that I only saw Baker for a short time before he regenerated and became Peter Davison, who will always be “MY Doctor”. Similar to how I imagine kids these days will remember Eccleston as being really good, but Tennant’s the one that they connected with.
The 18th Season of Doctor Who is probably the most unique run of stories in the show, ever. I’m not saying it’s one of the best, or one of the most entertaining. But in a season where the most conventional story is probably “Full Circle,” you’ve got something that truly stands out.
There’s a lot of goodbyes and hellos, including saying goodbye to the longest-running Doctor, and hello to a brand new TARDIS team. In the middle of that, yo have a mini-arc called the E-Space Trilogy.
The season takes a slower pace, the Fourth Doctor suddenly becomes more reserved and worn out, there’s a brand new theme song, and the visuals in each story are extremely stylistic and striking. In each story this season, perhaps barring Full Circle, there’s a visual element that makes it stick out from the rest of the show. And then-script editor Christopher H. Bidmead tries to make the science as hard, or at least as surreal and hard-sounding, as possible. It’s something to watch in the dark with a dim, black light on. And has an air of magic all its own. More past the line.
All of the New Series Adventures (2005 onwards) have received audiobook releases
Released by BBC Audiobooks (2005-2009), AudioGo (2010-2013) and BBC Physical Audio (2014 onwards)
This list excludes releases by Big Finish and audio dramas e.g. Whatever Happened to Susan Foreman?, Hornet’s Nest, etc. except when noted
64 of Target’s 156 regular Doctor Who novelisations have received audiobook releases by the BBC from 2007 onwards.
‘The Missing Episodes’ The Nightmare Fairand Mission to Magnus were released as audio dramas by Big Finish Productions as part of their 'Lost Stories’ range, going back to the original scripts that would have used for the unproduced Season 23. Wally K. Daly read his novel The Ultimate Evil for the RNIB (Royal National Institute for Blind People) as a DAISY talking audiobook (an mp3-based player for those with sight impairments which offers additional features) and a 4-disk CD.
All the Doctor Who radio serials from the 70s through 90s also received Target novelisations (The Pestacons, Slipback, The Paradise of Death), except for Exploration Earth; The Ghosts of N-Space was adapted into a MA (Missing Adventure).
Abridged readings of The Curse of Peladon, Planet of the Daleks, Kinda, Warriors of the Deep, Attack of the Cybermen, Vengeance on Varos and The Movie, read by each story’s respective Doctor, were released on cassette from 1995-97. These were all reissued on the two Tales from the TARDIS MP3-CDs in 2004.
A draft version of Terrance Dick’s State of Decay novelisation was read by Tom Baker for Pickwick in 1981.
The Three Doctors, Carnival of Monstersand The Loch Ness Monster (aka Terror of the Zygons) were read by Gabriel Woolf (Sutekh in Pyramids of Mars) for the RNIB in 1978.
Original adaptations were written specifically for the audiobook versions of The Stones of Blood, The Androids of Tara (both by David Fisher, who wrote the original serial of the former) and An Unearthly Child (Nigel Robinson).
MP3-CDs of the audiobooks The Auton Invasion (aka Spearhead From Space), The Cave Monsters (aka The Silurians) and The Giant Robot (aka Robot) were released in two parts as part of Character Option’s Pandorica wave of action figures in 2010. The disk of each part represented the circle on each side of the Pandorica, which could snap together to form a cube. Eleventh Doctor/Roman Auton - Invasion; Amy/Silurian - Warriors; Angel/Cyberman - Robot
Genesis of the Dalekswas released as a DAISY talking book in 2012, read by Terry Molloy (Davros from Resurrection onwards), as was Frontios in 2010, read by Beth Chalmers.
Read by actors who appeared in the original story -
The Daleks, The Zarbiand The Crusaders - these were Doctor Who’s first novel adaptations from the 1960s by Frederick Muller, released in the collection Travels in Time and Space.
An Unearthly Child
The Edge of Destruction
The Dalek Invasion of Earth (Dalek voices by Nicholas Briggs)
Jean Marsh and Peter Purves
Daleks: Mission to the Unknown
Daleks: The Mutation of Time
The Cyberman (aka The Moonbase; Cybermen voices by Nicholas Briggs)
The Auton Invasion
The Cave Monsters
Carnival of Monsters
The Three Doctors
The Green Death
The Giant Robot
Pyramids of Mars
The Brain of Morbius
The Creature From the Pit
The Ribos Operation
The Stones of Blood (with Susan Engel)
The Androids of Tara
Full Circle (with Matthew Waterhouse)
Full Circle (with John Leeson as K9)
The Twin Dilemma
Mindwarp (The Trial of a Time Lord, vol. 1)
Terror of the Vervoids (Bonnie Langford, The Trial of a Time Lord, vol. 2)
The Ice Warriors (Frazer Hines)
Planet of the Spiders(Elizabeth Sladen)
The Face of Evil(Louise Jameson)
The Leisure Hive (Lalla Ward)
The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (Sophie Aldred)
Nicholas Briggs as the Daleks -
The Dalek Invasion of Earth (William Russell)
The Chase(Maureen O'Brien)
Mission to the Unknown/The Mutation of Time(Jean Marsh and Peter Purves)
Planet of the Daleks(Mark Gatiss)
Remembrance of the Daleks(Terry Molloy)
Nicholas Briggs as the Cybermen -
The Cybermen(Anneke Wills)
The Tomb of the Cybermen(Michael Kilgarriff)
Earthshock (Peter Davison)
Original author -
The Daemons(Barry Letts)
Logopolis (Christopher H. Bidmead
Guest actors -
The Gunfighters (Shane Rimmer portrayed Seth Harper in the original story)
The Tomb of the Cybermen(Michael Kilgarriff portrayed the Cyber Controller in the original story)
The War Games(David Troughton portrayed a soldier in the original story)
The Time Warrior (Jeremy Bulloch portrayed Hal the archer in the original story)
The Dinosaur Invasion(aka Invasion of the Dinosaurs; Martin Jarvis portrayed Dr. Butler in the original story)
The Masque of Mandragora(Tim Pigott-Smith, Marco in the original story)
The Talons of Weng-Chiang (Christopher Benjamin portrayed Henry Jago in the original story)
Black Orchid(Michael Cochrane portrayed Lord Cranleigh in the original story)
The Stones of Blood(Susan Engel portrayed Vivien Fay in the original story)
Ghost Light(Ian Hogg portrayed Josiah Samuel Smith in the original story)
Lynda Bellingham and Michael Jayston (the Inquisitor and Valeyard, respectively), read The Mysterious Planet and The Ultimate Foe as part of The Trial of a Time Lord.
Terry Molloy will read the upcoming audiobook of Remembrance of the Daleks.
Geoffrey Beevers (the Master in the original series) has recorded a number of audiobooks: Terror of the Autons, The Sea Devils, The Doomsday Weapon (aka Colony in Space) and The Space War (aka Frontier in Space). He will also read The Deadly Assassin, which featured his incarnation of the Master, although portrayed by Peter Pratt in the TV story.
David Troughton has recorded a number of audiobooks featuring the Second Doctor: The Abominable Snowmen, Fury From the Deep and The War Games.
Other guest cast who have read novelisations (although not appearing in the original story) are Stephen Thorne (Omega among others; The Myth Makers), Derek Jacobi (The Mind Robber, a story which coincidentally features another character credited as the Master), Rula Lenska (The Happiness Patrol), Nerys Hughes (The Awakening) and Mark Gatiss (Planet of the Daleks).
Short Trips (BBC)
The following stories from the BBC’s 1999-2000 Short Trips collections have received audiobook readings:
Short Trips - Freedom (3rd, featuring the Brigadier), Glass (4th), Model Train Set (8th), Stop the Pigeon (7th, featuring Ace) and Old Flames (4th) were read by Nicholas Courtney and Sophie Aldred for the audio release. This collection was reissued on the Tales from the TARDIS vol. 1 MP3-CD; Freedom (3rd) and Old Flames (4th) were also reissued on CD on the 2009 release Tales from the TARDIS. The 8th Doctor story The People’s Temple was read by Paul McGann in 1998 for the cassette Earth and Beyond, whilst Wish You Were Here was a part of the 1998 Sixth Doctor audio anthology Out of the Darkness, read by Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant.
The stories The Last Days (1st), There Are Faeries in the Bottom of the Garden (1st), Mondas Passing (1st), War Crimes (2nd), Mother’s Little Helper (2nd), Rights (4th), The Parliament of Rats (5th) and Ace of Hearts (7th) have not received audio releases.
More Short Trips - The stories Moon Graffiti (6th) and Dead Time (8th) were released on Earth and Beyond and Out of the Darkness respectively.
The original stories Degrees of Truth (3rd, featuring the Brigadier), Vigil (6th) and Bounty appeared on each respective anthology.
Out of the Darkness was reissued on Tales From the TARDIS vol. 1; Earth and Beyond was on vol. 2.
Short Trips (Big Finish)
A number of Big Finish’s Short Trip stories have been produced as download-only readings. These are:
From the collection Transmissions - Only Connect and Breadcrumbs (4th, exclusive for listeners whose subscription includes 1,001 Nights, read by John Banks); Tweaker and Methuselah (5th, exclusive for listeners whose subscription includes Fanfare for the Common Men, read by John Banks)
From the collection Defining Patterns - Lepidoptery for Beginners (2nd, exclusive for listeners whose subscription includes A Death in the Family, read by Duncan Wisbey); Twilight’s End (7th, Defining Patterns, exclusive for listeners whose subscription includes Robophobia, read by Beth Chalmers)
The Little Drummer Boy (1st, Companions, exclusive for listeners whose subscription includes The Demons of Red Lodge, read by Beth Chalmers)
One Small Step (2nd, Past Tense, podcast read by Nicholas Briggs)
The Switching (3rd, Zodiac, exclusive for listeners whose subscription includes Lurkers at Sunlight’s Edge, read by Duncan Wisbey)
Neptune (3rd, The Solar System, exclusive for listeners whose subscription includes Army of Death, read by Beth Chalmers)
Lant Land (5th, Life Science, exclusive for listeners whose subscription includes Army of Death, read by Duncan Wisbey)
Museum Peace (8th, Dalek Empire, exclusive for listeners whose subscription includes The Eternal Summer, and subscribers to the third series of EDAs, read by Nicholas Briggs)
Big Finish have released adaptations of the New Adventures Love and War, The Highest Science and Damaged Goods.
The stories Birthright and Just War were adapted as some of Big Finish’s first releases in 1999, but with the Doctor and Ace removed to act as parts 2 and 3 of the 'Time Ring’ trilogy; Colin Baker was part of Birthright’s guest cast.
The Bernice Summerfield centric novels Oh No It Isn’t!, Beyond the Sun and Walking to Babylon were adapted to audio dramas from 1998-99, featuring Nicholas Courtney, Sophie Aldred and Elisabeth Sladen as part of the guest cast.
David Banks (voice of the Cybermen in the 1980s) read his NA novel Iceberg for the RNIB.
The Missing Adventures novels, The Romance of Crime, The English Way of Death and The Well-Mannered War, written by Gareth Roberts and featuring the Fourth Doctor, Romana II and K9 are being adapted into audios by Big Finish in 2015.
David Banks’ 1990 history of the Cybermen, Cybermen, illustrated by Andrew Skilleter, was released on a series of 4 cassettes from 1989-1990, and reissued on CD/download by Cherry Red Records in June 2013, as The ArcHive Tapes: Cybermen.
The Cabinet of Light, originally part of Telos’ Doctor Who novella range in the early 2000s, was adapted (removed from its Doctor Who connections) for the Time Hunter audio range in 2008, read by Terry Molloy.
John Leeson produced readings of David Martin’s K9 picture books from 1980 for Cherry Red Records in November 2013, entitled The Adventures of K9.
An unconfirmed reader will read Chris Boucher’s PDA Corpse Marker(featuring the robots from The Androids of Death) in March 2015.
The Wheel of Ice (David Troughton)
The Harvest of Time(Geoffrey Beevers)
Shada (Lalla Ward and John Leeson)
The digital-first short stories from 11 Doctors, 11 Stories are available as hour-long £1.99 digital downloads from Audible. Frazer Hines reprised his role as Jamie for The Nameless City; Sophie Aldred read The Roots of Evil (4th) and Something Borrowed (6th), Nicholas Pegg read Tip of the Tongue (5th) and Spore (8th), whilst the authors Marcus Sedgwick, Malorie Blackman and Charlie Higson read their respective stories, The Spear of Destiny (3rd), The Ripple Effect (7th), and The Beast of Babylon (9th).
The Destiny of the Doctor series contained audiobook readings of all 11 Doctors, a co-production between AudioGo and Big Finish. The final release, The Time Machine, read by Jenna Coleman, and the 12 disc boxset was eventually released by Big Finish only due to AudioGo going into administration. Each story was read by the companion featured in the story with a supporting actor, with the exception of the 9th Doctor story, Night of the Whisper, which was read by Nicholas Briggs, and The Time Machine, which whilst read by Jenna Coleman does not feature Clara.
All of the NSAs released between 2006 and the present have had audiobooks upon release or soon after. The Ninth Doctor stories Winner Takes All, The Monsters Inside and The Clockwise Man were first released as DAISY talking books with different narrators (David Thorpe for the first two; Glen McCready for The Clockwise Man) before receiving a BBC audio version. Unabridged versions of Sting of the Zygons, The Last Dodo and Wooden Heart were also released by RNIB, read by Tim Bruce.
From Prisoner of the Daleks onwards, all NSAs have been unabridged. The following release, The Krillitane Storm began the release method of download first, before being reissued on CD months later. With the demise of AudioGo, this policy seems to have stopped.
Read by actors appearing in the story -
The Stone Rose
The Feast of the Drowned
The Resurrection Casket
Pest Control(audio exclusive)
The Day of the Troll(audio exclusive)
The Last Voyage (audio exclusive)
Dead Air (audio exclusive)
The Last Dodo
The Pirate Loop
Martha in the Mirror
The Story of Martha - The CD release contains only the unabridged linking narrative; the four short stories from the collection was a download-only release.
The Forever Trap(audio exclusive)
The Nemonite Invasion(audio exclusive)
Death’s Deal (Destiny of the Doctor, with Duncan Wisbey)
The Runaway Train (audio exclusive; first released with The Daily Telegraph)
The Jade Pyramid(audio exclusive)
The Hounds of Artemis(audio exclusive; first released with The Guardian; Clare Corbett voices Helen Stapleton, who reads Amy’s portions through a diary that Amy leaves behind. Karen Gillan was originally going to voice Amy’s portions of the story.)
The Glamour Chase
Day of the Cockroach(audio exclusive)
Sleepers in the Dust(audio exclusive)
Prisoner of the Daleks
Judgement of the Judoon
Plague of the Cybermen(with David Warner)
The Dalek Generation
Engines of War
Bernard Cribbins read the Wilf-centric novel Beautiful Chaos
Alex Kingston read the River Song-centric novella The Angel’s Kiss
Dan Starkey read The Devil in the Smoke, a novella which focuses on the Paternoster Gang of Strax, Jenny and Vastra, and Silhouette,a Twelfth Doctor novel which features the same characters.
Guest actors -
Arthur Darvill has read some stories which don’t feature Rory, which are Night of the Humans and the audio exclusive The Ring of Steel. The same goes for Jenna Coleman, who read the story The Time Machinealongside Nicholas Briggs and Michael Cochrane, but Clara did not actually appear in the story.
Nicholas Briggs - The Clockwise Man, Nuclear Time, The King’s Dragonand Paradox Lost
Camille Coduri - The Monsters Inside, The Stealers of Dreams, Winner Takes All
Anthony Head - Only Human and The Nightmare of Black Island
Stuart Milligan - The Deviant Strainand Blackout(audio exclusive)
Will Thorp (Zed in The Impossible Planet) - Forever Autumn, Sick Building,Peacemakerand The Krillitane Storm
David Troughton - The Many Hands, Ghosts of India, Eye of the Jungle (audio exclusive)andTales of Trenzalore
Debbie Chazen (Foon Van Hoff in Voyage of the Damned) - Wishing Well, Shining Darknessand The Slitheen Excursion
Georgia Moffett - Snowglobe 7 and Autonomy
Russell Tovey - The Doctor Trap and The Eyeless
Neve McIntosh - Dark Horizons and The Crawling Terror
Frances Barber -Shroud of Sorrow and Snake Bite(audio exclusive)
Meera Syal - Borrowed Timeand The Gemini Contagion (audio exclusive)
Raquel Cassidy - The audio exclusives Art of Death, The Nu-Humans and The Empty House
Alexander Armstrong of Armstrong and Miller (known to Who fans for the voice of Mr. Smith and Reg Arwell in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe) read the audio exclusive Darkstar Academy,whilst Michelle Ryan read The Rising Night.
Other guest cast who have done readings of novels are Don Warrington (The Art of Destruction) and Shaun Dingwall (The Price of Paradise); Reggie Yates (Sting of the Zygons) and Adjoa Andoh (Wooden Heart); Christopher Ryan (The Taking of Chelsea 426); James Albrecht (Apollo 23), Olivia Colman (The Forgotten Army), David Warner (Plague of the Cybermen, with Nicholas Briggs as the Cybermen), and Colin McFarlane (The Blood Cell).
Audio-only readers are Clive Mantle (The Coming of the Terraphiles) and Michael Maloney (The Silent Stars Go By)
Clare Corbett, who has not appeared in the series has recorded several audiobooks - The Hounds of Artemis (as Helen Stapleton/Amy), Dead of Winter, The Way Through the Woods, Touched By an Angel and Summer Falls (Amy’s novel under the name of Amelia Williams).
Ten original The Sarah Jane Adventures audiobooks were released from 2007-2011, with two released simultaneously annually to tie-in with each new series. The first eight were read by Elizabeth Sladen, whilst the final two releases, Children of Steel and Judgement Day were read by Daniel Anthony (Clyde Langer) and Anjli Mohindra (Rani Chandra) respectively. These were reissued in a 10-CD boxset in November 2011. Additionally, Anjli Mohindra recorded an audio version of Monster Hunt, a 2009 comic strip and game, written by Trevor Baxendale, on The Sarah Jane Adventures website.
Abridged versions of the Torchwood novels Another Life, Slow Decay and Border Princess were released as audiobooks, read by John Barrowman (Jack Harkness), Burn Gorman (Owen Harper) and Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper) respectively.
Unabridged readings of the Miracle Day prequels First Born (a multi-voice reading, with Kai Owen, who played Rhys Williams, among others), Long Time Dead (Indira Varma, who played Suzie Costello) and The Men Who Sold the World (John Telfer), were released as download-only releases in October 2011.
The novel Exodus Code, by John and Carol E. Barrowman, was released as an audiobook simultaneously to the hardcover release in September 2012, read by Daniel Pirrie.
The 12 Torchwood novels released between 2008-2009 did not receive audiobook readings.
Additionally, a number of audio-only readings and audio dramas have been released, read by members of the TV series. Kai Owen has read the greatest number: Department X, Ghost Train and Army of One, whilst Tom Price read the Sgt Andy Davidson-centric stories Fallout and Mr Invincible, set post-Miracle Day.