Doctor Whoâ€™s 10th anniversary was celebrated with the first ever multi-Doctor story, The Three Doctors. Written by Robert Baker and Dave Martin it was an ambitious tale let down by the restricted effects of its time. This is not to say itâ€™s not fun, it is and rightly holds a place in fans memories. This audiobook, unabridged from the Target novelisation by Terrence Dicks allows your memory to wander, effects wise and gives it an extra impact.
Doctors One, Two and Three cross Time and Space and come together to fight a ruthlessly dangerous enemy â€“ Omega. Once a Time Lord, now exiled to a black hole in space, Omega is seeking a bitter and deadly revenge against the whole universe.
Katy Manning does a sterling job here, her sweet voice may have matured slightly but this helps her give depth to the male characters. Easily moving from character to character she breaths new life into familiar situations and even more familiar people. Her Pertwee has his dry wit, her Troughton his comic time and the sharpness of Hartnell. As for her Jo Grant, well she still manages to capture the characters naughty and fun charm. The story holds up very well in this format which is given extra impact and atmosphere thanks to a rather considered score from Simon Power who also adds some solid sound effects.
The story itself is a fun multi-Doctor romp which keeps the Third Doctor as the focal point, something The Five Doctors lost sight of and tried to attach too many memories (or ghosts) to the story. The Brigadier gets to pontificate and be exasperated not by one but three Doctors. The humour of the piece does shine through and the pontificating between the Doctors amplified.
Currently, the BBC Audiobook range is going from strength to strength and the care going into each release is very evident. The constant use of segments from David J. Howeâ€™s acclaimed release, The Target Book (www.telos.co.uk for more information) for reference on the original bookâ€™s release helps raise these books above others. Inclusion of the original artwork by Chris Achilleos adds to the retro fun.
On the whole this is nostalgia at its best and a fine starting point for anyone new to the range or new to Doctor Whoâ€™s glorious past.
The Three Doctors from BBC Audiobooks is out now, and can be bought from Amazon for just Â£7.59!