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Published on December 1st, 2010 | by Meredith Burdett

Christmas Audio Picks

As Christmas is right on our door, it’s high time that everyone started writing their gift list and being Doctor Who fans, your list will more than likely contain an abundance of Who related goodies to be placed under the Christmas tree.

Doctor Who: Legend of the CybermenBut what to ask for? With such a rich and varied amount of treasures to choose from, a lot of decisions will have to be made. To help you out, we’ve devised a list of top five items that you could ask for this year. This is in no way a comprehensive “you must buy this item” list but more of what we have enjoyed as Doctor Who fans over the last year. So, in no particular order:

Demon Quest: The Relics of Time – the second series of Tom Baker’s exclusive audio adventures with Captain Mike Yates and Mrs Wibbsey. The first series was a true delight and this new story has started off on just the right note. Tom is settling back into the role of the Fourth Doctor amazingly well and Paul Magrs story telling is unique and exciting add on to the Tom Baker years.

Castrovalva, read by Peter Davison – not only does this narration of the Target novelisation bring the Fifth Doctor’s debut adventure to life in a fuller way than realised on screen but it also gives us a unique look at Peter himself voicing the Doctor’s arch nemesis the Master. And what a reading it is!

Legend of the Cybermen – a Big Finish audio adventure that completes the “return of Jamie McCrimmon” trilogy. A fantastic effort from the people at Big Finish, Colin Baker and Frazer Hines sparkle together, the Cybermen are on form as their most ruthless and conniving plan is realised and to top it all off there’s a load of famous literary characters that pop up as well! Funny and heartbreaking, this is a tale well worth exploring.

The Power of the Daleks – before they were declaring that they were “your soldier”, the Daleks were posing as something else – servants!  In the first ever Second Doctor adventure starring Patrick Troughton, the TARDIS crew arrive on the planet Vulcan to discover that the Daleks have been waiting there a lot longer and they haven’t been idle. Unfortunately this story was deleted from the BBC archives in the 1970’s but this BBC soundtrack still exists and is the best and sharpest way to enjoy this classic story.

The Ring of Steel – this Eleventh Doctor story read exclusively for audio by Matt Smith was originally given away for free in the Daily Telegraph earlier this year but has now had additional sound effects added to it to really enrich this fast paced and gripping story of the Doctor and Amy trying to find and alien artefact that has fallen into the clutches of the Confederate Army during the American Civil War.

So there you have it, five great audio adventures for you to choose from to enrich your Christmas day. If you’re lucky, you could receive all of them but to be honest, just one of these beauties would make your day!

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What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!




2 Responses to Christmas Audio Picks

  1. Jez Noir says:

    I haven’t listened to that many Dr Who audios, but Legend Of The Cybermen is phenomenally good. The kind of Who story fans dream of being made but would require a budget higher than Avatar to put on TV. Can’t recommend it high enough for fans of classic Who.

  2. Leosw4 says:

    Jez-thanks for the recommendation re Legend.

    The cover alone draws you in (look proper Cybermen) and the story itself sounds intriguing.

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