Why do so many spaceships crashland on Karn, a bleak, lonely and seemingly deserted planet? Are they doomed by the mysterious powers of the strange, black-robed Sisterhood, jealously guarding their secret of eternal life?Or does the mad Dr Solon, for some evil purpose of his own, need the bodies of his victims? And more especially, the body of Doctor Who...Tom Baker, who played the Fourth Doctor in the BBC TV series, reads Terrance Dicks’ complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target Books in 1977.‘BBC Audiobooks has chosen well with its books and has taken the right approach with its readers... they benefit from new music and sound effects’ - Doctor Who Magazine.
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Yes, basically it’s Frankenstein with a Timelord (or two) thrown in. Having said that the plot may, like the monster itself, have it’s bones borrowed from another source, but that’s no bad thing, the show would do it a few more times in it’s history, imitation is the best form of flattery, and gives us a few decent stories too. Given the budget of the original televised version and the nature of the series itself it’s more Hammer Horror than a tense, nerve-shredding scare-fest but it does what it does and does it well, adding further background to the Doctor’s home planet and adding another name to the long list of ‘Treacherous Gallifreyans’.
Any story read by Tom Baker is always a delight and this one is no exception, he reads the tale with his usual gusto, especially seeming to relish the insanity of Solon and aged, crone-like Maren. So, never mind the fact that it’s not the most original of stories, just sit back and enjoy it. (Posted on 27 October 2012)
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes