For fans of Classic Who, Tom Baker’s portrayal of the time-travelling Gallifreyan is possibly the most popular. With his extraordinarily long scarf, toothy grin, goggling eyes and penchant for jelly babies, the Fourth Doctor was the most alien of all his incarnations to date. This BBC CD audiobook dramatises what was to be his final adventure.
With the Doctor finally deciding to fix the Tardis’ Chameleon Circuit, he takes his companion, Adric, to Earth to map the dimensions of a genuine police-box. However, when the Cloister Bell rings, the Doctor realises he is carrying a stowaway; a very dangerous one. His adventure takes him to the planet of Logopolis, before returning to Earth for a final showdown with his most deadly adversary.
Bidmead himself reads the story in this BBC drama. Having written it, he pays close attention to the atmosphere of the story, which is sombre and brooding. The Fourth Doctor himself is uncharacteristically preoccupied, but with flashes of the humour that made him so popular. Bidmead is a superb storyteller, eking out all the nuances and subtleties in this CD audiobook. An absolute must for any Whovian, featuring what is possibly the most famous regeneration speech in Who history.