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This story forms part of the Key to Time series, although the actual section of the Key that's searched for only play the most minor fo roles, being found and then set aside quite early on for the main bulk of the plot to get going. The setting is an unusual mix of feudal society and futuristic androids which, if you think too much about it doesn't always seem logical, so it's best just to accept it rather than have it interfere with your enjoyment.
There are a few action scenes but if you're after huge battles every few minutes this one probably isn't for you. It's more of a political tale with a small cast of characters each well-defined by the reader. John Leeson initially gives the impression of having a rather weak voice but, as if usually the case, the first impression is completely wrong. He reads the story with great enthusiasm and not holding back with any accents.
The only other thing I'd like to mention is the slightly unusual way that the story ends, however I can't go into any more detail without giving it away. Overall then, it's not quite your standard Doctor Who adventure, but it's none the worse for that. (Posted on 17 November 2012)
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This audio book provides a brand new take on a classic Doctor Who tale – The Androids of Tara – which was first broadcast on television in 1978, during Tom Baker’s stint as the Doctor. Rather than simply being a straight transcription of the original episodes into audio form, an entirely new audio script has been created by the original writer, David Fisher. Add in the full potential of 21st Century sound design and you’ve got an unmissable audio book for any Doctor Who fan, old or young.
As in the TV series, the story follows The Fourth Doctor, his sidekick Romana and the robot dog K9 from their arrival on the mysterious planet Tara, to their entanglement with android doppelgangers and a battle for royal succession. Will the Doctor and his companions manage to retrieve the fourth missing segment of the Key of Time? Will Prince Reynart be rightfully crowned king, or will his villainous cousin Grendel succeed in his plan to seize the throne?
Read compellingly by John Leeson, who performed the voice of K9 in the original TV series, this new retelling of the tale is a perfect blend of classic storytelling and modern audio technology and techniques that makes a familiar story feel brand new again.