After Peter Davison’s reign of reckless innocence as the Fifth Doctor, the BBC was left with the task of finding his successor and creating a new incarnation of the titular Time Lord. Step forward, Colin Baker. Although he was received with some consternation by fans of the time, the Sixth Doctor went on to establish himself as one of the most intriguing and endearing of the Doctor’s selves and one who has enjoyed a new lease of life on audiobooks for CD and MP3.
The Doctor has regenerated for the fifth time and this regeneration is very unstable; boorish, brash and even attempting to strangle his companion, Peri, things are not going well. He barely has time to change into a new outfit (which points towards his instability!), when he becomes embroiled in another adventure. This time, a race of space slugs has kidnapped two teenaged maths geniuses – but why?
The Doctor himself, Colin Baker, reads this CD audiobook and is clearly enjoying the chance to revisit the character. In many ways, his MP3 audiobook performance is better than the TV version; Baker is able to imbue the Doctor with subtleties and nuances that the original script just couldn’t deliver. Fans of the good Doctor should make this a story to check out and join him in all his bombastic glory.