Doctor Who

  • by John Lucarotti
  • Narrated by William Hartnell, full cast
  • 1 hrs and 40 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

The TARDIS lands in Paris in 1572 at the time of the massacre of the French Protestants at the hands of the Catholic Queen Mother, Catherine de Medici. Worryingly for the TARDIS crew, it appears that the hated Catholic dignitary the Abbot of Amboise is a dead ringer for the Doctor himself.... This is a four-part Doctor Who story from 1966, wiped from the BBC Archives, which exists on soundtrack only. Peter Purves supplies added narration to the story. The episodes have not been seen for more than thirty years, and given that they no longer exist in visual form, they are now audio exclusives. The Doctor is played by William Hartnell.

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gripping, historical drama

A surprisingly gritty historical Doctor Who drama here, dealing with sectarian genocide, political scheming and the human cost of such tragedy.

With the Doctor missing for much of the story, the lead falls to his assistant Steven. Peter Purves handles the spotlight surprisingly well.

As this is one of the lost stories [not even a tiny clip survives] this is the only way to enjoy it and experiencing it as an audio book rather than a TV show, you find yourself picturing 17th Century Paris instead of studio sets, which probably works in the drama's favour.

Very intelligent, well acted and with some beautifully written lines. Thank goodness for the obsessive fans of the programme who sat down at the TV with their tape recorders - if it weren't for them, we wouldn't be able to enjoy classics like this.

This show also sees the d?but of the Doctor's assistant Dodo.
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- Ned

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-01-2005
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited