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I picked this up on a whim, not really expecting that much from it. The basic concept struck me as the sort of thing you'd expect from a fan-fiction writer. I'm happy to say that I was utterly and completely wrong.
Most Doctor Who fans of a certain age have a real fondness for Brigadier (later General and Knight) Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, yet we know every little of the man himself. Stalwart, brave and no-nonsense, his portrayal by the late, great Nicholas Courtney varied between comic relief and valiant protector, according to the needs of the script. The problem with stories of this type is that they usually focus on one aspect of the character alone, turning them into caricatures. Andy Frankham-Allen does a magnificent job of avoiding this, bringing Lethbridge-Stewart to nuanced life; showing us the inner man in a way that does justice to Nick Courtney's warm portrayal.
The story is wonderfully complex, being entertaining for new readers while being literally packed full of Easter eggs for long-term fans. There are some wonderfully oblique references to the continuity of the revived series of Doctor Who, slyly inserted in such a way that they reward the fan without baffling the more casual reader.
The choice of Terry Molloy as a narrator for this audio version of the novel is a brilliant one. Aside from his connection to the worlds of Who as one of the men behind the villainous Davros, Molloy is a skilled voice actor in his own right, and he brings his talents to bear in this reading, giving each character a distinctive voice and personality all their own.
I really cannot recommend this audiobook (and the novel itself) highly enough.
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This will appeal to the older Doctor Who fans as well as the new. it follows the events of the Web Of Fear but encompasses some of the newer Doctor Who series. overall a very good story and well paced.
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What did you love best about Lethbridge-Stewart: The Forgotten Son?
What other book might you compare Lethbridge-Stewart: The Forgotten Son to and why?
Doctor Who The Winter series.
What does Terry Molloy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
His understanding of the characters.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Stewart finding his mom and figuring out what was going on.
Any additional comments?
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