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ShadowMaat
June 12th, 2006, 06:40 PM
Once again I'm finding myself totally out of depth in this fandom. *sigh* I was meandering through itunes and discovered that there were Doctor Who audio books. Many many. Lots of 'em seem to be adaptations of eps, some are eps created specifically for radio plays/audio and there's even a series of AU adventures (Unbound?).

So... does anyone have recommendations on which ones are good? I'm not particularly fond of the First Doctor (Hartnell), but I have zero experience with the rest of them (until Nine). I like the sound of Jamie and I loved Sarah Jane in the one ep I've seen her in, but there's so much out there I'm kinda overwhelmed.

At the very least does anyone know where I can find summaries of all the audiobooks? 'Cause Amazon is sucking on that regard and I don't know where else to look.

Easter Lily
June 13th, 2006, 12:49 AM
This might help although it is a tad old...
http://www.drwhoguide.com/bfaudio.htm
Just click on the individual titles to get a summary.

I only have one... The Evil of the Daleks... got it at the ABC shop on special... It's a rare one because it's a missing episode. And it does feature the second doctor and Jamie. I don't mind it personally.

Have you tried the BBC shop?

I think DASP mentioned a while ago that he can get these audio things online. Must try to find the post.
Edited: Ah yes... the site is called audible.com... It seems to work on a subscription plan. Wow, some of the Who stuff is gratis if one becomes a member.
You can even listen to a sample of it as well. To top it off, it seems to offer summaries for each of them.
http://www.audible.com/adbl/site/enSearch/searchResults.jsp?BV_UseBVCookie=Yes&N=0&Ntx=mode%2Bmatchallpartial&D=dr+who&Dx=mode%2Bmatchallpartial&Ntk=S_Keywords&Ntt=dr+who&x=0&y=0

Dallista
June 13th, 2006, 11:08 AM
I'm a huge fan of the audio series, that is, the Big Finish audio dramas (*not* audio books, but full-cast dramas, with the original Doctors and their companions). BF releases one audio drama on CD every month, either with the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh or Eighth Doctor. My favorite Doctor is Peter Davison, so his audio dramas are my fave, too, but he's also had some *really* good stories. Spare Parts is generally considered to be one of the best, if not the single best audio drama out there. If you've seen the mid-season 2 two-parter, you might have noticed that in the end credits, Marc Platt, who wrote Spare Parts was given a special credit. That's because the writer of the two-parter had clearly been inspired by that audio drama. ;)

There are a couple of other audio dramas out there, IIRC there are two with the Third Doctor, and possibly one or two with the Fourth, made years ago, unrelated to the BF series. I don't recall any with the First or Second Doctor, but I could be wrong. Tom Baker definitely isn't participating with the Big Finish audios.

BF also has a bunch of other releases, for instance a series about Gallifrey with Romana, a Sarah Jane Smith series etc. Their website is http://www.bigfinish.com/ They even have a very popular series starring Bernice Summerfield (an archeologist who was a companion of the Seventh Doctor in a bunch of novels). The Unbound series is rather fun, too, with some well-known people (even a woman!) playing the Doctor in A/U stories.

And then there are the audio releases by the BBC, of the missing episodes. Those would have the original Doctors, of course.

Now that I think of it, there *are* some audiobooks out there. I know Peter Davison narrated shorter versions of the Target novelizations of the episodes Kinda and Warriors of the Deep, and Tom Baker did at least one (I forget which).

Be sure to check out EasterLily's suggestions. The Doctor Who reference guide has *everything*.

creed462
June 13th, 2006, 11:24 AM
I've heard a couple compaion adventures and thought they were good. I like radio drama myself, usssally listen to Focus on the Family's stuff

ShadowMaat
June 13th, 2006, 02:55 PM
This might help although it is a tad old...
http://www.drwhoguide.com/bfaudio.htm
Just click on the individual titles to get a summary.
Massively helpful, thanks! :) Haven't tried the BBC shop, but I'll check it out now. Being in the US tends to make things kinda pricey, though.

Spare Parts is at the top of my list of eps to get precisely because it inspired the two-parter of the TV show. I have a few others I'm eyeing as well. There are a bunch on ebay and some of the ones on iTunes might work out as a good deal. I'm definitely gonna try and snag the history of the Daleks thingy, just so I can fill in the gaps of what I know.

Invaders from Mars looks fun. I love the original radio broadcast of War of the Worlds and putting a bit of weight to it (and throwing Orson Welles into the mix) sounds awesome.

Some of the ones about Summerfield looked interesting, but I know nothing about her. Hope that won't be a severe handicap.

Rowana
June 14th, 2006, 01:13 PM
There are lots of very good radio shows out there that they made after the series ended. I have a couple and they are great fun! I also have lots of the audio soundtracks of missing episodes like Dalek Masterplan. These are really really good; especially since for most of these the originals are completely lost. For some like the Yeti ones, having it without picture actually makes it much creepier! :eek:

Anyway, they can be tricky to find in the US, but I got most of mine from BBCAmericashop.com. They seem to have stopped stocking them recently so I've gone to another site that I can't remember at the moment, but if you guys like I can look it up a post it.

in circles
June 14th, 2006, 01:50 PM
I've listened to most of the 8th Doctor Big Finish stuff and a few of the 5th Doc ones. Spare Parts is incredibly awesome. Invaders from Mars is also great and has the bonus of featuring Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson from Spaced.

ShadowMaat
June 14th, 2006, 07:50 PM
Lost the bidding on Invaders from Mars. Bah. Might have to try more conventional methods. And if I don't get Spare Parts then "spare parts" is going to be a very accurate description of someone...

ShadowMaat
November 20th, 2006, 10:43 AM
I found a great source for the Big Finish audio adventure series and I'm having a blast! Sure, it's all Doctors and Companions I don't know, but it's giving me a feel for the personalities and adventure-types. And it still cracks me up that David Tennant provides non-Doctor voices on some of them.

There are a couple that have me abosolutely boggled, though. One of the Doctor's companions was a shape-changing penguin?! Dang, now I'm gonna have to track down those comics... ;)

Nuallain
November 22nd, 2006, 04:59 AM
Digital radio channel BBC7 also broadcasts the BF audios (changing for a new episode once a week)

You can listen to the current episode, anywhere in the world, for free:

Doctor Who: Invaders from Mars - Episode One (http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/listenagain/sunday/rams/1800.ram)

ShadowMaat
November 22nd, 2006, 07:09 AM
Figures. Invaders from Mars was the first series I snagged. ;) Thanks for the link, though, that'll definitely help, too. :)

Spaceminx
January 14th, 2007, 02:27 PM
Some of the ones about Summerfield looked interesting, but I know nothing about her. Hope that won't be a severe handicap.

If you wanted to find out more about her you could read Paul Cornell's book Love and War which introduces her. I'm not sure whether you need to read any other BS books or listen to the audio's in order. I've only listened to two of the audios, Oh No it Isn't which is very good, very funny and The Grel Escape which I'm in (as Sophia). ;)

JMSwallow
January 15th, 2007, 01:51 AM
I'd recommend this one (http://www.bigfinish.com/drwho_main/bf076_singularity.shtml) - but then that's 'cos I wrote it...

ShadowMaat
January 15th, 2007, 07:54 AM
I'd recommend this one (http://www.bigfinish.com/drwho_main/bf076_singularity.shtml) - but then that's 'cos I wrote it...

YOUR story? Eeeewwww, why would I want to read YOUR story? :P

Heh. Actually, it's already on my list. ;)

ShadowMaat
May 27th, 2007, 05:29 PM
Not really about the audiobooks, but lacking a more relevant thread I figured I'd hijack this one and see if anyone's read Made of Steel.

The story was a bit meh, IMO, but I'm really curious about the characterization of the Doctor. I don't have enough background on the various Doctors to say I have a feel for any of their personalities (especially since all I know about most of them is that they existed), but a couple of times during this (very fast) read I felt as if the Doctor was channeling his earlier incarnations. It was still Doctor-y, but not necessarily Ten-ish. Am I alone in this? I dunno, maybe Ten would demand tea and sandwiches, it just left me feeling a little... displaced.

EDIT: Meanwhile, I'm still trying to track down Singularity. My source went poof, so now I'm stuck with ebay, mostly.

Madeleine
June 2nd, 2007, 08:14 PM
Did anyone else listen to the freebies that came with Radio Times last year? I thought The Stone Rose was original and witty, but I found Feast of the Drowned a bit meh.

If you heard the audiobooks, have you also read the book? I'm wondering if the abridgement of Stone Rose took all the best bits and left the filler, or if there's anything I've missed.

ShadowMaat
June 2nd, 2007, 08:55 PM
Haven't heard the audios for either of those. Feast did get a bit draggy, but while I liked Stone Rose I also felt the author was trying to flaunt her credentials a bit with all the historical stuff. ;)

Speaking of the recent audios, though, I got a copy of Art of Destruction and barely made it through the teaser section. Ye gods, I don't know who does the narration (just checked, it's someone called Don Warrington) but MAN does he SUCK! Has the guy ever read anything out loud before? He has no narrative sense AT ALL. There's little to know inflection between the "voices", he tends to read in a monotone and there's no variation at all between the end of the dialogue and the he says/she says type stuff. It's painful to listen to. I may have to break down and just buy the book because I don't think I can stand listening to Mr. Monotone. It actually reminded me of those times in grammar school when the teacher would go around in a circle and make us all ready something out loud. That bad.

I'm fairly annoyed, too, because it's Volcano Day, dammit. Well, possibly. There's definitely a volcano involved...

EDIT: Oh, looks like Don was the President of Great Britain. There's probably a good joke in there somewhere... ;)

Madeleine
June 3rd, 2007, 12:13 AM
Wasn't Don Warrington the PM in the alternate universe in the cyberman two-parter?

ShadowMaat
June 3rd, 2007, 06:42 AM
Wasn't Don Warrington the PM in the alternate universe in the cyberman two-parter?

President of Great Britain, technically. ;) And yeah, I looked it up after I posted. But apparently there's a difference between acting a part and reading something out loud because while he's fine as an actor he's rubbish as a narrator.

Maybe I'm the only one having an issue with him, I dunno, but I feel like I can't follow the story. The thing is, getting hold of the books here is kinda tricky. I ordered some of them two months ago from Amazon and still haven't received them. *sigh* I'll probably have to try ebay instead.

I'm also pissed because I did manage to get all the Torchwood books... only to find out that John Barrowman reads one of them. *grumble* Would have liked that even better. :P

Grayvorn
June 7th, 2007, 07:26 PM
I love the audios, especialy the first two 8th Doctor seasons.

The Unbound ones are pure gold too. The ending to 'Full Fathom Five' sent a chill down my spine, and one of Tennant's lines in 'Sympathy for the Devil' is priceless:

Tennant (referring to a Chinese official): "Och, tell him to p*** off!"

Spaceminx
July 1st, 2007, 07:49 AM
President of Great Britain, technically. ;) And yeah, I looked it up after I posted. But apparently there's a difference between acting a part and reading something out loud because while he's fine as an actor he's rubbish as a narrator.



Yeah, audio acting is a whole different skill to TV or Stage acting. You don't have the benefit of facial expressions or body language - everything has to be conveyed through the voice. I'm beginning to think that audio acting takes a certain amount of controlled over-acting if that makes sense.

Reefgirl
July 1st, 2007, 08:49 AM
One of the best Audio adventures I've heard for a long time is Pier Pressure, nice and creepy and a good cast, Colin Baker, Maggie Stables as the wonderful Evelyn, Roy Hudd as Max Miller and Chris Simmonds aka Mickey Webb from The Bill

ShadowMaat
July 8th, 2007, 02:00 PM
I'm giving the Art of Destruction audiobook another shot and Don Warrington's reading isn't bothering me at all this time. Huh. Maybe he just caught me on a bad day before. ;)

gopher65
July 8th, 2007, 06:07 PM
Yeah, audio acting is a whole different skill to TV or Stage acting. You don't have the benefit of facial expressions or body language - everything has to be conveyed through the voice. I'm beginning to think that audio acting takes a certain amount of controlled over-acting if that makes sense.
I was just reading something about this from an voice actor. He said that the directors ask for outrageous overacting, and that by the end they are screaming lines into the mic and frothing at the mouth Captain Kirk style as they do. And the actors all think they are crazy the first few times they do it, but when they see the final product they understand the reasoning behind those decisions:).

ShadowMaat
August 31st, 2007, 09:07 PM
I've been listening to a lot of Seventh Doctor adventures lately and I'm really liking him, particularly the way he rolls his r's. ;) There's something very familiar about him, though- he reminds me a bit of Ten. Something about the verbal mannerisms, I guess. I don't suppose Seven happens to be one of DT's favorite Doctors, eh? Probably all just coincidence and my own mind filling in the blanks, but it makes it easier for me to connect the Doctors into one entity, so I guess that's a good thing. :)

Anyone have any recommendations among the Big Finish audios? I've been trying to collect all the Hex adventures (I'm a sucker for that accent), but I'd like to familiarize myself with some of the other Doctors, too.