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Two Doctor Who BBC Audio Productions Released This Month

On the 21st of May BBC Audio are releasing two highly anticipated titles, one an adaptation of a rare Douglas Adams script City Of Death and the second a Mark Gatiss Third Doctor adventure Last of the Gaderene. We previously wrote an article about Douglas Adams’ City of Death which you can read here. Mark Gatiss’ ‘Last of the Gaderene’ was first published in 2000 and re-appeared in 2013 as part of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary celebrations. The details for each of these BBC Audio releases are as follows:

City of Death

Written by Douglas Adams, adapted by James Goss, read by Lalla Ward

Released 21st May 2015

The Doctor takes Romana for a holiday in Paris – a city which, like a fine wine, has a bouquet all its own. But the TARDIS arrives in 1979, a table-wine year, whose vintage is soured by cracks in the very fabric of time itself. 

Soon the Time Lords are embroiled in an audacious alien scheme which encompasses home-made time machines, the theft of the Mona Lisa, the resurrection of the much-feared Jagaroth race, and the beginning (and quite possibly the end) of all life on Earth. 

Aided by British private detective Duggan, the Doctor and Romana must thwart the machinations of the suave, mysterious Count Scarlioni – all twelve of him – if the human race has any chance of survival. 

Lalla Ward, who played Romana in the TV series, reads this novel by James Goss, based on the original 1979 serial, written by Douglas Adams under the pen name David Agnew.

Last of the Gaderene

Written by Mark Gatiss, read by Richard Franklin

Released 21st May 2015

Richard Franklin reads an original novel by Mark Gatiss, featuring the Third Doctor as played on TV by Jon Pertwee.

The aerodrome in Culverton has new owners, and they promise an era of prosperity for the idyllic village. But former Spitfire pilot Alex Whistler is suspicious, and when black-shirted troops appear on the streets, he contacts his old friend Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart at UNIT.

The Doctor investigates – and soon uncovers a sinister plot to colonise the Earth. The Gaderene are on their way…

Richard Franklin, who played UNIT’S Captain Mike Yates in the Doctor Who TV series, reads this exciting original adventure by Mark Gatiss. 

Another old title, Paul Cornell’s Human Nature will be released by the BBC on the 20th of August. Additional Doctor Who book adaptations are to be released by BBC Audio later in the year, including:

  • The Massacre (11th June)
  • Doctor Who and the Ark in Space (16th July)
  • The Two Doctors (3rd September)
  • The Curse of Fenric (5th November)
  • K9 and Company (3rd December)