Two collections of classic Doctor Who stories, plus the Fourth Doctor faces the Master and the Second Doctor meets the Krotons – all available this April and May from BBC Audio.
Here’s a look at what’s available to buy on CD and download from BBC Audio this and next month.
Many thousands of years ago, strange crystalline creatures came down from the stars and settled on the planet of the Gonds.
Over the years they educated the Gonds through teaching machines in the great Hall of Learning. In return, the Gonds periodically selected their two most brilliant scholars to become the ‘companions’ of these mysterious beings.
But when the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe arrive on the planet, they soon discover the true evil purpose of the aliens and learn what it really means to be companions of the Krotons…
Frazer Hines, who played Jamie in the TV series, reads Terrance Dicks’s novelisation of a 1968 television serial by Robert Holmes.
In The Mysterious Planet, the Doctor is brought before the court of his fellow Time Lords. If the Valeyard can prove him guilty, the Doctor must sacrifice his remaining regenerations. In Mindwarp, the second piece of evidence against the Doctor is presented to the court. One thing is certain: on the evidence of the Matrix, the Doctor is guilty as charged!
In Terror of the Vervoids, the Matrix relates how the Doctor and Mel arrive on a space liner just as a series of grisly murders begins. In The Ultimate Foe, the Doctor asserts that the evidence of the Matrix has been tampered with. In a dramatic intervention, the Valeyard's true identity is revealed...
Lynda Bellingham, Colin Baker, Bonnie Langford and Michael Jayston read these four suspenseful adventures by Robert Holmes, Philip Martin and Pip and Jane Baker.
Doctor Who: The Trial of a Time Lord Collection is available on Audible.
For ages past, the Union of Traken has lived in peace and harmony thanks to the power of the Source, controlled by generations of Keepers. But the current Keeper, his powers waning, senses some all-pervading evil about to invade his world. He summons the Doctor to his aid. To save Traken the Doctor fights the terrifying Melkur – only to find that this new enemy conceals an older and even deadlier foe – one the Doctor has encountered before...
Geoffrey Beevers, who played the Master in the TV series, reads Terrance Dicks's novelisation of a 1981 TV serial by Johnny Byrne, the penultimate story of the Fourth Doctor's era.
In The Rescue, the First Doctor meets the sole survivors of a crashed spaceliner on Dido. In The Creature from the Pit, the ruthless Lady Adrasta is keeping an unusual visitor prisoner on the planet Chloris. In The Twin Dilemma, a newly regenerated Doctor tries to become a hermit on the planet Titan 3. In Paradise Towers, the Doctor and Mel meet the residents of a dystopian hell, and in The Happiness Patrol the TARDIS lands in trouble on the colony world Terra Alpha.
Maureen O'Brien, Tom Baker, Colin Baker, Bonnie Langford and Rula Lenska are the readers for this quintet of stories based on classic BBC TV serials.
Doctor Who: The Third Alien Worlds Collection is available on Audible.