Ian Stuart Black – Doctor Who: The War Machines


Michael Cochrane reads this novelisation of a classic TV adventure featuring the First Doctor.

The TARDIS materialises outside the Post Office Tower in London, 1966. The Doctor senses a powerful and evil force, which he and the ever-curious Dodo track down to scientist Professor Brett and WOTAN, his revolutionary new computer.

Designed as a universal problem solver, WOTAN has suddenly begun to think for itself and has formulated a deadly plan. Using its phenomenal power it will programme humans to build mobile fighting computers, and with these indestructible war machines WOTAN will take over the world.

With the help of Dodo, Sir Charles Summers and new friends Ben and Polly, the Doctor must find a way to prevent a global catastrophe.

Michael Cochrane, who has played several roles in the BBC TV series, reads Ian Stuart Blacks novelisation of his original 1966 serial starring William Hartnell as the Doctor.

Novelisation copyright Ian Stuart Black 1988

Original script copyright Ian Stuart Black 1966

Reading produced by Neil Gardner

Recorded at Ladbroke Audio Ltd

Sound design by Simon Power for Meon Productions

Executive producer: Michael Stevens

TARDIS sound effect composed by Brian Hodgson

Cover illustration by Alister Pearson

Author: Ian Stuart Black
Narrator: Michael Cochrane
Duration: 4 hours 4 minutes
Released: 19 Jul 2003
Publisher: BBC Digital Audio
Language: English

User Review:

schoolhouse rapid

I simply love the early stories of the Doctor, but I must confess I haven’t got any further than Barbara and Ian, even though I have watched Sarah Jane seasons and her own spin off.. I wish that there’s more out of the Barbara and Ian era that I could listen too.