Terrance Dicks – Doctor Who and the Sunmakers

Louise Jameson reads this classic novelisation of a Fourth Doctor TV adventure featuring Leela and K9.

Everyone knows that Pluto is a barren, airless rock. So naturally the Doctor is surprised when he discovers artificial suns and an ultra-modern industrial city. Whats more, a group of colonists is being worked – and taxed – to death in this inhospitable and supposedly undeveloped part of the Universe….

With the help of his companion Leela and the faithful K9, the Doctor takes on the mysterious and powerful Company, a ruthless exploiter of planets and their people.

Louise Jameson, who played Leela in the BBC series, reads Terrance Dickss unabridged novelisation of the 1977 TV adventure by Robert Holmes, starring Tom Baker as the Doctor.

Author: Terrance Dicks
Narrator: Louise Jameson, John Leeson
Duration: 3 hours 33 minutes
Released: 19 Jul 2002
Publisher: BBC Digital Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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One reason I am glad to have an Audible subscription is that I can access these BBC Doctor Who audio releases the day they become available. No waiting for CDs to arrive and no wasted space for the piles and piles of CDs I would otherwise have to store somewhere.

This latest release is (obviously) from the Fourth Doctor Era. While it would be fantastic if they could have gotten him to narrate it, this is a close second as this release is narrated by Louise Jameson (Leela) with John Leeson as the voice of K9. Other than that, what more is there to say? The novelizations are a different take on the original TV episodes as they are able to expand and flesh out what was available with the original script. Even back then the most you might get was a six part episode which would come out to about two hours. This audio version is three and a half hours, which is a big improvement over what they would have been able to do on TV. Plus no cheesy effects with the audio version. 🙂

Future Info:
So far as Fourth Doctor Audio Releases go, as of Feb 2019 there are two on the horizon to keep an eye on:
Warrior’s Gate: ETA-ish 04/04/2019
Armageddon Factor: ETA-ish 06/06/2019

Trivia: Warrior’s Gate is the last of the E-Space trilogy to get an audio release.
Armageddon Factor is a Key To Time Episode.