- Series: Doctor Who
- Audio CD: 4 pages
- Publisher: AudioGO Ltd.; Unabridged edition (May 18, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405687681
- ISBN-13: 978-1405687683
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,239,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Doctor Who and the Planet of the Spiders: A Classic Doctor Who Novel Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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I've listened to a couple of these Doctor Who adventures now, and I have to say they're a lot of fun. There's always plenty of action and thrills, and also a fair amount of that dry British humour. If you're looking for something deep and meaningful, this isn't for you. If you just want to be entertained for a few hours, you should definitely check out Doctor Who.
The Planet of the Spiders is based on actual episodes of the BBC television series. The six part storyline originally aired on television in May and June of 1974. This audio production was written by Terrance Dicks in 2009 and is available from AudioGo, formerly known as BBC Audiobooks America. The audiobook is narrated by Elisabeth Sladen, who starred as the Doctor's companion Sarah Jane Smith in the original airing.
The Doctor is on Earth, following up on an area of interest to him (psychic abilities) when an unfortunate incident between public performer and crypto-psychic, Professor Clegg, and a blue crystal the Doctor brought back from Metebelis Three brings to his attention the interest of the giant spiders from Metebelis Three.
Did I say "spiders"? Excuse me, they prefer to be called Eight-legs - so excuse me please ladies.
And very creepy they are, too. There they are with psychic powers, and able to possess humans by crouching on their backs (and disappearing, so you don't know who's really possessed).
The story is also replete with Buddhist imagery, the return of the disgraced Mike Yates, a strong role for Sarah, a very real and comfortable friendship between the Doctor and the Brigadier, and a surprise person from the Doctor's past. It's a big story with a lot to say.
Terrance Dicks adapts this story with a lot of care and attention, making this a worthwhile read.