Castrovalva Audiobook Reviewed

Well, this is a similar peril to the one Rose found herself in in The Christmas Invasion, taking centre stage whilst the Doctor got better and popped up just in time to save the day, so it’s a well worked formula. The journey through the TARDIS, whilst eating up time, doesn’t eat up much plot, and the Doctor, when fully functioning, solves the problem quick enough for him and the companions to leg it before Catrovalva is no more, trapping, it seems, the Master in his own trap.

Again with Bidmead there’s lots of far-too-clever-for-his-own-good sciencey comments and mathematical puzzles which the listener is asked to keep up with, but at least Castrovalva is populated by a jovial and amiable cast and there’s a nice red herring and a suitably satisfying twist. It could do with some tightening, but, well, I’m maybe looking at it with new series eyes.

Read this time by the Fifth Doctor himself, there is a clear difference in style, as Peter Davison acts his way through with versions of Adric, Nyssa, a very dodgy Australian accent for Tegan and, well, himself. It’s quite a thing to see how, thirty years on, Peter Davison attacks the role differently, and a lot more subdued, than he did in 1981. It’s odd, for someone who knows the tv version so well, to hear him take different beats, but it isn’t a bad thing.

Again, the music, sound effects and production are better than the original (although I quite liked Castrovalva’s score) and in this case the story has a logical beginning, middle and end, which Logopolis doesn’t really get to grips with.

As with its companion piece, it’s a good representation of the story and manages to gloss over some of the more dodgy effects – although unfortunately does away with some of the beautifully bonkers costume design. Well worth the listen.

Updated: June 14, 2014 — 10:00 pm

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