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Out Now: Doctor Who and the Web of Fear Audiobook

The latest release from BBC Audio is out now – and it’s an absolute classic. Yeti in the underground! London evacuated! The debut of Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart! Doctor Who and the Web of Fear is arguably the definitive story featuring the Great Intelligence.
Read by Patrick Troughton’s son, David (who’s appeared in a number of stories including The Curse of Peladon and Midnight), this audiobook is a reading of Terrance Dicks’ original Target novelisation, originally published in 1976. Here’s the synopsis:

David Troughton reads this gripping classic novelisation of a Second Doctor TV adventure featuring the Yeti and the Great Intelligence.

For 40 years, Professor Travers’ Yeti has been quiet, a collector’s item in a museum. Then, without warning, it awakes and savagely murders. Patches of mist begin to appear in Central London, those who linger in it found dead, their faces smothered in cobwebs.

When the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria arrive in the London Underground, they find that the web is remorselessly spreading. What’s more, hordes of Yeti are roaming the misty streets and cobwebbed tunnels, killing everyone in their path. London has been gripped tight in a web of fear.

The Doctor and his friends unite with the army, led by one Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart, in defence of planet Earth. But an old enemy is lurking in the shadows…

The book was republished last year, and the DWC’s Andy Reynolds said in his review:

“One of the strengths of the book is just how Dicks applies the tension to already simmering personal relationships within the camp; Doctor Who returnee Anne Travers doesn’t trust the delightfully weaselly journalist Chorley, Commander Knight doesn’t trust the scientists, and, as usual, the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria have a hard time trying to explain how they got there.

“The cowardly Evans, adds another layer of distrust purely by his natural inclination towards running from any danger; his alarmist tendencies rule him out of anything sinister but that doesn’t mean the characters jump to the same conclusion just as quickly.”

Suffice to say, this serial’s etched in the minds of millions of fans, and this audiobook just adds another layer to proceedings.
Doctor Who and the Web of Fear, running at approximately 4 hours, is out now, with an RRP of £20.

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

Out Now: Doctor Who and the Web of Fear Audiobook

by Philip Bates time to read: 2 min
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