It’s Friday – why not kick back and listen to a free audio adventure featuring Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor and Elisabeth Sladen’s Sarah Jane Smith?
Scorched Earth is read by Geoffrey Beevers, best known as the Master in The Keeper of Traken as well as numerous Big Finish stories, and who was married to Caroline John (Liz Shaw).
This reading comes from The Second Doctor Who Audio Annual, released in April 2018. The CD featured narrations of Doctor Who stories from numerous annuals featuring the first six incarnations of the Doctor. In Scorched Earth, the Third Doctor and Sarah are challenged by a virulent virus on Varium III…
The short story was originally published in the Doctor Who Annual 1975, actually available from World Distributors from September 1974.
Here’s the full synopsis for The Second Doctor Who Audio Annual:
Larger than life and twice as colourful, from the 1960s to the 1980s the stories within the Doctor Who Annual were exuberant and charmingly naive. Now, in this second audio volume, Peter Purves (Steven), Anneke Wills (Polly), Geoffrey Beevers (the Master), Matthew Waterhouse (Adric) and Nicola Bryant (Peri) read another selection of these colourful and energetic tales, with atmospheric sound design.
In Peril in Mechanistria, the First Doctor finds primitive humans enslaved to machines in a world of metal. The Second Doctor must rescue Ben in The Sour Note, whilst in Scorched Earth the Third Doctor and Sarah are challenged by a virulent virus on Varium III. The Fourth Doctor has Double Trouble after he and his companions return to UNIT HQ, and then the Fifth Doctor and Adric visit a Planet of Fear. Finally, in The Radio Waves, the Master schemes to turn Londoners against politicians and the Royal Family. Can the Sixth Doctor and Peri stop him?
Also included from 1966 is The Equations of Doctor Who, a vintage essay about the mysteries of the Doctor and his TARDIS.
Take a nostalgic journey through time with these vintage Doctor Who tales.
The Audio Annuals range is a popular series which also includes The Sinister Sponge and Other Stories, and the upcoming Daleks Destroy: The Secret Invasion and Other Stories.