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THE OWM REVIEW

The latest Doctor Who episodes and products reviewed by our team.
ILLUSTRATION BY JAMIE LENMAN

AUDIO FREQUENCIES

New audio dramas take the First and Fourth Doctors into unfamiliar territory.

REVIEWED THIS ISSUE

The First Doctor Adventures: Volume One (featuring the First Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara)RRP £23 (CD), £20 (download)

The Fourth Doctor Adventures – Series 7: Volume 1 (featuring the Fourth Doctor and Leela)RRP £25 (CD), £20 (download)

Dr Who? That is just the point. Nobody knows precisely who he is, this mysterious exile from another world and a distant future, whose adventures for Big Finish begin this month.

Playing Dr Who is the well-known film actor, David Bradley, who was last seen in BBC television’s popular family serial on Christmas Day…

Okay. So it’s not really 1963, and this isn’t the Radio Times. But I’m not the only one playing let’s pretend. Almost everything about The First

Doctor Adventures from its retro-futurist view of the space year 2003 – with its hover cars, food machines and servo-robots – to the authentic steam-valve hiss of the exquisite sound design, is designed to shuck off 50-odd years of accumulated baggage and return us to first principles. This box set takes us back to that embryonic period of Doctor Who history when a mild curiosity in a junkyard was still in the process of finding its great spirit of adventure.

Except, of course, this isn’t quite 1960s Doctor Who as we remember it. So tin hats on everyone, let’s talk canon. David Bradley is the Doctor – the actual, proper First Doctor. We know as much because we’ve seen him in TV’s Doctor Who. But we also know he only looked like David Bradley at the very end, when the effort of staving off regeneration made William Hartnell’s face go a bit all over the place. So is the First Doctor of The First Doctor Adventures supposed to look like William Hartnell, or David Bradley? I’m going to assume the latter, because that’s who’s on the front of the CD. In which case, does this mean we’re in parallel universe territory? And does that explain why Susan, Ian and Barbara are now played by people who’ve never played those roles on television, but did appear on television playing the people who did?

Ah, who cares, frankly. File this in your head canon wherever you see fit. All that really matters is that it’s a fresh, original but respectfully faithful reimagining of Donald Wilson and Sydney Newman’s scientific romance.

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DWM 522 throws new light on Doctor Who's success in its early years, with exclusive interviews with two people who knew Terry Nation (the creator of the Daleks) well: his agent Beryl Vertue and his writing colleague Brad Ashton. Doctor Who Magazine 522 also includes: • New research which reveals the Dalek toys which never made it to the shelves • The story of the Daleks in print in the 1960s • Previously unseen interviews with Peter Capaldi • Comedian – and now Doctor Who writer – Susan Calman discusses her love for the Time Lord • Emma Freud, the organiser of Comic Relief's unprecedented Breakfast with the Doctors is interviewed • Christel Dee’s guide to cosplaying Ace • Part four of The Phantom Piper, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2006 Tenth Doctor story New Earth • Previews, book and audio reviews, news, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!
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