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Read by Gabriel Woolf. The three books, Doctor Who and the Loch Ness monster, The three doctors and Doctor Who and the carnival of monsters tell the fantastic adventures of the famous doctor who can cross time and space at will.
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The Three Doctors p7 (start)
The Three Doctors p82 (mid-Chapter 7, 'My dear fellow, not a bit of it')
The Three Doctors p82 ('In fact, as both Doctors were well aware...')
The Carnival of Monsters p36 (mid-Chapter 4, 'I'll put it here on the spare-parts shelf')
The Carnival of Monsters p36 ('Vorg straightened up')
The Carnival of Monsters p111 (mid-Chapter 11, 'You will be sent to the I.C.C.A. for investigation')
The Carnival of Monsters p111 ('What's that?')
The Loch Ness Monster p69 (end of Chapter 6)
Track Five, The Final Track
The Loch Ness Monster p70 (Chapter 7)
The Loch Ness Monster p127 (end)
The Three Doctors (189 minutes 22 seconds)
Woolf alternately pronounces Omega as 'Om - iga' and 'Oh - miga' throughout his first scene. Thereafter, he mostly reverts to using the latter, as televised.
p11 - 'Jo peered at it [too]' (the bracketed word is unspoken)
p12 - several lines of dialogue from the Doctor are mistakenly read in Tyler's voice.
p16 - H.Q. is read aloud as 'Head-Quarters', though later references to the building are announced as written.
p17 - 'Sergeant Benton popped his head [cautiously] round the door' (bracketed word is missing)
p25 - 'Sergeant Benton climbed over the sill' is accidentally read as 'The Doctor climbed over the sill', with the immediately following line of dialogue - 'Doctor, Miss Grant,' - spoken in the Doctor's voice, until Woolf realises his mistake and reverts to Benton's London accent as the dialogue continues.
p35 - 'for [me to... for] you to put me in the picture' (bracketed words are added in the reading)
p39 - 'It was obvious that somehow he [couldn't...] could see them'
p56 - 'said the [Doc...] Brigadier firmly'
p58 - mis-reads 'corridors' as 'corners', to bewildering effect
p63 - 'found the TARDIS' read as 'round the TARDIS'
p65 - 'The [same] ghastly sameness'
p95 - fumbles with 'He led them at a brisk jog trot'
p122 - 'I'm glad you're satisfied' read as 'I hope you're satisfied'
The Carnival of Monsters (183 minutes 30 seconds)
Woolf often pronounces 'Drashigs' as 'Dashrigs', and increasingly reads 'Vorg' as 'Vorgs'.
p7 - '...on what [sounded... on what] he called a 'little test flight'' (the bracketed section is added in the reading)
p8 - fumbles with 'where you think we are'
p16 - has trouble pronouncing 'across the deck of the little ship'
p38 - reverses the dialogue and narration of 'Kalik was unimpressed. 'Then what is it?''
p63 - reads 'Inter Minor' as 'Inner Minor'
p70 - Woolf actually yawns in the middle of one of Jo's lines.
p78 - reads the title of Chapter 8 - 'The Battle on the Ship' - as 'of the Ship'
p79 - fluffs 'saloon window' as 'window... of the saloon'
p83 - 'Vorg, [there must be...] there's another fault signalled'
p96 - fumbles with the word 'device'
p113 - 'the Doctor was shocked to see [how much... and] how quickly damage and deterioration had spread'
p115 - 'Vorg [looked and] took the little ship and [looked and] sighed reminiscently'
The Loch Ness Monster (179 minutes 52 seconds)
Woolf has trouble keeping his Scottish accent limited to the Scottish characters, and after noticing his mistakes (the Brigadier, the Doctor and Benton are left with Scottish accents at various points), tends to drop the accent from the scene altogether, leaving Scottish characters suddenly British. It also takes him a few words to get into the swing of the Highland lilt during early scenes.
His voices for the Zygons are totally unlike their television performances, with more human expression and range - thereby turning Broton and the Zygon engineer into a more obvious comedy double-act, similar to the officials from The Carnival of Monsters. Finally, Woolf uses Broton's voice to deliver the alien's dialogue when disguised as the Duke of Forgill - as indicated by the narration, although this is contrary with the television programme.
p8 - 'an impact that [crashed...] knocked the breath from him' (brackets indicate added words)
p12 - reads 'H.Q.' as 'Head-Quarters'
p13 - Benton's line 'Far as I know, sir' is spoken with Huckle's American accent - the only occurrence of this accent slipping
p23 - reads '1922' as 'Nineteen-hundred and Twenty-Two'
p28 - 'said [the Doctor...] Sarah'
p29 - reads 'The alien being at the console' as 'The alien, being at the console'
p35 - 'will you stay with him, [Doc...] Sister?'
p36 - 'the big high-domed head' read as 'the high, big, domed head'
p38 - 'the decompression chamber was [a] small, bare, featureless [... room]' - reads 'low hum' as 'slow hum'
p40 - 'would kill [him and] them both in the end'
p41 - '[growing...] glowing veins'
p62 - 'We'd better [get back... and] get this back to H.Q.'
p64 - Woolf can be heard panicking at the sight of 'vareldemyte' on the page, and fluffs the pronunciation completely
p65 - ''I see' said [the Doctor crisp... said] the Brigadier crisply'
p68 - misses the attributing of a line of dialogue to Palmer, though Woolf uses Palmer's voice to deliver it
p76 - reads some free indirect discourse within the text using Angus' Scottish accent, giving the narration the appearance of dialogue: 'A fine man, the Duke, even if he had been a wee bit strange of late. It took a real aristocrat to be so generous - the stag's head was a splendid gift.'
p106 - reads 're-register' as 'de-register' as Broton discusses body-prints
Cat No. 7104(1)SCI
11 hrs 30 mins
Read by David Banks. Highlighting some of the most popular monsters of the Doctor Who TV series, the book is in four sections. 'Concept' shows how Frankenstein, Dan Dare, cybernetics and spare part surgery came together to create the cyberman myth. 'Archive' is an epic history of the Cybermen's encounters with Doctor Who. 'Program' gives a full account of the making of the TV programmes and 'Dialog's includes a new cybermen story. Read by the author who played the chief cyberman in the TV series.
Cat No. 9682(1)SCI
9 hrs 28 mins
Read by David Banks. in 2006, the world is about to be overwhelmed by a disaster that might destroy civilisation; the inversion of the earth's magnetic field. Deep in an Antarctic base, the FLIPback team is frantically devising a system to reverse the change in polarity. Above them, the SS Elysium carries its jet set passengers on the ultimate cruise. Onboard is Ruby Duvall, a journalist sent to record the FLIPback moment. Instead she finds a man called the Doctor, who is locked out of the strange green box he says is part of his time machine and some old enemies of the Doctor, silver giants at work beneath the earth. This book contains language which might be considered offensive.