Watch the video below to find out what else Doctor Who‘s Arthur Darvill (Rory) has been up to.
The tales of Max Carrados lie squarely in the classic English detective tradition, told in plain though polished prose. Max is an omniscient blind amateur detective with a wry sense of humour. Arthur Darvill reads five of his brings five of his finest adventures to life.
Max Carrados featured in a series of mystery books that first appeared in 1914. Carrados featured alongside Sherlock Holmes in the “Strand” magazine in which they both had top billing. The character often boasted how being blind meant his other senses were heightened. The author Ernest Bramah excelled in his detailed writing and uncovering of clues. The beneficiary of a large inheritance from an American relative, Carrados is foremost a gentleman who undertakes sleuthing only as an avocation.
As usual Spokenworld Audio have taken care to make this full length version available through their website, and offer download in 192Kbps MP3, 256Kbps MP3 and 320Kbps MP3 formats (at the same price) – so you can enjoy the audio book as best suits you.
The perfect HP Lovecraft title to follow on from 2010’s “At The Mountains Of Madness”, and the only HPL title not to appear in a periodical! Perfect also because it is split in to 5 distinct chapters…ripe for abridgement in to five half hour episodes!
?The Shadow Over Innsmouth? tells the first-person story of a young historian, Robert Olmstead, who, while investigating his family genealogy in New England, is intrigued to learn about a hated and mysterious fishing-town called Innsmouth. When he visits he finds the place to be run-down and near-deserted, with a cult-like religion and a strange, degenerate population. His investigation soon turns in to a race to escape the town and the the evil creatures he sees emerging from the sea.
?The Shadow Over Innsmouth? was written by HP Lovecraft in 1931 and is the only one of his works of fiction not to have initially been published as part of a periodical. It continues HPL’s Cthulhu Mythos, featuring townspeople worshipping the elder sea god Dagon and mentioning the mysterious Shoggoth creature of his other works.
Howard Phillips “H. P.” Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 ? March 15, 1937) was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction, especially the sub-genre known as weird fiction. As early as the 1940s, Lovecraft had developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a series of loosely interconnected fiction featuring a pantheon of humanity-nullifying entities, as well as the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore. His works were deeply pessimistic and cynical.
Although Lovecraft’s readership was limited during his life, his reputation has grown and he is now regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th Century. Stephen King called him ?the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.?
This 2011 adaptation comprises 5 episodes, originally aired on BBC Radio 4 Extra, once again read by the superb RICHARD COYLE and featuring music by acclaimed composer JON NICHOLLS. The series is offered here in exclusive EXTENDED EDITIONS. You will find an additional 30 mins of mystery-filled audio within these five episodes!
Doctor Who fans can immerse themselves in the world of the time traveller and his foes with the release of the complete boxed set of Doctor Who: Demon Quest. With the TARDIS not working properly, the Doctor, his housekeeper and Mike Yates embark on a journey through time and across continents where they must face the elusive, demonic being who keeps luring them on in their quest. It soon becomes clear that a trap has been laid for the Doctor – can he triumph yet again?
Doctor Who: Demon Quest Series – The Complete Boxed Set Format: 5 CDs
Duration: 6 hours approx.
For those who have been eagerly awaiting the next instalment of Doctor Who: Serpent Crest, the wait is over with the release of Part 2: The Broken Crown. This brand new multi-voice adventure for the 4th Doctor, played by Tom Baker, features characters from the classic Doctor Who TV series, written and produced for audio with specially composed music and sound design. With both titles written by the acclaimed Paul Magrs, the excitement mounts to keep us on the edge of our seats.
Doctor Who: Serpent Crest, Part 2 The Broken Crown Duration: 1 hour approx.
Format: download or 1 CD
DL RRP: ?6.79
DL ISBN: 9781408498194
CD RRP: ?10.20
CD ISBN: 9781408468869
For an even more chilling experience there are two horror titles for lovers of the ghoulish. Ghostly Terror is a terrifying collection of classic ghost stories from masters of the genre, by various authors and readers. Amongst the stories are The Beast With Five Fingers by WF Harvey, read by Stephen Pacey, and Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook by MR James, read by Andrew Sachs. Vampire Horror, a blood- curdling collection of short stories with a vampire theme, from classic authors including MR James and Arthur Conan Doyle, will appeal to sci-fi and fantasy fans as well as devotees of classic literature.
Ghostly Terror Format: download or 2 CDs
Duration: 2 hours 30 mins approx.
DL RRP: ?9.19
CD RRP: ?13.25 CD ISBN: 9781408470480
Vampire Horror Format: Download or?2 CDs
Duration: 2 hours 30 mins approx.
DL RRP: ?9.19
DL ISBN: 9781408497814
CD RRP: ?13.25
CD ISBN: 9781408468708
All titles will be available through AudioGo for download or CD purchase through Amazon or good book shops.
The complete first series of this seminal BBC Radio sci-fi drama epic ? plus extra bonus material.
Charles Chilton?s classic radio sci-fi series ?Journey into Space? thrilled listeners between 1953 and 1958, attracting almost eight million people to its gripping tale of the far future and the thrills of interstellar travel ? the last radio programme in the UK to attract a bigger evening audience than television.
The original first series, ?Journey to the Moon?, was lost, but thirteen episodes were re-recorded in 1958 under the title ?Operation Luna?, starring Andrew Faulds as Jet Morgan, Alfie Bass as Lemmy, Guy Kingsley Poynter as Doc, David Williams as Mitch and also featuring David Jacobs.
All thirteen are included here, as well as the sole surviving extract from ?Journey to the Moon? and a special half-hour documentary ?Journey into Space… Again?, featuring clips from the series and interviews with Charles Chilton and members of the cast. Also included on the CD version is a PDF file of a comprehensive 16-page booklet detailing the history of the series, with cast lists and episode guides.
So prepare to blast off for the Moon and experience a voyage of danger and excitement in the company of Captain Jet Morgan and his crew…
A gloomy, decaying mansion, a mysterious fire, and a reclusive 19th century naturalist with blasphemous theories are the sinister elements to be found in Doctor Who: Ghost Light, an unabridged reading of Marc Platt’s classic Doctor Who adventure. Who – or what – is Josiah Smith? What terrible secret does his house conceal? And, as the Doctor and Ace venture from the Tardis to explore the mansion, why does Ace find everything so frighteningly familiar?
This thrilling tale of mystery and danger read by Ian Hogg, who played the naturalist Josiah Smith in the original Doctor Who TV serial, is accompanied by atmospheric music and sound effects to enhance the whole chilling experience.
Doctor Who: Ghost Light
Format: Download or 6 CDs
Duration: 1 hour approx
Download RRP: ?13.25
Download ISBN: 9781445820774
CD RRP: ?14.69
CD ISBN: 9781408468296
Daleks: The Chase, is a thrilling novelisation of a classic Doctor Who adventure, written by John Peel (based on TV scripts by Terry Nation) and read by Maureen O’Brien, with Dalek voices by Nicholas Briggs.
Through a Space-Time Visualiser the Doctor and his companions are horrified to see an execution squad of Daleks about to leave Skaro on a mission to find the TARDIS and exterminate the time travellers. Eluding the Daleks on the barren planet Aridius the Doctor and his friends escape in the TARDIS. But this is only the beginning of an epic journey.
As they travel through space and time, they try to shake off their pursuers by making a series of random landings – but the Daleks don’t give up easily. This is a chase to the death…
Format: 4 CDs
Duration: 4 hours 30 mins approx.
Release Date: 7 July 2011
Available from www.audiogo.co.uk and all good audio retailers.
It’s open season on the Doctor in July, with the release of brand new original adventure The Eye of the Jungle. Written specially for AudioGO by Darren Jones, it is read by David Troughton and takes place in the Amazon rainforest in 1827.
The Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive in the jungle near a hurriedly abandoned campsite, where they are surrounded by hungry black caiman – huge lizards. Only the arrival of a man with a rifle sees off the giant beasts. Oliver Blazington has come to the forest to bag big game, and his companion Garrett is a naturalist, collecting exotic creatures for London Zoo. But the Doctor soon discovers that another very different hunter is stalking the Amazon. Animals and people have been disappearing without trace, and local villagers speak darkly of ‘The Eye of the Jungle’.
Amy senses that the all-seeing Eye is watching them – but she and Rory are powerless to intervene when it sets its sights on the Doctor…
Format: Download / 1 CD
Duration: 1 hour 30 mins approx
Download RRP: ?6.79
Download ISBN: 9781408496978
CD RRP: ?13.25
CD ISBN: 9781408468159
Release Date: 7 July 2011
In May 2011 AudioGO (formerly BBC Audiobooks) release a brand new audio novelisation of a 1978 Doctor Who TV adventure. Written specially for AudioGO by the serial’s original author, David Fisher, The Stones of Blood stars the Fourth Doctor (as played by Tom Baker) with companions Romana and K9. The audiobook features specially-composed music and sound design, and is read by Susan Engel, who played Vivien Fay in the 1978 story, with John Leeson as the voice of K9.
When the Doctor, Romana and K9 arrive on Bodcombe Moor in 20th Century Dorset, they find themselves confronted by a huge, ancient stone circle. On meeting the elderly Professor Rumford and her friend Vivien Fay, they learn the chequered history of the stones, and of the inhabitants of the nearby manor house ? currently one Leonard de Vries, leader of a druidic sect. But all is not as it seems, and soon the Doctor and his companions are enmeshed in a deadly web of deceit. Powerful creatures rampage across the moor, and the nature of a long family line is called into question. Romana is trapped by a cunning enemy, and time is running out for the Doctor and K9…
Format: Download or 4 CDs
Duration: 4 hours 30 mins
May 2011 sees the release of The Hounds of Artemis, the new Doctor Who audio book from AudioGO.? The Hounds of Artemis was the subject of a Daily Telegraph covermount promotion in February 2011, but this trade edition now has the benefit of full music and sound design.
This May, AudioGO are thrilled to be releasing an original Doctor Who adventure following the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond. Written specially for audio by James Goss, The Hounds of Artemis is read by Matt Smith as the Doctor and Clare Corbett as Helen Stapleton, and features original music and sound design.
The Doctor and Amy visit Smyrna, 1929, in order to investigate a mystery. The Doctor knows that something very bad happened there: something that caused a lot of people to die and an entire, magnificent Temple to be found and then immediately lost again. But he doesn’t know what is picking off the archaeologists one by one, or how it is connected to the terrifying howling in the night. And as he and Amy get closer to the terrible truth behind an ancient evil, he begins to wish he’d never found out
Format: Download or 1 CD
Duration: 1 hours 10 mins
Release Date: 05 May 2011
IT’S HERE! “All Aliens Like Burgers” is the first in the much anticipated TRUXXE TRILOGY by Ruth Wheeler. Published by HIRST BOOKS (click here to buy the book), this exclusive unabridged audiobook edition is read by star of Dr Who, We Are Klang, Tittybangbang and Calendar Girls, Debbie Chazen. Featuring new music from award-winning radio, film & TV composer Jon Nicholls, and produced by multiple-award winning radio & audio director Neil Gardner.
An exciting, funny adventure in space, for late teenage – adult readers.
Young, polite and intelligent Tom Bowler has barely ever ventured out of the small English town where he grew up. So when he applies for a job in a fast food restaurant at a ?local? service station during his gap year he is rather surprised to discover that the vacancy is in fact based on Truxxe, a planetoid stationed between local galaxies Triangulum and Andromeda. Hes surprised further still to find himself becoming friends with a purple alien and that he has strange feelings for his android supervisor, Miss Lola. Tom soon discovers that Truxxe has many hidden secrets – just what makes it so special? And why is its terrain so rich and varied that it can be used for fuelling such a diverse variety of intergalactic spacecraft? What are the Glorbian space pirate brothers Schlomm and Hannond plotting? And just what is it that they put in those burgers?
Bigfinish wasn’t the first audio company to produce professional Doctor Who Audio Dramas. The BBC got there first expanding the on screen adventures on its radio platforms. The Doctor? has also had a long career as a radio star – and, come April 2011, AudioGO will celebrate his escapades on the airwaves with the release of Doctor Who: The BBC Radio Episodes. It contains all four of the Doctor’s full-cast BBC radio dramas, plus the 1976 made-for-LP audio adventure Doctor Who and the Pescatons and the 1994 spoof documentary Whatever Happened to… Susan? Here’s the radio run-down:
The Paradise of Death (1993)
When a horrific death occurs at Space World theme park, the Brigadier (the late great Nicholas Courtney) and UNIT are called in – accompanied by the Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) and Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen).
The Ghosts of N-Space (1996)
The Brigadier’s great-uncle Mario seems unsurprised by the spectres that haunt his ancient Sicilian castle. But when the Third Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith come to investigate, they finds themselves in great danger…
Doctor Who and the Pescatons (1976)
The TARDIS’s arrival on a lonely beach at night marks the beginning of a terrifying adventure on present-day Earth for the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and Sarah Jane.
Exploration Earth (1976)
The Fourth Doctor takes Sarah Jane back in time to witness the Earth’s development: only to find that the existence of Mankind itself is in danger!
Whatever Happened To… Susan? (1994)
A tongue-in-cheek look at how Susan’s life might have turned out after her adventures with the Doctor. Featuring Jane Asher as Susan.
The TARDIS materialises in the service ducting of the Vipod Mor, a huge craft floating in deep space. The Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) and Peri (Nicola Bryant) find something nasty lurking there, and the past and future history of the entire Universe is at risk…
Format: 9 CDs
Duration: 9 hours 10 mins approx
CD SRP: ?60.00
CD ISBN: 9781408467565 Release Date: 07 April 2011
March 2011 sees the? release of brand new original 11th Doctor, Doctor Who, adventure The Gemini Contagion. Written specially for AudioGO (BBC Audiobooks) by Jason Arnopp, it is read by Meera Syal, who played Nasreen Chaudhry in the BBC TV episodes The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood.
The Gemini Contagion begins on the ice-planet Vinsk, in the year 2112. The all-new anti-viral handwash, Gemini, has been laced with Meme-Spawn: a sentient micro-organism which makes the user fluent in every language in the universe. However, manufacturer Zalnex made one crucial mistake. They didn’t test Gemini on humans, who are seized by the violent urge to communicate but speak every language all at once with a manic, garbled shriek and pass on the virus by touch.
The Doctor and Amy arrive on an Earth-bound cargo-ship loaded with Gemini, where a human crew are succumbing to the virus which has nasty second and third phases in store. When the Doctor and Amy are separated, they both know that it’s only a matter of time before Amy is infected.
With the ship locked on course, and no way of curing the sufferers, the Doctor is faced with a terrible decision: does he save Amy, or Earth?