Important Doctor Who Audio Announcement

Final part of the Destiny of the Doctor series, The Time Machine
Final part of the Destiny of the Doctor series, The Time Machine

Now that AudioGO have entered administration. The future of the “Destiny of the Doctor” audio Doctor Who series was in question. Now Big Finish has acquired the rights to release the final part of the Destiny of the Doctor series, The Time Machine, and the box set containing all the stories plus a ‘making of’ documentary.


23 November 2013. In an Oxford laboratory, graduate Alice Watson helps Professor Chivers assemble the final pieces of an impossible machine. A time machine.
The scientist and his assistant believe they are making history, little suspecting that the project’s completion will threaten the existence of the entire universe. But someone has sensed the danger, and when the mysterious Doctor arrives, Alice is taken on a desperate race from libraries and dreaming spires
all the way to the nightmare world of Earth’s future.
The monstrous Creevix are coming. They seek control of time itself and are certain that the Doctor is already too late to stop them. But can the key to saving the future lie in the Time Lord’s past lives?

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Horror Audio Announcement – Sam Stone’s Darkness Within

Sam Stone
Sam Stone, author of the Vampire Gene novels and Zombies at Tiffany’s, is consultant and editor for the imprint

Alexandra Arlango, Commissioning Editor – Original Content at AudioGO Ltd in London, has acquired world rights to an original SciFi/Horror novella from award-winning author Sam Stone.

Sam Stone’s Darkness Within

The novella, entitled The Darkness Within, is an exciting and pervasive story set on a spaceship in the far-distant future, and what happens when an alien infection takes hold …

Arlango says about the project: ‘How exciting! I am very pleased to be working with Sam Stone again. Last year AudioGO published her collection of short stories, Zombies In New York And Other Bloody Jottings, and since I came across her work I’ve been a great fan. Not only does she come up with deliciously sinister tales, but the worlds she creates are atmospheric and her characters memorable. They are perfect for audio.

‘I was thrilled to meet Sam earlier this year, and we started talking about other ideas and things that we could work on together. The result? The Darkness Within, an exclusive new novella commissioned by AudioGO. It might well be set in space. And it might well feature new, malevolent life-forms … You’ll have to find out more for yourself. What I can tell you is that I had to stop reading, and look away from the page several times because it was so creepy. This Halloween, things will definitely go bump in the dark!’

Sam Stone’s Other Work

Sam Stone’s first novel, Killing Kiss, won the silver award for Best Horror Novel in ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year competition, and her subsequent novels and short stories have gained her much acclaim, including winning the British Fantasy Award. Recent works include the novella Zombies at Tiffany’s and the vampire novel Silent Sand, and Killing Kiss was recently sold to Germany. She holds an MA in Creative Writing and is a noted public speaker and lecturer. Sam’s website is at www.sam-stone.com.

An interview with Sam cam be found in the preview issue of SFBuzz Magazine, which is available FREE at SFBuzz.com

Pilgrim – Audio Review

Pilgrim - Available from AudioGo
Pilgrim – Available from AudioGo

“Of all the tales told on these islands, few are as strange as that of William Palmer. Cursed apparently, on the road to Canterbury in the spring of 1185; for denying the presence of the other world, by the King of the Greyfolk, or Fairy, Himself. And compelled to walk from that day to this between the worlds of magic and of men. and subsequently known in all the strange and wonderful lore attributed to the mysterious William Palmer, as Pilgrim.”

It is a strange thing to turn on a recording, expecting a single voice narrator reading from a book; and hear a fully formed piece of theatre unfolding before your ears.

After the initial surprise, I did indeed settle in and just listen. No notes, no book, no random surfing; all became unnecessary and would have been a distraction, have gotten in the way of this glory that flipped between myth and magic, and the modern day. For this was the realms of BBC radio drama, that mysterious entity that is best known by the driver or the daytime listener; and Pilgrim, created by Baczkiewicz (who was the bbc’s first writer in residence in 2000) is up there with the classics of an earlier age.

In Pilgrim, this immortal (played by Paul Hilton) has reluctantly taken the mantle as protector and saviour of mankind. Series one consists of four separate plays: Summoned to retrieve a stolen dragons egg; return a lost son to his mother; resist the clutches of a collector of occult things and beings; and finds himself on a mission to save Joseph of Arimathea. Along the way we meet Puck, a teen aged were wolf, a trapped demon, and a wise, but strangely modern, woman.

It’s curious it has taken so long to release this to the audio book audience, unless it was that it was first a complete collection and the series by series breakdown is subsequent to this? A recognition perhaps that the audience for spoken word books is a rather different group to those who chose radio four or four extra as their background listening, and different again to those who find iplayer to hear and re-hear things broadcast in the short space of time they remain available on that platform?

These episodes of Pilgrim were directed by Jessica Dromgoole and Marc Beeby. They have a total running time of 2 hours and 56 minutes; and can be purchased for £2.99 as MP3 files from Audiogo –

Doctor Who and the Tomb of the Cybermen Audio Book

DOCTOR WHO AND THE TOMB OF THE CYBERMEN from AudioGO
DOCTOR WHO AND THE TOMB OF THE CYBERMEN from AudioGO
Michael Kilgarriff reads this gripping novelisation of a classic 1967 TV adventure featuring the Second Doctor, with Nicholas Briggs as the Cybermen

The Cybermen – silver, indestructible monsters whose only goal is power – seem to have disappeared from their planet, Telos. When a party of archaeologists, joined by the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria, land on the Cybermen’s barren, deserted planet, they uncover what appears to be their tomb.

But once inside it becomes clear that the Cybermen are not dead, and some in the group of archaeologists desperately want to re-activate these monsters! How can the Doctor defeat these ruthless, power-seeking humans and the Cybermen?

Michael Kilgarriff, who played the Cyber Controller in the original BBC TV serial, reads Gerry Davis’ complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target Books in 1978. Sound effects and music are provided by Simon Power, and Nicholas Briggs provides the authentic voices of the Cybermen themselves.

This is just one of many brand new Doctor Who audio titles being released by AudioGO in 2013, which marks the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. The series will be celebrated throughout the year by the BBC and its commercial partners including AudioGO.

Michael Kilgarriff
Michael Kilgarriff
Doctor Who and the Tomb of the Cybermen
Format: Download or 4 CDs
DLISBN: 9781445826356
DLRRP: £12.29
CDISBN: 9781445826363
CDRRP: £13.25

Doctor Who: Hunters of Earth

Doctor Who: Hunters of Earth

Written by Nigel Robinson

Published by Audio Go and Big Finish

This first release in the 50th anniversary Destiny of the Doctor audio series takes us back to 1960’s London, prior to the events of An Unearthly Child. The Doctor is seeking to repair his Tardis, against a backdrop of unexplained acts of teenage aggression. Meanwhile, a strange Colonel has taken an unhealthy interest in Totter’s Lane.

The style of this, and all audios in the series, is a narrated tale with a second supporting actor. For Hunters, Carole Ann Ford tells the story, which perhaps understandably focuses primarily on her character of Susan, with the Doctor a mere bystander for much of the action. Tam Williams takes the role of Susan’s would-be boyfriend Cedric.

Robinson deftly evokes early 1960’s London, with the slow growth of racism and bigotry, both fuelled and challenged by the popular music of the day. Bob Dylan gets a lengthy shout out here. The return to the atmosphere of Coal Hill School and the yard in Totters Lane is equally well realised, though I suspect this will be a very well trodden point of nostalgia by the end of 2013.

The scenes of marauding teenagers threatening the Doctor and Susan are unsettling on many levels, and the post-war paranoia of strangers is nicely played, with a highly noirish meeting between the Doctor and a mysterious colonel. Less successful, and certainly less clear, are the real villains of this piece. The source of the teenagers’ lawlessness is never properly explained, though this may yet form part of the story arc that runs throughout the series. Still, this makes for a somewhat unsatisfactory conclusion, not alleviated by an out of character Cassandra impression from Susan in the closing moments.

Still, in the main this is an effective trip back into the First Doctor’s period. Next up is Frazer Hines narrating Second Doctor story Shadow of Death, which may yet shed some further light on the strange forces at work here.

New Zombie Audio Books

Zombies in New York
Alexandra Arlango, Commissioning Editor – Original Content at AudioGO Ltd in London, has acquired world rights to an audio edition of Sam Stone’s first collection,?Zombies in New York and Other Bloody Jottings.

The book was published by Telos Publishing Ltd in 2011, and went on to win great acclaim from readers. Horror author Graham Masterton said in his introduction to the print version: ‘Sam Stone without doubt is a mistress of the grisly and the glutinous. She is one of the few horror writers who makes you feel when you have finished her stories that you need to wash your hands. Twice. I believe that we can look forward to seeing Sam Stone develop into a major influence in the realm of blood and shadows and things that wake you up, wide-eyed, in the middle of the night.’

Alexandra said of this deal: ?We are very excited to be working with Sam. She is a fresh and unique voice in horror and her short stories weave deliciously dark tales involving vampires, werewolves and clowns.?

AudioGO is the home of BBC Audiobooks and manages all the?Doctor Who?audio releases among their 10,000 catalogue items. Their clients include books by P D James, J K Rowling, Ruth Rendell and Bernard Cornwall. Their horror catalogue includes work by Bram Stoker, Rachel Caine, M R James, Stephanie Meyer, James Herbert andFangoria’s Dreadtime Stories. For more information, visit www.audiogo.com/uk/.

Sam Stone?s first novel,?Killing Kiss, won the silver award for Best Horror Novel inForeWord?Magazine?s Book of the Year competition, and her subsequent novels and short stories have gained her much acclaim, including winning the British Fantasy Award. She holds an MA in Creative Writing and is a noted public speaker and lecturer. Sam?s website is at www.sam-stone.com, Telos Publishing is at www.telos.co.uk.

About AudioGO Limited

AudioGO is the new name for BBC Audiobooks, the UK?s leading audiobook publisher and distributor. AudioGO was formed in July 2010 – its new owners, led by Michael Kuhn, have ambitious and exciting plans for growth and expansion. The company is the UK market leader. It also has a successful, rapidly growing business in the US and a thriving international business. It has a heritage stretching back over 20 years based on BBC Radio content, but has built on that with the acquisitions of Cover to Cover and Chivers, brand leaders in fiction and particularly well known in libraries. The company now has a catalogue of thousands of audiobooks and established relationships with retailers and distributors around the world. AudioGO plans to expand its catalogue, its distribution channels, and to better exploit web and other emerging online retail opportunities.

About Telos Publishing Limited

Telos Publishing is a friendly independent press with bags of enthusiasm and a love of publishing and books. Set up in 2000 by David J Howe and Stephen James Walker, they won the 2006 World Fantasy Award in the best Non-Professional category for their publishing work, and several of their titles have won literary and design awards over the years. They specialise in Non-Fiction Guides to cult film and television, and also publish occasional fiction, mainly in the horror and crime genres.

Doctor Who: Dark Horizons

Doctor Who: Dark Horizons

Written by J T Colgan

Read by Neve McIntosh

This audio book is an unabridged reading of the latest release in BBC Books adult Who range. Set after the Wedding of River Song, the Doctor is travelling alone and taking a holiday on the Isle of Lewis in the middle of the Dark Ages. His arrival coincides with the appearance of a Viking ship engulfed in waterborne flames, and the Doctor is soon brokering peace between the travellers and the islanders while also uncovering the mystery of the fire.

After several uneven releases in the main novel range, this book hits the sweet spot with well realised characters, a fascinating setting and a very different villain from those the Doctor usually faces. With a high body count (and plenty of gruesome deaths) the fates of the supporting characters are very much in the balance, and you genuinely care whether they live or die. And for once, events do not go the way the Doctor intends.

As a result, we find the Time Lord in a more reflective mood, and in a time before technology, he only has the Tardis and his Sonic Screwdriver (which we discover does come with a few arcane settings) to lean on. In one thrilling sequence, the Tardis gives chase to a Viking longship, with the Doctor eventually materialising the ship on board the moving vessel.

For a period piece, there are a few anachronisms. One Viking calls the Doctor ‘Sir’ and several give heights and distances in metres. These are all the more puzzling given that we’re told there is no word for Tardis Blue in this time. And when the islanders face slow starvation, it is hard to care with the knowledge that the Doctor could manufacture food for them all in the Tardis.

Once the Doctor meets the force behind the mysterious fire, the story does start to recall James Cameron’s film The Abyss, though the image of the Doctor in a Victorian diving suit keeps even this moment fresh. But this comes less than halfway through the book, and the story goes on to follow some original and ?harrowing directions, with a very strange but charming cameo which will thrill fans.

Neve McIntosh narrates the story in a deep but clear Scottish accent, which suits the setting of the book well. Her delivery in the scenes of high action and emotion really help these to come alive. Sound and music cues are sparse, but the writing is so good that neither McIntosh, nor the listener, need more.

This is Colgan’s first Who novel, and she reportedly has a strong idea for a second. Let’s hope BBC Books commission her quickly, and that AudioGo can produce another wholly immersive reading.

Doctor Who: The Nu-Humans

Rory Williams and Amy Pond join the 11th Doctor for 'Nu Humans'

Doctor Who: The Nu-Humans

Written by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright

Read by Raquel Cassidy

This story, exclusively written by Scott and Wright for audiobook release by AudioGo, sits somewhere in the continuity of the most recent season of Doctor Who. The Doctor, Amy and Rory land on Hope Eternal, a rugged planet with rich mineral deposits. There they discover a colony of Nu-Humans, genetically modified from homo sapiens to survive the hostile, high gravity environment. But something or someone is killing the Nu-Humans, and the travellers soon find the finger of guilt pointing at them.

This novella length work fits neatly into the compact, single episode style of recent Who, with Rory and Amy separated for much of the time and the Doctor keeping his thoughts and suspicions to himself until close to the denouement of the story. The outcome is not difficult to predict, but the writers provide enough humour and suspense to keep the narrative rattling along. Listen carefully for a couple of nods towards the fourth wall in the Doctor’s dialogue.

Raquel Cassidy delivers a similarly kinetic reading, and captures the tone of the regulars well, in particular Matt Smith’s Doctor as a constantly excited child at a birthday party. Special note must be made of her Amy Pond – if I didn’t know better, I would think Karen Gilllan had snuck into the recording studio – the mimicry is that good. Only main Nu-Human Trevor fails to engage, with a nasal voice not dissimilar to a certain Paranoid Android.?Sound design is simple, evoking the settings efficiently without distracting from Cassidy’s clear narration of the tale.

We know the days of the Ponds are numbered in the TV show, so fans of Who’s first married companions should relish this chance to squeeze in an extra adventure, before the Doctor leaves them for a distinctly younger model.

New Torchwood Following From Miracle Day

Torchwood Red Skies

An exciting and exclusive new TORCHWOOD audio adventure, based on the hit TV series and set after the conclusion of Miracle Day.

Torchwood Red Skies, featuring Captain Jack as played on screen by John Barrowman, is written by Joseph Lidster and read by John Telfer. It is one of four audio original titles to be published by AudioGO in Spring 2012.

Jack Harness is in need of a holiday. He wants to get away from Torchwood, away from the human race ? and where better to get completely away from it all than Cotter Paluni?s World, a planet surrounded by deadly scarlet lightning and cut off from the entire universe?

But there are some shocks in store for Jack: the ?Devil?s World? might be completely isolated and inaccessible, but its inhabitants worship Torchwood. And before he can find out why, or how this is even possible, he finds himself arrested for murder.

It looks as if someone on the planet knows who Jack is ? and they?re out to get him…

Format: Download and 1 CD

Duration: 1 hour approx.

New Torchwood – 2012

Torchwood Army of One
March sees the release of a brand new original, exclusive Torchwood audio adventure, Army of One. Specially written by Ian Edginton, this exciting story is set in Washington D.C. after the conclusion of the most recent TV series, Miracle Day, and finds Gwen Cooper and her husband Rhys Williams battling a deadly alien creature. It is read by Kai Owen, who plays Rhys in the hit BBC television series.

Washington D.C., post-Miracle. The city has been hit by a spate of very unusual serial killings.
The victims are different ages and genders and the locations vary, but each body has one thing in common ? it has been reduced to a dried-up, desiccated husk.

Special Agent Lucas Avery has dealt with some tricky puzzles in his time, but this is stranger than anything he has ever encountered. His one lead is a pair of names: ?Gwen? and ?Rhys?…

For Gwen Cooper and Rhys Williams, still recovering from the recent, traumatic events that shook the world, life is about to get difficult and dangerous again. For it?s not just Homeland Security on their trail, but something else ? something alien, terrifying and deadly…

Published: CD – 8th March 2012
/ download – 1st March
Author: AudioGO
Reader: Kai Owen

No. of CDs: 1
Playing time: 1 hour approx

CD RRP: ?10.20
CD ISBN: 9781445871929

Download RRP: ?6.79
Download ISBN: 9781445871936

Alexander Armstrong Returns To Doctor Who

Darkstar Academy by Mark Morris
This March, the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory face danger at an unusual public school in AudioGO?s brand new, exclusive audio adventure Darkstar Academy. Specially written by Mark Morris, it sees the time-travellers dealing with armed prefects, carnivorous crustaceans and something very strange in the cargo bay. Cargo bay?? It is read by Alexander Armstrong, who played Reg Arwell in the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas special The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe.

When the TARDIS is buffeted by ?time slippage?, the Doctor experiences a terrible vision of the end of everything. Tracking the source of the disruption, he takes Rory and Amy to what appears to be an English public school in the 1950s.

But as the friends are about to discover, there are some very unusual things about Darkstar Academy. For a start the prefects carry guns, and then there is the strange forcefield that surrounds the perimeter. Not to mention the foot-long, crab-like creatures with spiny, armoured bodies…

When the Doctor learns the truth about the Academy, he also discovers that the whole place is in terrible danger. But with a swarm of creatures on the loose, what can he, Amy and Rory do to help prevent a terrible disaster?

Published: CD – 8th March 2012 / Download – 1st March
Author: AudioGO
Reader: Alexander Armstrong
No. of CDs: 1
Playing time: 1 hour approx

CD RRP: ?10.20
CD ISBN: 9781408468791

Download RRP: ?6.79
Download ISBN: 9781408498132

It couldn’t be easier to order an audiobook. Just go to the AudioGO website www.audiogo.co.uk to see our wide selection of Doctor Who titles. If you’d like to see more, simply select a genre and browse the thousands of titles on-site, available to order at the click of a mouse – or by calling us on 0800 136919.

The LOST Doctor Who Story Told

Doctor Who: Shada by Douglas Adams and Gareth Roberts

Thirty-three years ago, the BBC started filming Douglas Adams? six-part Doctor Who serial, Shada. But industrial action halted recording, and the story was left unfinished? until now. This March, AudioGO are thrilled to be releasing an unabridged reading of this long-lost adventure ? at the same time as the BBC Books hardback. Written by acclaimed Doctor Who novelist and screenwriter Gareth Roberts, it is based on Douglas Adams? original scripts and read by Lalla Ward (who played the Doctor?s companion Romana). John Leeson, the original K9, returns as the voice of the Doctor?s faithful robot dog. The reading is enhanced with music and sound design.

The Doctor?s old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University ? where nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. But now he needs help from the Doctor, Romana and K-9. When he left Gallifrey he took with him a few little souvenirs ? most of them are harmless. But one of them is extremely dangerous.

The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey isn?t a book for Time Tots. It is one of the Artefacts,
dating from the dark days of Rassilon. It must not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands.
The sinister Skagra most definitely has the wrong hands. He wants the book. He wants to discover the truth behind Shada. And he wants the Doctor?s mind…

Published: 15th March 2012
Author: AudioGO
Reader: Lalla Ward

No. of CDs: 10
Playing time: 11 hrs 30 mins

CD RRP: ?19.35
CD ISBN: 978144586732

Download RRP: ?19.69
Download ISBN: 9781445867656

It couldn’t be easier to order an audiobook. Just go to the AudioGO website www.audiogo.co.uk to see our wide selection of Doctor Who titles. If you’d like to see more, simply select a genre and browse the thousands of titles on-site, available to order at the click of a mouse – or by calling us on 0800 136919.