I was introduced to the wonder of Doctor Who through the current series (2005 on). Since then, I have started watching every adventure from the very beginning. Unfortunately, many of the early adventures that were filmed were scrapped by the BBC (morons). However, there is hope. The BBC still has the audio, which they've made into audio books. Playing like a mixture of an audiobook and a radio play, we obsessive fans of the Time Lord can now experience these treasures.
Marco Polo is the earliest of these missing adventures. This was the fourth story broadcast, and it's a damn good one. Although there are no aliens, it is a thrilling journey in 13th century China. I do enjoy the historical stories (The Aztecs being one of my favorite stories so far). This story had me on the edge of my seat, wondering what will happen next. This story has plenty of intrigue, political and otherwise. I always felt that the best Doctor Who stories deal with how humans interact with each other, the camaraderie and tension we build. In fact, that is at the heart of all great drama. This story is wonderful, everybody doing a terrific job at portraying their characters. The only part that made me cringe was the role of the hotel owner. It was such a blatant Chinese stereotype. I know I shouldn't judge it by today's standards, but it still made me shake my head. Either than that, this is an essential listen for fans of the First Doctor, and of Doctor Who in general. Happy Listenings.