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Doctor Who and the Planet of the Spiders: A Classic Doctor Who Novel Audio CD – Audiobook, CD

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Eight-legs good, two-legs bad Dec 14 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
The final story of the Doctor's third incarnation, this book plays on arachnophobia long before the movie of the same name.
The Doctor is on Earth, following up on an area of interest to him (psychic abilities) when an unfortunate incident between public performer and crypto-psychic, Professor Clegg, and a blue crystal the Doctor brought back from Metebelis Three brings to his attention the interest of the giant spiders from Metebelis Three.
Did I say "spiders"? Excuse me, they prefer to be called Eight-legs - so excuse me please ladies.
And very creepy they are, too. There they are with psychic powers, and able to possess humans by crouching on their backs (and disappearing, so you don't know who's really possessed).
The story is also replete with Buddhist imagery, the return of the disgraced Mike Yates, a strong role for Sarah, a very real and comfortable friendship between the Doctor and the Brigadier, and a surprise person from the Doctor's past. It's a big story with a lot to say.
Terrance Dicks adapts this story with a lot of care and attention, making this a worthwhile read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A simple novelization.... Oct. 20 2008
By Michael Valdivielso - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The last story arch of the Third Doctor is one of the best. I like stories with alien planets, spiders, Buddhism and Sarah Jane Smith. But the novelization of the story is not as good as it can be. Instead of expanding on things Mr. Dicks takes away from it. Details are washed away, dialogue is simplified, and nothing is described. The humor and the sense of danger has been removed from the whole story.
Entertaining June 14 2013
By Steven Brandt @ Audiobook-Heaven - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Giant, intelligent spiders from the planet Metebelis 3 have been constructing a device which will expand their already formidable mental powers throughout the universe. The device is an intricate latticework made of very special blue crystals, and only one more crystal is needed to complete it. It just so happens that that final crystal is in the possession of Doctor Who on Earth. By projecting their mental powers, the spiders are able to take control of a few humans on Earth, and use them to steal the crystal and transport it to Metebelis 3. But these eight-legged fiends have seriously underestimated Doctor Who.

I've listened to a couple of these Doctor Who adventures now, and I have to say they're a lot of fun. There's always plenty of action and thrills, and also a fair amount of that dry British humour. If you're looking for something deep and meaningful, this isn't for you. If you just want to be entertained for a few hours, you should definitely check out Doctor Who.

The Planet of the Spiders is based on actual episodes of the BBC television series. The six part storyline originally aired on television in May and June of 1974. This audio production was written by Terrance Dicks in 2009 and is available from AudioGo, formerly known as BBC Audiobooks America. The audiobook is narrated by Elisabeth Sladen, who starred as the Doctor's companion Sarah Jane Smith in the original airing.