Does anyone have any opinions on The New Eighth Doctor Adventures (audiobooks)? Worth a listen? Where to start?
I think the New Eighth Doctor Adventures
are probably the best and easiest place to start. They abandon any previous audio continuity and start afresh with the Eighth Doctor alone, and Lucie Miller suddenly appearing in his TARDIS (think The Runaway Bride
and you're not far off). They are in 45-minute episodes, specifically for viewers of the new TV series to be able to get into. The first one of this series is the two-parter Blood of the Daleks
. Additionally, selected audio dramas can be heard over on Listen Again on BBC7's website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio7/
) so long as they've been on the radio the week before.
The older audio continuity starts with Shada
, but continues in Storm Warning
. This series is in groups of 25-minute episodes to keep with the classic tradition. But this one starts off a very long series, especially after the Doctor's companion turns up in the Sixth Doctor's adventures
I'm also a big fan of the Eighth Doctor books, but they're certainly harder to get. If you want bright and breezy adventures in the same vein as the TV movie then go for anything before the book titled The Ancestor Cell
. Or better still any book before Interference
. (The former leaves the Doctor without any memory, having destroyed Gallifrey
while the latter kills the Third Doctor and pretty much screws time up
. Just a heads-up.)
The comics, on the other hand, are really not my forté. I've only managed to buy the graphic novel titled The Flood
, which I found really enjoyable, but haven't managed to read the three collections that came before it. And with the comics, they sometimes seem to rely heavily on what has gone before - so if you want to, start on the collection Endgame
Now for my personal opinions. The books are mainly very hit-and-miss. The Eight Doctors
is really very silly, while Venderdeken's Children
end up being really dull. My personal favourites in the line are Vampire Science
, Alien Bodies
and Seeing I
The original audio series (Storm Warning
onwards) is also hit-and-miss, so personally I prefer the new audio series. There are some duds in this line too (No More Lies
relies heavily on background music to pad the episode out, while The Skull of Sobek
is filled with characters who all sound the same) but not enough to ruin the plentiful gems (Blood of the Daleks
, Human Resources
, Max Warp
and The Zygon Who Fell To Earth
being particular favourites...)
Meanwhile, what with all the reading of books and listening to audios, I have not had chance to peruse the comics. Though what I've read of the collection The Flood
, particularly one-parters like Where Nobody Knows Your Name
, The Power of Thoueris!
and the tear-jerking The Land of Happy Endings
, all seems good. Though, now that I look back at the stories, you may need knowledge about the Sixth Doctor's era of comics, English football/soccer, Pyramids of Mars
, the TV Comic's John and Gillian, and many of the Eighth Doctor's strips, probably those in the collection Oblivion
. Oh! And a character turns up from the Fifth Doctor comics too.
Anyway, sorry for turning this into a dull ramble, and also for not being able to profess a preference over the three lines. Hopefully I've helped enough!
Oh, finally: here are some strips with the Eighth Doctor in. http://www.cuttingsarchive.org.uk/radio ... s/1996.htm
You may recognise the artist as the one who did Shada
. These are brief, free and enjoyable, so long as you read them in the right order (which I didn't...) Dreadnought
Thank you, good night!