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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (66 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brian Hayles Narrator: William Hartnell and full cast Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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William Hartnell stars as the first Doctor in this classic four-episode story from 1966, which pits the TARDIS crew against one of the most powerful enemies they have ever encountered.

The travellers arrive in the dangerous domain of the Toymaker, where their failure to win at a series of games could result in them becoming his playthings for eternity. Apparently innocuous nursery characters reveal deadly intent, and for companions Steven and Dodo the stakes are raised with every game of blind man's buff and musical chairs. The Doctor, meanwhile, is rendered invisible and given the challenge of completing the fiendishly difficult Trilogic game.

This fondly-remembered story, only one episode of which survives in the television archives, is narrated by Peter Purves who also played Steven in the story. Michael Gough is the Toymaker and Jackie Lane is Dodo, whilst Carmen Silvera adopts a number of roles. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karen | 5/22/2011

    " Hey, I'm not too proud: I'll admit to reading Doctor Who books in my youth! This was my favorite. Evil gamester forces people to play with his deadly toys. With a story like that, how could you go wrong! Yes, it's right up there with Dostoevskiy and Gogol... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Steve | 5/5/2011

    " Your typical "forced to play games by all-powerful being" story. Not a lot to it, but probably would have been fun to watch. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Daniel Kukwa | 2/6/2011

    " The most disappointing of the late-era Target novels. This should have been the opportunity to expand on the strangeness of the TV version. Instead, it's so basic & threadbare a transcript, it makes a late 70s Terrance Dicks quickie-novelization look like "War and Peace" by comparison! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Anandh | 12/19/2010

    " Ice Warriors(Martians) attack the Earth;s base during the ice age. It is upto Dr Who to rescue. Quite a boring book "

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About the Author

Brian Hayles (1931–1978) was an English screenwriter best known for his work on Doctor Who. In addition to his work in film and television, he also wrote novels, including novelizations of Doctor Who serials, and two horror plays for children.