by Tom Baker
Narrator: Tom Baker
Length: 8 hours and 40 minutes
Genres: Science Fiction
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Narration: 4 cups
In his first-ever Doctor Who novel, Tom Baker's incredible imagination is given free rein. A story so epic it was originally intended for the big screen, Scratchman is a gripping, white-knuckle thriller almost 40 years in the making.
The Doctor, Harry and Sarah Jane Smith arrive at a remote Scottish island when their holiday is cut short by the appearance of strange creatures - hideous scarecrows who are preying on the local population. The islanders are living in fear, and the Doctor vows to save them all. But it doesn't go to plan - the time travellers have fallen into a trap, and Scratchman is coming for them.
With the fate of the universe hanging in the balance, the Doctor must battle an ancient force from another dimension, one who claims to be the devil. Scratchman wants to know what the Doctor is most afraid of. And the Doctor's worst nightmares are coming out to play....
Tom Baker himself reads this legendary Doctor Who adventure, a spine-chilling thriller 40 years in the making.
Tom Baker was one of my childhood Doctor and the fourth Doctor Who played by Tom Baker. I remember him with Sarah Jane and Harry Sullivan, so naturally when I saw an ad for Scratchman written and read by Tom Baker I had to listen. A trip down memory lane with a twisted new story that has our threesome facing great danger.
The Doctor, Harry Sullivan and Sarah Jane Smith arrive at a remote Scottish island where they intend to enjoy a picnic lunch, a nap and skip stones. All of that changes when they discover hideous scarecrows are taking over the small village. They will soon be in a fight for their lives as a sinister alien force is at work. As the story progresses we learn The Doctor is on trial on Gallifrey. The Time Lords have questions that must be answered. He is retelling the events of the story to the council.
Since Tom Baker narrated this story, allowing me to close my eyes and imagined this trio, the creepy scarecrows, and the Scratchman. I could see the council, the burned out planet, and creepy crawlies we encountered. It was geektastic. The audio has sound effects present at the beginning of chapters. I enjoyed this little added feature, but was also grateful it wasn’t throughout.
While not perfect, it gave me a sense of nostalgia and felt authentic to their time on the show. I’ve since moved on to other Doctors and will confess that nine and ten will forever be my favorite but I enjoyed the new story and trip down memory lane.
The story over forty years in the making has a seventies vibe and was originally slated for film. It is my understanding both Ian Martin (Harry Sullivan), and James Goss were involved in the writing. Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane), penned a message that is shared in the epilogue. Sadly, she and Martin are no longer with us.
Doctor Who: Scratchman was a delightful listen that recaptured my first doctor.Scratchman written and read by Tom Baker offered a trip down memory lane with a twisted new story that had our threesome facing great danger. #Whovian #iloveaudiobooks Click To Tweet
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