Doctor Who: The Slitheen Excursion – Audiobook

Well, after a few minor delays, the latest Doctor Who audiobook produced by yours truly for BBC Audiobooks is finally released – huzzah!

DOCTOR WHO: THE SLITHEEN EXCURSION is written by Simon Guerrier and read by the fabulous Debbie Chazen.  It is available for download only (the link is below), and I wanna tell you that it’s a brilliant story.

TO be honest with you, I’ve never been a fan of the Slitheen, they always came across as too much of a kids creation, with all the farting and cod-acting.  I never found them [a] funny or [b] menacing.  HOWEVER, Simon has made me a convert to the Slitheen ranks, as his monstrous family here are superb characters.  Maybe it is because we get to know them, to learn about them and to even learn to like (at least one of) them?  But then what’s a great character without a great voice, and within these audio walls are housed two of my all-time favourite character voices.  Debbie Chazen (Foon van Hoff from Voyage of the Damned) brings the younger Slitheen COSMO and the elder Slitheen MAMPS to life with hilarity.  As my fiance can attest, I am addicted to saying the line “Helloooooo, I’m Cosmo!” in a silly slurpy voice now.

Anyhow, here’s the official breakdown of the story…it all happens within the timeline of the 10th Doctor:

In 1500 BC, King Actaeus and his subjects live in mortal fear of the awesome gods who have come to visit their kingdom in ancient Greece. The Doctor, visiting with university student June, knows they’re not gods at all. They’re aliens!

With June’s enthusiastic help, the Doctor soon meets the travel agents behind this deadly package holiday company – his old enemies the Slitheen. But can he bring the Slitheen excursion to an end without endangering more lives? And how are events in ancient Greece linked to a modern-day alien plot to destroy what’s left of the Parthenon?

This is my 7th Doctor Who audiobook production, and number 8 is coming soon (an 11th Doctor tale…exciting!).  I do hope you enjoy listening to it as much as Debbie and I did making it!

And thanks to Lucinda at Essential Music studios in London for all her wonderful help recording the audio.




About hokusbloke
30-something radio producer/director/writer, owner & MD of Ladbroke Productions (the UK's oldest independent radio production company). Lover of far fetched fiction, scifi and fantasy, my cats and all thinks tech. I am also the Chair of the Radio Independents Group, a former Trustee of the Radio Academy, and a Fellow of the RSA. I co-wrote, produced and directed Robert Rankin's "The Brightonomicon" audio series, produce Dr Who audiobooks for the BBC, and directed several sci-fi radio plays for BBC Radio 4 in 2009. I am a strong advocate for more SF audio and radio...keep watching this space for upcoming news!

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