Books

Doctor Who: Survival

Rona Munro (and others)

Lisa Bowerman reads this exciting classic novelisation of a Seventh Doctor TV adventure, the last in the original run of Doctor Who serials.

“Attention to detail is a hallmark of this always excellent range” Doctor Who Magazine

The Doctor brings Ace home to Perivale. On a summer Sunday it seems the least lively place in the universe, yet mystery lurks behind the calm facade.

The members of Ace's old gang have gone away, each of them disappeared without trace. Something is killing the domestic pets of Perivale, and unearthly hoofprints scar the baked earth of the recreation ground. What strange force connects all these events?

As Ace herself is transported to a distant planet, it seems that the Doctor may be stepping into a well-prepared trap. Can it be the work of the his old adversary, the Master - and if so, to what end?

Lisa Bowerman, who played Karra in the 1989 BBC TV serial, reads Rona Munro’s complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target Books in 1990.

Biography

Rona Munro is a Scottish writer. She has written plays for theatre, radio, and television. Her film work includes Ken Loach's Ladybird, Ladybird (1994), Oranges and Sunshine (2010) for Jim Loach and Aimée & Jaguar (1999), co-authored by German director Max Färberböck. Rona Munro is also known for being the author of the last Doctor Who television serial of the original run to air, Survival (1989). She later novelised this serial for Target Books. In November 2016, it was revealed Munro would be returning to Doctor Who to write the tenth episode of the tenth series, titled "The Eaters of Light", making her the only writer to date to have worked on the classic and revived eras of the show. Munro has also contributed eleven dramas to Radio 4's Stanley Baxter Playhouse: First Impressions, Wheeling Them In, The King's Kilt, Pasta Alfreddo at Cafe Alessandro, The Man in the Garden, The Porter's Story, The German Pilot, The Spider, The Showman, Meg's Tale and The Flying Scotsman. Her history cycle The James Plays, James I, James II and James III, were first performed by the National Theatre of Scotland in summer 2014 in a co-production with Edinburgh International Festival and the National Theatre of Scotland.