Doctor Who and the Invasion from Space

Doctor Who and the Invasion from Space

First Doctor story


Peter Purves reads two vintage stories, first published in the 1960s, featuring the First Doctor.

"Purves does a great job not just creating this off-kilter version of Hartnell’s Doctor but also those around him in this story."

First published as an illustrated book in the 1960s and now a collector’s item, Doctor Who and the Invasion from Space sees the Doctor land in the futuristic world of The One. Along with the Mortimer family, whom he rescued from the Great Fire of London, he finds himself recruited to lead a galactic invasion from Andromeda — with the TARDIS instrumental in the plan!

In Ten Fathom Pirates, a story from The Doctor Who Annual 1967, the Doctor encounters underwater raiders on a distant planet. Forced to accompany them on a mission to find parts for the TARDIS, he must use all his wits and ingenuity if he is ever to escape their company.

Peter Purves, who played the First Doctor’s companion Steven Taylor in the BBC TV series, reads two stories brimming with the charm and naivety of a bygone age.

World Distributors' Doctor Who Annuals were originally published from 1965 to 1986, a highlight of the year for fans of the programme, featuring text stories and comic strips based on the TV series.

Duration: 2 hours 5 mins approx.

Stories taken from Doctor Who and the Invasion from Space and The Doctor Who Annual 1967, first published in 1966 by World Distributors Ltd. Text © BBC 1966

Readings produced by Neil Gardner
Sound design by David Darlington
TARDIS sound effect composed by Brian Hodgson
Executive Producer: Michael Stevens

(P) & © 2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd t/as BBC Studios

Text © BBC 1966
Cover images © BBC Studios 2018

Cover design by Minty Design:


  • A lovely package of audio treats…BBC Audio’s usual slick package of punctuated sound effects and musical cues.
    Doctor Who Magazine review of The Doctor Who Audio Annual

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