The Taking of Chelsea 426
Unabridged reading of the new series novel. This is a limited-release “library edition”, published by Chivers Audiobooks, a subsidiary of AudioGO/BBC Audio – the differences between this and the usual BBC Audio releases are threefold:
1) The availability is much more limited, being made available for purchase only via the AudioGO Web site,
2) The discs are burned onto CD-Rs rather than being”regular” pressed CDs,
3) The discs come packaged in an oversized library”wallet”-style case, rather than the usual CD jewel box. This reflects the fact that the primary audience for these library editions are public libraries (however since they are technically available for purchase by the general public via AudioGO
The Chelsea Flower Show – hardly the most exciting or dangerous event in the calendar, or so The Doctor thinks. But this is Chelsea 426, a city-sized future colony floating on the clouds of Saturn, and the flowers are much more than they seem.
As The Doctor investigates, he becomes more and more worried. Why is shopkeeper Mr Pemberton acting so strangely? And what is Professor Wilberforce’s terrible secret?
They are close to finding the answers when a familiar foe arrives, and the stakes suddenly get much higher. The Sontarans have plans of their own, and they’re not here to arrange flowers…
Featuring The Doctor as played by David Tennant in the hit series from BBC Television.
Read by Christopher Ryan
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- The Taking of Chelsea 426 was an audio CD read by Anthony Head. It was written by David Llewellyn and featured the Tenth DoctorT
- The title is a reference to the novel and film The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. The number is also reminiscent of the 456, an alien race introduced a few months prior to the book’s release in The Children of Earth.
The Doctor asks Vienna, “The city or the song?” The song may be a reference to the Owl City song”Dear Vienna”, or the song by Ultravox.
- This story was also released as an ebook available from the Amazon Kindle store.
- The Sontarans last appeared on screen in The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky and Enemy of the Bane. They last appeared in print in The Sontaran Games.
- The Rutans last appeared on screen in Horror of Fang Rock. To date, this is their only on-screen appearance.
- The events of The Two Doctors and The Time Warrior are mentioned.
Chelsea 426 was founded by the Interplanetary Mining Corporation. (Colony in Space)
- The Doctor mentions a Krynoid. (The Seeds of Doom)
- While in the TARDIS, Jake plays with the crate of items beginning with C, last seen in The Unicorn and the Wasp. Its contents include an Agatha Christie novel, the Carrionite globe and a Cyberman’s chest plate.
- At the end of the novel, The Doctor looks around the empty TARDIS. He also did this before his second meeting with Donna Noble. (The Sontaran Stratagem)
- The Doctor says “For one thing I’ve had my fair share of angry mothers lately” (Aliens of London, The Lazarus Experiment, Partners in Crime)
- The Doctor mentions the Battle of Olympus Mons. (Transit)