The triple CD disc set, with a bonus DVD, was produced in the same building where the Doctor Who episode Blink was filmed. On the discs Baker uses a multitude of voices to tell the story of Earthling Jeff Spooner and his alien barber, Ray Scump, as they search for the fabled Universal Remote Control – avoiding danger, doom and embarrassing situations as they go.
Aided by two badly programmed robots and an army of warrior Space Hoppers, the heroes dive and try to dodge the biggest threats in the galaxy: Supreme Overlord Kelvin (emperor of Skragg), the terminally depressed Emo people and Queen Shelley (a bald, cannibalistic Amazon who has a score to settle from way back).
Joining Colin Baker is up-and-coming Welsh actress Claire Cage, who plays three different character roles. Cage’s previous credits include the Torchwood episode, Sleeper, as well as Sherlock, Wire in the Blood and Casualty. She also deputised for Zoe Wanamaker during The End of the World studio recordings.
The audiobook is based on the novel written by Terry Cooper, who in the early 1990s was a member of the rap group, Best Shot. Copper said:
I knew straight away that I wanted Colin. With a long career in both science fiction and audiobooks, he is a real professional who totally understands the genre. He exceeded my expectations and really brought the script to life. For a guy to perform for 9 to 10 hours in the studio, and keep his energy going is something I could never do. I asked Colin if I could do some voices as well and he was totally up for that, which proves that he doesn’t have an ego and is just a great person.
In an exclusive interview included on the release, Colin Baker discusses his time on Doctor Who, his love of sci-fi and, of course, Kangazang!
Kangazang! coincides with my type of humour. It’s a bit undergrad in parts – but it made me laugh and it’s got heart. I like all that.
Shaun Russell, director of Candy Jar Books, believes that Kangazang! has the potential to go all the way.
It’s a laugh-a-minute intergalactic road trip with a large dose of 1980s nostalgia. It taps into the current thirst for British sci-fi like Doctor Who but, in doing so, pushes the boundaries forward. Terry’s writing style really captures the unique humour that has made Douglas Adam’s or Terry Pratchett’s books so popular.