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  • gilwilson 9:09 PM on July 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    “Doctor Who: Dead Air” by James Goss 

    “Doctor Who: Dead Air”
    by James Goss
    read by David Tennant
    Publisher: AudioGO (2010)
    1 hour and 12 minutes

    I was hitting a dry spell for a while in my audiobook listening, I just couldn’t find a book I liked, so I went back to something I knew would satisfy.  This also served the purpose of missing my favorite Doctor, the Tenth Doctor, portrayed by David Tennant.  Just recently on my local PBS station a Christmas special episode of Doctor Who aired featuring David Tennant, and reminded me of how awesome he was.  So I searched and found this audio exclusive story.

    It must have been meant to be, being a radio DJ, the tile “Dead Air” attracted me.  Dead Air is the worst thing to happen to a DJ and as it turns out is even worse when you have an alien weapon known as “The Hush” invading a 1960s pirate radio station.  So with My Doctor Who craving about to be filled and a story relating to my profession I was ready to hop in the TARDIS and join the 10th Doctor.

    This story is read by David Tennant the Tenth Doctor, himself, so all the quirks are performed perfectly.  I was pleasantly surprised to hear his vocalizations of the other character were well done.  Tennant provided each character their own voice to the point that it almost sounded like a multi-cast performance. David Tennant’s acting skills, I already knew about, but to find out he can perform some vocal gymnastics to make the story more fun, makes him that much more my favorite doctor.

    This production also features some incidental sound effects and some really neat auditory scene change triggers, and as always it is great to hear the opening and closing theme song to let you know you are going on an adventure.

    Before the story begins it sounds as if the listener is hearing a lost tape from a Pirate Radio station.   “Hello, I’m the Doctor. And, if you can hear this, then one of us is going to die.”  This opening line from the Doctor reminds me of my all time favorite episode of Doctor Who, “Blink,” and I was thinking, “Cool, there are going to be Weeping Angels,” but no angels.  No loss though, this story is perfect as is.

    This story begins as the Doctor has landed the TARDIS on a pirate radio station in the 1960s.  The station is on a boat off the shore of the UK. The station, Radio Bravo, is having some transmitter problems and is down for the moment.  The Doctor has travelled to Earth in search of the Hush, a terrible weapon that kills, silences and devours anything that makes noise.  The Hush has already killed some of the DJs but with the help of Layla, the Doctor tracks down the Hush but loses it when the ship’s generator shuts down and the power goes out.  Now going by sound only becomes difficult with a weapon that can intelligently imitate any person by voice.

    An excellent Doctor Who adventure that stays true to continuity and the essence of the Doctor himself.

  • gilwilson 9:31 PM on May 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , audio book audiobook, , , , , blackout, , , , james goss, , raquel cassidy, , , the art of death,   

    “Doctor Who: The Art of Death” by James Goss 

    “Doctor Who: Blackout & The Art of Death”
    “Blackout” by Oli Smith
    read by Stuart Milligan
    “The Art of Death” by James Goss
    Read by Raquel Cassidy
    Published by AudioGo (2012)
    2 hours 32 minutes

    First off, Thank You, AudioGo, for publishing these Doctor Who stories here in the states! I am going through Doctor Who withdrawals (the next season can’t get here fast enough), but thanks to AudioGo the audio releases of Doctor Who stories are definitely finding a home on my listening list. These are originally released in the U.K. on BBC audio but brought to the U.S. via AudioGo.

    This time around AudioGo has packaged 2 one hour productions into one box. I had previously reviewed the first story in the set, “Blackout,” I was impatient, like I said I’m going through withdrawals. When I received this 2 disc collection, my son, whom I’ve been trying to get into audiobooks, wanted me to listen to those with him, so I gave him the “Blackout” disc while I completed listening to this set with “The Art of Death” and now that I have completed that one I can give him the other disc.

    This review will be about the second story in this set, if you want to read my review of the first story just check out the review at this link

    As with the “Blackout,” “The Art of Death” is a great story to fit within the Doctor Who universe. The author, James Goss, captures the spirit of the Doctor and his companions perfectly. One of the things I love about the Doctor Who series is the time travel aspect and this story is the perfect time travel story, with the whole paradox theory investigated. The reader, Raquel Cassidy does a great job as reader and even brings out the quirks of the 11th Doctor (portrayed on TV by Matt Smith), she is also able to portray Amy Pond and Rory spot on. The best thing is, is that this story is told from the point of view of Penelope, a care taker at an art gallery, more particularly in the Paradox room of the gallery. Her main job is to keep people from staring at the Paradox, because it can drive people mad.

    When the story opens Penelope is telling her story and the story of the Paradox exhibit in the ceiling of the gallery. As one child described it, it is a glowing rainbow octopus. The Paradox begins to talk to Penelope and when the Doctor arrives, he greets Penelope as if they were old friends. When she asks who he is he explains, we haven’t met yet but we will. He explains that he, Amy and Rory were stopping in to see the gallery when they each fell into a time loop and that they will be together again eventually. At this time the Paradox begins to talk to Penelope and they discover it contains a giant creature with a penchant for death.

    The Doctor is grabbed by the creature and the Doctor says in a perfect Doctor line, ” Don’t be alarmed, It’s simply sucking the life out of me. Nothing to worry about…” as he fades away. As time passes the paradox becomes stronger and Penelope is visited through various stages in her life by Amy, Rory and the Doctor, although they only appear separately, since they are each drifting through time. Soon the secret of the Paradox is discovered and it is up to the Doctor and Penelope to save the planet and maybe the universe.

    With an ongoing mystery that is only fully discovered near the end of this story this is one that will keep you listening on the edge of your seat until the very end. In addition to the great voice work from Raquel Cassidy the producers have mixed in some great sound effects that push the story closer to that edge of mystery. Great listening in this one.

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