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Doctor Who: Blackout (Dr Who) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Oli Smith
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8 Sep 2011 Dr Who
It's November 9th, 1965. New York City is plunged into darkness, a taxi driver has bad dreams, and an invisible spacecraft hovers ominously above the skyline. As an extra-terrestrial disease sweeps the populace, Amy and Rory must sabotage the city's water supply to slow the spread of infection, and a dying Doctor holds another man's life in his hands. With death toll rising, and his companions stalked through the streets by alien businessmen, the Doctor is forced to make a terrible decision. How far must he go to save his friends?

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (8 Sep 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 9781408468784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408468784
  • ASIN: 1408468786
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 399,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite shining brightly enough... 24 Jan 2013
When New York cabbie Clint visits a psychiatrist to discuss his delusions of Alien Abudction, he doesn't expect to encounter a real one. But by the end of the night, he will have seen and done things few humans could ever imagine...

Blackout presents a good idea and a strong opening, only to lose itself amid an over-familiar and unnecessary period and location. Having Stuart Milligan narrate a story based in America is, on the surface, a good idea. He is an excellent narrator and gives a strong performance, but his prescence immediately provokes comparisons with his on-screen story, set in a similar period, with unseen aliens only adding to the similarity. Also, New York seems to be becoming a second spot for alien invasions, with the series visiting ever more frequently, another factor working to the story's detriment.
Which is, in a way, a shame. The actual concept, characters and overall story are good, but it could have been based almost anywhere (Leicester Square would have been a good, and more original, alternate for example) and gained something from the lack of over-familiarity. And Stuart would almost certainly benefitted from a second narrator covering some of the voices: his renditions of the regulars, while very good, bear no resemblance to their real voices, and to me, an American Doctor just doesn't work.

Overall, the concept and performance manage to make this entry to the range okay, but it could have been so much better.
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Many of the recent run of audio adventures featuring Matt Smith's incarnation of the Doctor have been distinctly disappointing, with genuinely enjoyable stories like The Hounds of Artemis few and far between amid too many that play as either rejected pitches for the TV series or at worst cynical attempts to part fans from their money. This veers more to the former, with a neat premise, a particularly good Maguffin, and a nice revelation about the main human character that can only work on book or audio. Unfortunately it's not quite there: you can see why it could and should work, but it never strikes the bullseye. One of those stories that starts halfway through the story, it sees the Doctor, Amy and eternal third wheel Rory in New York just in time for the 1965 blackout. Looting is the least of the Noo Yawkers' worries, as several crystallise and shatter, with a local undergoing psychoanalysis (guess who is his doctor?) holding the answer to the latest alien threat. And it's a good answer that deserves better plotting along the way to the big reveal, but with his companions largely sidelined author Oli Smith seems more interested in the Doctor-patient relationship than the story at times. The end result is a little frustrating and a bit disappointing, but at least shows a bit more imagination and effort than many other NuWho audio adventures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another enjoyable Doctor Who audio book 15 Dec 2011
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Doctor Who Blackout is the latest audio exclusive cd. This tim it is read by Stuart Milligan (who is perhaps best known for playing Adam Klaus in Jonathan Creek and who also played President Nixon in the Doctor Who stories The Impossible Astronaut and Day Of The Moon). Stuart makes a good reader and captures the characters voices very well. Blackout sees the Doctor pitted against some aliens who are causing people to die in a bizzarre way. The story is quite short running at around 1 hour and 15 minutes and moves at a good pace. It makes ideal listening while stuck in traffic (which happens to me rather too much). So if you enjoy a good exciting story then why not give Doctor Who Blackout a go.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of the better Doctor Who titles. 18 Oct 2011
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I listen to a lot of BBC Audio books. Some are full cast recordings, some are read by the key figure from the corresponding TV series. Full cast recordings are nearly always better (there are a few exceptions, but not many). I struggle to understand why BBC Audio seem to pick anybody who has been on Doctor Who to read the Doctor Who audio books. I'm not criticising Stuart Milligan (who played Nixon in "The Impossible Astronaut") who reads this one - I just think it would be significantly better to do a full cast recording. It's not as it there are even that many characters in this story, so it wouldn't have been hugely expensive to produce. Stuart Milligan does an adequate job, but I was distracted by it not being the Doctor (Matt Smith) or a full-cast recording.

I won't give the story away, but I'm afraid that the story is certainly not one of the better ones, whether on audio book or otherwise. If written better, it could have made a TV episode, but it did not work for me on audio - predictable, no tension whatsoever, and with a weak ending. The saving grace was the character of the taxi driver, around whom a much better story could have developed.

Passable, but nothing special.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A decent outing for the doctor 29 Sep 2011
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This is a decent audio book outing for The Doctor. Oli Smith has written an interesting plot that has everything you would expect, with plenty of plot and a little humour thrown in. Having heard many audio books over the years, I found this one lacking something. I did not learn anything about the characters - their feelings or thoughts. If you already know the main characters, then fine, but if you don't then you will learn nothing about them from this story. However, a good deal of the plot is written on the back of the box, which robs the sighted listener of many of the story's surprise developments.

The sound effects are good, if rather dropped into gaps in the speech. There are very few background sounds and, consequently, the whole thing lacks atmosphere. I would have liked to have heard the complete theme music, but Milligan annoyingly talks through most of it. That's also odd, because it's the only time there is sound behind any of the talking. Stuart Milligan reads well, but he certainly doesn't do female voices. Poor Amy sounded like an effeminate boy.

The box says the episode lasts about an hour but it actually comes in at 1 hour 17 minutes. This means there is more in there than appears on the outside, which makes somewhat like a TARDIS!

Overall it's a good listen, and perhaps worth a second listen, but it's not the greatest Doctor Who story ever told.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor, big time!
I must say I was REALLY disappointed by this, i had high hopes for a DW audiobook in NYC but alas its story is slow and Stuart Milligan's reading of it is desperately bad. Read more
Published on 8 April 2012 by The Dark Magician
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but not special
Blackout is a good enough story read by a decent enough reader. It works as well as you would expect within the limitations of a story where the original actors are not present. Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2012 by D. Pearce
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a classic
Stuart Milligan is an American, Doctor Who isn't.
Although you can see Matt Smith on the cover of the CD he doesn't actually appear in the recording. Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2012 by Peter Coupe
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh-gloss?
I love Dr Who - I've grown up with it through TV, films, novelizations and the New adentures/Eight Doctor adventures, but in all honesty am struggling with these audiobooks. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2012 by Call me Sparky
4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing story improved by Rory's presence
Doctor Who: Blackout (Dr Who)

Although I enjoy the Eleventh Doctor, I find it harder to enjoy Amy, so I'm always delighted when Rory is included in Doctor Who stories. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2012 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars If you can't get enough of The Doctor, this will help some.
Doctor Who is great television; there is no dispute in that. Trouble is that it takes real time for new episodes to be written and filmed (oh, and lots of money). Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2011 by Squeebles
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a young fan
I find Dr Who increasingly impenetrable. While a fan of old, and I think I like the new series' my 11-year-old son is very much a fan. Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2011 by Dr. Paul Ell
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Be Fooled
Although you have Matt Smith et al on the cover, it seems this is for "illustration purposes only". The story is actually read by American Stuart Milligan who has appeared in... Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2011 by Coincidence Vs Fate
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favourite
Love Stuart Milligan, think he made Jonathan screen a lot of the time with his great character in that and of course he is now linked to the Dr Who franchise by playing president... Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2011 by James Walls
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining and fast paced
It's November 9th, 1965. New York City is plunged into darkness, a taxi driver has bad dreams, and an invisible spacecraft hovers ominously above the skyline. Read more
Published on 11 Nov 2011 by Mr. H
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