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Doctor Who: Darkstar Academy (11th Doctor Original) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Mark Morris , Alexander Armstrong
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8 Mar 2012 11th Doctor Original
"Alexander Armstrong reads this exclusive audio adventure featuring the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory. When the TARDIS is buffeted by 'time slippage', the Doctor experiences a terrible vision of the end of everything. Tracking the source of the disruption, he takes Rory and Amy to what appears to be an English public school in the 1950s. But as the friends are about to discover, there are some very unusual things about Darkstar Academy. For a start the prefects carry guns, and then there is the strange forcefield that surrounds the perimeter. Not to mention the foot-long, crab-like creatures with spiny, armoured bodies...When the Doctor learns the truth about the Academy, he also discovers that the whole place is in terrible danger. But with a swarm of carnivorous creatures on the loose, what can he, Amy and Rory do to help prevent a terrible disaster? Written specially for audio by Mark Morris, "Darkstar Academy" features the Doctor, Amy and Rory as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the acclaimed hit series from BBC Television. It is read by Alexander Armstrong, who played Reg Arwell in the 2011 Christmas special "The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe".

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (8 Mar 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1408468794
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408468791
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 367,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars The inspectors call 15 April 2012
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Another Doctor Who talking book from the bbc, which tells an all new story for the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory which hasn't been presented before in any other format.

It runs for seventy five minutes [approx]. And is complete on a single cd. It's basically one long episode, the only breaks in it being the usual cd chapter ones.

Minimal sleeve notes give all the credits and copyright information.

It's read by Alexander Armstrong, who appeared in the 2011 Doctor Who christmas special.

The story sees the TARDIS crew, on the track of some problems with time itself, drawn to a mysterious private school. Which appears at face value to be a british one in the 1950's. But the prefects carry guns. There's a forcefield around the place. And signs of strange creatures as well.

Where are they really?

And when the Doctor and his friends learn the truth about the place, can they save themselves and the residents from a terrible fate?

Alexander Armstrong has a great voice for this kind of thing and that makes him very good to listen to. Although he comes up with some different tones for a few of the supporting characters he doesn't tend to try any impersonation of the three main characters at all, just read their lines. This approach isn't too bad though because it does make it feel more like someone is telling you a story.

Whilst the pre opening credit sequence does seem a bit over familiar the story then does grab for the next third because the set up is good and the investigations of the building do leave you interested and wanting to know what they'll find.

But once the truth about the building does come out it never really amounts to as much as it could.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Time for Revenge? 12 Jan 2013
When the Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive at a 1950s Private School for boys, they are startled when the prefects wave Webley pistols at them. But this is nothing compared to what Amy finds in the grounds and the Doctor in a restricted area. And as for poor Rory? He ends up being chased by chitenous monsters when he comes to the aid of a pupil being chased by bullies.
Narrated by Alexander Armstrong, Darkstar Academy is a fast-paced story that fits in well with the 11th Doctor's on-screen adventures. Armstrong's performance is powerful and engaging, enhanced by a strong soundscape that manages to provide support to the story without being obtrusive. He avoids making too much of an attempt to impersonate the real cast, instead opting to provide a flavour of the voices. And Armstrong's voice is so well suited to this kind of material that I wish he would/could be used more often.
However, the story isnt perfect: the story is so full that the story positively races along. The sheer pace can get a little exhausting, but one can't help feeling that anything more leisurely would have significantly extended the overal runtime, probably onto two discs, something AudioGO seems to want to avoid.
Overall a good story, with an excellent narrator, recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Held up by Armstrongs reading 30 July 2012
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I will firstly say that this was the first ever Doctor Who audio book I have listened to. But I must say that I didn't enjoy it. The story starts off promising but unfortunately by the end it slightly went off course and made it uninteresting.

The writing is okay, the characters of The Doctor, Amy and Rory are captured perfectly well and are read excellently by Alexander Armstrong who without impersonating them makes it a good listen. His voice works perfectly, its just a shame the story didn't match up to it.
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