It is difficult, perhaps, to imagine an actor who has played one of the Doctor's companions more suited to this particular series than Catherine Tate. Like all the previous instalments of `The Destiny of the Doctor', bar the last, the narration and most of the roles are played by a former companion. As an accomplished voice artist Tate rises to the occasion perfectly; providing an array of voices that include a pretty good Tenth Doctor and a more than adequate Eleventh.
The title is somewhat of a misnomer, Death's Deal actually being the name of a planet, albeit a planet with a dangerous reputation. Having the planet itself as the threat, although not entirely original in Doctor Who, is still an interesting concept that works. The Doctor and Donna find themselves in a world where, for reasons to be revealed, everything wants to kill them. Mixed up in this is a group of stranded tourists. This quickly develops the story into one of those plots where individuals in the group are killed off one by one as they try to escape. It is a tried and tested formula and it is thankfully done quite well here.
Much of the action is divided between Donna and the Doctor who, maybe a little predictably, become separated. This provides some great interaction between Donna and Krux (who is quite a novel alien) and allows Lyric to fit into a de-facto companion role with the Doctor.
Although many of the characters are only about for a limited time there is quite a good spectrum of aliens and personalities. Erksine (if that's how it is spelt) also promises some sort of link with the final story in the series.
With a solid plot and some great characters this is one of the stronger offerings in the range. And if the return of Catherine Tate isn't enough, this audio also provides some preview interaction between the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors a few weeks before `The Day of the Doctor'.