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"Doctor Who": The Rising Night: (Audio Original) (BBC Audio) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Scott Handcock
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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13 July 2009 BBC Audio
When Harry Winter goes out collecting rocks to repair the wall around his father's farm, he makes a fatal mistake. He disturbs Lucifer's Tombstone, and awakens something demonic and dreadful...The TARDIS arrives in the 18th Century village of Thornton Rising in the Yorkshire Moors - a village cut off from the world by an all-consuming darkness, where the sun has not risen for three weeks. Farm animals have been attacked, people have gone missing, and strange lights have been seen in the sky. The Doctor soon becomes involved in a nightmarish adventure, helped by a young local woman named Charity. But who is feeding on the blood of the locals, and where will the carnage stop...? Written specially for audio by Scott Handcock, "The Rising Night" is read by Michelle Ryan, who played Christina in the TV episode "Planet of the Dead". 'It's hard to keep up with the stunning (and high quality) releases from BBC AUDIO' - "Eye of Horus".

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (13 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408409380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408409381
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Rising Night 10 April 2010
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
In this exclusive audiobook story the 10th Doctor finds himself in the 18th Century village of Thorton Rising, where the local population find themselves under attack from a vampiric alien who has blotted out the sun.

'The Rising Night' is solid enough Doctor Who fare, utilising the usual mix of horror and science fiction that makes up much of the series lifeblood. Despite its professional execution however, it has to be said that for the most part this is highly predictable fare. Doctor Who has tackled vampires before, and there's nothing to make this particular vampire-in-all-but-name alien stand out. Similarly the solo 10th Doctor meeting up with a one-off plucky female companion, who inevitably just happens to be yearning for her horizons to be expanded, is a little too obvious.

Michelle Ryan proves to be a decent enough reader, offering an enthusiastic take on the material, though her portrayal of the 10th Doctor only emphasises the character's gradual descent into a caricature (and yes - he's "so, so sorry").

Not ham-fisted enough to be a bad Doctor Who story, but not original enough to truly excite, 'The Rising Night' offers comforting if slightly stale adventure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bite me! 25 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD
I have to say that I liked this one much more than other recent original Tenth Doctor audio offerings such as Doctor Who: The Last Voyage, however I agree with some reviewers' comments that it is both somewhat cliched in terms of Tennant-led stories and that Michelle Ryan's well-modulated tones, though competent, leave one cold - the less said about her pronunciation of the word 'grimace' meanwhile, the better!

The story by Scott Handcock is a very atmospheric one, with a claustrophobic feel and some intriguing characters. The concept of lusty female vampires terrorising a Nineteenth century town echoes the recent Eleventh Doctor TV story 'Vampires in Venice', but where those vampires were in reality amphibious aliens, Handcock's versions are the real McCoy.

Ultimately this is a fairly unambitious story, but a likeable anough addition to the BBC audio range.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars after dark 1 July 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the latest doctor who audio story from the bbc. Like the three previous ones in the range it tells an all new story, spread over two discs each of just over an hour in duration. Each disc is one long episode with no breaks in the middle but they are divided into twenty four tracks for ease of access.

Michelle Ryan, recently seen in the tv episode planet of the dead, reads this story. set sometime after the end of the fourth season, it features the doctor, travelling on his own, visiting a village in yorkshire several centuries ago. The place has been covered in total darkness for weeks, and nasty creatures are out on the moors, luring men to their doom. The Doctor teams up with a local girl called charity in order to find what's going on and save the day.

Story wise this is a pretty typical doctor who adventure, but with enough nice and original touches to make it stand out just a little from the norm. The script uses charity in ways in part two that you might not have expected. The monsters are well characterised and quite a decent creation and there some very atmospheric moments. the scenes of men being lured to their doom are very unsettling and very understated. there's also quite a novel solution to the matter at hand.

Mind you after this the one remaining plot strand lasts nigh on ten minutes and for a lot of seemed a little too cliched, covering ground we've been over with the tenth doctor a few too many times before. and yet it does manage, in the end, to do not quite what you were expecting, producing quite a memorable finale.

Reading wise, Michelle Ryan has a tough act to follow after catherine tate's work on the last two, but she does a very good job.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 3 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've listened to all the Doctor Who audio books that are currently available and to be honest The Rising Night is just not up to the usual standard. Quite dull without the normal twists and turns, not a great tale.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Struggled to finish this one. Quite boring. 7 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
The story could have been all right, I guess, but I didn't much like the way it was read. Michelle Ryan's voice got on my nerves for sone reason. Nothing really stood out in the story to gain my interest (though on paper it sounded like it would be good) and I just felt it was something of nothing really. Maybe it would have been good if it had been read by someone else, but as it is, it just felt tedious to listen to, and even though it may have been much better if the reading had been done differently or with a different voice, it still would not have been an outstanding and memorable story. In fact, I tried quite a few times to get to the end of this story without falling asleep, and after the 5th attempt, (five nights later) gave up and forced myself to stay awake to listen to the end, but still cannot recall exactly what happened, and usually some of these stories are so riveting that they keep me entrhalled right to the end and then I spend a few moments basking in the memory of them, but this one was so uninteresting it really bordered on boring.

Basically, dull as ditchwater. - Should have got Catherine Tate, or Russell Tovey to do the reading. The end result may have been totally different then. Michelle Ryan just rushed through it at times, with a very monotonous voice.
Nothing like the brilliance of The Forever Trap, which was read perfectly by Catherine Tate. That one was great. This, I'm afraid, is just a great big flop.
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