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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; audio book edition (7 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408427478
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408427477
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 1 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 345,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matt Smith reads this exclusive audio story featuring the Eleventh Doctor and Amy.

About the Author

A freelance author turned games writer and producer, Oli Smith wrote a variety of books, audiobooks, video games and comic strips for the hit BBC show Doctor Who before joining indie games developers Mediatonic in central London.

His novels include Doctor Who: System Wipe and Doctor Who: Decide Your Destiny: Judoon Monsoon, while his audiobooks include Doctor Who: Runaway Train. He has also written five reference books and contributed to several short story collections.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 July 2014
Format: Audio CD
Doctor Who : The Runaway Train.
Featuring : The Eleventh Doctor & Amy Pond.
Writer Oli Smith
Read by Matt Smith
Length 75 minutes.
1 x CD.

Plot Synopsis.

Plot Synopsis.
Arriving on Earth in 1864, the Eleventh Doctor & Amy Pond must get a posse together to help them retrieve an alien artefact.

The duo are chased across the Wild West by the alien race, their only hope of escape is catching the 3:25 train to Arizona.

Timelord Thoughts.
The Runaway Train is written by Oli Smith & read by the Eleventh Doctor himself actor Matt Smith in his first Doctor Who audiobook reading & makes a competent storyteller on this release, his Southern accent is hilarious & recreates his Doctor boyish adventurer with ease.

The story written by Oli Smith's is generally good & has done splendid job of capturing the Eleventh Doctor & Amy superbly well & while the story is well paced & rattles along it lacks the drama & tension of the previous Tenth Doctor story's.

Overall, The Runaway Train isn't a story in the same quality as Dead Air as it lacks a certain dangerous edge running through it instead delivers a more humoured tone type romp instead of an Earth shattering disaster & while Smith's voice is distinctive as a decent narrator he can't quite deliver the characterization in his characters like David Tennant could do when he narrated some of the Tenth Doctor audiobook ranges, A decent if slightly underwhelming adventure that should appeal to the younger Who fans.

Timelord Rating.
6/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Lyne VINE VOICE on 18 Nov 2010
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I am quite a fan of BBC Audio, and a long time fan of Doctor Who.

I was very disappointed when I listened to this very short story. There just isn't enough of it to make it worth the price to all but the very avid fan. The effects are average, and while Matt Smith makes a great Doctor, he sadly lacks the vocal skills to bring this average story to life. The cowboys all sound the same, and don't even get me started on Amy Pond's accent!

The story itself is very contrived. I was looking forward to the action and suspense that you would expect from a story with the Runaway Train title. But the train plays a very small part in the story, and the fact that it is running away seems to not matter at all. There isn't even much in the way of humour.

Hopefully the BBC will realise that bringing out these short below par stories will end up turning away fans who will only put up with this for so long.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Sep 2013
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Matt Smith reads this story and that is basically the problem- it would have been so much better dramatized with a full cast like the generally excellent Big Finish.

Matt Smith reads the story well and tackles the American voices from the time of the American Civil War but you can always tell that it is Matt Smith reading this but he is adequate.

The story involves a branch of the Confederate Army who has discovered a strange object.

The Doctor needs to retrieve it before the end of the world comes- at about 9.01 that evening.

He has landed and met a motley bunch of misfits to help him.

There are a few clever twist but this is an average story read in an average way, indeed editions of this were issued free with the Daily Telegraph which gives you an idea of its worth.

Average in all respects.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stevetrumpet VINE VOICE on 26 May 2011
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This was a little disapointing as it is not a particularly good Doctor Who story. It is read by the current Doctor Matt Smith rather than a dramatised version. He is reading the story and so not reading it from the Doctor's perspective, and his skill at narrating is not yet on a par with the likes of David Tennant.
For fans only, not for a casual listener.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bezerus Bezby VINE VOICE on 20 Jan 2011
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Obviously not as good as the TV show, but my son adores this. Being of the technological era, he was a bit put out initially that he could not watch this, but that it was an audio product. However, I would highly recommend for long car journeys, if you don't want to risk car sickness from your children reading or playing on their game consoles! My children loved this and have listened to it over and over again. Great product from the BBC- very impressed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Dunnington VINE VOICE on 16 Jan 2011
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A great new story for Amy Pond and the Doctor. All the elementas of a really good Dr Who story. The pace is just right, it certainly would make a good story of TV, and let's hope that one day the producers will look to the audio books for resources. Wonderful to have Matt Smith also read the story, makes a great difference. A really good "read"....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. E. Quinn VINE VOICE on 10 Jan 2011
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The Runaway Train is a new original Dr Who adventure and is read by Matt Smith.

It is set in 1864 during the American Civil War and begins with the TARDIS materialising on a deserted train station in the desert to be met by three men who apparently have been hired by the Doctor to help him retrieve a strange device buried in the desert.

When they track the device they find it has been discovered by a group of Confederate Soldiers who have set up camp around the site.

The Doctor and his little gang grab the item and the chase is then on with them stealing a train and heading off across the desert with the Confederate soldiers and the owners of the device in hot pursuit.

This is the first of I'm sure many BBC Audio adventure for Matt Smith's Doctor and he does a good job of bringing the story to life and at just over an hour running time will hold the attention of younger listeners.
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