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"Doctor Who": The Runaway Train (BBC Audio) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Oli Smith
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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22 Nov 2010 BBC Audio
Arriving on Earth in the midst of the American Civil War, the Doctor and Amy must get a posse together to help them retrieve an alien artefact that has fallen into the clutches of the Confederate Army. The terraforming device belongs to the Cei, a race of invaders who plan to use it to turn the planet into a new home world. But neither the Army nor the aliens are keen to let the Doctor and his gang interfere with their plans, and give chase across the Wild West. The only hope of escape for the Doctor and friends is to catch the 3.25 to Arizona and race along the newly-built transcontinental railroad...Written specially for audio by Oli Smith, and read by Matt Smith, "The Runaway Train" features the Doctor as played by Matt Smith in the acclaimed hit series from BBC Television. Matt Smith reads this exclusive audio story featuring the Eleventh Doctor and Amy.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; audio book edition (22 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408427478
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408427477
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 422,637 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 The Doctor Has A Train To Catch 23 July 2014
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sadly average 18 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
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
3.0 out of 5 stars The Runaway Train- Not A Runaway Success. 14 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD
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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3.0 out of 5 stars New Doctor Reads 26 May 2011
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great! 20 Jan 2011
By Bezerus Bezby VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good enough for TV 16 Jan 2011
By M. A. Dunnington VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Runaway Adventure 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but I still prefer the earlier Doctors
The Runaway Train is a good, fast paced story, loosely constructed around the old Wild West theme of a runaway train. Read more
Published 23 months ago by S. Diment
4.0 out of 5 stars Tyrpical Doctor Who fun
This was not a complicated story, with neither the plot nor the recording pushing the boundaries in any way. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2012 by Richard Murphy
4.0 out of 5 stars A Runaway success
An exciting journey through the American Wild-West. Eight strangers meet at a deserted railway station; a meeting organised by the "Doctor" who knows just as little about the... Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2011 by Kevin Roche
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining tale
"Doctor Who": The Runaway Train (BBC Audio)

Ignoring the slightly dodgy American accents that always seem to proliferate in Doctor Who's audio stories, this is an... Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2011 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for car journeys
My kids and I listened to this story in the car, and it kept us all entertained. Although it's perhaps a bit more of a boy's story with trains, cowboys and soldiers, it still held... Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2011 by Fiona Millar
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better
This would have been more interesting if all the characters were played by the cast, in fact that would have been awesome! Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2011 by Mrs. Denny S. Abeykoon
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story, an excellent reader, a bit short for my liking
The Runaway Train is a 65 minute story featuring Matt Smith's Doctor (the 11th regeneration) and sidekick Amy. Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2011 by Mr. P. HAIGH
3.0 out of 5 stars How much more danger can Planet Earth stand?
A cast of one, Matt Smith, takes on a whole Doctor Who adventure with the help of some backing music and sound effects. Read more
Published on 28 May 2011 by Donald Lush
4.0 out of 5 stars Runaway with the doctor
Oh yes another doctor who spectacular has made its way to audio CD and this one is special because the new doctor narrates the story. Read more
Published on 28 April 2011 by Great White
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Old-Fashioned Fun
This BBC Audio book version of Doctor Who seeks to present to sort of adventure which it would be difficult to do on television without a rather larger budget. Read more
Published on 23 April 2011 by Mr. Gtj Charmley
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