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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged 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 (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,332 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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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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 23 Oct. 2010
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The Runaway Train continues the rather disappointing run of recent audio adventures from the BBC, and like many recent Dr Who adventure it feels less like the kind of genuine attempt to keep the series alive before its TV resurrection than another rushed cash-in on its current popularity. It's not exactly bad, but it is rather forgettable and noticeably thin on ideas - this is really little more than a chase through the Civil War American West (or rather a very small part of it), and not a terribly original one: take away the alien terraforming device that threatens to destroy all life on Earth as we know it that everybody is after and you've just got a B-movie western. Writer Oli Smith throws in a neat opening riff on Once Upon a Time in the West - this time it's the TARDIS rather than Charles Bronson a bunch of mean hombres are waiting for at a rundown railway station - and has fun naming the odd character after members of the Magnificent Seven, but that's about as far as it goes for depth. Matt Smith's reading veers between good and bad - accents aren't his forte, which is a problem with a Scottish assistant and numerous cowboys populating the story - but generally makes the most of what he has to work with. Two stars does seem a rather mean rating (it's more two-and-a-half star material at best), but it's all too thin to really stick in the memory.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andromeda Descendent TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Nov. 2010
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Matt Smith - The Doctor himself - reads this audio story, and as well as doing his character's voice, he plays three wild west types the Doctor has hired (or will hire, as at the start of the story it's just as much a surprise to him) to help him steal an alien device back from the Confederate Army. In fact he plays these three characters with such enthusiasm that they almost jump out the speakers at you. He's obviously not one for doing things subtly when he gets the chance to go free range on a character, and that makes the plot almost irrelevant as you also get caught up in how much fun he's having with the characters.

The plot is not much more than a set-up for The Doctor being on a runaway train. It's not the most original story anyone's ever come up with, and it's probably more suited for children who are new fans than long time Whovians.

I'm a bit puzzled why, having spent so much time with Karen Gillan, Matt Smith can't get her Scottish accent right - but to his credit he doesn't fall into the usual trap of putting on a stereotypical "scootish" drawl, as some English actors do - at least, I suppose, he tried his best. Not that Amy Pond really has a lot to do in this story.

Although the characters Matt Smith play in this are good value for money, story-wise I preferred The Ring of Steel, and would recommend that instead.
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