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Doctor Who: The Gemini Contagion (Dr Who) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Jason Arnopp
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14 Mar 2011 Dr Who
Meera Syal reads this exclusive audio story featuring the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond. The ice-planet Vinsk, in the year 2112. The all-new anti-viral handwash, Gemini, has been laced with Meme-Spawn: a sentient micro-organism which makes the user fluent in every language in the universe. However, manufacturer Zalnex made one crucial mistake. They didn't test Gemini on humans, who are seized by the violent urge to communicate but speak every language all at once - with a manic, garbled shriek - and pass on the virus by touch. The Doctor and Amy arrive on an Earth-bound cargo-ship loaded with Gemini, where a human crew are succumbing to the virus which has nasty second and third phases in store. When the Doctor and Amy are separated, they both know that it's only a matter of time before Amy is infected. With the ship locked on course, and no way of curing the sufferers, the Doctor is faced with a terrible decision: does he save Amy, or Earth? Written specially for audio by Jason Arnopp, "The Gemini Contagion" is read by Meera Syal, who played Nasreen Chaudhry in the BBC TV episodes "The Hungry Earth" and "Cold Blood".

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (14 Mar 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1408468166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408468166
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jason Arnopp is a British author and scriptwriter. He is the man behind two Kindle-exclusive fiction titles: Beast In The Basement (a suspenseful, mind-blowing horror-thriller) and A Sincere Warning About The Entity In Your Home (a chilling and groundbreaking short story set in YOUR home.)

Arnopp wrote and executive-produced the Lionsgate US horror film Stormhouse, script-edited Peter Mullan thriller The Man Inside and has contributed fiction to the worlds of Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Friday The 13th.

In Arnopp's previous life as a rock journalist, he was once surrounded by angry guards holding semi-automatic weapons at The Vatican. His Slipknot biography, Slipknot: Inside The Sickness, Behind The Masks, was released in 2001 and is now available as a Kindle Edition. Arnopp has also written a 2011 guide to journalistic interviewing, entitled How To Interview Doctor Who, Ozzy Osbourne And Everyone Else, which is also out on Kindle.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Gemini Contagion 16 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
Meera Syal narrates this story, and she does it very well, putting life and heart into the characters, sounding like she enjoyed herself reading this story.

The story itself is set on an alien planet, on a spaceship about to set off for earth with a brand new product....a new handwash with remarkable properties. As well as getting your hands really clean, it enables you to understand and speak every language in the universe. Unfortunately, the creator of this Gemini product failed to test it on human beings....

The effects of this handwash on humans is startling and horrific, and is passed on through contact, thus spreading frighteningly quickly. Predictably enough, the Doctor and Amy become separated, and they both know that in time Amy will not be able to avoid infection herself.... and there is no known cure.

This story is exciting and fast paced, the action starting straight away never stopping, with vivid insight into the Doctor's lightening quick mind as well as those of the Gemini victims themselves.

I heartily recommend this cd, but when you buy it, listen to it properly without other distractions, or you'll miss something!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to Me! 23 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD
Gemini Handwash: A Babel Fish in a lotion!
The innovative achievement of a Universal Translator in a beauty product has the Doctor heading off with Amy to congratulate the inventors and learn just how they have managed to create such a marvel. But with the first shipment already on its way to Earth, the Doctor discovers a rather unexpected, and unpleasant, side-effect that could spel something rather more than a simple marketing disaster should it reach its destination.

This story has all the classic elements: excitement, adventure, action, pathos, hubris, faintly ludicrous security guards doing stupid things, faintly arrogant scientists doing even more stupid things, the Doctor, Companion and TARDIS all being separated while the opening theme is still echoing in your ears... The list goes on. Jason Arnopp has managed to squeeze in most of the tropes you would expect to find in a traditional Doctor Who story, and crucially, has managed to do it WELL.
With no Rory to swell the numbers, the narrative keeps to only two fairly simple strands, the Doctor and Amy each having to deal with their myriad issues, in a lab and on a spaceship respectively, on their own. Neither get much help from the guest cast, who seem to be far too depressed, angry or overly familiar, to be of any real use. And why is everyone talking all the time, can't they just listen for once?

AudioGO's policy of using apparently random, but very talented, guest cast from the new TV series has really helped what is already an enormously fun story. Meera Syal uses her versatile acting skills to give us a good range of distinct voices and accents, being the first to actually give us a close approximation of Karen Gillan's Amy, and for once, everyone is clearly defined, making the story so much easier to follow. I must confess though, I never thought of the 11th Doctor as having a faintly Brummie accent...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's bad to talk 9 April 2011
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Another Doctor Who talking book telling an all new story for the Eleventh Doctor and his companion Amy Pond.

It runs for seventy nine minutes approx and is complete on a single cd. It's basically one long episode and the only breaks in it are the usual cd chapter ones.

Minimal sleeve notes give the writing and production credits and advertise other bbc Doctor Who products.

And it's read by actress Meera Syal, who appeared in the show on tv in the eleventh Doctor episodes 'the hungry earth' and 'cold blood.'

The story sees the Doctor get involved when an intergalactic corporation develop a new anti viral handwash which has an interesting side effect. It's been laced with an alien organism that leaves people able to speak every language there is. But of course it has side effects, which leave people trying to speak in all languages at the same time. And thus not get anything across. And they also pass the effect on by touch.

Separated from each other and stranded on a huge spaceship carrying the handwash in it's cargo bay which is locked on course for Earth, the Doctor and Amy have to fight to survive and save the day. But as the infection slowly spreads throughout the beings on board, difficult choices await.

These audios can't do anything that has a bearing on tv continuity so they can never amount to anything earth shattering. What they have to do is to try and tell a decent story. And give the listener some delights on the way. Meera Syal takes a few minutes to get into her stride but once she does she becomes a good reader, clearly enjoying telling the story. She provides a good range of accents for the interestingly diverse supporting cast of characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant story 21 Feb 2012
By Alex S
Format:Audio CD
I'm not really an audiobook person - I prefer to read books - but I was given this for Christmas and I thought I'd give it a try. The plot's really good, the sounds are creepy and it's read really well. If you like Doctor Who, I recommend you get this.
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Amazon.com: 2.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
2.0 out of 5 stars It's been done before 29 Jan 2013
By Agent Double M - Published on Amazon.com
Slight SPOILERS AHEAD

Not very impressed with this one.

It's read by actress Meera Syal, who was in the two parter 'The Hungry Earth'/'Cold Blood'. She doesn't do a very good job reading the roles of Amy and the 11th Doctor. She makes the 11th Doctor sound more like David Tennant's Doctor (his syntax *I think that's the right word...* and that). Amy is not Scottish. Someone mentioned that she sounds a bit Ulster. I'm not sure what this accent sounds like but I know it's not Amy's Scotch.

Basic plot of this one (which if you read the summary above you already know) there's a new hand soap (hand wash I love that) that when you use it is supposed to be like a Babel fish plus, it will make you able to speak and understand all languages. The Doctor decides to visit the plant that is making the stuff to help them test it out (he mentions he'll do it for money... say what? Out of character). Of course when he and Amy get there they quickly find out that the hand soap, that is made from an alien race that has the ability to understand all languages has only been tested on a human-*like* species but not humans themselves. So when humans use the soap they get a nasty reaction of their brain being overloaded with too many languages at once and only being able to chant "Listen to me". Of course Amy gets infected, Doctor saves the day, all is well again.

I like the idea of the hand soap but everything else? It's like that's been done before... in Doctor Who.
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