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Good enough but lacking that magical je ne sais quoi...
on 9 June 2011
Personally speaking, I much prefer to see Doctor Who stories rather than listen to them. This was a good enough story but was lacking a certain magic. I reckon that these Doctor Who audiobooks would be better as dramatised stories with a cast to create the drama and excitement that befits any story where our good Doctor appears.
That being said, Matt Smith was his usual excellent self - especially when reading the Doctor's lines and it was then that I could actually picture him in the story, hand movements et al. Even when reading the other parts he managed well enough and was for the most part successful in giving them their own individual characters. For me, the real let down for this audiobook was the co-reader, Claire Corbett. Her Amy Pond was, I felt, the worst part of the whole audiobook, closely followed by her voicing of the Doctor - imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery here, believe me. Matt Smith was able to affect a better Amy voice than Ms Corbett! This is where I believe that proper dramatised versions of these stories featuring the real actors in their leading roles would be the best option.
Overall this wasn't a bad book but there were some major negatives - the main being the lack of Karen Gillan. My experience with this CD was not bad but I think I'll probably stick to encounters with the Doctor where I can both see and hear him!