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Aliens Vs Samurai
on 26 February 2011
Another Doctor Who talking book, which sees Matt Smith read an all new story featuring the Eleventh Doctor and Amy. And do all the voices.
This one runs for sixty eight minutes approx, and is complete on a single cd.
Minimal sleeve notes give all the credits and advertise other bbc Doctor Who related products.
There are no breaks in the middle of the story save for the usual cd chapter ones. It's basically one long episode. And it's a stand alone story.
It sees the TARDIS pick up a distress call which leads the Doctor and Amy to a shrine in medieval Japan. A place that has legendary healing properties. Is incredibly sacred. And that the ruler of the country has decided he'd like for himself. Thus Samurai are on the way to take it.
Caught up in the middle of the struggle to defend the pyramid, and having to deal with both honourable and duplicitous locals, the Doctor and Amy have an added problem in that the pyramid is guarded by stone ogres. Who come to life when the place is threatened.
Can they find the secret of the pyramid and save the locals?
A leisurely paced opening sets the scene and manages to grab the listener by showing us the Doctor and Amy though the eyes of one of the locals. The exposition that follows is interesting because it's steeped in history that may be new to many. And the incidental music and sound effects are very gentle and atmospheric, which does add atmosphere.
Being all narration does mean you have to keep your concentration at all times, especially during action sequences, which are thus not quite as effective as if it were full cast drama, but Matt Smith is a very good reader and thus it's not too hard. He does a very good range of accents and voices for the supporting characters also. And for Amy.
The plot doesn't offer too many surprises but one villain does receive a very satisfying comeuppance and the secret of the pyramid itself is a decent enough idea.
These talking books aren't the most sophisticated or memorable bits of original Doctor Who fiction ever, but this one manages to be slightly above average, and thus it's a worthwhile listen.