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on 28 January 2013
This latest Doctor Who audiobook features the TARDIS landing in the middle of a wormhole experiment, resulting in the Doctor and Rory being trapped at one end on a giant orbiting spacestation, whilst Amy is whisked away to a planet of snake-like aliens half a galaxy away...
Scott Handcock's story is solid enough, but the essential story beats of Snake Bite are a little too stock to make this particularly memorable. It's basically your average 'aliens attempting to escape a doomed world by invading another' scenario, and the plot depends a lot on both convenience and the bad buys being really bad. Frances Barber's reading is enjoyable, complete with Scottish lilt for Amy, but ultimately neither of the Doctor's companions get much active input into the story, with Rory in particular seeming to do nothing than ask the occasional 'whats that Doctor?' line.
By no mean bad, this is a straightforward but ultimately unspectacular Doctor Who runaround. Possibly the best (and most amusing) side of the play is hidden in the backstory (MILD SPOILER WARNING), as the listener tries to work out quite how a couple managed to become man and wife without one of them realising that the other is actually an giant alien cobra wearing a mask. One can't help thinking of the honeymoon without the mind boggling.