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A surprisingly good little tale
on 9 December 2012
Since the revitalised NuWho became part of the national cultural fabric once more, the BBC have not missed a chance to cash in on at as much as possible - aside from two spinoff TV shows, one for kids and one aimed more at older teens, there are legions of new books and audio adventures to keep the cash coming in, most of them pretty poor. As a spinoff of a spinoff the omens aren't too good for this one, but surprisingly Mr Invincible turns out to be a rather good story that stands well on its own two feet without the listener needing to be acquainted with anything more than the premise of the show. Where most audio adventures feel like cynical salvage attempts on cast-off story pitches for the TV show, this one is more than good enough to make the cut on TV with its tale of a suburban superhero, complete with pot belly, an ability to be in the right place to prevent crimes before they happen and immortality that owes nothing to do with Miracle Day, a tormented mental patient and, that old favourite, a tear in the fabric of time that can make people live a whole lifetime in a matter of seconds. It's all satisfyingly worked out and a thoroughly pleasing entry in a field that all too often disappoints, and one of the few that holds some entertainment value for those who aren't avid followers of the series (at times you get the impression it may once have been an unrelated story with only a few familiar character names thrown in as a fig leaf disguise), also benefiting from a decent reading by Tom Price.