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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Ninth Doctor Audio Adventure, 20 Dec. 2014
Timelord-007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Doctor Who: Night of the Whisper (Destiny of the Doctor 9) (Dr Who Destiny of the Doctor 9) (Audio CD)
Doctor Who: Night of the Whisper (Destiny of the Doctor 9).

Product Info.
Running Time 80 Minutes
Writer Cavan Scott & Mark Wright

Narrator/Performing As The Ninth Doctor/Additional Voices - Nicholas Briggs
James McNeil - John Schwab

1)The Doctor mentions the Judoon to Rose, who has never heard of them before.
2)Wolfsbane claims to be owner of the Consortium thanks to Bad Wolf Holdings.
3)This is the first original audio to feature the Ninth Doctor & Rose Tyler & the first set in Series 1
4)In contrast to the previous releases featuring the companion as the protagonist, the Ninth Doctor serves as the main character.
5)The phrase "The trip of a lifetime" is invoked several times; this references the words spoken by the Doctor to the viewing audience during the first BBC One trailer promoting the return of the series in 2005.
6)At 79 minutes & 53 seconds, this has the longest running time of any release in the Destiny of the Doctor range.

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New Vegas, 23rd Century a sprawling city huddling beneath an artificial atmospheric bubble on a distant moon, Pleasure seekers flock there from every corner of the galaxy, to take in the shows & play the tables in the huge casinos but beneath the glitz & the glitter, organised crime rules the streets.

Whilst Rose Tyler works as a waitress in the Full Moon nightclub, Jack Harkness poses as a reporter for the Daily Galaxy. Meanwhile, the Doctor is helping the police department with their investigation into the Whisper, a strange vigilante that has been terrorising the city's underworld, But the Doctor is also on a mission of his own to save Police Chief McNeil's life at all costs.

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Writer's, Cavan Scott & Mark Wright have written a fresh modern story in a futuristic, flying cars era combined with pulpy thirties detective drama that works wonderfully well & suited to the new style format of Doctor Who.

Nicholas Briggs executive producer & writer of many Big Finish storys who also voices the Daleks, Cybermen, Ice Warriors on superb narration duties here & does a great interpretation of the Ninth Doctor capturing actor Christopher Eccleston's mannerisms & Manchurian accent splendidly while guest actor John Schwab exceptionally well as Police Chief McNeil.

The story moves at a cracking pace & delivers a exciting & engaging adventure that held my interest throughout as writer's Cavan Scott & Mark Wright deliver a wonderful script that includes two of my favourite scenes, one is when the Ninth Doctor meets his Eleventh incarnation & mentions the importance about keeping McNeil alive & the other is when we see the full anger of the Ninth Doctor scene that intense & character driven it literally gave me goosebumps.

'Night of the Whisper' is yet another brilliant addition to the 'Destiny Of The Doctor' range that despite a few cliche moments delivers a strong exciting well paced story with plenty of great drama played throughout, highly recommended.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic return for the Ninth Doctor!, 23 Feb. 2014
R. Wood "ryecroftwood2" - See all my reviews
This review is from: Doctor Who: Night of the Whisper (Destiny of the Doctor 9) (Dr Who Destiny of the Doctor 9) (Audio CD)
Perhaps the era of Doctor Who we should be most thankful for…is that of the Ninth Doctor. Think about it, if not for Russell T Davies and his vision, if not for Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper showing the world what she could do as Rose Tyler, if not for the overwhelming success of bringing Doctor Who into the 21st Century, then the show would’ve remained dead & cancelled after its ‘end’ in 1989.

No new series, no return of Sarah Jane, the Daleks or Cybermen, no Donna Noble or Captain Jack, no franchise or Moffat-era, no 50th Anniversary Special…if not for Davies’ winning formula, Series 1 of the new Doctor Who, anything and everything it gave us…we wouldn’t be here talking about this.

Which makes Night of the Whisper just as important (if not more so) than any other Destiny of the Doctor chapter, in celebrating each incarnation and their eras. But Night of the Whisper is very unique in that it’s a joint-effort, written by Cavan Scott & Mark Wright. Other entries in the Destiny saga have also featured a famous actor/actress reprising their past roles as previous companions and primary narrators. Sadly, neither Billie Piper (Rose Tyler) or John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness) are telling the story here. Instead, it’s Nicholas Briggs – voice of the Daleks & Cybermen since the show’s 2005 revival – doing the honours, with John Schwab in the supporting role of Police Chief McNeil.

True to the nature of Destiny of the Doctor, the atmosphere over those golden Russell T Davies days are faithfully recreated in this splendid audio-production, and Nicholas Briggs is the ideal candidate to narrate this adventure in absence of everyone else. Briggs is not only as much of an integral part of New Who as Russell, Christopher, Billie and John, he’s also an incredibly versatile actor.

Thinking back to the audiobook-reading of Prisoner of the Daleks, Nicholas demonstrated the ability to not only reel listeners in with his reading, but also to understand a well of characters and give individual voices to each-and-every one. His impeccable impersonation of the Ninth Doctor is SO accurate, that you’re convinced that Christopher Eccleston is back! Impersonations of Rose and Jack, the colourful identity of charismatic rogue Wolfsbane and other supporting players, the drama of the events; it ALL shines through perfectly in Briggs’ narration. It’s so good that there are times when you actually forget that John Schwab appears as McNeil. Briggs is absolutely outstanding here!

The story itself is a deliberate cliché, with Batman influences a-plenty, but it’s all great fun in the same way that Justin Richard’s The Resurrection Casket was. And while predictable in places, Night of the Whisper boasts fine pacing and a Doctor that you remembered feeling for. Dark, bitter & isolated following the Time War that ruined his life, the Ninth Doctor is full of rage and anger, and in desperate need of Rose Tyler to help him heal. It’s all worthy of Russell T Davies (to the point where you can imagine a TV adaptation), and the various ‘Bad Wolf’ references will certainly bring a smile to your face.

There are plenty of surprises here (along with a really ‘fantastic’ one mid-way through), making Night of the Whisper yet another brilliant entry in this brilliant series. Not the best Destiny chapter on offer, but certainly all the more reason to explore this superb 50th Anniversary audio-series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tribute for Christopher Eccleston - Celebrating 50 Years of Doctor Who, 26 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who: Night of the Whisper (Destiny of the Doctor 9) (Dr Who Destiny of the Doctor 9) (Audio CD)
September 2013. Time to celebrate the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccelston)!

I've enjoyed September, 2013. I've enjoyed listening to '1963: Fanfare for the Common Men' with Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton and had a fantastic weekend at a convention in Swansea. But also I was celebrating the Christopher Eccleston era of 'Doctor Who'.

In 2005, I was doing my GCSEs. But I also watched the new series of Doctor Who with Christopher Eccleston. The first episode I saw was 'Dalek' and eventually I saw 'Aliens of London'/'World War Three', 'The Empty Child'/'The Doctor Dances' and 'Bad Wolf'/'The Parting of the Ways'.

Christopher Eccleston's Doctor was funny, brilliant and full of energy. I always looked forward to his adventures with Rose Tyler and fighting against Slitheen, Daleks, the Jagrafess and gas masked zombies who kept asking `Are you my mummy?' It's an era I miss terribly and enjoyed re-watching.

`Destiny of the Doctor' continues with the Ninth Doctor in `Night of the Whisper' by Mark Wright and Cavan Scott. Its set on an alien moon called New Vegas in the 23rd century, and features the Doctor, Rose and Jack. I've loved this team and was thrilled to hear an adventure with them again.

The story has the characters going undercover with the Doctor as a police investigator, Rose as a waitress and Jack as a news reporter. They trying to catch a dangerous vigilante called the Whisper who's out killing those who commit the crime and is out for a dangerous gangster called Wolfsbane.

As before with previous `Destiny' releases (previously 'Enemy Aliens'), this story is narrated by one person with a guest star playing a supporting character. Lately it's been companions narrating these stories. For this one however, it's narrated by Nicholas Briggs with guest star John Schwab as McNeil.

Writers Cavan Scott and Mark Wright have recreated the Ninth Doctor era superbly with futuristic settings, flying cars and sonic screwdriver buzzing to the last detail. Some of the dialogue and exposition is very modern and full of street creed which is how I remember the Ninth Doctor era.

I've recently met co-writer Cavan Scott at Big Finish Day 6 in January 2015. I enjoyed chatting to him commend him and Mark Wright for doing such a grand job on this story. They should write more Ninth Doctor adventures, should they be asked again by Big Finish.

I have to say I was rather sad and disappointed that Billie Piper or John Barrowman wern'te willing or able to narrate this story. It would have been so nice to hear Billie's voice on audio as Rose and John certainly has narrated an audiobook for a 'Torchwood' novel called `Another Life'.

But Nick Briggs isn't the wrong person to perform this tale. Oh no! Nick Briggs has done the voice for the Daleks in two very popular Doctor Who stories and does a very convincing Ninth Doctor. Nick did an audiobook of the BBC novel 'The Clockwise Man' for AudioGo with the Ninth Doctor.

I've had the pleasure of meeting Nick Briggs at conventions. He's a very a nice man and I enjoy chatting to him. He has a great range of voices considering he's doing the monsters for the new series as well as for Big Finish. His voice for Wolfsbane is pretty grizzling and scary.

I've had the CD cover of 'Night of the Whisper' signed by both Nick Briggs and co-writer Cavan Scott.

I enjoyed the Ninth Doctor in this adventure. He's on top form with the action sequences. I like it when he's having a laugh with Rose and Jack. The Ninth Doctor goes into a rage when he realises the truth about the Whisper and McNeil, which reminded me how powerful Chris' Doctor was.

I enjoyed Rose Tyler in this adventure too. I enjoyed the relationship Rose had with the Ninth Doctor and how she stopped him from going into a rage. I liked it when she was going to give the Doctor `such a slap' for being a waitress at the Full Moon. I was thrilled when Rose saved the Doctor's life.

It was great to hear Captain Jack Harkness in this too. This is the Jack before he got exterminated by the Daleks and before he joined Torchwood. Jack as I remember him was this cocky, flirty and ever outspoken. It was a nice to hear him having an adventure on his own as a news reporter.

See if you can spot a mention of `bad wolf' in this story. It's there if you want to hear it.

John Schwab (who appeared in 'Dalek') appears as McNeil and is also very good. McNeil is a character obsessed with upholding the law and serving justice. I like the scenes where he's suspecting the Doctor being a police inspector and Rose's time on New Vegas.

The Eleventh Doctor's involvement in this story made me laugh and got me hooked when he sent a message to the Ninth Doctor to keep McNeil alive. I'm looking forward to finding out why McNeil must be kept alive and what the other messages the Eleventh Doctor's sent to his other selves mean.

There aren't any CD extras, apart from info on the Ninth Doctor in the CD sleeve notes. If you subscribe the complete DOTD series from Big Finish, there's a documentary called 'Meeting with Destiny' that includes behind-the-scenes interviews on the making of 'Night of the Whisper'.

'Night of the Whisper' is a 'fantastic' recreation of the Ninth Doctor era. Nick Briggs has done a wonderful job narrating and the spirit of the new series shines. If you really want to have the full experience of the Ninth Doctor again, go down to Cardiff Bay and buy a bag of chips.

The next DOTD story is with the Tenth Doctor is called 'Death's Deal'.

The next story with the Ninth Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack is 'Only Human'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Ninth Doctor revisited, 15 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who: Night of the Whisper (Destiny of the Doctor 9) (Dr Who Destiny of the Doctor 9) (Audio CD)
Unlike the previous instalments in the `Destiny of the Doctor' series, this audio is not acted by a companion of its respective Doctor nor is the story portrayed from said companion's viewpoint. Instead `Night of the Whisper' has the Ninth Doctor, Rose and Jack all played by the voice of the Daleks, Nicholas Briggs. As a voice actor and the executive producer of Big Finish, Briggs is obviously well versed in this style of audio play. He has a lot to do over the course of the story and it feels almost like a one man multi performance. There is somewhat more narration than previous audios in this series but Briggs delivers it perfectly. His impersonations of the main cast are all a little off but he portrays them adequately. His Ninth Doctor is best when he is concerned with some of the issues the play raises and how this reflects on the fate of the Time Lords. This is an area that seemed to be forgotten a lot during the televised stories of the Ninth Doctor. Briggs almost creates a new version of the Ninth Doctor with his performance and he could definitely carry this role off in further productions.

There are few other characters of any importance. Wolfsbane is a little over the top. Despite being some type of Russian werewolf he is also a pretty stereotypical gangster villain. MacNeil, within the confines of this play, is also quite a typical detective; although there is definitely something more to him going by the instructions of the Eleventh Doctor. The eponymous Whisper is enigmatic and intriguing or the first half of the story. Unfortunately once details of who it is are revealed the character is then written with little sympathy. Considering the circumstances the character could have done with some endearing qualities.

The story is a good amalgam of futuristic, superhero and twenties/thirties American detective story. It works reasonably well. It doesn't make the best use of its extra length (it is a good fifteen minutes longer than most of the previous chapters). Jack is still rather superfluous and could have done with a more proactive role. Rose's perspective on events is also a little under developed. However, it is a well paced story with plenty going on throughout and a strong performance from Briggs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Justice will be served, 13 Sept. 2013
Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Night of the Whisper (Destiny of the Doctor 9) (Dr Who Destiny of the Doctor 9) (Audio CD)
Latest in a series of Doctor Who talking books entitled Destiny of the Doctor. These are a monthly range of audios featuring an all new adventure for a different incarnation of the Time Lord each month.

They are complete and self contained stories. Although there is a linking theme running through them that should all come to a head in the eleventh release. The linking theme doesn't drive the story in this one [as it has in some others] and it doesn't require you to have heard any earlier releases to get into this story, so casual listeners should be able to get into it quite easily.

The range usually has an actor who played a companion to the Doctor on tv as narrator, reading the story in the third person and doing all the voices save one which is done by a guest actor.

Minimal sleeve notes give details about the era of the show from which the story comes. And advertise other bbc Doctor Who product.

The cd is basically one long episode, the only breaks in it being the usual cd chapter ones.

This story features the Ninth Doctor. Who had an all too brief tv era eight years ago now, and who hasn't featured in any original Doctor Who fiction since then. Others in the range have been read by actors who played companions on tv, but this is read by Nicholas Briggs, who voices the Daleks. And many other monsters.

It sees the Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack visit New Vegas in the twenty third century. A city on a distant moon. Under a dome. With all the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas. Plus a seedy underbelly and gangsters running things.

But the gangsters have a problem. A vigilante called the Whisper. Who is dealing out justice. Jack and Rose both go undercover to investigate what's going on. And the Doctor has a mission of his own. To save a life....

This begins with a slightly non linear opening, throwing you into the course of the action in the way many tv shows now do and then using flashbacks to bring you up to speed. It's an approach that you don't have many problems with.

When it comes to the narration, the voices used for Rose and Jack are - as common with this kind of thing - approximations rather than impersonations - but once the Ninth Doctor's as if it's 2005 all over again. The voice acting is nigh on perfect, and the characterisation is as well. It's as if he's never been away.

The show in that year remained mostly Earthbound, so an alien world is a big difference from the episodes of the time. But it does feel like something the production team would have done had they had the budget.

The linking theme of these audios returns to the style of earlier ones, as mentioned, rather than having any influence on the plot. But it is once again a lot of fun.

This is seventy nine minutes long, and perhaps it's a bit longer than is good for it. Because it does feel a bit on the slow side pacing wise early. Especially during a few spells when the Doctor doesn't feature. An action sequence in the middle doesn't quite raise it up as much as it could.

But when it all comes together in the final third, it really does work rather well. With an angry Doctor scene that is so in keeping with the character and intense enough to take your breath away. The final quarter of the story does unfold at a pace that never feels rushed. But it does also go on to do something else, that perhaps could have been edited down.

A solid story. Not quite five star material. But with a fair few delights. And all in all a fond reminder of all too brief era. And some halcyon days.

Not quite fantastic. But not bad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOnderful!, 19 Nov. 2013
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Nothing beats Doctor Who! These are all wonderful and thought-provoking episodes, worth reading again and again - thank you, Doctor!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who, 31 Dec. 2013
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Enjoyed the storyline, would recommend to any Dr Who fan. Great for taking your mind off the washing up LOL!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 Oct. 2014
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Great CD, delivered fast.
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