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on 8 July 2010
Lots of praise for the final original audio story for David Tennant's Tenth Doctor in these reviews, however I wasn't so sure; I found Tennant's verbal tics more irksome than ever and after seeing Matt Smith make the role his own so comprehensively it seems somehow wrong to hear Tennant's portrayal again. I have no problem with audio stories featuring previous incarnations of the Time Lord, however I think I need a bit more time to have elapsed before I'm ready to hear DT's constant pop culture references and adoring endorsements of the indomitability of the human race again.
The story is split into two episodes over one disc; the first half introduces the situation and the alien menace 'The Hush', which put me in mind of 2007 TV serial 'Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead', with its invisible threat lurking in the shadows. The second episode is more in the style of classic Doctor Who 'base under siege' stories; The Doctor fighting to contain The Hush and seeing his companions on the pirate radio ship being relentlessly picked off, one by one.
With the potential to be a haunting and atmospheric audio swansong for the Tenth Doctor, this is in fact a bit of a damp squib, and although it picks up somewhat by the second half I would definitely rate it as an indifferent entry in the usually excellent BBC range.