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This review is from: Doctor Who: Sleepers In The Dust (Audio CD)
Another Doctor Who talking book from the BBC, telling a story featuring the Eleventh Doctor along with his companions Amy and Rory. It's an original tale which hasn't appeared before in any other medium.
The story runs for sixty eight minutes [approx] and is complete on a single cd. It's basically one long episode, the only breaks being the usual cd chapter ones.
Minimal sleeve notes give production details and copyright information.
The story is read by Arthur Darvill, who played Rory on tv.
And who gets to play him again here. Because this one is written in the first person with Rory as the narrator.
None of the others in this range have done that before, and it's a nice change which grabs the attention right away.
The story comes from the writer of Doctor Who: Eye of the Jungle (Dr Who) and includes some continuity with that, plus a reference or two to certain stories from the tv show. You do not need to have heard the earlier cd to hear this one, though.
It sees the TARDIS land on a world seemingly left barren a long time before during a war. A scouting mission has arrived there to see if the planet can be re-colonised. But a mysterious sickness is leaving people in danger. And when Amy falls prey to it, the Doctor and Rory have only one desperate chance to save her life...
All the main characters are perfectly well scripted. The sound design is superb and vividly creates the harsh and desolate world of the story. And with some moments of horror that could have come out of an alien film, it really grabs from the off.
It doesn't quite maintain the excellent pace and style of it's first half once the Doctor and Rory are off on their quest, because it does feel as if it gets into more familiar territory from then on. And it doesn't really allow Rory to do anything different from any of the tv stories in which he featured.
But it is a high quality production, it's nice to hear one that's read in character, and it's a good listen all in all. So it's an above average entry in this range and worth picking up.