Let the Sleepers Awake...,
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Sleepers in the Dust (Audio Original) (Audio CD)
The Doctor has taken Amy and Rory to the Lost Caves of Mook; or more accurately he hasn't...
Having discovered they are on the empire-building Nadurni home-world Nardurniss, they are surprised to find that the Naderni they encounter DON'T want to kill them. Further surprise awaits them outside, where it becomes clear that they are on the LONG-ABANDONED home-world. But what awaits them, and the ill-fated Survey Team, in the Dust, is far far worse...
Unusually for this range, this story is told in the first person by Rory himself, Arthur Darvill, remaining in character throughout. This has lent the story an extra layer of verisimilitude, a story which already has many other things worthy of praise.
The story starts urgently, before kicking the stool out from under you by presenting a completely different first act than the introduction had intimated. From this, the story builds to a stunning action sequence, which prompts another change in direction. This, in turn, brings us to an effective, and thankfully unexpected, conclusion. I'm avoiding being too specific, as the story reveals itself so well, to say too much would be unfair.
This story is a welcome return to 'proper' new Doctor Who: it feels like a slightly longer episode of the series, using the characters and style effectively, making strengths of the limitations such adherence could have (and with some audios, HAS) caused. The new characters fit in well, even though the only two humans we meet are both drawn from the traditional stock of 'humans in space' catalogue. The aliens, meanwhile, are entertaining and definitely NOT from a similar catalogue.
Rory is a believable narrator throughout, Arthur Darvill reminding the listener why he is such an asset to the series, while the story itself is strong, well-written and well-presented. A recommended listen, but listen out for Rory's apology after he takes out one alien...!