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"...unlistenable...saved by excellent sound effects..."
, 21 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Gunfighters (Audio CD)
On the printed page, Donald Cotton's self-penned 1966 four-parter, DOCTOR WHO - THE GUNFIGHTERS is a novel that veritably uncontrollably gallops like a posse hunting down an escape convict across the dust-blistered Western Plains; it extrudes historical footprints in the sand, tonally accurate and suitably humorous without being a "Carry on..." movie pastiche.
Regrettably, AUDIOGO's novelisation is one of the most misguided releases that I have reviewed (with over 200 audiobook reviews completed to date for various media outlets). Certainly, the premise of employing one of the original actors from the television broadcast (Shane Rimmer played Seth Harper) to read the novel must have been acceptable at the Commissioning meeting on that Monday morning. However, it would seem that the actor's Contract must have been signed-and-sealed before AUDIOGO had heard him reading an `auditional text'. Sadly, the aged actor splutters and slurs throughout the recording with uncomfortable ease that grates on the ear and, at times, annunciation lacks clarity that forces you to rewind and attempt to listen again.
Yes, the concept of having a North American (Canadian) reader reading this `Wild West' set story is commendable but on the first day of recording someone must have thought that he was `unsuitable' for the task. Even Elsie the Tea-lady pushing her trolley from studio-to-studio would have noticed it too. Perhaps, Peter Purves could have been engaged for the project.
However, the post-production is as eloquent as ever by MEON SOUNDS, deploying an armoury of sound effects and incidental music that give credence to the historical context of 1887.
Atmospheric, it conjures a dust-covered landscape that has been baked under the relentless sun, whilst errant bullets ricochet aurally across your ears that will have throwing yourself off the sofa to lie flat on the floor. MEON SOUNDS outstanding contribution that attempted to lift Rimmer's reading above poor.
Overall, sadly, DOCTOR WHO - THE GUNFIGHTERS is unlistenable, and I would have preferred to have been trussed-up naked, thrown over the saddle and ridden out of town under the midday sun resulting in dehydration and a sun-blistered backside.
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