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Good Doctor Who Story,
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Hounds Of Artemis (BBC Audio) (Audio CD)
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This is a good Doctor Who story that could quite easily be dramatised for use in the TV series. It has a good plot, cleverly set between the year 1929 and, via Amy's diary, in the present day. It doesn't really explain why Amy happened to write a diary at that particular time but it is a good plot device all the same.
The story revolves around the uncovering of the Tomb of the Goddess Artemis. At first, it sounded like they were ripping off the Tutankhamun story, with the archaeologist Stapleton and the benefactor Lord Woolcroft mirroring the real life Howard Carter and Lord Canarvon. However, the Tutenkhamun project was mentioned in the narrative and this was obviously a dig similar to many that were happening around that time.
Now to the narration. We have Matt Smith, hooray! Also featured is Clare Corbett as Stapleton's granddaughter Helen in the presernt day, who does not meet The Doctor or Amy. There is no Karen Gillan however and this a big loss. When he started narrating, I was impressed that Matt Smith underplayed Amy's voice and this worked well and my first thought was "Thank Goodness they didn't get Clare Corbett to do it". However, Oh dear, Clare's part as Helen also involved reading Amy's diary. This fails on two points. Firstly, as she never met Amy, how does Helen Stapleton know she's Scottish. Secondly, a generic Scottish accent does not an Amy make.
This is a little unfair on the actress who is only working with the material she is given and her natural voice is completely different. She does a good job as Helen Stapleton and, if I had never heard Amy speak, would say that she read the part of her diary very well.
Matt Smith is brilliant as always.
All in all a good story well read but it really misses Karen Gillan.