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A rainy night in Hampshire,
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Empty House (Dr Who) (Audio CD)
A talking book telling an all new Doctor Who story, which has never appeared before in any other form or medium.
It features the Eleventh Doctor, along with his companions Amy and Rory.
It's complete on a single cd, and runs for just under seventy minutes. [Approx]. It's basically one long episode, the only breaks in it being the usual cd chapter ones.
Minimal sleeve notes give nothing more than copyright information.
The story is read by Raquel Cassidy, who appeared in the tv episodes of the show entitled 'The Rebel Flesh/The Almost people.'
It begins with a pre credits sequence that tells of a couple who live in an insolated house, and how one has been rather spooked by something. The writing and reading in the scene is very effective and subtly creepy, but the incidental music does rather distract. Although the scene does have a very good ending.
Then once the story gets going, the TARDIS arrives. Having been forced to land after being thrown off course. They've landed in 1920's Hampshire, in the middle of the countryside. On a rainy night.
There's a crashed spaceship nearby.
Investigating matters leaves Amy and the Doctor separated from Rory. When they hear voices from the house, they go to it.
And then strange and creepy things begin to happen...
Raquel Cassidy has done a few of these now and she is pretty good at them, having a voice that is quite compelling to listen to. Her voices for the supporting characters plus Amy and Rory are pretty good, although her attempt at doing the Doctor's voice is a bit of an acquired taste.
There are moments when there's no sound design so you need to concentrate on the reading fully at these points. But once the story gets into the house it does get effectively creepy. And the sound design to go with this is very good and effective. It doesn't try to scare the listener, just leave you intent on finding what's going on and what will happen next. The writing does the same, so this is a compelling listen for the most part.
The resolution of the story is pretty clever, and slightly involved, but it's an interesting one because it means that you could listen to it again and get something else out of the story by doing so, because knowing what is going on will offer an interestingly different perspective.
These releases are never quite five star material. They are effective time passers for fans of the show in between episodes. But this is a decent and clever piece of writing brought well to life, so it's worth a listen.