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4.0 out of 5 stars It's bad to talk, 9 April 2011
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Gemini Contagion (Dr Who) (Audio CD)
Another Doctor Who talking book telling an all new story for the Eleventh Doctor and his companion Amy Pond.

It runs for seventy nine minutes approx and is complete on a single cd. It's basically one long episode and the only breaks in it are the usual cd chapter ones.

Minimal sleeve notes give the writing and production credits and advertise other bbc Doctor Who products.

And it's read by actress Meera Syal, who appeared in the show on tv in the eleventh Doctor episodes 'the hungry earth' and 'cold blood.'

The story sees the Doctor get involved when an intergalactic corporation develop a new anti viral handwash which has an interesting side effect. It's been laced with an alien organism that leaves people able to speak every language there is. But of course it has side effects, which leave people trying to speak in all languages at the same time. And thus not get anything across. And they also pass the effect on by touch.

Separated from each other and stranded on a huge spaceship carrying the handwash in it's cargo bay which is locked on course for Earth, the Doctor and Amy have to fight to survive and save the day. But as the infection slowly spreads throughout the beings on board, difficult choices await.

These audios can't do anything that has a bearing on tv continuity so they can never amount to anything earth shattering. What they have to do is to try and tell a decent story. And give the listener some delights on the way. Meera Syal takes a few minutes to get into her stride but once she does she becomes a good reader, clearly enjoying telling the story. She provides a good range of accents for the interestingly diverse supporting cast of characters. The american is a bit cliched as is the nasty corporate boss, but the welsh lady and the mexican man in particular are rather good.

The central threat is quite original and the story does justify it's length by escalating it in the middle. Into something that does become rather scary, particularly as you hear people fall prey to it.

It does also throw in some moral food for thought that leaves the listener thinking about the issues raised. Which is as it should be.

The final resolution is a little rushed and simple, but that's a minor complaint.

It's nothing special but it's a little above average, and a decent time passer.

In answer to the query raised on the other review: the cd is 803.9MB
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