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(DOCTOR WHO: THE SILENT STARS GO BY) BY (RANDOM HOUSE UK)[HARDCOVER]NOV-2011 Unknown Binding – 15 Nov 2011
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Now there's a blast, albeit, an icy one from the past!
The Ice Warriors from cold, cold Mars were always a favourite of mine from the second Doctor Period.
We saw them resurface with the third Doctor on Peladon.... Twice and they are up there with the Cybermen , Sea Devils and Daleks as the best foes of the Doctor.
So now it's the eleventh Doctor's turn.
Aided by the current set of companions the couple Amy and Rory .
A married couple doesn't to my jaded eye sit well with the crew of the good ship Tardis but each to his own.
The book itself is a 'quick read' type of book and the six CDS each have a running time of 1 hour each making a grand total of six hours total.
So it's great for car journeys and you can easily listen to one CD per day.
And the whole in 6 days flat.
The general opinion of Abnett's book from other reviewers of the Hardback is that it's not an `adult' book so it's safe to let the kids listen and I would agree with them on this point.
It's written by Dan Abnett who has written some well received books for Warhammer so he has form and it's all good.
The story with out giving away too much of the plot to much concerns The Maintainers who grown just enough food to live on their cool world until it starts to get colder, the crops and livestock begin to fail. They view technology as being a little.. well a lot suspect (SO Peladon chimed a bell there)
The Good 11th cavalry of the 11th Doctor and the Ponds arrive to find the Ice warriors are up to no good (or are they? remember the surprise we had from the Monster of Peladon when the Ice Lords turned out not to be the bad guys??) Behind every plot there's another and the plot and story race along with quips aplenty.
Now a lot of other reviews have complained about this a little but I say make your own mind up on this one.
It's well read by Michael Maloney who handles the voices and actions well.
I recognized his voiceovers from Walking with Dinosaurs and he has a good voice that makes the 6 hours never outstay their welcome.
The most difficult part of any Doctor Who audio story is getting the voices right. Sometimes the actors reading the script do a good job, and sometimes they do a fairly average job, but if the story is only an hour long, you can get past that. Michael Maloney's largely unconvincing portrayal of the Doctor and Amy really starts to grate as you put in the third CD. By the sixth you're looking forward to that aspect of the audiobook being over.
That being said, the story is a reasonably enjoyable one and I liked being able to get into a much longer Doctor Who audio story, despite my opinion that there was room to abridge at least two CDs worth of filler from it.
The Doctor is supposed to be getting Rory and Amy back to Leadworth for Christmas but of course this doesn't happen. They have landed on a snow covered plant that is is earthesque (listen to the audio cd and you'll get this joke) and no sooner have they arrived then Rory gets seperated from the other two and they each get into trouble. Amy and the Doctor meet the locals who are sooned spooked by them and lock them up only for them to escape with the sister of a girl who has gone missing. Rory spooked by a figures in the distance is running from them when he bumps into locals out searching for the missing girl and then they meet the strange giant who has a sonic gun that kills.
Running from the Giants seeking out safety from a blizzard the trio have several things to figure out before being caught by the Giants, who the Giants, What they are doing on this planet, why the winters are getting worse and how to get everything back to normal and the trio back together in time so they can make it back to Leadworth for Christmas.
I loved this, listening to it on my ipod whilst I was working I would get annoyed when I was interrupted by colleagues to answer the phone or deal with customers. Loved it. Bring on the next one Mr Abnett
Well written, well read, and well produced this set would make a really good present or a good treat for yourself too. This is so much more fulfilling than the typical 1 or 2 hour offerings and will satisfy the genuine Who aficionado.