Doctor Who: Day Of The Cockroach Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Arthur Darvill reads this exclusive audio adventure featuring the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory.
About the Author
Steve Lyons has written nearly twenty novels, several audio dramas and many short stories, starring characters from the X-Men and Spider-Man to the Tomorrow People and Sapphire & Steel. He has also co-written a number of books about TV shows, including Cunning: The Blackadder Programme Guide and the bestselling Red Dwarf Programme Guide. His previous Doctor Who work includes the novels Conundrum, The Witch Hunters and The Crooked World, audio dramas The Fires of Vulcan and Colditz, and work for the official Doctor Who Magazine. He lives in Salford, near Manchester.
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Top Customer Reviews
It runs for seventy six minutes [approx] and is complete on one cd. It's basically one long episode, the only breaks on the disc being the usual cd chapter ones.
It's read by Arthur Darvill, who plays Rory on the show.
Minimal sleeve notes just give credits and copyright information.
The story sees the TARDIS land it's crew in a dark tunnel. Where they quickly find a dead body. And soldiers. The psychic paper has no effect on the officer in charge of them, so the Doctor and his friends have problems. Not least the fact that they're told they are in 1982. In a nuclear bunker. Where a small group of people have been held up for weeks ever since a nuclear war started.
The Doctor and Amy and Rory know that never happened, though. But they don't know who killed the soldier. And they soon find out that something very dangerous is in the bunker with them...
Like many stories of old this is what they call a 'base under siege' tale, featuring a small group of characters in a location that comes under threat. The setting is a good one for this kind of thing and it grabs from the off because the listener also knows that something can't be right about this location. And because it's claustrophobic and atmospheric.
The nature of the threat is gradually revealed in the second third of the story. Some may find it very creepy, and use of the audio medium makes for some good scary moments.
All this keeps the story moving but at this point it doesn't break anything in the way of new ground.Read more ›
Wandering underground dark, dank tunnels not only trying to find the way out but also deciding where - and when - they are, stumbling across a dead body (human, possibly Earthling. Well, at least it could be Earth) and being confronted by a phalanx of rifle-wielding soldiers accusing them of the said murder, and, ho, they've landed in 1982 in the middle of nuclear war. In 1982?
So, what could possibly go wrong?
The tunnel network is a part of an underground nuclear survival bunker inhabitant by a truly disparate group; Colonel Bowe commanding a military squad, a local town Mayor, the bunker's designer (Mr. Arthur Harrington), and a local town Councillor (Helen). As the Doctor observes, a strange mix of people and all surprisingly believing that (in 1982) that a nuclear bomb has ravaged Earth. But he knows that it did not happen. Or did it? A parallel Earth?
Naturally, as is the nature DOCTOR WHO storytelling, the trio of Time Travellers are quickly separated, embarking on their journey of threat, disaster and revelation. The Doctor interrogated by the `shoot-now-ask-questions-later-if-there-is-is-a-later' thick-necked (or maybe just `thick'), Colonel Bowe, whilst Amy is set to work as a kitchen skivvy to earn her keep as a kitchen assistant, and Rory is incarcerated with the aged yet dapper designer.
Yet all three discover that the threat does not necessarily come from the human inhabitants within the bunker but from a rasping plague of mutated meter-long cockroaches with a ravenous appetite for the unsuspecting and hapless. Sorry, Rory, it looks like you're on the menu again.
Basically, Steve Lyons' DOCTOR WHO - DAY OF THE COCKROACH is a "base under siege" plot.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Whoever mixed this audiobook decided it would be cool to add sound effects to the track. So as the trio are running through the bunker, you hear the thump thump of their footsteps or when the cockroaches come around you hear a cicada-like sound. It is a complete distraction and not needed.
The plot is ridiculously easy to see through. How easy? I am listening to this again as type up this review and my hubby, who has never listened to this book before, is also in the room. He correctly guessed the ending when I was around chapter five. If someone barely listening to the audiobook could guess what was going on in the beginning of the book, then you got a problem.