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Doctor Who: The Hounds of Artemis Audio Download – Unabridged

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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 10 Jun. 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055DAC14

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By Mike Renshaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 May 2011
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I quite like audio books, so was quite looking forward to this Doctor Who one as I also like the TV series. The story kicks off quite well, and takes the format of two views - one from the Doctor & Amy, the other from Helen Stapleton (who is the main "guest" in the story). I was expecting
the two voice artists to take the male and female roles, so was a bit surprised at Matt Smith reading Amy Pond's lines but it didn't detract from the story and it actually worked quite well. Both the narrators capture the Scottish lilt of Amy's accent which adds to the tale.

Without giving any spoilers, the story is well written and the atmosphere is helped by good sound effect and descriptions. In many ways it reminded me of the classic Doctor Who tale - The Pyramids Of Mars. The Hounds of Artemis is quite short at just over an hour long (24 chapters) which was a small disappointment after listening to the Harry Potter audio books, but in fairness this CD is more of an episode than an epic.

Overall it was a good listen and I'll be looking at more of these in the future as it was a well produced and entertaining story that helped the car journey whizz by
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Jun. 2011
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Another BBC Doctor Who talking book, featuring an all new story for the eleventh doctor that hasn't been done in any other medium.

It runs for one hour and fifteen minutes and is complete on a single cd. It's basically one long episode. The only breaks are the usual cd chapter ones.

Minimal sleeve notes give all the writing and acting credits and copyright information and advertise other bbc doctor who product.

And for those who want this on various portable devices: the file size is 781.4mb.

The story is a slight format breaker in that whereas Matt Smith narrates half of it, doing all the character voices as well, actress Clare Corbett does the rest. Her character is the grandchild of one of the characters in the main part of the story, and she is reading out entries from a diary written by the Doctor's companion Amy during the course of the adventure.

Presumably Karen Gillan wasn't available to do this part but it's an approach that does work better than you might expect, thanks to the two different narrative voices complementing each other rather well.

The story sees the Doctor and Amy arrive at the site of an archaeological expedition in 1929, that is seeking to open an ancient temple. The locals of the area have a great foreboding about the place but the europeans of the expedition are desperate for the glory of discovery, and are pressing ahead.

Only the Doctor knows that, in recorded history, something bad happened here. So he wants to find out what.

Anyone who has listened to any of this range will know that they are stand alone stories, by virtue of the fact that they aren't allowed to do anything that can effect on screen continuity. Thus you're not going to get anything earth shattering.
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"Artemis will enjoy watching your companions tear you apart!"

Since the popularity of the Doctor's latest three incarnations moved the emphasis on Whovian audio adventures from the Big Finish stories to ones generated in-house, there's been a noticeable drop in quality that's taken a long time to address. Too many of the recent David Tennant and Matt Smith Doctor audio adventures seemed like substandard stories designed solely to part hungry fans from their money between DVD sets secure in the knowledge that anything who had a guaranteed market. Even Tom Baker's return to the fold teased more than it delivered. So it's a genuine surprise to come across a NuWho audio adventure that's not only good but very good - and good enough to make a two-parter on TV for once at that.

It's a classic gothic period piece, with the Doctor and Amy being discovered inside a newly opened tomb in Smyrna in the 1920s. Naturally there's a curse that's seeing firs the local labourers being picked off and later members of the expedition, and of course the ancient evil - in this case the parasitic `goddess' Artemis - is of alien origin. While Artemis herself isn't a million miles removed from the Weeping Angels or the Silver Nemesis the story has been well thought through, offering thrills, chills, a few laughs and some wry observations on human nature - and a name check for Fish Custard - along the way. And that thought has extended to the presentation, with the narration shifting from Matt Smith in Doctor mode to Clare Corbett as a descendant of one of the ill-fated archaeologists reading Amy Pond's diary (it helps that Corbett can do a fair impersonation of Karen Gillan, something no previous narrator has managed).
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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.
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