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Doctor Who: The Nu-Humans Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; WW edition (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445867621
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445867625
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.1 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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"The Nu-Humans is part action adventure, part morality tale and part Poirot... Raquel Cassidy’s gorgeous reading brings fun and tension to the table as well as delicious malice... Wonderful stuff." (Andrea McGuire-Seery http://blogtorwho.blogspot.co.uk)

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Raquel Cassidy reads this exclusive audio adventure featuring the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory.

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Format: Audio CD Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Raquel Cassidy does a good Amy Pond, and that's my way of starting off with a compliment before going on to bemoan what in my mind is a very sub-standard story. Frustratingly, as I look back on it, it starts off very well with an interesting premise, the promise of peril and a good helping of the humour-filled dialogue we love from the Eleventh Doctor and his companions. About halfway through things change for the worse, as what would anywhere else be the big reveal and confrontation arrives way too early and then descends into a very long, drawn out and frankly uncomfortable shouting match, followed by an ending that could almost have been taken off the least dusty shelf in the cliché library.

I would have loved for this story of genetically engineered humans on a high gravity mining world to have gone through a couple of good plot twists and ended up in one of those off the wall yet humanist solutions straight from the mind of the Doctor, but this plot had as many twists as a lamppost.

I apologise if I sound sarcastic. I just feel a responsibility to get my point across to those who would buy it, knowing as I do that there are far better stories out there. I'll stress again that up until halfway through, I was actually enjoying this story and thinking it was going to go somewhere, only for the second half to completely ruin that enjoyment. I don't know what went so wrong, and hope for the writers' sake that it was only such a letdown because they were running out of time or caught a cold or something.
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By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 July 2012
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This is a single CD 1 hour and 20 minute reading of a story by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright. It is read by Racgel Cassidy who's acting credit includes Miranda Cleaves in the 2011 TV Episodes of the Rebel Flesh and The Almost People.

I received a copy via the Amazon Vine Programme. Mainly because I enjoy talking books and like Dr Who.

This story starts well and was a really interesting story.
The fact that in the future Human kind can adapt the human body to withstand or take advantage of a new planet's limitations or features.
I found this concept of Pantropy fascinating but flawed.

I simply could not imagine human beings letting themselves be changed to adapt to a heavy gravity planet with all the drawbacks from appearnces to something not attractive to the human eye - huge figures with extra long arms and covered in thick purple scales- can you?
I mean what would be the point of earning a wage if you were stuck like that?
Where would you spend your money??

But it is a good concept.

The story is fairly predictable.
The Doctor, Rory and Amy land on the planet where the 'Nu-Humans' are starting to dissappear.

Yes guess who gets the blame??
It doesn't take a genius to work out that the there may be problems with the Mark 2 Nu Humans.

But I really enjoyed the story.

There are a few faults.
Rachel Cassidy simply can't do Matt Smith's Voice.

Half way through the story I had David Tennant in my mind she sounds him just like that.
She is brilliant at Amy Pond's though spot on.
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As a casual fan* of the newly visioned DW I was a little disappointed by this episode as I felt it lacked the `pizazz' we've come to expect from Russel T's Doctor
Raquel Cassidy played each part admirably and, I thought, managed to capture Matt Smith's essence well - his face sprang to mind as soon as she altered her characters, and I had no trouble distinguishing the other characters' voices.
However, the concept fell a little flat for me.
Although it is an interesting notion, looking at how far humans would be prepared to go to tackle environmental factors - here, they have genetically adapted to withstand them to combat the issue of expensive and time-consuming terraforming - a process known as pantropy, I felt the narrative was somewhat predictable and in need of a more solid plot. Possibly the time allowed to fit into the 79 minute audiobook was not enough to pad it out satisfactorily.
I also, slightly resented the occasional preaching undertone (don't judge others on their appearance alone!) and maybe this slightly marred my enjoyment of the story.
On the whole - it didn't add to my enjoyment of the New Who Franchise, but I can't honestly say it detracted from it either. It was mildly agreeable but I do hope it's not a side-story that finds its way onto screen as I don't feel it fully worthy of the series.

*casual fan meaning I'll watch all episodes once, won't buy the series but may keep some episodes on my recorder to watch again if I like them enough and will listen to the audiobooks if someone's kind enough to buy them for me!
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Format: Audio CD Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Exciting, emotive, pacey and in keeping with all you expect from a good Matt Smith story. Modified humans on an alien planet, lots of gravity jokes and a constant rapid momentum to its inevitable conclusion.
That ubiquitous sonic screwdriver saves the day, the Ponds play their part and of course everyone gets very close to a frightening death.
The voice of the reader is excellent - she gives an amazing performance, and the sound effects support her voice to the point at which this ceases to be a simple audiobook but becomes a genuine play.
After some dissapointing outings, this is a great adventure you won't want to miss.
One really good hour of audio for your commute or just to make a quiet night more exciting.
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