Doctor Who: Shadow of Death (Destiny of the Doctor 2) Audio CD – Audiobook, 7 Feb 2013
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About the Author
Simon Guerrier is the writer of the short films "Cleaning Up, Revealing Diary" and "The Plotters," and the creator of the science-fiction series "Graceless." He has written books, comics and audio plays based on Doctor Who, Blake's 7, Being Human, Primeval, Robin Hood, and more.
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May I say at the start of this review I really feel it would have made this CD much more enjoyable if I had heard that one first rather than listen to this, the second out of order?
Don't get me wrong this is an EXCELLENT CD and very well performed by the brilliant and evergreen Frazer Hines (of Emmerdale Farm fame as well as one of the Doctors better companions Jamie McCrimmon)
Frazer Hines is really excellent not just in his depiction of his original character Jamie but (roll of drums) I am glad to say (clash of cymbals) but he really is brilliant at capturing the second Doctors voice.
Make no mistake Hines must really have enjoyed working with Troughton to produce this wonderful and remarkable performance.
It really is a joy.
Others will have written about the plot- no doubt about the echoes of earlier stories the old `science base/planetary excavation /with an outside threat- and what's wrong with that if they are as fabulous and as satisfying as this tale?
To quote Chris Tarrant `This is What They Want' and so we do. (Well I do at any rate).
This CD is the next best thing to the Lost episodes of The Second Doctor era.
Sad to say it was never appreciated until it was too late- the BBC wiped the tapes- reminds me of the book burning by a certain goose stepping race but there you go.
This is a really enjoyable, well read and brilliant story from the terrific, second Doctor Era and you really cannot say fairer than that.
Good plot- good reading- good story arc over the series- Great Doctor-
Just take my advice about trying to get the first of the series first.
The format of these is a story that is complete on a single cd. It's basically one long episode with no breaks other than the usual cd chapter ones. Minimal sleeve notes give copyright details, advertise other bbc Doctor Who product, and contain a few bits of info about the particular era of the show from which the story comes.
The cover shows the Doctor and main companion of the story.
It is narrated by an actor who appeared in the show at the time. They read the story in the third person and do all the voices save one, which is done by a guest actor.
'Shadow of Death' is a Second Doctor story. It is read by Frazer Hines, who played his companion Jamie on tv.
The story sees the TARDIS land on a very strange planet. Which is in the shadow of a pulsar. Which emits a very strong gravitational pull. There is an abandoned city. Statues of people in spacesuits. And the survivors of a human expedition sent there to study it.
Something has happened to people they came there with. There is a very strange force indeed on the planet. Which spells danger for the surviving humans. Plus the Doctor and his friends...
As anyone who has heard Frazer Hines other Doctor Who audio readings will know, he does an amazingly good version of the Second Doctor's voice. Which really does sound like Patrick Troughton. He also reprises Jamie's voice effortlessly, so it really does feel as if you are listening to something from their tv era. The story fits it as well. Being a strange world with minimalist settings and a small cast of characters, being stalked by a monster.
The sound design is appropriately eerie and does help to create the feeling of such an alien world.
The explanation for what is taking place here is quite clever, and there's some good real science involved, but you will need to think carefully to get your head around it at times. Whilst in some ways it doesn't feel like anything we haven't seen or heard before, it is creepy and effective. With a pretty decent resolution. Which does nicely serve to highlight how alien the Doctor is.
There is one scene which does develop the ongoing plot that is moving throughout all of these. A very interesting scene it is. Slightly reminiscent of something that happened in the first story. But it adds in a lot more detail which does make the bigger picture slightly clearer. And very intriguing with it.
This is a decent listen and one that also develops the ongoing story very well. If you liked the first story in this series then this is well worth getting. You could probably get into easily enough without having heard that one, though.But it might, in the long run, be better to start at the beginning.
This second installment of the 50th anniversary audio book series is a wonder second doctor period story. Read by the amazing Frazer Hines (who does a great job of resurrecting Patrick Troughton's Doctor) this feels like it could have been a novelisation of a period TV who story.
You will be completely lost in the story and wish you could have more more MORE!!!!
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