- Audio CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition edition (3 Jun. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408427613
- ISBN-13: 978-1408427613
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 14 cm
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,027,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Doctor Who: The Ring of Steel Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Arthur Darvill reads this exclusive audio adventure featuring the Eleventh Doctor and Amy.
About the Author
Stephen Cole liked books, and so went to the University of East Anglia to read more of them. Later on he started writing them too, with more TV and film tie-ins than he cares to admit to along the way. He has been the voice of a Dalek and an editor of fiction and non-fiction book titles for various publishers, including the Doctor Who novels The Feast of the Drowned and The Art of Destruction.
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This is an all new story never seen or heard in any other format, and it's complete in approx eighty minutes on one single disc. There's no breaks at all in the middle of the story, the only breaks of any kind on the disc being cd chapters.
There are minimal sleeve notes giving all the production credits, a brief description of the story and a list of other Doctor Who audios from the BBC.
This story is read by Arthur Darvill, who plays Rory on the show. Although his character doesn't feature in this one.
It sees the TARDIS arrive on the Orkney Islands from now, just when locals are protesting about a power company building new electricity pylons there.
All of which is interrupted when a large opening in the ground suddenly appears. Then the pylons start to move of their own accord.
The Doctor and Amy are separated. They and the locals have a fight for survival on their hands. For things are going inside the company that spell danger for the entire planet...
Arthur Darvill does a very good reading, doing a pretty good imitation of the voices of the two main character and providing some decent and varied accents for the others. The sound design and minimal use of music really do create an excellent atmosphere that makes you feel as if you're on a windswept island hearing great big steel objects moving.
The other supporting characters are nothing special but they're ordinary people thrust into an extraordinary situation and that comes over well.
And the villains of the piece do manage to be slightly different from the norm in a couple of respects.
This is not a bad story at all, and the setting and the detail are very engrossing for the first half. It's just that it gets into more familiar territory in the second half that makes it not too different from a lot of similar material in the book and audio range. Amy also is rather sidelined by the story, but does get one good bit of action at one key point.
The kind of thing you'd rate 7.5/10. Not the best in this range, but it's a decent enough listen and it will help pass the time nicely enough till the show returns to our screens.
Sadly my enjoyment of the recording was spoiled by the volume of the background music which I found intrusive, distracting, and at times made it difficult to hear the words. Younger listeners may not be bothered by this! But if you are someone who gets bothered by overpowering background music on the TV, I would give it a miss.
Good for children and adults alike ... all in all a great listen!
It's all suitably potty and a bit daft and rather nicely reflects the old style storylines which combined a bit of lunacy with some gripping moments.
There are an awful lot of Dr Who audiobooks being released and for the newcomer the variety can be a bit confusing. Some are straight from the telly transfers, new stories, some just read and others full dramas.
This one is a nice surprise as it doesn't feel rushed but neither does it hang about with lengthy introductions or tedious pseudo science, (although it does throw in some tenuous polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon based waffle but only briefly),.
There is plenty to keep the listener gripped and while I personally could quite happily have lived without the background music and effects this is just my opinion where others may find them enjoyable.
The reading is very nicely done by Arthur Darvill who is clear and easy to listen to and even handles the odd accent or two pretty well.
All in all this is a story of the latest doctor written in the style of the 70's ones. Fast paced, humorous, gripping and no boring interludes in between.
80 minutes well spent and easily recommended.
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