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- Listening Length: 1 hour and 4 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 9 July 2010
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003VAUCB8
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Top Customer Reviews
Matt Smith reads the story well and tackles the American voices from the time of the American Civil War but you can always tell that it is Matt Smith reading this but he is adequate.
The story involves a branch of the Confederate Army who has discovered a strange object.
The Doctor needs to retrieve it before the end of the world comes- at about 9.01 that evening.
He has landed and met a motley bunch of misfits to help him.
There are a few clever twist but this is an average story read in an average way, indeed editions of this were issued free with the Daily Telegraph which gives you an idea of its worth.
Average in all respects.
I was very disappointed when I listened to this very short story. There just isn't enough of it to make it worth the price to all but the very avid fan. The effects are average, and while Matt Smith makes a great Doctor, he sadly lacks the vocal skills to bring this average story to life. The cowboys all sound the same, and don't even get me started on Amy Pond's accent!
The story itself is very contrived. I was looking forward to the action and suspense that you would expect from a story with the Runaway Train title. But the train plays a very small part in the story, and the fact that it is running away seems to not matter at all. There isn't even much in the way of humour.
Hopefully the BBC will realise that bringing out these short below par stories will end up turning away fans who will only put up with this for so long.
The plot is not much more than a set-up for The Doctor being on a runaway train. It's not the most original story anyone's ever come up with, and it's probably more suited for children who are new fans than long time Whovians.
I'm a bit puzzled why, having spent so much time with Karen Gillan, Matt Smith can't get her Scottish accent right - but to his credit he doesn't fall into the usual trap of putting on a stereotypical "scootish" drawl, as some English actors do - at least, I suppose, he tried his best. Not that Amy Pond really has a lot to do in this story.
Although the characters Matt Smith play in this are good value for money, story-wise I preferred The Ring of Steel, and would recommend that instead.
For fans only, not for a casual listener.
Matt Smith is the narrator, and is thoroughly enjoyable to listen to. Amy Pond's scottish accent was extremely dodgy I have to say, but he did manage to make her sound feminine all the same which is quite an acheivement. His characterisation of the Doctor is, of course, spot on, and the American characters all sound (to me at least) genuine enough. The music and the sound effects are all well done and do not interfere with the storytelling in any way. Overall, I found The Runaway Train very easy to listen to, and it is a perfect way to overcome the irritation of a traffic-jam!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great audio book. If you are a whovian then you should definately purchase this!Published 4 months ago by Emma
The Runaway Train is a good, fast paced story, loosely constructed around the old Wild West theme of a runaway train. Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2012 by S. Diment
This was not a complicated story, with neither the plot nor the recording pushing the boundaries in any way. Read morePublished on 19 Jan. 2012 by Richard Murphy
An exciting journey through the American Wild-West. Eight strangers meet at a deserted railway station; a meeting organised by the "Doctor" who knows just as little about the... Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2011 by Kevin Roche
"Doctor Who": The Runaway Train (BBC Audio)
Ignoring the slightly dodgy American accents that always seem to proliferate in Doctor Who's audio stories, this is an... Read more
My kids and I listened to this story in the car, and it kept us all entertained. Although it's perhaps a bit more of a boy's story with trains, cowboys and soldiers, it still held... Read morePublished on 20 Oct. 2011 by Fiona Millar
This would have been more interesting if all the characters were played by the cast, in fact that would have been awesome! Read morePublished on 15 Sept. 2011 by Mrs. Denny S. Abeykoon
The Runaway Train is a 65 minute story featuring Matt Smith's Doctor (the 11th regeneration) and sidekick Amy. Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2011 by Mr. P. HAIGH