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Doctor Who: The Runaway Train Audio Download – Unabridged

3.5 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews

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By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Sept. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Matt Smith reads this story and that is basically the problem- it would have been so much better dramatized with a full cast like the generally excellent Big Finish.

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.
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By J. Lyne VINE VOICE on 18 Nov. 2010
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I am quite a fan of BBC Audio, and a long time fan of Doctor Who.

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.
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 Oct. 2010
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The Runaway Train continues the rather disappointing run of recent audio adventures from the BBC, and like many recent Dr Who adventure it feels less like the kind of genuine attempt to keep the series alive before its TV resurrection than another rushed cash-in on its current popularity. It's not exactly bad, but it is rather forgettable and noticeably thin on ideas - this is really little more than a chase through the Civil War American West (or rather a very small part of it), and not a terribly original one: take away the alien terraforming device that threatens to destroy all life on Earth as we know it that everybody is after and you've just got a B-movie western. Writer Oli Smith throws in a neat opening riff on Once Upon a Time in the West - this time it's the TARDIS rather than Charles Bronson a bunch of mean hombres are waiting for at a rundown railway station - and has fun naming the odd character after members of the Magnificent Seven, but that's about as far as it goes for depth. Matt Smith's reading veers between good and bad - accents aren't his forte, which is a problem with a Scottish assistant and numerous cowboys populating the story - but generally makes the most of what he has to work with. Two stars does seem a rather mean rating (it's more two-and-a-half star material at best), but it's all too thin to really stick in the memory.
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Matt Smith - The Doctor himself - reads this audio story, and as well as doing his character's voice, he plays three wild west types the Doctor has hired (or will hire, as at the start of the story it's just as much a surprise to him) to help him steal an alien device back from the Confederate Army. In fact he plays these three characters with such enthusiasm that they almost jump out the speakers at you. He's obviously not one for doing things subtly when he gets the chance to go free range on a character, and that makes the plot almost irrelevant as you also get caught up in how much fun he's having with the characters.

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.
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This was a little disapointing as it is not a particularly good Doctor Who story. It is read by the current Doctor Matt Smith rather than a dramatised version. He is reading the story and so not reading it from the Doctor's perspective, and his skill at narrating is not yet on a par with the likes of David Tennant.
For fans only, not for a casual listener.
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I have never been a big fan of westerns, but this story got me hooked right at the start when it is clear that the motley crew of men that meet the Doctor on this out-of-the-way railroad station in the middle of the `wild west' begin the tale by knowing more than the Doctor does at this point. The story moves along quickly with everything you want out of a Doctor Who tale, with danger and chases and aliens thrown in for good measure. At just over an hour in length it is disappointingly short. I was enjoying it so much I wanted it to continue!

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!!
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