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The latest BBC audio adventure for the Tenth Doctor is atmospheric, engaging, and has a definite aura of classic Doctor Who about it. David Tennant nails a range of accents - his South African being particularly impressive, as the 'base under siege' staple formula over the years of TV stories makes a welcome return to audio. The story in many ways foreshadows the Tenth Doctor's final televised adventures, as an increasingly moody Time Lord begins to see great changes in his near future, and this certainly adds an extra dimension to the events that unfold.

Other reviewers before me have commented on the plot and style, so I'll stick with saying that I thoroughly enjoyed this offering from the pen of Simon Messingham, with its original monster and its focus on characters rather than simply on action. Compared to previous offerings in this range such as the overrated "Doctor Who": The Nemonite Invasion (Dr Who Audio Original 3) and the patchy "Doctor Who": The Forever Trap: No. 2 (Dr Who Audio Original 2), this is consistently superb, and serves as a timely reminder of why we love David Tennant's portrayal of the nomadic Time Lord so much, with his constant bonhomie and incessant need to poke his nose in where it could well get bitten off. David Roden's story hurtles out of the starting blocks, and never really lets up; hopefully he'll be trusted to write for the TV series in the not too distant future.
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on 1 July 2010
Sorry about the title of this review, meant to be mildly amusing. As a Dr Who fan, like rest of family, I have enjoyed a number of these Audio CD's. I find them especially good on long trips. David Tennant reads them well. My only gripe is that they get a bit too quiet on voice levels at times and engine & road noise can make it difficult to hear. Don't really want to fiddle with the rewind when you are doing 70 on a busy motorway. Amazons prices were the best I found on my searches. Hope you enjoy them too.
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on 16 March 2016
Great audio book. If you are a whovian then you should definately purchase this!
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on 30 April 2013
I've thoroughly enjoyed all the Dr Who 'Audios' read by David Tennant....This is definitely up there with the others.
A great 'fun listen'.
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on 21 October 2014
husband loved it thanks
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on 18 March 2010
Once more David Tennant brings a Doctor Who audio book to life. I enjoyed every minute of this gripping story.
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VINE VOICEon 1 November 2009
The Tenth Doctor's time is almost up. On the upside, though, it does at least mean David Tennant has some time on his hands to record Doctor Who audio books, something he hasn't done since "Doctor Who", the Stone Rose (Dr Who),"Doctor Who", the Feast of the Drowned (Dr Who) and "Doctor Who", the Resurrection Casket (Dr Who) back in 2006. And this audio exclusive certainly needs a good reader...

It's basically a rehash of familiar Doctor Who stocks in trade, including the archetypal scientific base under siege. Indeed, Simon Messingham's narrative takes place in the aftermath of another "base under siege" story, "Doctor Who", the Ice Warriors (Dr Who Radio Collection) - it is revealed that, following the ionisation of the glaciers, the retreating ice has left the land barren. The scientists aren't a terribly interesting bunch, but Tennant makes the most of them by adopting a range of accents for the international team.

There's also an unscrupulous government minister - though he's more actively villainous than the indolent bureaucrats we usually encounter in Who - and a terrifying legend come true. Actually, the plant-based menace is more like Swamp Thing than the trolls of folklore, though he does at least live under a bridge. There are some particularly vivid and creepy descriptions as animated roots and twiggy creatures strike terror into the hearts of their victims.

The Day of the Troll contains few real surprises, but if you need a comforting dose of traditional "tick the boxes" Who to keep you going before the next television episode arrives, Tennant's reading should do the trick.
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VINE VOICETOP 500 REVIEWERon 8 November 2009
Another doctor who talking book from the BBC. An all new story, spread over two discs each of which run for approximately one hour and ten minutes. David Tennant reads it in his normal voice and adopts different ones for each character. There no breaks other than the chapter ones in each disc so you've basically got one one long two part story.

The story has the doctor arriving in britain in the far future. A dry and desolate place where no crops grow, thanks to climate problems. Fans should listen out for a line of dialogue which establishes that this takes place after a certain tv story that the country in somewhat similar problems.

A research base is attempting to grow crops, but when it's leader goes missing and his sister is scared senseless, things threaten to fall apart. And their superiors don't like that at all. But the Doctor is on the scene, and discovers deadly danger lurking in the area that's a threat to the whole planet.

This strives hard for atmosphere and succeeds very well in the first half, with a scary pre credits sequence and a believable group of multi national workers at the base. There are some effectively scary moments to be had.

The second part isn't quite as strong as the nature of the threat is rather similar to things we've seen before - it sneakily references one particular tv story that fans will be reminded of - but whilst things play out as much as you might expect all the supporting characters do behave in a very believable manner. It's all down to which ones will give into fear and which ones won't. And that's well handled by the writing.

Ultimately nothing desperately special but quite an enjoyable listen.
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VINE VOICEon 6 May 2010
The 5th in BBC Audios range of exclusive 10th Doctor audios finds the Doctor landing in a future Britain devestated by environmental collapse, where an isolated group of scientists are attempting to find a way of growing crops again. As if this wasn't bad enough, no sooner does the Doctor arrive than the sceintists find themselves under attack from a bizarre vegetable creature that emerges from the earth...

There are elements here that some listeners may find familiar, with a touch of DC Comics 'Swamp Thing', a dash of 'The Seeds of Doom' (the Doctor himself referencing the Krynoids at one point), and elements of the classic Troughton era 'Base Under Seige' stories, but author Simon Messinghman puts a deft spin on the material, creating an exciting horror tale that has a flavour all its own. The creature has a wide range of powers leading to some great variety in the attacks, and its simple need to eat is a refreshing change from the usual 'aliens wanting to invade Earth' routine. The setting of a practically deserted Britain is unique and evocative, whilst the cast of characters are realistic and believable. The blinkered authority figure of the minister in charge could have wandered in from any one of a dozen UNIT-era tales, but their presence gives the drama the neccessary kick, inevitably making a bad situation worse. In a pleasing break with the norm Messingham fails to provide an obvious 'one-off companion' for the travelling solo 10th Doctor, with each of the supporting characters contributing aid at various times.

Add to this a great reading from David Tennant (and the slightly more serious subject matter seems to reign in Tennant's usual broad range of comedy accents) and the result is an excellent horror tale that probably rates as the best exclusive audio story yet. My only dissapointment is that we didn't get to see it on telly!
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on 10 January 2010
This Dr Who CD is well worth a listen. As usual David Tennant reads it brilliantly and it is a really enjoyable adventure for older children or adults.
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