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Atmospheric and creepy adventure
on 5 January 2011
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.