Top positive review
A good story, worthy of the Doctor
on 2 September 2012
After listening to a different Doctor Who audiobook that I found less than riveting (for, sorry to say it, these audio stories do seem to vary in quality), I decided to buy myself this. It was a good choice as far as stories go, and there's a bonus here in that Matt Smith reads the story, and you already know how good he is.
The Doctor and Amy arrive in feudal Japan in search of a distress call, where they find a local villager who makes some quite astute observations about the Doctor and his companion and trusts them even without the use of psychic paper. The Doctor soon discovers that the distress call is coming from a local and highly treasured artefact, but there are problems - the artefact is guarded by manikins who have taken on the shape of Otoroshi, ghosts or daemons of Japanese folklore, and on top of that the local shogun is sending samurai to take the artefact to the imperial court, by force if necessary. If the object falls into the wrong hands, it could alter the course of history, but that's not the only concern, as the locals revere the artefact and are planning to protect it.
This is a good, character driven, Eleventh Doctor Earth-based story. The background music is good too, having just the right atmosphere. The only reason I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is that it doesn't really bring anything new to the table and though exciting enough doesn't really score big on the plot twists. But I did find the story highly enjoyable and will certainly listen to it again after a while.