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4.3 out of 5 stars
4.3 out of 5 stars

on 18 September 2017
Passed the time on a car journey, not a bad story certainly rattled along.
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on 8 November 2012
Now, this NEW SERIES tie-in audiobook is refreshing.

Darren Jones' exclusive story, DOCTOR WHO - SLEEPERS IN THE DUST, combines the well-worn plotting device of an alien invasion (not Earth, though) and a paradox in time, and, for this reviewer, it succeeds in encapsulating the joie de vie of the NEW SERIES, fleshing out the characterisations of our venerable Time Lord and his erstwhile time-travelling companions, Rory and Amy.

The big question is which one of them will fall, if not all of them.

Recounted in the `first person' of Rory Williams, Arthur Darvill, once again, competently - with some relish it would seem - reads/performs Jones' tale of a quarantined planet, Nadurniss, and how tampering with time has over-arching consequences resulting in loss of those held most closely.

"Don't go out there", said the Doctor.

By the time the TARDIS materialises on Nadurniss an interplanetary mission, a joint mission between humans & the Nadurni to determine if a millennia long war had calmed the planet ready for re-colonisation, had been inexplicably infected. Naturally, as it always happens in the DOCTOR WHO storytelling universe, the infection results in one of the TARDIS's crew becoming `poorly' too but who it is? Well, regrettably (and stupidly, really. The fault of AUDIOGO's Project Editor, John Ainsworth?), the CD's reverse cover synopsis reveals who that individual was. Well, it's Amy.

Echoing Ridley Scott's film, ALIEN, the infection results in a `living carcass' being used as a host to a parasitic bacteria entity - a Prokarian - that has the ability penetrate anything & everything - even within the planet's dust and sand.

"You're a genetic pick-pocket, Mordox", said the Doctor.

Following the infection of his companion, the Doctor and Rory embark on a journey to defy the boundaries of time to discover the cure for the infection before the gestation period of the alien within Amy eventually kills her.

Their journey back in to the planet's history is truly fascinating and thoroughly entertaining, preciously written, balanced and paced throughout that draws you into the race against time (even though there is a time machine handily available - with a bewildering capacity to be piloted exactly when and where required which I hope will be reassessed within the television series itself as it is becoming tiresome - for our heroes to utilise.

"I'm not in the habit of punching Hitlers", said Rory.

The resolution may be complex for younger listeners (pre-teens) to understand (but it is reassuring that the AUDIOGO audiobooks are no longer `talking down' to their audience with a patronising tone) but is nonetheless satisfyingly creative and, yes, scientifically plausible. Think of the resolution as akin to ingesting garlic (with its active compound, diallyl sulfide) as prevention method of irritating mosquitoes and `midges' or even pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms.

Rewardingly for listeners, Jones' audiobook is littered with reference to the Doctor's past adventures; from his third incarnation's trips to Peladon, his sixth's financial intervention on Thoros Beta, and a recent (temporally speaking) journey to `kill Hitler'.

Overall, DOCTOR WHO - SLEEPERS IN THE DUST is highly recommended, either as download (ideal for your iPod, by the way) or single-disc CD, tightly written and entertainingly read ensuring that fans will be able to bridge the gap between `two parts' of SERIES 7.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 18 November 2012
Another Doctor Who talking book from the BBC, telling a story featuring the Eleventh Doctor along with his companions Amy and Rory. It's an original tale which hasn't appeared before in any other medium.

The story runs for sixty eight minutes [approx] and is complete on a single cd. It's basically one long episode, the only breaks being the usual cd chapter ones.

Minimal sleeve notes give production details and copyright information.

The story is read by Arthur Darvill, who played Rory on tv.

And who gets to play him again here. Because this one is written in the first person with Rory as the narrator.

None of the others in this range have done that before, and it's a nice change which grabs the attention right away.

The story comes from the writer of Doctor Who: Eye of the Jungle (Dr Who) and includes some continuity with that, plus a reference or two to certain stories from the tv show. You do not need to have heard the earlier cd to hear this one, though.

It sees the TARDIS land on a world seemingly left barren a long time before during a war. A scouting mission has arrived there to see if the planet can be re-colonised. But a mysterious sickness is leaving people in danger. And when Amy falls prey to it, the Doctor and Rory have only one desperate chance to save her life...

All the main characters are perfectly well scripted. The sound design is superb and vividly creates the harsh and desolate world of the story. And with some moments of horror that could have come out of an alien film, it really grabs from the off.

It doesn't quite maintain the excellent pace and style of it's first half once the Doctor and Rory are off on their quest, because it does feel as if it gets into more familiar territory from then on. And it doesn't really allow Rory to do anything different from any of the tv stories in which he featured.

But it is a high quality production, it's nice to hear one that's read in character, and it's a good listen all in all. So it's an above average entry in this range and worth picking up.
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on 23 March 2013
The Doctor has taken Amy and Rory to the Lost Caves of Mook; or more accurately he hasn't...
Having discovered they are on the empire-building Nadurni home-world Nardurniss, they are surprised to find that the Naderni they encounter DON'T want to kill them. Further surprise awaits them outside, where it becomes clear that they are on the LONG-ABANDONED home-world. But what awaits them, and the ill-fated Survey Team, in the Dust, is far far worse...

Unusually for this range, this story is told in the first person by Rory himself, Arthur Darvill, remaining in character throughout. This has lent the story an extra layer of verisimilitude, a story which already has many other things worthy of praise.
The story starts urgently, before kicking the stool out from under you by presenting a completely different first act than the introduction had intimated. From this, the story builds to a stunning action sequence, which prompts another change in direction. This, in turn, brings us to an effective, and thankfully unexpected, conclusion. I'm avoiding being too specific, as the story reveals itself so well, to say too much would be unfair.
This story is a welcome return to 'proper' new Doctor Who: it feels like a slightly longer episode of the series, using the characters and style effectively, making strengths of the limitations such adherence could have (and with some audios, HAS) caused. The new characters fit in well, even though the only two humans we meet are both drawn from the traditional stock of 'humans in space' catalogue. The aliens, meanwhile, are entertaining and definitely NOT from a similar catalogue.

Rory is a believable narrator throughout, Arthur Darvill reminding the listener why he is such an asset to the series, while the story itself is strong, well-written and well-presented. A recommended listen, but listen out for Rory's apology after he takes out one alien...!
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on 11 March 2014
My youngest son is a Dr Who fanatic. This is great as he can lie in bed listening to this before dropping of to sleep, and probably dreaming that HE IS DR Who.
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Arthur Darvill narrates this decent but unspectacular Eleventh Doctor BBC audio, trying his hand at low-key impersonations of his screen companions Matt Smith and Karen Gillan. The story itself is fairly forgettable, but reminds us of the great dynamic between the Time Lord and his most recent erstwhile travelling companions; Darvill keeps things simple and the result is a solid entry in the DW canon.
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on 8 May 2016
Perfect quality, fast delivery - thanks!
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on 19 April 2013
Arthur Darvill reads this exclusive audio adventure featuring the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory. The TARDIS touches down on Nadurniss, a planet under quarantine. A joint Nadurni/human mission has recently landed on the planet to survey it for possible re-colonisation. Two millennia have passed since the Nadurni Empire fell at the end of the Prokarian War, and Nadurniss seems to be a lifeless, barren world - but a mysterious illness is infecting the Nadurni, and now the whole team is in danger. The nature of the infection becomes clear when the sickest Nadurni dies and an amorphous creature emerges from its dried-up body. A shambling mound of bacteria, acting as one being - a Prokarian - it has been on the planet all along, sleeping in the dust. As the Prokarians attack, Amy is infected. The Doctor can do nothing to help her - until he realises that the cure could lie in the past. He and Rory must travel back more than 2000 years to try and save her life...Written specially for audio by Darren Jones, Sleepers in the Dust features the Doctor, Amy and Rory as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the acclaimed hit series from BBC Television. It is read by Arthur Darvill, who plays Rory.
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