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Night of the Whisper
on 8 August 2015
This is the ninth story in the 11-story arc of the Destiny of the Doctor, tales which were released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. The stories are stand-alone tales of each of the eleven doctors, as told by one of their companions, and there is an interlinking arc within the stories which, hopefully, will all come together in the eleventh and final story, featuring the Eleventh Doctor.
This story is quite unusual in that it features the Ninth Doctor, with his companions Captain Jack Harkness and Rose Tyler, but the story is told here not by the device of a narrative of someone involved in the story, but as a performed narration in the third person. The voices/narration are performed by Nicholas Briggs, along with John Schwab as Police Chief McNeil.
We enter the story as it is well underway. In New Vegas in the 23rd century, Rose is working undercover at the Full Moon nightclub, and Jack is posing as a reporter for the Daily Galax. The Doctor is working as a police officer, assisting in the investigation into the activities of a vigilante, The Whisper. But the Doctor has a role to play in more than just finding out what The Whisper is up to, and it is this element that ties into the extended story arc of the Destiny of the Doctor stories.
I thought this story was good in its casting. Nicholas Briggs plays the parts really well, including the voice of the Doctor (as he would have been played by Christopher Eccleston), Rose, and Jack. He plays the other parts (exluding O’Neil, played by John Schwab) well, and narrates brilliantly. John Schwab plays his role very well. The casting is great, the delivery is excellent. But I found the story itself really dull. It is largely a ‘gumshoe’ detective story, with smooth-talking dames and hard-bitten bad guys. I was rather unconvinced by Jack and Rose’s roles in the story, and overall I found this a bit hard going to listen through.