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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 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.
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VINE VOICEon 23 February 2014
Perhaps the era of Doctor Who we should be most thankful for…is that of the Ninth Doctor. Think about it, if not for Russell T Davies and his vision, if not for Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper showing the world what she could do as Rose Tyler, if not for the overwhelming success of bringing Doctor Who into the 21st Century, then the show would’ve remained dead & cancelled after its ‘end’ in 1989.

No new series, no return of Sarah Jane, the Daleks or Cybermen, no Donna Noble or Captain Jack, no franchise or Moffat-era, no 50th Anniversary Special…if not for Davies’ winning formula, Series 1 of the new Doctor Who, anything and everything it gave us…we wouldn’t be here talking about this.

Which makes Night of the Whisper just as important (if not more so) than any other Destiny of the Doctor chapter, in celebrating each incarnation and their eras. But Night of the Whisper is very unique in that it’s a joint-effort, written by Cavan Scott & Mark Wright. Other entries in the Destiny saga have also featured a famous actor/actress reprising their past roles as previous companions and primary narrators. Sadly, neither Billie Piper (Rose Tyler) or John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness) are telling the story here. Instead, it’s Nicholas Briggs – voice of the Daleks & Cybermen since the show’s 2005 revival – doing the honours, with John Schwab in the supporting role of Police Chief McNeil.

True to the nature of Destiny of the Doctor, the atmosphere over those golden Russell T Davies days are faithfully recreated in this splendid audio-production, and Nicholas Briggs is the ideal candidate to narrate this adventure in absence of everyone else. Briggs is not only as much of an integral part of New Who as Russell, Christopher, Billie and John, he’s also an incredibly versatile actor.

Thinking back to the audiobook-reading of Prisoner of the Daleks, Nicholas demonstrated the ability to not only reel listeners in with his reading, but also to understand a well of characters and give individual voices to each-and-every one. His impeccable impersonation of the Ninth Doctor is SO accurate, that you’re convinced that Christopher Eccleston is back! Impersonations of Rose and Jack, the colourful identity of charismatic rogue Wolfsbane and other supporting players, the drama of the events; it ALL shines through perfectly in Briggs’ narration. It’s so good that there are times when you actually forget that John Schwab appears as McNeil. Briggs is absolutely outstanding here!

The story itself is a deliberate cliché, with Batman influences a-plenty, but it’s all great fun in the same way that Justin Richard’s The Resurrection Casket was. And while predictable in places, Night of the Whisper boasts fine pacing and a Doctor that you remembered feeling for. Dark, bitter & isolated following the Time War that ruined his life, the Ninth Doctor is full of rage and anger, and in desperate need of Rose Tyler to help him heal. It’s all worthy of Russell T Davies (to the point where you can imagine a TV adaptation), and the various ‘Bad Wolf’ references will certainly bring a smile to your face.

There are plenty of surprises here (along with a really ‘fantastic’ one mid-way through), making Night of the Whisper yet another brilliant entry in this brilliant series. Not the best Destiny chapter on offer, but certainly all the more reason to explore this superb 50th Anniversary audio-series.
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on 15 October 2013
Unlike the previous instalments in the `Destiny of the Doctor' series, this audio is not acted by a companion of its respective Doctor nor is the story portrayed from said companion's viewpoint. Instead `Night of the Whisper' has the Ninth Doctor, Rose and Jack all played by the voice of the Daleks, Nicholas Briggs. As a voice actor and the executive producer of Big Finish, Briggs is obviously well versed in this style of audio play. He has a lot to do over the course of the story and it feels almost like a one man multi performance. There is somewhat more narration than previous audios in this series but Briggs delivers it perfectly. His impersonations of the main cast are all a little off but he portrays them adequately. His Ninth Doctor is best when he is concerned with some of the issues the play raises and how this reflects on the fate of the Time Lords. This is an area that seemed to be forgotten a lot during the televised stories of the Ninth Doctor. Briggs almost creates a new version of the Ninth Doctor with his performance and he could definitely carry this role off in further productions.

There are few other characters of any importance. Wolfsbane is a little over the top. Despite being some type of Russian werewolf he is also a pretty stereotypical gangster villain. MacNeil, within the confines of this play, is also quite a typical detective; although there is definitely something more to him going by the instructions of the Eleventh Doctor. The eponymous Whisper is enigmatic and intriguing or the first half of the story. Unfortunately once details of who it is are revealed the character is then written with little sympathy. Considering the circumstances the character could have done with some endearing qualities.

The story is a good amalgam of futuristic, superhero and twenties/thirties American detective story. It works reasonably well. It doesn't make the best use of its extra length (it is a good fifteen minutes longer than most of the previous chapters). Jack is still rather superfluous and could have done with a more proactive role. Rose's perspective on events is also a little under developed. However, it is a well paced story with plenty going on throughout and a strong performance from Briggs.
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Latest in a series of Doctor Who talking books entitled Destiny of the Doctor. These are a monthly range of audios featuring an all new adventure for a different incarnation of the Time Lord each month.

They are complete and self contained stories. Although there is a linking theme running through them that should all come to a head in the eleventh release. The linking theme doesn't drive the story in this one [as it has in some others] and it doesn't require you to have heard any earlier releases to get into this story, so casual listeners should be able to get into it quite easily.

The range usually has an actor who played a companion to the Doctor on tv as narrator, reading the story in the third person and doing all the voices save one which is done by a guest actor.

Minimal sleeve notes give details about the era of the show from which the story comes. And advertise other bbc Doctor Who product.

The cd is basically one long episode, the only breaks in it being the usual cd chapter ones.

This story features the Ninth Doctor. Who had an all too brief tv era eight years ago now, and who hasn't featured in any original Doctor Who fiction since then. Others in the range have been read by actors who played companions on tv, but this is read by Nicholas Briggs, who voices the Daleks. And many other monsters.

It sees the Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack visit New Vegas in the twenty third century. A city on a distant moon. Under a dome. With all the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas. Plus a seedy underbelly and gangsters running things.

But the gangsters have a problem. A vigilante called the Whisper. Who is dealing out justice. Jack and Rose both go undercover to investigate what's going on. And the Doctor has a mission of his own. To save a life....

This begins with a slightly non linear opening, throwing you into the course of the action in the way many tv shows now do and then using flashbacks to bring you up to speed. It's an approach that you don't have many problems with.

When it comes to the narration, the voices used for Rose and Jack are - as common with this kind of thing - approximations rather than impersonations - but once the Ninth Doctor speaks...it's as if it's 2005 all over again. The voice acting is nigh on perfect, and the characterisation is as well. It's as if he's never been away.

The show in that year remained mostly Earthbound, so an alien world is a big difference from the episodes of the time. But it does feel like something the production team would have done had they had the budget.

The linking theme of these audios returns to the style of earlier ones, as mentioned, rather than having any influence on the plot. But it is once again a lot of fun.

This is seventy nine minutes long, and perhaps it's a bit longer than is good for it. Because it does feel a bit on the slow side pacing wise early. Especially during a few spells when the Doctor doesn't feature. An action sequence in the middle doesn't quite raise it up as much as it could.

But when it all comes together in the final third, it really does work rather well. With an angry Doctor scene that is so in keeping with the character and intense enough to take your breath away. The final quarter of the story does unfold at a pace that never feels rushed. But it does also go on to do something else, that perhaps could have been edited down.

A solid story. Not quite five star material. But with a fair few delights. And all in all a fond reminder of all too brief era. And some halcyon days.

Not quite fantastic. But not bad.
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on 19 November 2013
Nothing beats Doctor Who! These are all wonderful and thought-provoking episodes, worth reading again and again - thank you, Doctor!
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on 31 December 2013
Enjoyed the storyline, would recommend to any Dr Who fan. Great for taking your mind off the washing up LOL!
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on 9 October 2014
Great CD, delivered fast.
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