This is the tenth 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 features the Tenth Doctor, as played by David Tennant, and is performed by Catherine Tate, who played the Doctor’s companion Donna Noble. Here, Catherine Tate plays the role of Donna, as well as some of the other roles in the story, and narrates. The other actor is Duncan Wibsey, who plays two parts, and very well, too.
The Tardis has picked up on a large number of mayday signals, and the Doctor and Donna have landed to try and help. Soon after they arrive on the strange landscape, another ship arrives – but this is a tourist ship, and disaster is about to strike. Because this planet is Death’s Deal, and it’s not called “The Deadliest Planet in the Galaxy” for no reason. To land here is to actively court death, and it’s not long in coming. The Doctor and Donna find themselves running for their lives, but the enemy that they must survive is largely the landscape itself. That, and the meaning of the strange message that the Doctor has received from his future self, leads them on.
This is a great story. It’s a great addition to the Destiny series, and a really great Tenth Doctor story. The Tenth Doctor and Donna were a great team, and it’s wonderful to hear them in this new story. Catherine Tate does a fantastic job in the story. The real gem of this story is the planet of Death’s Deal – the author, Darren Jones, has written a wonderfully alien world where you can imagine it on the screen, terrifyingly real yet utterly unknown. Fantastic stuff.
on 4 November 2013
It is difficult, perhaps, to imagine an actor who has played one of the Doctor's companions more suited to this particular series than Catherine Tate. Like all the previous instalments of `The Destiny of the Doctor', bar the last, the narration and most of the roles are played by a former companion. As an accomplished voice artist Tate rises to the occasion perfectly; providing an array of voices that include a pretty good Tenth Doctor and a more than adequate Eleventh.
The title is somewhat of a misnomer, Death's Deal actually being the name of a planet, albeit a planet with a dangerous reputation. Having the planet itself as the threat, although not entirely original in Doctor Who, is still an interesting concept that works. The Doctor and Donna find themselves in a world where, for reasons to be revealed, everything wants to kill them. Mixed up in this is a group of stranded tourists. This quickly develops the story into one of those plots where individuals in the group are killed off one by one as they try to escape. It is a tried and tested formula and it is thankfully done quite well here.
Much of the action is divided between Donna and the Doctor who, maybe a little predictably, become separated. This provides some great interaction between Donna and Krux (who is quite a novel alien) and allows Lyric to fit into a de-facto companion role with the Doctor.
Although many of the characters are only about for a limited time there is quite a good spectrum of aliens and personalities. Erksine (if that's how it is spelt) also promises some sort of link with the final story in the series.
With a solid plot and some great characters this is one of the stronger offerings in the range. And if the return of Catherine Tate isn't enough, this audio also provides some preview interaction between the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors a few weeks before `The Day of the Doctor'.
on 22 August 2014
The Tenth Doctor and Donna are BACK at long last! I was so thrilled to discover this audiobook and that in turn led me to check out the rest of this awesome Destiny series.
This Tenth Chapter of this exclusive audio-series sees the Doctor and Donna Noble on a rescue mission on the 'Deadliest Planet in the Galaxy'. However, Death's Deal lives up to its description, and all manner of survivors are caught up in the danger, along with clashing agendas. Like the rest of this range, this audiobook has superb production values and is wonderfully envisioned. It's just like a lost episode of Series 4!
Catherine Tate is just as endearing as ever as Donna, and Duncan Wisbey provides such a colourful performance as Krux. Nothing to fault really. Terrific tale and one of the most outstanding in Destiny of the Doctor. Recommended to all fans!
on 9 October 2013
Really enjoyed listening this great story, Catherine Tate really got on well with David Tenant and the writers knowing that The doctor and Donna had a friendship relationship, always gave them great jokey lines so they could bounce off each other. You can tell when Tate plays The doctor the mutual respect and friendship that was present. had to lisen to the end in one go, could not pause.
As the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who draws ever nearer, the BBC and Whovians alike are determined to celebrate in every way conceivable. Obviously, we're counting down to that fateful Day of the Doctor, but Big Finish & AudioGo seem equally determined to honour the Time Lord's history with the upcoming audio drama, The Light at the End, and with Destiny of the Doctor here.
Destiny of the Doctor is an 11-part series that's been going on since January this year, each chapter focusing accordingly on the Doctor's different incarnations i.e Part 1 William Hartnell, Part 2 Patrick Troughton, Part 3 John Pertwee and so on.
As I've said before in previous Doctor Who-related reviews, my favourite Doctor & Companion were No. 10 and Donna Noble (Catherine Tate). Their relationship & adventures made Series 4 my all-time favourite, and have always felt that at least another series could've been made with the Doctor & Donna. Ergo, I've always jumped at the chance to discover more stories of this wonderful pairing, hence my purchase of novels (i.e. Beautiful Chaos) and audiobooks (i.e. The Forever Trap), so I purchased Death's Deal and was not disappointed at all.
Death's Deal captures all the elements that made this particular of Doctor Who so endearing. The Series 4 theme music is used, the Tenth Doctor/Donna relationship (and characters) are written down to a tee, and the whole atmosphere of their adventure here is done in the spirit of Russell T Davies. Darren Jones has written an audio drama here that's most worthy of the original source material, and those who loved Series 4 will love this just as easily.
Still in the midst of their happy days, the Doctor & Donna land on the planet Death's Deal following a flood of distress calls. The TARDIS lands on a planet filled with terrifying creatures and a mishmashed bunch of alien tourists. The time-travellers soon uncover all kinds of ulterior motives, a sinister secret...and an important task the Doctor's future will depend on.
In the context of this Destiny of the Doctor series, Death's Deal works well indeed. If you pick up this particular CD and haven't picked up any of the previous entries, then you'll be fine. Death's Deal stands alone as a genuinely exciting tale that's laced with a splendid soundtrack, terrific sound effects and all the stuff you'd expect from a classic episode. It's so easy to visualise in your mind's eye that it's just like watching a lost episode from Series 4.
But it also seems to slot in well with the overall spectrum of this Destiny series. There's a big surprise mid-way through that makes this (seemingly) individual chapter integral to the whole saga. It's a welcome turning-point, one that feels natural and not in the least bit forced. As such, it makes me feel intrigued to check out other entries in this audio series.
Of course, Catherine Tate deserves props for reprising her role as beloved super-temp Donna Noble. She settles comfortably right back into her old role and performs with unchanged flourish. As she's proven in the past, Catherine is versatile in voicing the other characters so distinctly, and does a very good impersonation of David Tennant. Guest-star Duncan Wisbey is simply awesome as Crux, helping to make a colourful character even more so. Duncan is just wonderful, and when paired with Catherine, the two converse in such brilliant, heartfelt moments that make this all the more endearing.
Admittedly, this isn't the greatest Doctor Who audio outing I've ever experienced (Dan Abnett's The Forever Trap from 2008 is still my favourite), but Death's Deal is certainly very strong with very little wrong. On it's own, I love it, and yeah...I'm keen to check out other entries in the Destiny of the Doctor. Fans of the David/Catherine series will not be disappointed. For Who fans overall...very much worth purchasing.