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under the bridge
on 8 November 2009
Another doctor who talking book from the BBC. An all new story, spread over two discs each of which run for approximately one hour and ten minutes. David Tennant reads it in his normal voice and adopts different ones for each character. There no breaks other than the chapter ones in each disc so you've basically got one one long two part story.
The story has the doctor arriving in britain in the far future. A dry and desolate place where no crops grow, thanks to climate problems. Fans should listen out for a line of dialogue which establishes that this takes place after a certain tv story that the country in somewhat similar problems.
A research base is attempting to grow crops, but when it's leader goes missing and his sister is scared senseless, things threaten to fall apart. And their superiors don't like that at all. But the Doctor is on the scene, and discovers deadly danger lurking in the area that's a threat to the whole planet.
This strives hard for atmosphere and succeeds very well in the first half, with a scary pre credits sequence and a believable group of multi national workers at the base. There are some effectively scary moments to be had.
The second part isn't quite as strong as the nature of the threat is rather similar to things we've seen before - it sneakily references one particular tv story that fans will be reminded of - but whilst things play out as much as you might expect all the supporting characters do behave in a very believable manner. It's all down to which ones will give into fear and which ones won't. And that's well handled by the writing.
Ultimately nothing desperately special but quite an enjoyable listen.