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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who in "The 39 Steps", 29 July 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Enemy Aliens (Destiny of the Doctor 8) (Dr Who Destiny of the Doctor 8) (Audio CD)
The Destiny of the Doctor series reaches the 8th Doctor with this release, written by Alan Barnes and featuring Charley Pollard from the Big Finish 8th Doctor audios. Alan Barnes was the obvious choice to write the 8th Doctor's installment, seeing as he wrote the first ever 8th Doctor audio (Storm Warning) and created the character of Charley. Don't worry if you've never heard any of the Big Finish audios though, there's enough information given in Enemy Aliens for you to understand who Charley is and where she comes from. There's also the booklet which comes with the CD of course, which gives a short summary of the 8th Doctor and Charley's travels together. For those of you who are familiar with the Big Finish audios, this adventure takes place sometime before "Time of the Daleks" and fits seamlessly into that wonderful period of adventures spanning "Storm Warning" to "Embrace the Darkness".

The story itself is rather a good one. Essentially Alan Barnes has taken this opportunity to write the Doctor Who version of John Buchan's "The 39 Steps". If you're familiar with Buchan's novel then there are plenty of things which should feel familiar to you here, from a memory man being assasinated on stage to the main character fleeing to Scotland after being wrongly suspected of murder. Of course this being Doctor Who there are aliens involved behind the scenes, and this is perhaps the one point on which the story falls flat. The aliens don't really put in an appearance until very near the end of the story, so we never get to understand much about them or what their motives are. Luckily the rest of the story more than makes up for this.

India Fisher puts in a superb performance as the narrator and gets to play far more than just Charley. Enemy Aliens tasks India Fisher with playing everything from two incarnations of the Doctor to a Scottish Priest, a task which she rises to admirably. It would have been nice to have heard the 11th Doctor contacting the 8th Doctor in a full cast audio, but it's such a wonderful idea that it's still a joy to listen to even when there's only one person providing the narration.

This was the first Destiny of the Doctor audio I listened to, so I can assure you that there's no need to have heard any of the other releases in the series to understand Enemy Aliens. It's not a story that's going to set the world on fire, but it is a cracking good Doctor Who story.
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Initial post: 14 Mar 2014 18:13:10 GMT
Loved this story & your review is excellent sir, Enjoyed reading this.
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