Doctor Who: Dead Air

  • by James Goss
  • Narrated by David Tennant
  • 1 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is an exclusive, original adventure for the 10th Doctor, read by David Tennant. Featuring additional music and effects, Doctor Who: Dead Air has never been previously published.
Hot on the heels of a creature that exists through sound, the Doctor lands on a pirate radio station boat in the late 1960s. The creature has already killed some of the DJs, and the Doctor befriends the survivors. But then the lights go out, and a desperate race for survival begins. Who can the Doctor trust in the dark?

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Concept/World
I liked the way the story was introduced as if it had been found in an archive, and there was a good sense of being in the 1960s without that being laboured.

Story
The story develops well and has some genuinely creepy “hide behind the sofa” moments which is hard to achieve on audio alone. It was a clever idea to have the alien threat being “The Hush” because that does work well on audio. This is not “The Silence” from the Matt Smith series, it’s another kind of critter entirely.

Characters
Dr Who is brilliant as always. The other characters were well drawn by author James Foss, as in describing one of the crew as, “DJ Jasper wasn’t just wearing a cardigan, he looked like he sold them.” I cared what happened to them. I loved the way David Tennant characterised Layla (apologies if I have got the spelling wrong).

Presentation
The sound quality is excellent. The story is read by David Tennant. As much as I do like Matt Smith, I miss David Tennant’s Dr Who and hearing him read a story was like finding an episode I’d missed. You can hear the manic grin in his voice, brilliant!

Overall
The story is just over an hour long, which is a perfect time to listen while doing the ironing, gardening etc. Or just listen to it as a bedtime story and get an even creepier effect when you’re listening in the dark! I have listened to this audiobook three times since I bought it last November and if I lost my copy I would definitely buy another one, so it gets my top rating of *****.

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- S. J. MacDonald

Mmmmm....David Tennant

Tennant really makes this recording. The story is really good with twists and appropriate "scary bits" but Tennant's portrayal of the different characters is simply superb.

A really good listen for a bit of nostalgia!
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- Stephanie "As a fast reader, listening to audiobooks helps books last longer-woop!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-04-2010
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited