This story was written to be an audiobook and it purports to be recently discovered and restored tapes in which the Doctor recounts events on a pirate radio ship in the 1960s. Eventually he reveals that he had some time to kill waiting for dawn and since he was in a recording studio, he made the tapes. So it's a creative and effective approach to the story. The sound quality is variable on purpose to create the effect of the old restored tape. The Doctor's first person narration was intriguing because he shares a few random thoughts as well as telling the tale.
Tennant's narration is a treat as always. There are only three other people on the ship and they all have distinct voices. I docked a star on the performance because I think his voice sounds a little off. Maybe it's because they wanted it to sound like an old tape or maybe he had a cold, but it bothered me at times.
I quite enjoyed the story and having David Tennant narrate and switch to his "doctor" voice was a treat. All in all I enjoyed it and the only thing that brings my review down is its length when compared to other audio books and the somewhat predictable or cheesy elements in the story.
Love to read, mostly sci-fi. No spoilers ... ever. Seriously, people.
Not all Doctor Who radio performance are alike. Some are obviously attempts at TV scripts that didn't quite make the cut. Some are obviously books that didn't quite get made long enough. Dead Air is none of the above. This is made for radio through and through. It has a great starting and ending hook, and has the ability to keep you engaged throughout. Also, David Tennant has an amazing voice as a narrator, so how can you go wrong with TEN himself?
If you're looking through Doctor Who short audioprogramms ... get this one!