In the town of Redwater, the Doctor and Martha learn of a snake-oil salesman who's patent medicines actually cure his patients. But when they investigate, the truth is stranger, and far more dangerous.
©2007 James Swallow; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
Extremely annoying parody of American Old West accents.
The story is of typical Doctor Who quality - interesting plot with fairly well drawn characters. Nothing particularly spectacular - I'd be surprised if it ranked among anyone's list of favorites, but neither is it weak or bad. A good, solid, enjoyable story. Unfortunately, however, the narrator is particularly awful. I have to admit that I'm not a big fan of Will Thorp's Doctor Who narration in general - he speaks WAY too quickly and his characterization of the Doctor is just off. But I can usually tolerate it without too much grinding of the teeth. But his work here is almost intolerable - at least for an American audience. Perhaps a British listener wouldn't be quite as annoyed because they may not be as familiar with the sound of an Old West accent (like an American may not recognize a bad impersonation of a Welsh accent, for example, because they aren't as familiar with what a Welsh accent actually sounds like). But, honestly, Thorp's attempts at Old West and midwest are so totally ridiculous that I think any listener, regardless of their nationality or familiarity with the Old West would find it gratingly over-the-top. It sounds like something a comedian would do as a parody - like something you'd see on SNL or perhaps a Warner Brothers cartoon - like a really, really bad impression of Yosemite Sam - if you heard it out of context you'd probably assume it was a joke. It really bothers me that BBC would hire someone like Thorp when there are /so/ many great voice talents out there! Especially when, given Thorp's earlier performance in
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