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Doctor Who: Dead Air | [James Goss]

Doctor Who: Dead Air

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.
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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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    Paul Waurn Ponds, Australia 08-02-10
    Paul Waurn Ponds, Australia 08-02-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Brilliant story and well crafted audiobook"

    This is amongst the best few of the Dr Who audio books to date. The story is very good and sufficiently different from the myriad others it joins in the Dr Who universe to include a few surprises. What make it a stand out is how the story is written as though the narrative is a retrieved 'audiotape' made by the Dr. This of course lends itself perfectly to the audio book format, and the opportunity it presents was not wasted in the audio book production. Thus, whilst not quite an audio-play (as are a few of the Torchwood audio books) Dead Air is more than just a narration of the book/script.

    As with all recent Dr Who scripts & books, Dead Air is a little derivative of the types of plot elements that have worked in the past. This is manifest in the type and nature of the alien foe, local human characters and setting for the story. This is fine though... The formula makes it a classic style Dr Who story with a new and interesting storyline. If anything, my only disappointment was that the story was so short. Yes it was priced accordingly, but a story this good could have been built upon and improved.

    Of the dozens of Dr Who stories on audible, this is one for any listener. A good one-off for a non-Dr Who fan's collection, or a key addition for someone who enjoys the genre.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Happy Customer 05-10-10
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    "best yet!"

    This is the best audio Dr. Who story I've heard yet, and it is what I expect from a Dr. Who story - good action, the Doctor solving a problem and saving the world, and a great twist in the story!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Nor'easter 07-12-13
    Nor'easter 07-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Brilliant!"

    Doctor Who audiobook narrated by David Tennant? Don't mind if I do! If you are a Doctor Who fan and love the tenth doctor, this is a must listen. The episode is perfectly suited to audio format. This is more on the creepy side so may be better suited towards adults and older kids.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-14-12
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    "Alien Takeover"
    If you could sum up Doctor Who in three words, what would they be?

    Intelligent, fast-paced, entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character has been and always will be The Doctor because of the way he talks to solve the problem instead of resorting to violence, however it is done in a manner that isnt boring.


    Which character – as performed by David Tennant – was your favorite?

    Still the Doctor, i've always loved david Tennant on television and on audio books for the same reasons as above


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    of course not to long and kept me interested from the first sentence onward.


    Any additional comments?

    A must for any Doctor Who fan!!!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin E. Johnson Brummagem 05-26-11
    Kristin E. Johnson Brummagem 05-26-11 Listener Since 2009

    Penny Dreadful

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    "The Doctor Does Not Seem Himself"

    "Doctor Who: Dead Air" is narrated in first person by the Tenth Doctor, which sounds like it should be fun. Unfortunately, this approach really means that during the prose-y descriptive bits the Doctor sounds less like his usual zippy self and more like a slightly dull narrator. Which is a shame, because, as anyone who has seen the show, or heard David Tennant narrating other audiobooks, knows, neither the Doctor nor Tennant are dull by a *long* shot. There are a few shiningly fun moments - the exchanges between the Doctor and Layla, and the distinctly individual voices for the other original characters are a real treat. There are also plenty of gasp-worthy encounters with the monster, and a neat-ish twist towards the end, when it turns out the Doctor knew quite a bit more than he'd been letting on.

    But the thing that got this a 3 instead of a 4 was the actual ending - which made the Doctor's solution, and the Doctor himself, seem ludicrously slow. The monster even TELLS him what the fatal flaw in his plan is. It's a hugely obvious mistake, and the ingenius movie-going pop-culture nut that is the Tenth Doctor should have accounted for it, especially. But he dismisses it out of hand and carries on. My reaction: Who are you and what have you done with the real Doctor?

    But if the writer had let the Doctor be himself, I guess he wouldn't have had an excuse for putting in the final, blandly ominous lines. Which would have been cool, if there weren't already so many other tales all over TV, film, and literature with similar endings.

    If you're looking for a Tenth Doctor audiobook to try, you might be tempted to start with this one, because it is one of the more inexpensive options. However, it doesn't do the Whoverse canon, or the Doctor, much justice. You'll be better off starting with something like "The Stone Rose" or "Feast of the Drowned."

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Graham Melbourne, Australia 11-10-10
    Graham Melbourne, Australia 11-10-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Listen"

    The story is read in the first person by The Doctor which makes it a very enjoyable listen.

    Would be nice if it was longer of course and I would love to hear more stories read in the first person.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 04-03-13
    Amazon Customer BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2005

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    "So good I wish it were longer!"

    I love these Doctor Who books! It is a cool way to be able to get extra stories of The Doctor and be able to "read" them at work. These are so good the only bad thing is that they go too fast. I was listening to this one at work and was shocked when it ended & it was already my lunch time. They make my day go so fast. These are priced just right too so you don't feel so bad getting them without using a credit.

    David Tennant is my favorite of the narrators for the Doctor Who books. I could listen to him read just about anything and be entertained! His range of voices is incredible and makes an already good book even better.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    E Train Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-16-11
    E Train Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-16-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Dead Air delivers"

    The story is smart and has some great twists. It feels a bit rushed to me. It also feels a bit hollow at the end, but I can't say more without spoilers. The "rules" of the creature are never defined, so it just feels a bit contrived at the end. But still very enjoyable and an absolutely excellent performance by Tennant.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SciFi Kindle Cheshire, CT USA 08-04-14
    SciFi Kindle Cheshire, CT USA 08-04-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm a Hard SF & Space Opera-loving, alien android from the future. I bring gifts of SciFi eBooks & accessories for your leader's Kindle. Take me to him/her/it.

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    "Vacuous villain"

    When adapting Doctor Who for audio presentation, it makes great sense to use a audio-centric setting, as “Dead Air” does with it’s 1960’s pirate radio station floating off the coast of England. The format also lends itself to suspenseful “In the dark” scenes where the listener is just as blind as the characters. Despite these in-built advantages, however, the story drags a bit for want of relatable characters to identify with or even a sufficiently menacing villain to overcome. Told from the first person perspective of the Doctor himself, the story right off precludes any hope of fully relating to the protagonist’s fear or dread; David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor doesn’t really suffer from these. The only way for the author to provide any exposition into the threat is for the Doctor to explain it to other characters, or directly to the listener through a clever "narration for posterity” trick. Companionless, he takes on the temporary acquaintance of a mostly helpless young lady named Layla, who he spends the story attempting to protect from an Alien weapon that has achieved some degree of sentience and (therefore?) bloodthirst. In between these moments of terror-filled tension, he provides a sympathetic, “girlfriendy” shoulder for Layla to unburden her unrequited love sob-story on to. While there are only four characters in this brief adventure, it was enjoyable to hear Tennant narrate the additional voices, which I felt were memorably done. The most off-putting element for me was deus ex machina provided by that sonic screwdriver, the crutch of lazy writers since 1968.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Noel 07-16-14
    Noel 07-16-14
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    "'Dead Air' Sums This One Up"
    Any additional comments?

    The story starts with a somewhat intriguing premise, but doesn't do much with it. There are many better Dr Who stories. You can safely skip this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Susan
    Cardiff, United Kingdom
    5/26/11
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    "Starships and Aliens Review"

    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 *****.

    For more science fiction and audiobook reviews, go to htttp://www.starshipsandaliens.com

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    Swepstone, United Kingdom
    12/28/13
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    "Great story. Tennant is awesome as ever!"

    This is a great Doctor Who story and it works so well as an audiobook. It fits the medium perfectly.

    Tennant is one of my favourite Doctors and this is another supremely enjoyable production. My only reason for dropping a star is that at only 72min, I think that in general, it's quite expensive at full price.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MICHELLE LOUISE
    NUNEATON, WARWICKSHIRE United Kingdom
    10/20/14
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    "Dead Air Dead Time!"
    Would you try another book written by James Goss or narrated by David Tennant?

    Yes. I quite liked David Tennant's narration, not sure about James Goss's writing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Goss again?

    Maybe if the story appealed to me.


    What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

    I like his voice and his interpretation of the Doctor.


    What character would you cut from Doctor Who?

    There are not that many characters in the story to begin with, so I believe that cutting a character would be a mistake.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie
    Salisbury, United Kingdom
    2/8/14
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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