The TARDIS touches down on Nadurniss, a planet under quarantine. A joint Nadurni/human mission has recently landed on the planet to survey it for possible re-colonisation. Two millennia have passed since the Nadurni Empire fell at the end of the Prokarian War, and Nadurniss seems to be a lifeless, barren world - but a mysterious illness is infecting the Nadurni, and now the whole team is in danger.
The nature of the infection becomes clear when the sickest Nadurni dies and an amorphous creature emerges from its dried-up body. A shambling mound of bacteria, acting as one being - a Prokarian - it has been on the planet all along, sleeping in the dust. As the Prokarians attack, Amy is infected. The Doctor can do nothing to help her - until he realises that the cure could lie in the past. He and Rory must travel back more than 2000 years to try and save her life...
An exclusive audio adventure by Darren Jones, read by Arthur Darvill.
©2012 Darren Jones (P)2013 BBC Worldwide Limited
Doctor Who, James Bond, Alexandre Dumas, Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Elizabeth Gaskell, but mostly just Doctor Who.
I was surprised that this had such a complete story arc for so short a story. It plays out well, like an episode, as opposed to some that build up too slow or just crash and burn at the end. Sleepers in the Dust had a nice introduction that wasn't too long, and explained the action well. You get to the last 5 or 10 minutes and you don't see how they're going to get out of this situation, but just like an episode of Doctor Who, it all resolves at the very end. There was also enough denouement for everything to make sense and that was it. I thought it was one of the better short stories.
And everything is improved by Arthur Darvill's narration. He should do them all. This one was different in that it was told first-person from Rory's perspective, but I don't think the story suffered at all from this style.
"An Absolute Treat For Rory Fans"
As I've suggested in the title, this is one for fans of the eminently endearing Rory Williams. Beautifully read by Arthur Darvill, this audio adventure deftly manages to avoid the pitfall of many 1-hour audio adventures - i.e. it doesn't seem rushed. Excellent plot with a nail-biting conclusion and a very moving coda. A definite must for Whovians everywhere!
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