23 November, 1963. It is the day after John F. Kennedy's assassination - and the faces of the dead are everywhere.
PC Reg Cranfield sees his late father in the mists along Totter's Lane. Reporter Mae Callon sees her grandmother in a coffee stain on her desk. FBI Special Agent Warren Skeet finds his long-dead partner staring back at him from raindrops on a window pane. Then the faces begin to talk, and scream... and push through into our world.
As the alien Shroud begins to feast on the grief of a world in mourning, can the Doctor dig deep enough into his own sorrow to save mankind?
A thrilling new adventure from the spectacular BBC series, starring Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman.
©2013 Tommy Donbavand (P)2013 AudioGO
Frances Barber is a great actress, but she can't do a Texas accent. It was very distracting listening to her try.
The story was not very well developed. The premise of the JFK assassination was flimsy, not much about it in the story. Not sure I can explain without spoilers sweetie; but clowns on another planet?
She does all the British accented characters very well, she just needs to stay away from Texas accents.
Overall I was disappointed in the story.
The story has its good points--Donbavand has a good feeling for the Matt Smith doctor--but the clowns who cure people are really a bit silly. Also, Clara keeps sounding like Amy Pond--maybe the book was started with one companion in mind, then when there was a new one, only the name was changed? The narrator does a really good job with Matt Smith--and I have found that most of the novels with his doctor do not--but the Texas/Southern accents are torture to listen to! Lord! Just painful. And since the novel is set in Dallas, Texas on the day JFK is shot, this is not a small problem.
I would if she did not have to do American accents!
The story had potential but the narration was so poor that I was unable to finish the story.
The narrator's attempt at a Texan accent was incredibly poor. It was distracting enough that I couldn't even finish the story.
I couldn't even be bothered finishing this one. I have purchased over 70 doctor who audios and this was the worst one ever. Francis Barber is not a good narrator...her American accent is hideous- involves shouting and really OTT accent. Story is boring and repetitive. The writer seems to want to take the Doctor and Clara's relationship somewhere other than what is in the TV series (constant bickering, and I wanted to slap Clara) Waste of money. Don't do it.
I think people who are major Moffat fans or enjoy Clara as a character might like it. Also people who don't think clowns are inherently creepy.
I think putting more limitations on what the shroud is and better defining its nature would help. Faces of the dead appearing are a good creepy who element, but when they can turn up in anything, water, mud, scars, etc. the overpowering nature and omnipresence makes the resolution anticlimactic and the Shroud as a concept harder to buy. Maybe if they only appeared in water, or in a place where a death had recently occurred, but this doesn't really work for me.
He also could have worked a bit more to breathe life into a forgettable character.
The pacing was alright, and the narration kept up with it.
This book felt intriguing, but the more I thought about it the less rewarding it was.
I was a good few minutes into this before I stopped wondering were Rory was and realized the companion wasn't Amy. I'm going to avoid most Clara stories in the future and wait for a companion with more staying power.
Frances Barber does a very good impression of the Eleventh Doctor, imho. The Doctor's mannerisms are also well written - the funny little things he does or says are there. I was very happy about the references to the Brigadier and other important characters from Classic Doctor Who, although there might be some spoilers there for those who haven't seen all of the Classic and the earlier New Who episodes. There were also some tear-jerking moments in those flashbacks too. I don't like clowns but I was amused with the use of the clown car.
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