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Three Doctor Who audiobooks

All three of these are rather good, and all seemed to me to succeed by not trying too hard. The Eyeless has the Doctor on his own, the other two feature Donna. In all three cases I listened to an abridged audio version, but I imagine that the full dead tree original is also worth picking up.

August Books 32) The Eyeless, by Lance Parkin

A rather effective story of the Doctor landing on a devastated planet, with confused and conspiring human factions, deadly robots and a young girl who is a lot more sinister than she first appears to be. Read by Russell Tovey who is very good at characterising the different speakers.

August Books 33) Beautiful Chaos, by Gary Russell

This I think is the best New Series Adventure I have yet come across. The audiobook is narrated by Bernard Cribbins, and Wilf Mott is a central character in the story which takes the Doctor and Donna back to contemporary London, dealing with the Noble family's complex dynamics, and also with an old enemy (who also featured in the excellent second series of Sarah Jane audios, and whose presence is signalled by the introduction of a character called Dara Morgan). The astronomy is a bit off, but this is not a textbook. Strongly recommended.

August Books 34) Ghosts of India, by Mark Morris

Another pretty decent story featuring Ten and Donna, this time in India on the eve of independence, encountering Gandhi and competing aliens trying to take over and use the locals for their own purposes. I'm not totally familiar with Indian history of the period but this didn't seem to me to have any obvious howlers. Two minor irritations: Morris continually refers to the sonic screwdriver as the "sonic", and David Troughton reading it is not totally sure of Ten's accent. But it's generally good.

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steve_mollmann
Aug. 18th, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
I've been surprised at all the love Beautiful Chaos has been getting. Like you, I read the audiobook instead of reading the book (I wanted some Bernard Cribbins), but I just did not like it at all. It just waffles on and on, with the Doctor and Donna hardly doing anything the whole time-- for example, the opening sets up those mysterious computers and then the Doctor promptly forgets about them. The character stuff most of the "story" consists of isn't noteworthy enough to make up for it. And the astronomy is off at a level a twelve-year-old ought to be aware of, and that did bother me.
wwhyte
Aug. 18th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
Lance Parkin had an interesting blog about the writing of The Eyeless -- http://theeyeless.blogspot.com
nimbusxl
Aug. 20th, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
Just as a side note when you said 'Second Series' of Sarah Jane audios, I thought you meant the short CDs BBC made for 'The Sarah Jane Adventures' TV series. I heard those and was straining my head to think of a link between Beautiful Chaos and 'The Ghost House' or 'The Time Capsule' silly me never thought of Big Finish.
I thought The Eyeless was quite a heavy story on audio, it perhaps needs a good sit down and a slow digest of the book to really get into it.
Beautiful Chaos was as you say magnificent. I knew from the very second that I laid eyes on the cover of the paper book (back in October I think)with Wilf on it, that once the audio came around Wilf himself Bernard Cribbins had to read it. Gary put in a strong story as well, although it did repeat 'The Lazerus Experiment' to a point.
Ghosts of India was alright, and I have to agree with your point that David Troughton isn't one of the strongest narrators of the new series books. Perhaps I may see how he does with a Target reading of one of his father's stories 'The Abdomible Snowman' The story itself was alright.
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