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The story itself is an oddity. Terrance Dicks wrote Shakedown as a screenplay, which was one of those cheap direct to video jobs done before the reboot of Doctor Who. They didn't have permission to use any characters from the show, and they had to change the appearance of the Sontarans to escape being sued. Dicks took this story and threw it right in the middle of a 7th Doctor story, so basically the middle of the book doesn't have the Doctor or any companions. Oddly, the story doesn't suffer much from this, even though it's glaringly obvious. Luckily, the listener is distracted by Starkey's performance, with wonderful voices (especially the Sontarans...naturally!).
Great story loved to hear the old school format of doctor who. Decent character developed good action wonderful narration.
I really enjoyed this audio version of Shakedown, a New Adventure from the days when Dr Who was off screen. Dan Starkey does a fantastic job with accents and portraying all the cast. The narrative cracks along at a good pace and is full of incident and fun while also adding to the 'Who' mythos. Definitely recommended.
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Where does Doctor Who: Shakedown rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Plot wise it's a good read. But ... Either my copy missed an entire section, or half of bernies adventure on sectarian was cut in the edit. The entire plot twist of the murdered academic was missing, i only clocked it via references later on... Odd to say the least.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Pace seemed a little fast.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Made me smile a lot. I can see and hear sylvester McCoy in virtually every Doctor scene.
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