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This is audio drama with different actors voicing each character. There is no narration. If you haven't listened to any Big Finish stories before, or you are new to audio dramatization, it may be a bit difficult to follow. But trust me, it's worth it in the end. Hearing Tennant and Tate act together again was a treat. They have such a great dynamic.
There are three separate adventures here. The first is Technophobia. The Doctor and Donna are on Earth a few years into Donna's future when technology starts going haywire. The story has a very simplistic plot (psychic alien invasion 101), and I'm still not sure I understand the resolution. On the other hand, there's sparkling dialogue and the Doctor is in top form. There are bits of amusing satire of our tech-obsessed society sprinkled throughout.
Second, we have Time Reaver, my favourite of the three. The TARDIS team are traveling through the Vortex when the TARDIS malfunctions. They land on an intergalactic travel hub called Calibris in order to get some new fluid links. They find out the planet has become a police state because someone is distributing illegal weapons (outlawed throughout the known universe!) The premise is great, the plot is involved, and the characters are well-realized. The Doctor and Donna are especially true to their original characterization in this story. Marvelous humour as well. I hope you like heart-wrenching endings.
The last story is called Death and the Queen. After landing in the late 1700s, Donna meets a prince from a land that neither she nor the Doctor have ever heard of. Goritainia has supposedly had 500 years of peace, and the Doctor becomes suspicious. Donna, however, is enthralled and agrees to marry the prince. I'm not a fan. For one, Donna's characterization is irritating. She ignores the Doctor through 3/4 of the adventure simply because she sees him as a "gooseberry". Meanwhile, the Doctor wastes a lot of time whining about his companions leaving him. The plot and premise are extremely thin, and the villain sort of hand-wavy.
I expect many people will be rating this 5 stars by virtue of it being the first we've heard from Tennant and Tate in the TARDIS since 2008. I gave it 4 stars, overall. The stories are mostly good, but not good enough to warrant top marks, in my opinion.
One last thing. If you're going for any of the new Tenth Doctor and Donna audios from Big Finish, make sure you get this one! It's the best value, as it has all three stories in one package.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This is bettter than listening to tv. This is the 8 additional words, willthis do?
Good to listen to David Tennant and Catherine Tate reprise their roles for some new 10th Doctor Who adventures. We’ve got three stories here - they get progressively better.
Seems everyone was finding their feet in the first episode, second story was okay, but ‘Death and the Queen’ by James Goss was tremendous fun. This was a great story/production, if only all three were to this standard it would’ve been 5*
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If you could sum up Doctor Who - The 10th Doctor Adventures, Volume 1 in three words, what would they be?
Fun, lively, listenable
What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Who - The 10th Doctor Adventures, Volume 1?
Death and the Queen
What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Well, it's an audio drama, so it's more similar to television than a book reading. It has a great drive to the production and David Tennant and Catherine Tate really bring a lot of energy to the production.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It wasn't the most profound production, but it was a great knock around adventure with plenty of light comedy in it.
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