REVIEW: Doctor Who: Dead Air by James Goss

Title: Doctor Who: Dead Air
Author: James Goss
Year of Publication: 2010
Genre: Media tie-in
Format: Audio book
Length: 1 hour and 10 minutes.
First Line: “Hello, I’m the Doctor.”

Summary: At the bottom of the sea, in the wreck of a floating radio station, a lost recording has been discovered. After careful restoration, it is played for the first time – to reveal something incredible. It is the voice of the Doctor, broadcasting from Radio Bravo in 1966. He has travelled to Earth in search of the Hush – a terrible weapon that kills, silences and devours anything that makes noise.

Review: This Doctor Who audio book was a complete disappointment. David Tennant reads this audio book and you’d think that would be a plus. But for some reason, it wasn’t. Tennant tended to speak in his native Scottish accent instead of using his British accent for the Doctor. The characters aren’t multi-dimensional or even interesting. The monster-of-the-week, the Hush, isn’t fully explained, and frankly didn’t seem that terrifying at all. The writing was very poor as well. It was written in the Doctor’s POV which seemed awkward, despite being read by Tennant himself. The plot was less than desirable as well. You are thrust into the story without an exposition or explanation of where you are, what is going on, and who these people are the Doctor has encountered. For example, the story is set on a ship in the 1960s, and on the ship are a bunch of people who are broadcasting radio illegally. It took me forever to figure this out. And even when I did, it seemed foolish. This story did not have a 1960s feels whatsoever. All of the radios DJs on the ships were perfectly fine with the Doctor being an alien even after he explained everything. It seemed more futuristic than 1960s and it bothered me a lot. So feel free (please do) to skip this one. Totally not worth it.

Worst part: It was horrible in every way..

Best part: That it was very short.

Grade: F

Recommend For: Just skip it.

Other Books by This Author: Torchwood: Almost Perfect and Torchwood: Risk Assessment


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