Sunday, March 17, 2013

Destiny of the Doctor: Shadow of Death Review

I am doing a series of reviews on the 11-part audio adventure by AudioGO and Big Finish, entitled Destiny of the Doctor. Shadow of Death came out last month and features the second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon, and Zoe Heriot.

The story is a very nice one. Another classic Doctor Who type where the characters drop in on some place in the far future and immediately get themselves into trouble. There's also the usual wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey goings on that happen in the show.

The story is one where you see the villain, see how they operate, but you don't know what they are or what they want. You have to actually listen to the story and find out. It's not a recurring villain like the Daleks, Sontarans, or Cybermen that always want the same thing.

Partway into the story, you get the sense again that there's a story arc to Destiny of the Doctors. I'm not going to say what, for fear of spoilers, but something that happened in Hunters of Earth happens again in this story. You still don't have a clue what the story arc is, but if what happened happened, then surely the events of this story must be of great importance later on.

The voice acting is a bit better in this story than in some of the other audiobooks I've listened to. Frasier Hynes actually does a good job of imitating Patrick Troughton. I don't know what Wendy Padbury's voice sounds like, but this is not some overly fake female voice that I've heard Matt Smith and David Tennant doing in some of the other audiobooks.

Once again, the Hostile Action Displacement System is mentioned. The HADS is a system on the TARDIS that causes it to move out of the way if it detects a threatening force. I find it interesting that it is mentioned in the books and now in the audio adventures, but never in the TV shows.

Overall, I like the story a bit better than the last one. Maybe that's just because it doesn't take place at a high school, though. I would definitely keep listening to the stories at this point because it's clear something is going to happen, and I want to find out what.

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