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  • By: James Goss
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (99 ratings)

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By: James Goss
Narrated by: David Tennant
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Summary

This is an exclusive, original adventure for the 10th Doctor, read by David Tennant. Featuring additional music and effects, Doctor Who: Dead Air has never been previously published.

Hot on the heels of a creature that exists through sound, the Doctor lands on a pirate radio station boat in the late 1960s. The creature has already killed some of the DJs, and the Doctor befriends the survivors. But then the lights go out, and a desperate race for survival begins. Who can the Doctor trust in the dark?

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Brilliant

Would you consider the audio edition of Doctor Who: Dead Air to be better than the print version?

In a way I suppose as David Tennant is a fantastic narrator and the sound effects were great

What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

His range of accents, his energy that he gives to the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Can't say. Spoilers.

Any additional comments?

This audio book is brilliant, it's chilling, it's exciting I've listened to it so many times and I don't think I'll ever get bored of it.

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  • 05-10-15

Atmospheric and spooky story!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it is one of the best Doctor Who story we've listened to.

What did you like best about this story?

Listened to it, in bed, in the dark and felt like I was there with the characters. Beautifully described and tension built up. Story was loved by my 10 year old too.

What does David Tennant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Brilliantly read.

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I liked the way the story was introduced as if it had been found in an archive, and there was a good sense of being in the 1960s without that being laboured.

Story
The story develops well and has some genuinely creepy “hide behind the sofa” moments which is hard to achieve on audio alone. It was a clever idea to have the alien threat being “The Hush” because that does work well on audio. This is not “The Silence” from the Matt Smith series, it’s another kind of critter entirely.

Characters
Dr Who is brilliant as always. The other characters were well drawn by author James Foss, as in describing one of the crew as, “DJ Jasper wasn’t just wearing a cardigan, he looked like he sold them.” I cared what happened to them. I loved the way David Tennant characterised Layla (apologies if I have got the spelling wrong).

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The sound quality is excellent. The story is read by David Tennant. As much as I do like Matt Smith, I miss David Tennant’s Dr Who and hearing him read a story was like finding an episode I’d missed. You can hear the manic grin in his voice, brilliant!

Overall
The story is just over an hour long, which is a perfect time to listen while doing the ironing, gardening etc. Or just listen to it as a bedtime story and get an even creepier effect when you’re listening in the dark! I have listened to this audiobook three times since I bought it last November and if I lost my copy I would definitely buy another one, so it gets my top rating of *****.

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  • 09-01-24

DT as brilliant as ever

Enjoyed the play, thought setting it on a pirate radio station was great. Claustrophobic and educational for the younger listeners. DT was great, and I like it ran like “found” footage.
Only thing was the end was a bit abrupt and I think the story could have been longer.

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Mmmmm....David Tennant

Tennant really makes this recording. The story is really good with twists and appropriate "scary bits" but Tennant's portrayal of the different characters is simply superb.

A really good listen for a bit of nostalgia!

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Brilliant

Dsvid Tennant reads brilliantiy and can as always in in any of his narrations awith voices seamlesslyh. Good story and excellent narration.

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Great story. Tennant is awesome as ever!

This is a great Doctor Who story and it works so well as an audiobook. It fits the medium perfectly.

Tennant is one of my favourite Doctors and this is another supremely enjoyable production. My only reason for dropping a star is that at only 72min, I think that in general, it's quite expensive at full price.

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A good old-fashioned modern ghost story

A great story very well read. Loved it. Great to hear David Tennant as the doctor again. A claustrophobic mystery with a twist as well!

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Dead Air Dead Time!

Would you try another book written by James Goss or narrated by David Tennant?

Yes. I quite liked David Tennant's narration, not sure about James Goss's writing.

Would you ever listen to anything by James Goss again?

Maybe if the story appealed to me.

What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

I like his voice and his interpretation of the Doctor.

What character would you cut from Doctor Who?

There are not that many characters in the story to begin with, so I believe that cutting a character would be a mistake.

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David Tennant not sounding like normal

I didn't like it, David Tennant doesn't sound like his usual self, he normally talks with a nice jolly Scotish accent. Maybe the Sound Monster screwed his voice up. :p

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