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Summary

An unabridged reading of this original novel featuring the Seventh Doctor, as played on TV by Sylvester McCoy.

For thousands of years the Sontarans and the Rutans have fought a brutal war across the galaxy. Now the Sontarans have a secret plan to destroy the Rutan race - a secret plan the Doctor is racing against time to uncover.

Only one Rutan spy knows the Sontarans' plan. As he is chased through the galaxy in a desperate bid for his life, he reaches the planet Sentarion - where Professor Bernice Summerfield's research into the history of the Sontaran-Rutan war is turning into an explosive reality....

Duration: eight hours approx.

©2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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  • 25-05-16

Sontaran Showdown

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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Cracking good 7th Doctor yarn

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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Excellent performance and superb storyline.

I love Dan Starkey as an audiobook performer. I also love that I can slow the speed of the book down to 0.7 speed and make it last much longer and without it impairing the listening experience in any way.
The story is in three arcs that eventually weave together to a satisfying conclusion. Each arc is engrossing and would be a great audiobook alone but to get three and the final unifying thread makes this a real treat.

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  • 11-05-17

Dan Starkey shines as narrator

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!).

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  • 02-03-17

Terrance Dicks great classic doctor who writer.

Great story loved to hear the old school format of doctor who. Decent character developed good action wonderful narration.

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