A new Doctor Who talking book from the bbc. Telling an all new story for the Twelfth Doctor - travelling on his own at the start, with no companion - that hasn't been presented in any other medium before.
It's the first in a new batch of them.
The cd runs for seventy one minutes [approx] and is basically one long episode. The only breaks being the usual cd chapter ones.
Minimal sleeve notes give copyright details and advertise other bbc audio products.
As with these usually, the narrator reads all the story and does all the character voices as well. Narrator here is actor Kerry Shale. Whose connection to the show is an appearance in the 2011 episode 'Day of the Moon.' He's a good reader with a decent voice. His scottish accent for the Doctor does take a slight bit of getting used to, but it works fine.
Set in a small American town it is initially the tale of two sibilings. Would be photojournalist Alex, who is desperate for her big break. And her brother Brandon who wants to keep her out of trouble. There's a plan going on in the town to build a new commercial area, which will mean the end of some buried artefacts and a homeless shelter.
Alex gets what she thinks is going to be her big break by taking a photo of a statue of an angel. Which can move. And make people disappear. Fortunately for the two of them, the Doctor is in town. But he discovers that something seems to be in control of the angel. Who is behind that? And why?.....
Franchise fiction of this kind can never do anything to change continuity or have lasting effects on the characters. It just has a licence to tell a good story to keep you entertained till the show is back on tv. And this does just that. It takes a little while to get going, the first twenty minutes setting up the characters and the location, with the Doctor making a couple of fleeting appearances.
Alex and Brandon are decent creations, who don't quite stand out but are believable in their ordinariness as being ordinary people getting into a strange situation. Where this then clicks though, is in the plotting itself. Because you come to realise that there is an interesting mystery plot going on here, and it keeps you hooked waiting to see how that will work out.
It does that well, at a very good pace, and with a very satisfying ending that really uses all the possibilities it can of the format.
This is a complete and self contained story, but it does leave one thing unanswered in order to set up more. And you will find yourself looking forward to that.
Next in the range is 'The lost Planet' which is out in a couple of months.
A good bit of Doctor Who audio and a good listen.
Doctor Who: The Lost Angel: 12th Doctor Audio Original Audible Audiobook – Original recording
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|Listening Length||1 hour and 11 minutes|
|Author||George Mann, Cavan Scott|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||05 January 2017|
|Publisher||BBC Worldwide Ltd|
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Alex's big breakReviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 January 2017
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great to listen to, peter capaldi great as dr who, if your a fan of dr who
Good startReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 February 2017
This is a strong start for the new series the new companions are a nice addition as we haven't had a brother sister duo before meeting they proved a different dinamic with the doctor while the story gives a fresh take on the weeping angels especially when the story is being told from thir piont of view while the story leaves just the right amount of questions being left unanswered to maintain interest but not someny it leaves you feeling frustrated.