Wednesday, February 24, 2010

REVIEW - "Dead Air" audio CD

BBC Audio out March 4
Available on 1xCD [RRP £8.99]

One wonders if this particular release from BBC Audio should come with one of those warnings you get for some films. You know, "Contains one sex word" or "Watch out! Mild peril!" and stuff like that. Why? Well, Dead Air contains the words "fanny" and "drizzle" (in the same sentence, no less). Yes, you should be shocked - won't someone please think of the children?

Aside from the gratuitous language, writer James Goss (wasn't he the bass player from Bros?) has taken the classic "base under siege" routine and given it a spin as The Doctor finds himself trapped on "Pirate Radio" ship back in the 60s. He's not alone and Davey T manages some top accents with a Liverpudlian gal and a Bill Nighy~esque DJ as his ship~mates but something else lurks there - the Hush.

It's a weapon leftover from the Time War that devours anything that make a noise. So, not so much as don't blink as don't whisper and Goss manages to create an immensely creepy tale - though it is spoiled from time to time with needless continuity references and in~jokes.

The production is wonderful, using a unique premise to frame the tale (which I won't spoil for you). I also won't spoil the ending for you (keep listening after the credits) but it's certainly the best audio denouement I've heard, with the tension ramped up as much as it flippin' well gets. And utterly memorable.

Dead Air would have made such a good episode (could still do!) and I can't recommend this one highly enough - almost perfect. An ideal way to celebrate the "passing" of The Tenth Doctor.

Blogtor Rating 8/10

Thanks to BBC Audio


Farsighted said...

Somehow, I think David will be returning one day to do some more 10th Doctor audios, once the BBC allows him to (maybe for Big Finish)... Hope so. He's a great Doctor.

DJ Rob Cyberman said...

Aren't we the sarcastic blogtor :)

Anonymous said...

It has one of the most surprising endings I've experienced in the books and audio books. I really enjoyed this audio book, nice and creepy, mysterious, and an unexpected ending ;)

Richard Starkings said...

Out March 4th?

I already got this in the mail last week!

Cameron McEwan said...

Lucky you!

I believe many have already been shipped out early but that is the official "street date".

Rowenth said...

I'm looking forward to getting mine from Lucky few who got their copy early...sigh.

I just love David's voice, could listen to it all day and have done.

Would anyone suggest other audio books with David narrating, that I might be interested in?

Brian said...

I was on the fence about this, but your review convinced to go ahead and order it (just under $7 USD inc. shipping from Book Depository!). :-)

Richard Starkings said...

BIG FINISH can't touch any Doctor after McGann.

And they tried.