Following the success of the Tenth Doctor talking books narrated by David Tennant comes a second wave of three.
Instead of Tennant each of the entries in the second wave is read by a guest star from the second series, in this case Shaun Dingwell who played Pete Tyler in the first two series.
This is an abridged version of Colin Brake’s recent novel and is an entertaining but relatively undemanding eco-tale of a paradise world which is fast becoming a death trap.
Because the final revelation is closely tied in with the ongoing story it’s hard to comment about the plot without giving away any spoilers. What I can say is that this is an enjoyable and easy to follow tale which should be suitable for even quite young fans.
The story seems quite ‘small’ in comparison to some of the TV adventures but this means Brake is able to focus on characters and their back stories in greater detail that the 45 minute standalone TV format often allows.
Each of the CDs in this second wave contains a discussion between the author and narrator. Brake and Dingwell take turns to quiz each other making the TV series and the inspiration of the book.
Although the discussion format works well it suffers from being too short.
As is also the case with the Monsters on Earth boxset it feels as if equally interesting material has been cut from the discussion to fit into whatever spare capacity exists on the disc.
I was just settling down to hear more of Dingwell’s future work plans when the whole thing came to an untimely end and it would be great if some way could be found to include a longer discussion on any future releases.
Doctor Who: The Price of Paradise is released on 6th November and is available from all good bookshops, online at BBCShop.com’s Doctor Who store
or by BBC Audiobooks direct mail on 0800 136 919 and is also available to purchase as a download from digital retailers.