Fans of David Tennant and Catherine Tate can rejoice as the brace accept reprised their roles as The Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble for a new alternation of adventures.
Audio producers Big Finish, who accept appear Doctor Who audios for about 20 years, accept teamed up the 2008 TARDIS duo for a box set of belief due aing month.
Fans can attending advanced to both agenda and concrete releases, with the above additionally advancing as a bound edition lavish book-sized box set including complete artwork, photography, articles, a one-hour documentary featuring interviews with the stars and assembly aggregation – alongside a benefit documentary analytical the worlds of Doctor Who at Big Finish.
We’ve had a adventitious to accept to the aboriginal (of many, we hope) adventures featuring Tennant and Tate, and here’s what we thought.
First up, it’s a adventure titled, Technophobia which finds an conflicting chase reprogramming the animal brain, causing us to go from ‘super acute to neo-neandrathal.’
Kicking off the activity in a London (Oxford Street, to be precise) is complete for The Doctor and Donna – one of New Who’s greatest assets is durably establishing itself in the actuality and now.
Immediately, aloft audition the brace together, we’re taken aback to 2008 aback Tennant and Tate reigned complete every Saturday night on television. Not a exhausted is absent amid these two, with every affricate evoking their character’s physicality.
Your gob will be smacked at aloof how bound and calmly they fit aback into their roles, and biographer Matt Fitton gets their allure atom on with some best technobabble from the Time Lord and down-to-Earth advice by Donna.
The two are complemented with accomplished performances from Rachael Stirling (so ablaze in BBC Four’s Detectorists) and Niky Wardley (long-time assistant with Catherine Tate), who plays a appearance accepted as ‘Bex with an X’, a nice nod to ‘Lynda with a Y’ from Christopher Eccleston’s 2005 finale.
On the downside, the choir of the Koggnossenti are not the best. Hardly acquired and appealing old-school monstery-sounding to be frank.
All in all, though, a agitating aperture for this series; agreeable and fun.
Following on is Time Reaver from the ablaze rom-com biographer Jenny T Colgan. Colgan is no drifter to autograph for Doctor Who and, in hardback form, has addition Tenth Doctor and Donna adventure out in May – In The Blood. Able-bodied account your time too.
Within seconds, Jenny gets some corking action from the time-traveling BFFs. You’ll apparently accept to abeyance your alert to accept a agreeable at the temp expressing her appetite to appointment the ‘planet of the boys.’ 100% Donna Noble.
It’s arranged abounding of admirable account such as the ‘psychic earplugs’ and ‘trumpet police,’ and, in tune with the era, Colgan additionally layers Time Reaver with incredibly emotional moments evoking the amazing adulation amid the Gallifreyan and Chiswick’s finest.
Even bigger is David Tennant’s performance. The laughs, as always, are there but there’s added meat to what’s activity on actuality on Calibris, a spaceport planet declared as a ‘planet-sized Kings Cross’. The Scottish amateur gets to appearance off his affronted Doctor and talks about actuality a Time Lord – he alike makes ‘basket-weaving’ complete like a swear.
Frustratingly, and this is no accountability of the story, there’s a brace of ancestry aggregate with the antecedent instalment – the use of monsters and trains in tunnels and the hardly anachronous and accustomed conflicting voices. Alert to one afterwards the added will abet a weary ‘What, again?’ acknowledgment from the audience.
Poldark’s Cora, actress Sabrina Bartlett, does a accomplished job whilst enthWHOsiasts will additionally acknowledge the actuality that the casting additionally stars ex-Davros actor Terry Molloy and Sontaran Strax, Dan Starkey.
Above all else, Tennant and Tate absolutely flash with Jenny T Colgan’s airy dialogue.
Completing the leash of adventures in this set is Death and the Queen. And this one was our favourite.
The Queen in catechism is Donna (well, who else?) and we acquisition her in a decidedly amative mode reading Jackie Collins and apprehension her wedding. Again.
Due to her nuptials, this agency her role as ‘companion’ has appear to an end, consistent in a hardly black and anxious Doctor who laments the advancing and goings of his TARDIS passengers.
‘Even the apprentice dog larboard me – twice!’ the Time Lords rues. Aww, he misses them.
Writer James Goss has put calm a actual bound story, utilising one area and befitting things simple – and this works a treat. Base-under-siege blazon belief in Doctor Who consistently go bottomward well.
Like the antecedent tales, Death and the Queen is aloof rammed abounding of DoctorDonna humour – comparing Donna’s bells dress to a ‘blanket fort’, for example.
Augmenting the casting actuality are agitating performances from Blake Ritson (C4’s Indian Summers) and Alice Krige (otherwise accepted as the Borg Queen in Star Trek franchise).
If you’ve never delved into the apple of Doctor Who audio adventures again now is best absolutely the time, and this accumulating comes badly recommended.
It’s not perfect. The above similarities amid the aboriginal two belief authenticate a abridgement of anticipation and planning by the producers and the soundtrack could absolutely accept benefited from application some cues from the 2008 television account (we’re d there were rights issues), as against to the rather collapsed one presented here.
Regardless, all three writers accept altogether nailed the alone characters of The Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble and, added importantly, their animated and amusing chemistry.
It’s not difficult to brainstorm these adventures on the baby screen.
Hearing David Tennant and Catherine aback calm is such a thrill, and admirers of the activating duo will be adulatory for some time to come.
Both accept slotted aback into their corresponding roles in such a blindingly stonking appearance that it’s adamantine to accept it’s been 8 years back their approved television series. It’s like they never larboard and accept absolutely been accepting adventures all this time abaft our backs; they are giving EVERYTHING to their dialogue.
The Doctor and Donna accept never articulate so good. An complete must.
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures Volume 1 is appear on May 16 from Big Finish
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