Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Doctor Who Hunters Moon

Doctor Who: Hunters Moon
By Paul Finch
Narrated by Arthur Darvill

‘There's no end to the horror in this place - it's like Hell, and there are devils round every corner.’
On Leisure Platform 9 gamblers and villains mix with socialites and celebrities. It’s a place where you won’t want to win the wrong game. With Rory kidnapped by a brutal crime lord, the Doctor and Amy infiltrate a deadly contest where fugitives become the hunted. But how long before they realise the Doctor isn’t a vicious mercenary and discover what Amy is up to? It’s a game that can only end in death, and time for everyone is running out.

This Audible subscription has been good to me. All the books I have downloaded with it have been fantastic and Doctor Who: Hunters Moon is no different.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I followed the same guidelines for this as I did The Call of Cthulhu. The book already appealed to me, but I chose this particular book over others because of the narrator. In this case, it was Arthur Darvill, who plays Rory Williams in the show and Rory Williams is in my top ten favourite Doctor Who companions list.
Dear lord.

Arthur Darvill is amazingly talented. I was blown away by his ability to perform these characters as a narrator. He does loads of different accents and vocal mannerisms for the different characters and his Eleventh Doctor impression is stunningly executed. And his different voices were so different from one another, including his general narration voice, that I would forget that it was Arthur Darvill until Rory returned to the forefront of the story.

And the story was great. Sometimes the Doctor overshadows his companions or one of his companions overshadows everyone else, but this story features equal parts awesomeness for all involved. When Rory loses a bet, the TARDIS’ and his and Amy’s freedom, it is up to the Doctor to same them. But when Rory gets thrown into a game of Hunt the Human on a post-apocalyptic world with some other kidnapped humans, he holds it together and leads those who would follow to relative safety until the Doctor’s arrival. Amy is stuck as a serving slave on a mob ship, but she’s charged with rescuing the TARDIS from the hidden store rooms on the ship and does so admirably. And the Doctor, of course, binds everything together, saves the hunted humans, gets the bad guys, and in general, saves the day.

Overall, this is a brilliant story and one that I wish was an actual episode. If you’re a Who fan, I’d definitely recommend checking out this audiobook.

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