Published on February 8th, 2010 | by James Whittington
The Last Voyage Reviewed
The BBC Audio Collection continues to expand with another exclusive story with Doctor number 10 on vocal duties. So if you thought David Tennant’s association with the series had ended then think again.
The TARDIS materialises on board the maiden voyage of a pioneering space cruiser, travelling from Earth to the planet Eternity. The Doctor has just started exploring the huge, hi-tech Interstitial Transposition Vehicle when there is a loud bang, a massive jolt and a flash of light. Shortly afterwards, he discovers that nearly all the passengers and crew have disappeared. Unless the Doctor and flight attendant Sugar MacAuley can take control and steer the ship, they could crash-land – or keep slipping through space forever. And as if that wasn’t enough, something awful awaits them on Eternity…
Creepy with a nice touch of tradition Doctor Who terror, The Last Voyage fits perfectly into the book range being a solid piece of storytelling coupled with likeable characters. Tennant has a lush vocal tone easing in an out of each character with ease. At times his gentle Scottish style does waft over you and you lose your thread but he soon wakes you up by punctuating the more energetic scenes with a shrill call. Dan Abnett’s story jostles along at a lively pace, never too descriptive, instead it allows the characters to develop the story. This is all held by sympathetic use of sound effects and music from Simon Hunt.
We all know Tennant has been the show’s champion for a few years now and this enthusiastic reading of a solid story is the perfect way to enjoy his enthusiasm for the series.
A nice release with another on the horizon (Dead Air, due in March) after that we’re ready for number 11!
Out now with an RRP of Â£9.78, The Last Voyage is available for a low Â£4.88 from Amazon!