Dead Air arrives heralding the end of David Tennantâ€™s reign; for this reviewer itâ€™s about time. Donâ€™t get me wrong, Tennant has been exactly what the series needed to help it to grow. But his over-exposure across Christmas has dulled my view of his era. I know Iâ€™ll love it again within the year though!
At the bottom of the sea, in the wreck of a floating radio station, a lost recording has been discovered. After careful restoration, it is played for the first time â€“ to reveal something incredible. It is the voice of the Doctor, broadcasting from Radio Bravo in 1966. He has travelled to Earth to search for the Hush â€“ a terrible weapon that kills, silences and devours anything that makes a noise â€“ and has tracked it to a boat crewed by a team of pirate DJs. With the help of feisty Liverpudlian Layla and some groovy pop music, he must trap the Hush and destroy it â€“ before it can escape and destroy the world.
James Goss has produced an excellent and very original story here. Tennant is in his acting element, delivering each line with smooth confidence and wonderful comic timing though his Liverpool accent is slightly too Brooksideish! This minor quibble aside itâ€™s an engrossing story thatâ€™s complete with some of the sparkling dialogue the new series enjoys. The sparse use of sound effects to amplify the ever growing tension are inspired so full credit needs to go to Simon Hunt for such a sterling job. To me itâ€™s the audio equivalent of the Season 4 story Midnight in the claustrophobia stakes. Anyone who has yet to try the audiobook range could do worse than start here, itâ€™s a prime example of how to do this sort of entertainment.
Well, thatâ€™s it for the 10th Doctor Who on audioâ€¦ for now. Hereâ€™s raising a virtual glass of plonk to DT, so long and thanks for the memories.
Dead Air is available now from Amazon for just Â£6.11!