Reviewed By: Kamelion
Review Date: 3/22/19 9:20 pm
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Location : Eastern Turkey
Date/Time : 1921
Released : 06-10-11
Matt Smith has only voiced his 11th Doctor 4 times in audio. His first audio was The Runaway Train from 07-09-10, second time from The Jade Pyramid released 01-12-11 and both of these had just him. This story is the third audio where he is paired with Clare Corbett as the narrator of the diary of Amy Pond. After this he did the Eleventh Doctor Tales along with Arthur Darvill and Meera Syal. None of these are Big Finish Productions, they are all produced by the BBC. Matt Smith and Christopher Eccleston (9 and 11) are the only living main and non current season actors to have never worked for Big Finish, and it is a shame. If Big Finish was able to get Tom Baker's crotchety elderly ass into the studio, why can't they get nine and eleven as well?
The story opens with an absolute feel of Indiana Jones. The voice acting is quite nice with the exception of having a woman attempt to voice a male Doctor. Fortunately that was rare. This is a very quiet story with almost all reading and no sound effects. When some music starts it's actually shocking and then only for a few fleeting seconds. Big Finish most certainly wipes BBC's nose when it comes to audio drama sound quality.
Has references to Wikipedia and McDonald's Happy Meals, a common theme found in audio dramas.
It is a scary story where people are vanishing with screams in the pitch black of the night. Even a family of 8 is just gone. Eventually it is determined that they are not vanishing, they are becoming the hounds themselves, or rather two legged creatures that walf like men with the heads of dogs.
Matt Smith did a great job of his own Doctor. I do believe that eventually he, like Tom Baker, will end up broke and humble enough to show up with pride in hand at the front doors of Big Finish.