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What if you could just borrow time? Wouldn't it be wonderful, if all you had to do is spin a dial on your watch and you immediately got an extra hour (or two) to do all the things you never get round to otherwise? Or does this offer sound too good to be true?
This is such a fantastic premise for a Doctor Who story and it is played out brilliantly here. Admittedly, Borrowed Time isn't really delivering any big, surprising revelations, but Naomi A. Alderman more than makes up for this with a highly enjoyable script that is chock full of great ideas, all of which come together beautifully at the end of the adventure. The depiction of the Doctor, Amy and Rory is strikingly accurate, both in terms of their distinct personalities as well as in the way they relate to each other. There are lots of fascinating character moments and tons of little references to Doctor Who lore in general and to the travels of this Tardis Team in particular.
Apart from the regulars we only get a handful of other characters, but they are all interesting and nicely fleshed out personalities so you actually care what happens to them in the course of the adventure. The villainous double-act of Symington and Blenkinsop is slightly madcap, but not overdone, which makes them a nice counterpoint to the rest of the cast.
Meera Syal also helps to make this release incredibly listenable. She has got a wonderful voice to listen to anyway, but on top of that she does great impressions of the regulars (Amy in particular) and just generally manages to bring this tale to life.
Borrowed Time perfectly captures the spirit of this Tardis crew in a superbly written and highly imaginative story. Probably my favourite of all the BBC audiobooks releases, I can't recommend this highly enough.