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9. Night of the Whisper

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Reviewed By: KamelionReview Date: 5/14/19 11:48 am
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New Vegas Moon Colony
23rd Century

If you ever get tired of listening to Nick Brigg's voice then you are going to be in huge trouble when it comes to your Briggs Finish Doctor Who audio drama listening hobby because he reads a whole hell of a lot of them. And then if you absolutely love the 9th Doctor Christopher Eccleston's era then you're not in much luck because there are only five of them. Since Christopher Eccleston has refused to come to work for Briggs Finish all five of them are narrated / dramatized by Nick Briggs. These five scarce stories are this one which came in the 50th Anniversary TARDIS box set called Destiny of the Doctor and then Doctor Who - The Doctor Chronicles: The Ninth Doctor, which has The Bleeding Heart by Cavan Scott, The Window on the Moor by Una McCormack, The Other Side by Scott Handcock and Retail Therapy by James Goss. That is it. Sadly Nick Briggs voices Rose as well and while that ended up being a disaster with Retail Therapy in particular - he does much better at it here in Night of the Whisper.

When opening this box set it was quite surprising because it is this massive behemoth cardboard TARDIS. The largest box set I have ever seen in my life. The shipping fee for this alone from the UK to the US must have been huge but I got lucky and found an error on Amazon where the shipping was free or I would have never imported this savagely giant monster of a box. Since I am not a collector I gave the TARDIS to a kid that loved it. There's no way I would try to store a cardboard box like that for years simply due to the size of it. Having a TARDIS or two around the house is one thing but this would have worn off pretty soon and I doubt a giant cardboard box would be worth anything more in the future than now. So when unboxing the set I found this one here with Eccleston, realized this is one of the extremely few and popped it in right away.

The story starts off with a real literal pop. As in an explosion in a bar that I thought sounded like a terror attack. Wasn't. It was an attack all right but one of actual targeted murder. Someone waked in the bar, ignited a bomb and then started shooting people as part of a list of whom to kill. The sound effects were awesome and it reminded me of the Mos Eisley bar yet with something way more Earth like as in Hollywood style shoot em ups. Rose had to start running but since partnering up with the Doctor she had gotten good at running.

It seems that a baddie which I can only compare to Batman had turned into a murderous vigilante for hire as he has the same whispering tone of voice as the Gothem City do-gooder and he even travels around in the city with a grappling hook as well.

Enter Captain Jack Harkness. RTD's favorite jolly gay Captain was in fine form true to the writing of the end of the first season of New Who. Since Captain Jack came to town in The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances near the end of Eccleston's tenure this places the story in the last part of the season which was also Eccleston's peak of popularity and talent. Captain Jack is also voiced by Briggs instead of John Barrowman and while Briggs did a good job of this as well, John Barrowman would have been way better and I found the police captain in this story John Schwab (McNeil) to sound way more like John Barrowman than Briggs. That actually got confusing quite a few times.

Overall this is a very rewardinly violent tale which is to me Doctor Who meets Batman or a comic book like clone while Rose is working at a bar on a gambling moon colony very similar to Nevada except for the fact that it remains a constant 70F on this moon instead of the blazing desert heat of Las Vegas Nevada on which the city is based. The sound and music are totally excellent and anyone whom enjoyed the 9th Doctor is most certainly going to want to add this to their list of a must listen. I was quite pleased with how exciting and action packed it was and I will likely give this one another listen at some point as well. In my mind this is Knight of the Whisper as in The Dark Knight.

"Nothing gets me more excited than men in uniforms!" - Captain Jack Harkness
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Reviewed By: JacobzReview Date: 10/7/16 10:08 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Briggs does an AMAZING Eccleston impression and an above-par Smith as well, his Rose is meh, and his Jack isn't bad. Plot is great, surprising, side characters are a bit one-note. Still one of my favorites.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 10/18/15 10:33 am
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The Doctor, Rose, and Jack arrive in New Vegas to investigate a vigilante known as the Whisper who is killing off the mobsters and denizens who have dominated New Vegas.

Overall, this is a very fun story. It's features the Ninth Doctor in a sort of Sci Fi Noir which also includes a man-wolf mob boss. The reveal of the Whisper's identity was very well-handled as was the emotional fall out of it. Kudos to John Schwab for doing a great job as the Chief of Police.

Nick Briggs' 9th Doctor voice was in a word-fantastic. He really captures Eccelston's voice beautifully. Until and unless Eccelston agrees to record for Big Finish, this is as close as fans will get to 9th Doctor Adventures. Overall, one of the strongest stories in the series.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 8/11/15 3:32 pm
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Night of the Whisper is Doctor Who meets film noir meets Batman which is a really interesting idea to have the Doctor and company take down a vigilante through the police force while simultaneously taking down a mob boss who is an alien wolf. If the story was awful at least I could say it was imaginative. Thank goodness that it may be my favorite out of the Destiny of the Doctor series so far. Nicholas Briggs has a great Christopher Eccelston impression that rivals Frazer Hines' Patrick Troughton. Also he somehow makes Rose Tyler more likable as at least you can have a laugh at his impression. However my main problem is that Briggs cannot imitate John Barrowman's Captain Jack Harkness. Other than that the story is really quite fun and funny.