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Reviewed By: BlueboxReview Date: 11/12/17 9:40 pm
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It takes a bit too long to really get going and doesn’t always have enough for all five characters to do.

But once you get into it, the story does fly by and I found myself enjoying this one quite a lot Considering some of these audiobooks drag out.
The sound design is left wanting. They need some oomph to make better use of the format. I can read the book myself in funny voices if that’s all I’m really going to get. Sometimes that’s okay if the narration is strong enough but Dan Starkey is not the best.

He’s a good enough narrator but his Twelth Doctor is pretty inconsistent. Sometimes I wasn’t aware he was reading The Doctor’s lines!

But all in all, production niggles aside I’d recommend this one as one of the better BBC New Who Novels.
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Reviewed By: PaulaPenguinReview Date: 2/4/16 7:38 pm
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Justin Richards knows how to successfully blend a historical setting with sci-fi elements and he does so very effectively in Silhouette. Life in Victorian era London during the Winter months is depicted with lots of atmospheric detail, making it very easy for the listener to envision the snow and the smog, the Carnival of Curiosities and the grand mansions. Also, weaving the concept of Origami into a Doctor Who story works charmingly in this environment.

The Paternoster Gang isn't as integral to the plot as I would have expected from the blurb. Strax does get some meaty scenes, but Vastra and Jenny seem to be sidelined for large parts of the story. That said, their respective encounters with people at the Carnival of Curiosities does add an intriguing touch to proceedings.

Apart from some light incidental music, there is no sound design, but this doesn't matter because Dan Starkey is an absolutely terrific narrator, who brings the story to life brilliantly. His impression of Capaldi's Doctor is impeccable and he comes up with a different voice for each new character which makes the whole thing a joy to listen to.

Silhouette is a great outing for the 12th Doctor, as it offers an enthralling adventure with interesting characters, beautiful settings and some fascinating imagery. Definitely recommended.