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Pest Control

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Average Rating
7.1
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User Rating:
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Acting Rating:
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/12/16 2:07 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Pest Patrol is a pretty unremarkable story that turns in a fairly predictable way with minimal interference from the Doctor, and a message that, while having merit, is delivered in a somewhat ham-fisted sort of way. There are a few nice moments with Donna at the start of the story.

However, David Tennant does a superb job reading it and actually makes the production more entertaining in the way he's able to bring each character to life. At this point, he was reading the narration in his actual accent and only reading the Doctor's lines with the voice he used for the Doctor which creates a nice contrast.
From the Reviewer:
User Rating:
8
Plot Rating:
8
Acting Rating:
9
Replay Rating:
8
Effects Rating:
5
Has Prerequisite(s):
No
Reviewed By: PaulaPenguinReview Date: 1/26/15 5:43 pm
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Pest Control is an action packed adventure for the Tenth Doctor and Donna and there is a lot going on from the start. Peter Anghelides comes up with an interesting mix of ideas and it isn't immediately obvious where this story is heading. This means the first half feels slightly unfocused, with all those different images and concepts jostling for the listener's attention. On the plus side however, this leaves room to develop the characters throughout the story and introduce a number of surprising plot twists.

The characterization of the regulars is absolutely spot on. The Tenth Doctor is his talkativ and cheeky self and Anghelides gives him plenty of ten-ish things to say - his "bearing arms" speech for example, is brilliant and very typical for this incarnation. Also, bonus points for an unexpected chitin joke.
Donna trades some great barbs with the Doctor and gets to be obstreperous in the face of authority. But for all that, she is also shown as a resourceful and compassionate person throughout the adventure.

The release features some incidental music and voice modulation in a handful of scenes, but otherwise there are no sound effects. The sound design works quite well when it is used to underscore the militaristic actions, but a lot of the time the music is rather overpowering and a number of scenes would have worked better with no or a more quiet arrangement.
David Tennant delivers a very engaging and well-paced narration. He does a great impression of Donna and comes up with a number of little quirks to make all the characters easy to distinguish.
Pest Control perfectly evokes the feeling of series 4 and is very engaging to listen to. Definitely recommended.