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The Doctor and Donna find themselves trapped in a weird residential building of luxury flats, after Donna falls prey to a highly aggressive marketing scam that has invaded the TARDIS. The premise of someone being lured into a trap because they have inadvertently signed a contract is vaguely familiar from a number of other (non-Doctor Who)stories, but I don't particularly mind, because the scenario is played out beautifully and very effectively in The Forever Trap.
Dan Abnett uses lots of vivid and intriguing imagery to create an instantly fascinating setting for his story. There is a wealth of imaginative detail which means the strange building and all the different alien races are easy to visualize. The depiction of the desperation, destruction and distrust amongst the different parties is very well written and immediately draws the listener into the story. Plus, Abnett gets the relationship between 10/Donna absolutely spot on and gives them plenty of great dialogue.
Catherine Tate brings this tale to life with an amazing array of different accents and voices. This makes it very easy for the listener to distinguish between all the different (supporting) characters. On top of this, Tate does an excellent impression of the Tenth Doctor, neatly capturing his speech patterns and vocal mannerisms.
The sound design is much more detailed than in most of the BBC audio originals I've heard so far. There are lots of little sound effects, like the ping of an arriving elevator or a shattering window, all of which really enhances the listening experience. Also, they don't just use the same piece of incidental music in every other scene, but actually offer a few different musical themes throughout the story. Those musical cues are used rather sparingly, but quite effectively.
Overall this is a very good production of an imaginative, well-written story that fits in perfectly with the feel of this particular TARDIS Team. Highly recommended.