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Viewed objectively, Dead of Winter is probably quite a good story with an interesting plot and memorable characters, but unfortunately it isn't really my cup of tea. One of the main problems I have with this story is the relationship between the three regulars. The story is set during the time in series 5 when the rivalry between Rory and the Doctor is at its absolute height. Personally, I didn't enjoy all the jealousy and insecurity of this love/friendship triangle in the tv episodes and I don't find it any more engaging here. The depiction of the regulars is very much in keeping with their televison appearances, but I simply find the constant tension rather tiring. Conversely, if you think the early days of this trio in the TARDIS were compelling to watch, you are definitely going to get a lot more enjoyment out of The Dead of Winter than I did.
The first hour or so is quite confusing and unfocused and it's difficult to understand what is happening. This is a deliberate move, so that the bigger picture is only slowly revealed and it works to underscore the eerie and sickly atmosphere of the setting. On the flipside, however, this makes it quite difficult to get into the spirit of this adventure or to feel a connection to any of the (supporting) characters. There is an excellent plot twist about a third into the story which brings about a nice change of pace and finally racks up the intrigue. The plot is much more engaging from that moment onwards, but there are still a number of passages where the adventure drags badly. Still, James Goss manages to pull off a completely surprising ending which adds a whole new layer to what's been going on.
Clare Corbett is a very competent narrator and (as always) a pleasure to listen to. Her delivery is well-paced and the various accents she develops for the different characters are recognizable and consistent.
Overall, Dead of Winter has quite a strong plot and a number of well-written characters, but the strained relationship between the regulars and some overlong and confusing chapters curtailed my enjoyment of this story. Still, it might be interesting for any fans of the early days of the 11th Doctor, Amy and Rory in the TARDIS.