Sunday, 20 March 2011

Doctor Who The Gemini Contagion review

Having been spoiled by Matt Smith reading the previous Audio Go Who, The Jade Pyramid, I have to confess to being a little disappointed when I saw that Meera Syal was reading this one. Not that I should have worried, she is a fine actress, and reads this adventure wonderfully, although I’m not sure that her Scottish accent is any better than that of Matt Smith! But her phrasing is spot on with both Amy and The Doctor- she made the words sound like they could easily have been delivered by Smith and Gillan.
If I’m honest, I’ll have to say that the story, while every well written, contains few surprises plot wise. There is however a fine message going on behind the story, so this earns it a lot more points, and it also has some nicely creepy moments, aided in no small way by some clever and atmospheric sound design and incidental music.
And yes, while the plot is somewhat predictable, there is still a lot to enjoy in here- the aforementioned atmosphere for one, and some nice big action set pieces. It’s not often we get to ‘see’ the Doctor piloting a spaceship, after all!
While this tale lacks the edge of some of the better Big Finish audios, it is still worth an hour and a half of your time.

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