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TDAs - First reaction

Just listened to "Technophobia" and I'm bouncing around the room, grinning from ear to ear. No story spoilers, but a few mentions of non-spoilerific things follow.


There have been other Tenth Doctor adventures that have been published since DT left the TARDIS, such as his part of "Destiny of the Doctor", and there have been audiobooks for him, performed by DT, CT, and others, but this was a real episode, and the performances by DT and CT just blew me away. Sure, it was just audio, but I could see the characters, how they were moving as they spoke. They really stepped right back into character without any problems, and that's six years after they last played them. And there's just something about the way those two play off of each other that just makes everything so real.

I will admit that the story overall was rather average, neither outstanding nor terrible. The adventure was a lot of fun, but not particularly memorable, though certainly good enough to rate among the rest of series 4. I won't mention any particulars, though. The format followed the modern show - it's one 45-minute story, unlike the audios for the other Doctors, which are almost always four 30-minute parts with cliffhangers. I haven't decided if I'm pleased about this, because I really wanted to see how (well, if) they would adapt the Tenth Doctor to the classic format. Of course, I also wanted three episodes of two hours of the Doctor and Donna. Ah well.

With the modern format, the episode started with a short intro scene with some of the guest characters, to set up the conflict, followed by the series 4 theme song, and I nearly fell over when I heard the opening bars to that. It was so wonderful to hear for the first time, the modern theme song being used to open a new story. The DW theme makes me melt every time I hear it, no matter which Doctor's version is playing, but this was just brilliant.

I did come out of it feeling like it was a bit trope-y. The story made sure to hit all of the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble things that we've come to expect: mentions of Donna's skill as a temp, someone asking if they're a couple and the vehement denials, the Doctor giving someone a choice, the Doctor spewing technobabble. I think there was an "I'm so sorry" in there somewhere, too. However, it wasn't glaring, and I feel like this first story is meant to say that yes, this is the Tenth Doctor, and this is his first audio story, and they're doing this Doctor and this companion correctly. The first story is the establishing shot, and the later stories will be deeper.

But honestly, I just really enjoyed "Technophobia". It was like meeting up with old friends for the first time in many years. Sure, the three of you didn't do anything special, and it wasn't a night to remember, but it was comfortable and fun, and they were exactly as you remembered them.



The three-episode collection comes with a number of extras: music tracks for the episodes, a set of "Behind the Scenes" discussions, and a set of "The Audio Adventures of Doctor Who" tracks that I have no idea what they are. Unfortunately, they didn't come with the scripts, like many of the audios now do. I wish I had the time to transcribe these, but I know I'll never do it.

Time to go to sleep so that I can wake up early tomorrow and listen to "Time Reaver" before work.

Comments

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tkel_paris
May. 16th, 2016 08:56 am (UTC)
I can't recall if buying the pre-order allows you to do that. Am waiting for my copies... *trying to look patient*
shivver13
May. 16th, 2016 02:55 pm (UTC)
I bought the CD collection (I must have them on my shelf!) but they come with download capability. Just go to your Big Finish account (Go to My Account in the upper right corner) and it should be listed right there - everything you've bought is listed in reverse chronological order of release date. You should have a Download MP3 button on the right. I spent quite a bit of the evening refreshing that page, waiting for the TDAs to appear there. :D
a_phoenixdragon
May. 16th, 2016 01:41 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, one day soon, I will have time for these!

*HUGS*
shivver13
May. 16th, 2016 02:58 pm (UTC)
I hope so! Fun adventures, and it's great to have the modern Doctors back! Can't wait for Eleven to have his own series.
a_phoenixdragon
May. 16th, 2016 03:22 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, I would never get any sleep then!! I'd have to catch up, THEN enjoy my Eleventy, lol! I'd be half-dead, but it would be soooo worth it! *beams*
shyfoxling
May. 16th, 2016 07:24 pm (UTC)
The format followed the modern show - it's one 45-minute story, unlike the audios for the other Doctors, which are almost always four 30-minute parts with cliffhangers.

Eep, $9 for only 45 minutes of content? (Or, I suppose, $8.33. Still though.) So was it worth 18-20 cents a minute for you?
shivver13
May. 16th, 2016 08:12 pm (UTC)
For me, yes, but then I both am a huge fan of Donna as the companion and have disposable income - I am working on completing my collection of classic episodes even though that means spending $15 on "Time-Flight" (sigh). ;) I certainly understand that many people have to choose carefully what they spend their money on.

But no, I don't regret buying these at all. I think my favorite of the three is the last one, "Death and the Queen", and that it's definitely worth the price.
dm12
May. 16th, 2016 07:37 pm (UTC)
I just listened to Technophobia, and it's clear the Doctor and Donna are back! DT & CT just work so well together, it was a pleasure to listen to! And that's all I will say....
alumfelga
May. 21st, 2016 08:48 pm (UTC)
Sure, it was just audio, but I could see the characters, how they were moving as they spoke.
Yes, I completely agree. It's amazing when you can do it.

I think there was an "I'm so sorry" in there somewhere, too.
I think it was, yes. I'd add "death" to your list of the tropes - there are only few episodes of Tenth's era when no one dies, and I'm glad the sense of danger was there in this story, too.

So the audios don't normally include the opening theme from the particular Doctor's time? Or you mean they do, but it's the first time a theme from New Who has been used?
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