‘Shockwave’ (DOTD) (Audio)

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‘SHOCKWAVE’ (DOTD)

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Tribute for Sylvester McCoy – Celebrating 50 Years of ‘Doctor Who’

July 2013. It’s time to celebrate the Seventh Doctor era of ‘Doctor Who’ with Sylvester McCoy!

‘Shockwave’ by James Swallow, is the seventh instalment in the ‘Destiny of the Doctor’ series, produced by Big Finish and AudioGo. This is an exciting; thrilling adventure in time and space! July 2013 was a hot summery month in the UK, so it was a ‘heatwave’ instead of a ‘shockwave’ for me!

The Sylvester McCoy era of ‘Doctor Who’ had a variety of stories on TV from outlandish comedies to sensational thrillers. On TV there were stories like ‘Remembrance of the Daleks’ and ‘Survival’. On audio, there were stories like ‘Nocturne’; ‘Forty Five’ and the audio adaptation of ‘Love and War’.

For the 50th anniversary of ‘Doctor Who’, I wrote my personal fan-fiction story with the Seventh Doctor and Ace to celebrate the Seventh Doctor era. I’ve also written for Ace in a multi-companion ‘Doctor Who’ story in the winter months of 2012. I’ve met both Sylvester and Sophie at conventions.

As with previous stories in the ‘DOTD’ series (previously with ‘Trouble in Paradise’), this story is narrated and performed by an actor/actress who was in the TV series with a guest star as a supporting character. ‘Shockwave’ is performed by Sophie Aldred as Ace from the TV series and guest stars Ian Brooker as Captain OhOne.

I’ve had the CD cover of ‘Shockwave’ signed by Sophie Aldred, who I saw at the ‘Project Motor Mouth 2’ convention in Slough, August 2013. It was nice to see Sophie at that particular convention.

Unlike the previous ‘DOTD’ stories, this story is set on alien planet called Tarsus Six. The Doctor and Ace arrive to find the planet is under threat from an incoming shockwave. But the Doctor comes to collect a message in a box called ‘the Voice of Stone’.

James Swallow has written for the Seventh Doctor before in the Big Finish audio ‘Kingdom of Silver’ with the Cybermen. I enjoyed this audio adventure with the Seventh Doctor and Ace. This story was easy to follow with the use of descriptions in space as well as the shockwave and the Tarsus planet.

I really like Ace in ‘Doctor Who’. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Sophie Aldred at conventions. She’s a very lovely and friendly person to meet and chat to. I’ve enjoyed watching her as Ace in the TV series as well as hearing her in the Big Finish audios, as she’s good as this stroppy teenager from Perivale.

For those who are fans of Ace and are into listening to the Big Finish audios and reading the novels of ‘Doctor Who’ with Ace in them; this is the ‘young’ Ace who is travelling with the Doctor from the TV series. This takes place before Ace meets up with Raine Creevy; Hex and Bernice Summerfield.

Sophie is brilliant as Ace in this. Ace’s compassion for other people is developed as well as her close and sometimes fractious relationship with the Doctor. I found Sophie’s voice very easy to follow, as she’s done a plenty of audiobooks as well as a Companion Chronicle called ‘The Prisoner’s Dilemma’.

I was impressed by Sophie’s Scottish impersonation of Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor. It felt like Sylvester was in the story with Sophie. I told Sophie how impressed as I was by her performance Sylvester’s Doctor in ‘Shockwave’ in Slough 2013. Sophie was pleased and said I was good making compliments.

I like how the Seventh Doctor keeps Ace in the dark about what’s going on and is having his own agenda in this adventure. The balance is made between the Doctor’s impish and darker sides in this story. I liked the moment when the Doctor’s plans seem to go wrong and he and Ace get caught out.

Ian Brooker guest stars as Captain OhOne. He was great to listen to! I first heard Ian in ‘The Demons of Red Lodge and Other Stories’ with Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton. Captain OhOne is a tormented captain who tries to save the lives of Tarsus VI from the shockwave and wants to be reunited with his wife.

As the story progresses, the Doctor discovers that the message he’s been looking for is from the Eleventh Doctor. Eleven tells Seven to save OhOne from certain death. There are some interesting revelations about the Eleventh Doctor. Sophie does a good impersonation of Matt Smith’s Doctor.

There aren’t any CD extras, apart from the Seventh Doctor and Ace’s biographies in the CD sleeve notes. If you purchase the complete ‘DOTD’ series as a bundle from Big Finish, there’s a behind-the-scenes making-of documentary on the series called ‘Meeting with Destiny’ with ‘The Time Machine’.

‘Shockwave’ is another cracking good story from the ‘Destiny of the Doctor’ series. It has a lovely performance by Sophie Aldred and it has a very good strong plot. I like how these ‘DOTD’ releases have turned out as there’s something very special about them to celebrate 50 years of ‘Doctor Who’.

‘Shockwave’ (DOTD) rating – 9/10


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5 thoughts on “‘Shockwave’ (DOTD) (Audio)

  1. This is another story I’d have liked to have been a full cast Big Finish audio drama, it has a great story from James Swallow with a interesting premise & Sophie Aldred is a very good narrator on this.

    Superb informative review Tim.

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  2. Hello Simon.

    Very pleased you enjoyed my ‘Shockwave’ review.

    Yes this would have made a great full-cast audio drama with the Doctor and Ace as it’s very well-written by James Swallow and well-performed by Sophie Aldred. I enjoyed listening to this story during that hot summer we had in the UK in 2013.

    Thanks very much.

    Tim. 🙂

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  3. Hi Tim

    Another enjoyable review from you on the Destiny of the Doctor stories, it’s good to have these reviews to remind us of all the great stories that we had in that series.

    I really liked this story, I think it was a great Seventh Doctor story, as it showed him at his best, with his secret schemes and cunning plans. Ace’s character was really well written in the story, and I thought Sophie Aldred did a great job with her performance of the story, which was a good story overall. She always does really well in narrating and telling the audio stories, I think, and I like hearing Ace’s take on things.

    Really interesting review, Tim, with great detail and informative.

    Leigh

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  4. Hi Leigh.

    Very pleased you enjoyed my review on ‘Shockwave’. I’m pleased you’re enjoying my ‘DOTD’ reviews so far and this series was a great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ‘Doctor Who’ for me with all of the eleven Doctors eras touched upon in turn.

    Yes this is a great Seventh Doctor adventure and it had gripped from start to finish. James Swallow’s approach to writing to this tale was well-founded and Sophie Aldred’s performance and narration were brilliant. I like how Sophie reads a story and she’s such a nice lady to meet at conventions. I did like her impersonation of Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor in this adventure as she sounded so like him and she was pleased when I told her how much I liked her as Sylvester’s Doctor. It was also great to have the story from mostly Ace’s point of view as she was so pivotal to the Seventh Doctor era.

    I’ve finished writing a Short Trip with Ace and the Seventh Doctor in it called ‘The Space Car’. I hope to post that on my blog very soon. I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading it, Leigh. Hope you’re still enjoying reading ‘Doom of the Daleks’ at the moment.

    Thanks for your comments, Leigh. Really appreciate them.

    Tim. 🙂

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  5. Hi Tim

    Yes, I thought these stories were a great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary, too. And the overall story arc was a very clever idea, and well done.

    I did really like this story, and Sophie Aldred’s performance of it. I’m glad you liked it, too.

    I shall be very interested to read your story with Ace and the Seventh Doctor, Tim. I am enjoying reading Doom of the Daleks, very much indeed!

    You’re welcome, Tim. Thank you for putting so much effort into all these items on your blog, it all makes for interesting and thought-provoking reading.

    Leigh

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