For anyone one enjoyed the reckless innocence of Peter Davison’s Fifth Doctor, this is a welcome chance to see what he got up to between his televised adventures. For those who are only aware of Eccleston, Tennant and Smith, this is the chance to get to know the Doctor as he was in his younger days; he was only about 800 year old, after all.
This CD audiobook centres around London in 1703 and the mysterious Diablo Club, where people are vanishing at a rate of knots. The common theme to their disappearances seems to be that they all lost at cards to the sneering Sir Nikolas Valentine. But, as the Doctor and his companion Turlough are about to find out, appearances can be deceptive.
The script for this MP3 audiobook was written by Mark Gatiss. Gatiss, formerly of the League of Gentlemen and who has appeared with David Tennant’s Doctor, has a deft way of creating dark, brooding storylines. Davison’s Doctor is a superb contrast to the malevolent atmosphere of this adventure, giving the listener an Edwardian cricket jumper-shaped safety blanket to cling on to as the tale gets creepier. With both the script and Davison in fine fettle, this is a superb story for diehards and an easy-to-listen-to tale for those who are new to the fold.