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Narrated by Alexander Armstrong, Darkstar Academy is a fast-paced story that fits in well with the 11th Doctor's on-screen adventures. Armstrong's performance is powerful and engaging, enhanced by a strong soundscape that manages to provide support to the story without being obtrusive. He avoids making too much of an attempt to impersonate the real cast, instead opting to provide a flavour of the voices. And Armstrong's voice is so well suited to this kind of material that I wish he would/could be used more often.
However, the story isnt perfect: the story is so full that the story positively races along. The sheer pace can get a little exhausting, but one can't help feeling that anything more leisurely would have significantly extended the overal runtime, probably onto two discs, something AudioGO seems to want to avoid.
Overall a good story, with an excellent narrator, recommended. (Posted on 12 January 2013)
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes
The Eleventh Doctor is back in all his quick-fire, geeky glory. When the TARDIS is battered by ‘time-slippage’, the Time Lord experiences an apocalyptic vision of the end of the universe. Tracking the source of these portents, the Doctor, Amy and Rory find themselves in an English public school in the 1950s - a school where the prefects carry guns…
Darkstar Academy is read by Alan Armstrong, who starred alongside Matt Smith in The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe, as well as appearing as the eponymous Mr Smith in The Sarah Jane Adventures. Armstrong’s vocal abilities captures the essences of Amy, Rory and the Doctor, without lapsing into parody, allowing the listeners to immerse themselves in what is a very dark tale. Fans of the series will delight in the layers of intrigue woven into the plot, casting the Time Lord in the role of an intergalactic detective.
When the Doctor learns the truth about Darkstar Academy, he also discovers that the institution is in terrible danger. However, a swarm of carnivorous, armoured crustaceans is not the only obstacle in his path. Something far more sinister lurks behind the walls of the perimeter fence - something that the Doctor has already encountered before…