The Eleventh Doctor is back doing what he does best in this macabre and very dark little story. From the second the Tardis materialises in a pitch-black tunnel, Day of the Cockroach is a gut-tightening tale set in the middle of a nuclear war, with our heroes trapped inside a bunker. The year is 1982, the bomb has dropped and a soldier’s lifeless body signals that there’s something else out there…
The story ramps up the tension from the off and, as ever with The Doctor, it’s the little details that give us clues as to what’s really happening, like why doesn’t the psychic paper (that dependable Doctor Who ‘get out of jail free’ card) work on Colonel Bowe? While the usual witticisms and sharp wisecracks are still there, the impending sense of menace that lies just beyond the bunker doors is also evident throughout.
The transposition of the story onto audio gives the listener’s imagination a chance to run riot – and run straight into those claustrophobic corners of our minds where terrifying creatures lurk and shadows reach out and pull you into the darkness. Read by Arthur Darvill, who plays Rory in the TV series, it features The Doctor, Amy and Rory as well as a strong supporting cast of characters.