When a local farmhand decides to gather rocks to repair a wall, he unintentionally awakens a force that is older than time itself. The Rising Night is an audio adventure that combines all the elements of the Classic Who era: horror and science fiction with the dynamic and fast-paced aplomb of the Nu Who series.
Read by Michelle Ryan, star of the TV episode Planet of the Dead, this audio drama welcomes the Tenth Doctor back to Earth of the 18th Century. Ryan perfectly captures this incarnation’s bravado, whilst paying careful attention to the sense of responsibility and occasional regret that made Tennant’s interpretation so popular and fascinating. Travelling alone, the Doctor finds himself in a small Yorkshire village where the sun has not risen for three weeks. His natural charisma sees him join forces with Charity, while his insatiable curiosity finds him uncovering a race of Vampires.
Although the Doctor has encountered Vampires in his pasts, these villains are rendered quite differently and, in Classic Who style, are more disconcerting than anything we have seen on the screen so far. All in all, this is a strong addition to the Who canon of adventures, and one that will engage both die-hard fans and new travellers in time and space.