Review-Doctor Who: The Gemini Contagion

Now, only a week before the 2011 series of Doctor Who kicks off, the last Time Lord returns with this audiobook, read by Meera Syal, she played Nasreen Chaudry in the Silurians two-parter, from series 5.

Meera Syal gives us an excellent read, she manages to capture the essence of every character

It’s a very Douglas Adams story. I could imagine him writing this if he were still with us. The story focuses on a new anti-viral handwash Gemini, which has been laced with Meme-Spawn, a sentient microorganism which makes the user fluent in every universal language. Now, you may be thinking. Brilliant, how do I get some?

Unfortunately, the manufacturers didn’t think to test it on humans. Humans react badly to, Gemini –It makes them speak every language at once, with a violent urge to communicate. In come the Doctor and Amy, they land on an Earth-bound cargo-ship loaded with Gemini and with the crew already infected by the virus. Unable to escape the ship, and with Amy facing infection, the Doctor is faced with a conundrum: does he save Amy or the Earth?

The quality of this audio really impressed me. I started to wish that it was an episode of the tv series and not just an audio. It’s a gripping story, but there is one niggle. I don’t believe that the owner of the company, wouldn’t have tested It on human’s, before selling it to them. But, that is just a minor niggle.
Everything else about this story is enjoyable and, it’s under a tenner, which is cheap for a quick who-fix.

You can get this audiobook straight from Audiogo, on cd or download for under a tenner.


Episode 06: The Vampires of Venice

In episode 6, Gerrod and I discuss ‘The Vampires of Venice’, ‘Amy’s Choice’.

The Vampires of Venice” is the sixth episode of the fifth series of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was broadcast on 8 May 2010 on BBC One. It was written by Toby Whithouse, who previously wrote “School Reunion”, and was directed by the first-time Doctor Who director Jonny Campbell.

Following from the end of “Flesh and Stone” where his companion Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) had kissed him, the alien time traveler the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) picks up Amy’s fiancé Rory (Arthur Darvill) and takes the two on a romantic trip to Venice in 1580. There they are intrigued by a girls’ school whose students appear to be vampires and discover that they are really alien refugees in disguise, who plot to make Venice their new home.

Amy’s Choice” is the seventh episode of the fifth series of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It first broadcast on BBC One on 15 May 2010. It was written by sitcom writer Simon Nye and directed by Catherine Morshead.

In the episode, the Eleventh Doctor, a time-traveling alien played by Matt Smith, and his human traveling companions Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill), are in a trap set by the mysterious “Dream Lord” (Toby Jones), wherein they repeatedly fall asleep and wake up in a different reality. In one, Amy and Rory are happily married but pursued by elderly people possessed by aliens, while in another they are on board the Doctor’s time machine, the TARDIS, where they anticipate being frozen to death by a nearby astronomical phenomenon. They must decide which is the real reality and die in the dream, to wake up in reality and escape the trap. At the episode’s conclusion, the Dream Lord is ultimately revealed to be a manifestation of the Doctor’s dark side and self-loathing.

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