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Doctor Who: Dead Air

(BBC Doctor Who: New Series Audio Exclusives #7)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,520 ratings  ·  187 reviews
At the bottom of the sea, in the wreck of a floating radio station, a lost recording has been discovered. After careful restoration, it is played for the first time - to reveal something incredible. It is the voice of the Doctor, broadcasting from Radio Bravo in 1966. He has travelled to Earth in search of the Hush - a terrible weapon that kills, silences and devours anyth ...more
Audiobook, 2 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by AudioGO Ltd. (first published March 1st 2010)
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Kimberley doruyter
Oct 11, 2013 rated it liked it
am i the only one how gets relaxed listening to david tennant??
Jim C
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very short audiobook based on the television series. This one features David Tennant's Doctor and he is traveling alone. David Tennant is also the narrator of this book so you know his portrayal is spot on. In this one, the Doctor is facing off against an enemy called "Hush" who has the ability to control sound waves and make an area go to complete silence. This enemy has traveled to the 1960's and is on a boat that is a pirate radio broadcast station.

This is one of the better quick read audio
Lauren Stoolfire
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brilliant! David Tennant has a great voice for audio book narration, especially when reprising his role as The Doctor. I only wish it was longer.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Tenth Doctor travels back in time to 1966 in pursuit of an alien weapon called The Hush. The weapon is drawn to sound. The Hush kills, and also cancels all sound...creating areas of absolute silence. He traces the Hush to a pirate radio station, Radio Bravo, broadcasting from a boat. The Doctor and the people running the station (Layla, Tom and Jasper) are all trapped on the boat with the weapon.Years later, in a wreck at the bottom of the sea, a recording of the Doctor's experiences on the ...more
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Meh. Short. Narration was flawless, as always, but the story just didn't hold up to other Doctor Who works.

2.5 stars, rounded up. Because Tennant.

Tracy (A Good Novel)
May 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, doctor-who
"Hello, I'm the Doctor, and if you can hear this, then one of us is going to die. If I'm lucky, you're listening to this on the boat ... Of course, if I'm not lucky, you're listening to this somewhere else, perhaps even at home, in which case it's too late. It's already escaped. And it's the end of the world."

The Doctor has landed on the boat Radio Bravo, a pirate radio station in the 1960s. It is staffed by Layla, Jasper, and Tom-O (not sure of the spelling on that last, given the format; I'm a
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
8 of 10 stars for this short Dr Who story.
Edward Lorn
Nov 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Doctor Who and audio books
Recommended to Edward by: Audible
All I have to say is...

Halley Hopson
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

This was actually great. Definitely my favorite of the Doctor Who novels I’ve listened to via audio!
Apr 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, audiobook, sci-fi
This was an adorable short story in the Doctor Who Universe of the 10th doctor played by David Tenant. And the audiobook was actually read by him. Which, let's be honest, was the sole reason I bought it!

The story was about the Doctor arriving on a pirate radio ship off the coast of Britain during the 70s to capture a creature who fed on silence and was trying to take over the Earth. It was an engaging and slightly creepy story, but mad edit the best was David's take on the various characters an
Feb 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I promise this review won't just be girlish gushing about David Tennant. Well, not entirely. Maybe just a little.

Oh my goodness, I LOVE HIM SO MUCH.


Having never listened to a Doctor Who serial before, I'm most impressed at how the author/producers took full advantage of their medium, playing with static, volume and audio quality to enhance the tone of the story and add to the creepiness. I think this story could only be an audio drama; visuals would have taken away from the misdirection a
Jasmiina F
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: doctor-who
Omg, this was so creepy... I rarely get scared while listening a story but while listening this I was scared. And it's not like I listened this at night in my bed, most of the time I was on the bus on my way to work. I think David Tennant has an excellent voice and he can change it nicely for other characters.
Dr. Who to the rescue in this BBC radio production with sounds and music. A sound creature is killing people and it is up to the Dr. to capture or as a last resort kill the sound creature before it gets to everyone else including himself. Dose Dr. Who outsmart the beast???
Robin Wayne
Nov 14, 2013 rated it liked it
David Tennant was enjoyable to listen to, and the story was creepy and suspenseful. But the plot was a little odd, and I'm confused about how it ended.
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
A sound creature that was created during a terrible war, the time war most likely, flees to a pirate radio ship where it hides and waits for the Doctor. This is a good setup and has some very Moffaty moments such as how people will die and become able to speak only becoming just sounds. And it was creepy at times, at one point it was downright scary. But it was only creepy at times, and it was often kind of dull. I also didn't buy that the Doctor would be foolish enough to set up the situation h ...more
Kathryn Dunn (super fangirl!)
doctor who is amazing, the end.
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sometimes I think David Tennant is my favorite incarnation of The Doctor so it is pleasant for me to have him revisit the character. The presentation is good but however, I think the story misfires a little.
Oct 02, 2010 rated it liked it
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Nicholas Whyte
Mar 29, 2010 rated it really liked it

David Tennant reads James Goss's excellent Doctor Who novel, Dead Air, set on a pirate radio ship off the southern coast of England in 1966, where the Doctor is dealing with a mysterious entity called the Hush, which exists as an organism based on sound alone; it absorbs its victims and turns them into sound patterns - if they are lucky. It is tremendously creepy and enjoyable, and Dark Hints are dropped which one can interpret as tying into the Tenth Do
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book
I must admit since the year of the specials I've really quite gone off David Tennant's doctor. But I've found I really enjoyed this story anyway. It was very atmospheric and the first person narration really suited the story. It made sense, sounded like the Doctor talking (and not just cause David was doing the voice) and the reason for telling the story worked really well. (Rather than some audiogo which sound just like the actor reading the book). The story was spooky and the other characters ...more
Christopher Buchanan
It's starts out kinda scooby-doo, but by the end it actually turns into a clever little story with a cutesy ending. You have to ignore how absurd the notion of 'The Hush' is but other than that it's fairly good. It's a whole lot of David Tennant showing off and you find yourself hoping that Thelma and Shaggy finally hook up but I enjoyed it more than I probably should. Maybe I'm just in a good mood. Maybe I'm heavily medicated. I'm not telling. It's short, it's fun and it's not written by Jackie ...more
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
David Tennant's performance was great, but the story itself was pretty . . . well, dumb. The "bad guy" didn't really make all that much sense to me, and they do a whole "if you are listening to this recording, it's all too late! The world is doomed!" thing that wasn't in the least bit scary. However I did learn about the existence of British pirate radio in the 1960s, and how that led to changes to BBC radio (in that they started actually playing pop music) so that was good! I like learning thin ...more
Richard Guion
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My first Doctor Who audiobook! This was great, narrated by David Tennant, the setting is a Pirate Radio ship off the coast of the UK in the 1960s. Tennant always sounds goofy to me as the Doctor, which is fun, but he does a smashing job on the accents of the other characters on the ship. If you've seen the movie, Pirate Radio, you will remember Bill Nighy in that - one of these people sounds just like him. Tennant is wickedly talented. It's a short audiobook, just over 1 hour, but now I think I ...more
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't know that I would have given this 5 stars if it wasn't for David Tennant narrating the audiobook. He's my favorite doctor, by far, so hearing his voice was absolutely perfect. Like discovering another episode with him as the doctor. :)
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Doctor Who meets The Boat That Rocked: a creepy tale somewhat at odds with the drollness of its recounting – an extended Tenth Doctor monologue in which David Tennant (sublime and Scottish in other readings) sounds like Bill Nighy crossed with Arnold Rimmer.
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. David Tennant is one of the most talented actors and narrators I've ever seen (and heard)! So glad to have gotten to experience more of his story as the Doctor. :)
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Doctor battles an alien threat on a pirate radio station during the 1960s.
Narrated by Tennant, this audio exclusive is so effective and creepy.
Feb 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, sci-fi
The story was meh, but David Tennant more than made up for that in my opinion.
Jill Jemmett
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this audiobook!

The book starts out with a disclaimer that the recording was found in the sea, so there may be problems with the audio. I love this introduction!

When the narrator started speaking, I thought he was doing a great impression of the Tenth Doctor. Then I realized it is David Tennant narrating! He was awesome! He’s my favourite Doctor. He also did great different voices for the other characters.

The story was spooky and exciting. It reminded me of the episode LIving Library. The
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
The audio was very choppy and filtered for effect, which was a cool idea but got to be a bit much. The sound effects did add to the atmosphere in places, but the pitch levels were unnaturally bass-heavy, making the Doctor sound like he had a bad head cold.

The plotline and the characters were intriguing but I didn't much like the ending. Still, it was fun to listen to the Doctor narrate it himself, and I liked that it was written in the first person.

Overall, a very chilling and gripping adventu
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James Goss has written two Torchwood novels and a radio play, as well as a Being Human book. His Doctor Who audiobook Dead Air won Best Audiobook 2010. James also spent seven years working on the BBC's official Doctor Who website and co-wrote the website for Torchwood Series One. In 2007, he won the Best Adaptation category in the annual LA Weekly Theatre Awards for his version of Douglas Adams' n ...more

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