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February 20th, 2012 28 comments

Doctor Who: Darkstar Academy Audio CD

Doctor Who: Darkstar Academy (11th Doctor Audio Exclusive)
Read by Alexander Armstrong

This March, the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory face danger at an unusual public school in AudioGO’s brand new, exclusive audio adventure Darkstar Academy. Specially written by Mark Morris, it sees the time-travellers dealing with armed prefects, carnivorous crustaceans and something very strange in the cargo bay. Cargo bay…?

It is read by Alexander Armstrong, who played Reg Arwell in the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas special The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe.

When the TARDIS is buffeted by ‘time slippage’, the Doctor experiences a terrible vision of the end of everything. Tracking the source of the disruption, he takes Rory and Amy to what appears to be an English public school in the 1950s.

But as the friends are about to discover, there are some very unusual things about Darkstar Academy. For a start the prefects carry guns, and then there is the strange forcefield that surrounds the perimeter. Not to mention the foot-long, crab-like creatures with spiny, armoured bodies…

When the Doctor learns the truth about the Academy, he also discovers that the whole place is in terrible danger. But with a swarm of creatures on the loose, what can he, Amy and Rory do to help prevent a terrible disaster?

Due for release on 08 March 2012.

Categorised under: Audio stories, CD


  • BB

    June 2nd, 2012 - 4:05pm

    Really want this one!!! Asked for it for Easter, but it was out of stock – 🙁

  • Bow tie of Doom

    March 14th, 2012 - 4:05pm

    “Only time will tell”- Darkstar Academy review. (Part 1)
    A less than brilliant audiobook but still one for the keen adventurer.
    The story sees the Doctor, Amy and Rory head to a 1950’s school after the Doctor has a terrifying vision of the end of everything when some “time slippage” hits the TARDIS. The story isn’t really that strong and is quite weak in places. Once you hear the words Cargo Bay you pretty much know what’s coming. I won’t spoil it though!

    • Bow tie of Doom

      March 14th, 2012 - 4:11pm

      Part 2:

      Alexander Armstrong does a very good job at voicing the characters (his Rory voice is spot on) although for some reason he lacks Amy’s Scottish accent.
      For me though, the highlight for me was the music by Simon Hunt I never normally pay much attention to it, but the score in this was great. Very reminiscent of Murray Gold’s score for The Doctor’s Wife.
      Overall this audiobook gets a 5/10 from me!

  • Bow tie of Doom (Not to be confused with The Fez of Fear)

    March 10th, 2012 - 7:14pm

    Ordered it yesterday! Hope it comes soon! Like I did with The Art of Death (back when I was The Wooden Prince) I’ll give my thoughts on it once I’ve listened to it.
    Fingers crossed it comes Monday! 😀 So excited for this one!

    • The 507th Doctor (Headless Monk Fan)

      March 10th, 2012 - 7:28pm

      Like your new name! Were you called once The Fez of Fear before I was on this site?

    • Bow tie of Doom

      March 12th, 2012 - 6:16pm

      No I was never called The Fez of Fear. Lol
      Also it came today!! Expect my thoughts on this soon!! 😀

  • Commander Strax

    February 22nd, 2012 - 5:41pm


    • The supreme

      February 22nd, 2012 - 8:13pm

      dout it!!!!!

    • McGann is the Doctor.

      February 23rd, 2012 - 9:47am

      😆 !

    • GreenAnchorRedWaterfall

      March 12th, 2012 - 6:30pm

      Phew! That book was terrible. No wonder I got it free in Doctor Who Adventures!

  • Sherlock

    February 4th, 2012 - 2:34pm

    I am dissapointed with the designer of this! Amy has the tally marks on her arm! So unless this has something to do with the silence then I feel a bit annoyed with this! Oh well sounds amazing!

    • Tick Tock goes the Clock

      February 20th, 2012 - 4:50pm

      oh yes well spotted

    • GreenAnchorRedWaterfall

      February 20th, 2012 - 4:54pm

      Yes, well spotted. Didn’t see that!

    • Commander Cool

      February 20th, 2012 - 5:51pm

      And the spiders look very cartoon-like

    • Bow tie of Doom (Mood fit woo eb)

      February 20th, 2012 - 9:43pm

      You chose your username well Sherlock! 😉

    • King of the Tenza

      February 22nd, 2012 - 5:40pm

      I think I already noticed that, but I didn’t say anything. Well spotted though!

    • McGann is the Doctor.

      February 23rd, 2012 - 9:48am

      Maybe it takes place in between those episodes, wait, no it doesn’t, the costume of the Doctor is too different.

      Eh, doesn’t matter anyway, the story doesn’t seem to tie into the TV stories and it isn’t even narrated by Matt Smith so I will pass. 😡

  • McGann is the Doctor.

    February 3rd, 2012 - 9:15am

    I can’t imagine listening to a Dr Who story, where the 11th Doctor is played without Matt Smith’s voice work !

    There have only been three stories with him so far, two of which I’m getting, and they take place during Series 5. 😉

    Wish they’d make a few more with Matt Smith. 🙁

  • Adam

    January 23rd, 2012 - 4:18pm

    I am not sure but is there an Eleventh Doctor CD Collection because I am probably get that I have Night of the Humans CD download which game with Brilliant Book 2012

  • Jackwho?

    January 20th, 2012 - 8:26pm

    Are these the spiders of meterbelious 3? Perhaps ……

  • doctorwhofan27

    January 20th, 2012 - 11:34am

    Mr. Smith, I need you! To read Darkstar Academy!

  • The Wooden Prince (Previously Admiral Icktheus)

    January 19th, 2012 - 9:21pm

    Alexander Armstrong?? I thought this might happen! Looks interesting though! 😀

    • McGann is the Doctor.

      January 20th, 2012 - 2:06pm

      Who is he ? What character did he play ?

    • booboo

      January 20th, 2012 - 2:30pm

      he is the Husband (plane pilot) in The Doctor The Widow and wardrobe – also Mr smiths voice in Sarah Jane Adventures

    • McGann is the Doctor.

      February 21st, 2012 - 10:28am

      Oh yes ! I didn’t recognise his name.

  • TheDoctorOfWho

    January 19th, 2012 - 9:19pm

    Thank god Amy and rory are still there! FEW! We need as much of them as we can before they go 🙁

  • King of the weevils

    November 11th, 2011 - 10:56pm

    Wonder what the story in July will be? This sounds great
    even though there’s no info about it.

  • McGann is the Doctor.

    November 9th, 2011 - 12:47pm

    Woah, now that IS a while away :O


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