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Dead Air was the seventh and final exclusive-to-audio adventure to feature the Tenth Doctor. It was written by James Goss and performed by David Tennant. Released by BBC Audio as a part of their ongoing line of original, single-actor plays, it went on sale on 4 March 2010.

While all previous BBC Audio-exclusive Doctor Who stories were two-disc sets with run times of about two and a half hours, Dead Air is a shorter story with a run time of approximately sixty minutes on one CD.[1]

Publisher's summary

"Hello, I'm the Doctor. And, if you can hear this, then one of us is going to die."

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 anything that makes noise - and has tracked it to a boat crewed by a team of pirate DJs. With the help of feisty Liverpudlian Layla and some groovy pop music, he must trap the Hush and destroy it - before it can escape and destroy the world...


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Cultural References

  • When Layla discovers the Doctor isn't human, the Doctor asks her if that doesn't surprise her. She replies "When you've met The Beatles nothing surprises you," the band being an important part of 1960s culture.
  • The Doctor compares the destruction The Hush will leave behind to Pinky and Perky by saying "Seriously, if that thing gets transmitted, it will be worse than a Pinky and Perky B-Side".
  • Tommo figures non-stop music played on their radio station will be a success, saying the catch phrase "Thunderbirds Are Go!". Thunderbirds was a popular puppet show in England in the 1960s.



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