...but I do like Paul McGann, so I ended up not liking this audio very much, despite enjoying good performances by McGann, India Fisher (companion Charley) and the guest cast. My biggest problem was with the dialogue. Even good acting couldn't make it sound like anything anyone would really say. Ok, it came out of their mouths, and I have to believe my ears, but...arrgh. My second problem was in believing in the setting.
It's a futuristic Venice, in its last days before it drowns in the sea. The remaining inhabitants are partying to the end, doing odd cultish stuff, or waiting for the handover from human to amphibian (the Gondoliers seem to be some kind of oppressed slave race, but that wasn't terribly convincing either) control, or...just standing around being insane. There's something about a tragic love story between the Duke and his lost love. And then the Doctor and Charley land in the middle of all this... Two things: no one seems to have access to any kind of aircraft or even boats (besides the local water taxis!), and no one seems to have heard of aliens, even though by this time Earth has made contact with plenty of alien races in the DW universe.
This is one of the earlier 8th Doctor audio adventures, so I have the feeling they were still trying to establish his character. The Doctor does that "I know you" trick where he mysteriously knows about someone's past/childhood (as he did in the TV movie), but at least there were no footwear (or "is that your real hair?") gags (as has happened in other audios/books. I suppose that's what he gets for only appearing onscreen once) and thankfully, none of that "half-human" business.
I did like parts of it, but overall, for me, it fell flat.