I completely disagree with another reader who wrote that there are no great stories in this collection. I was interested in all of them, but for me, the standouts are the stories about Doctors 1, 5, 9 and 11. The story about Doctor 5, "Tip of the Tongue" reminded me of "The Twilight Zone" in its exploration of social issues. It is just really good science fiction. With the story about The first Doctor, we get to see him in action before he had human companions. The 9th Doctor story is about a particularly important instant of time for that Doctor and an exploration in an interesting way of what makes a good companion. And the 11th Doctor story is by Neil Gaiman! What more can anyone ask for? It is funny, terrifying and it brings Amy back with several satisfying references to the show for fans.
Nicholas Briggs's Matt Smith impersonation is spot on.
Normally I'm not worried about what will happen to the Doctor and his companions in a book, but this one has a completely different dynamic and there are some truly harrowing moments of suspense. It also made me tear up several times because I really cared about the characters' tribulations. What I can't understand is--why doesn't Briggs (the voice of the Daleks, Cybermen, etc on tv) write an episode for the television show? From this book, I'd say he is at least as good a writer as Mark Gatiss, who has written several episodes. And surely there is no one more dedicated to Doctor Who!
When I bought it, this book only had a one-star rating by one person. I don't understand why anyone would just give it one star. It is exciting, witty (I laughed out loud at one point) and has a really complicated plot (though it isn't hard to follow). A correction to the description: it is narrated by Jean Marsh (who played Sara Kingdom in the original series) AND Peter Purves, who played Steven Taylor. Another reader who should not be forgotten is Nicholas Briggs, who does all the Dalek voices. Marsh, Purves and Briggs are all terrific, of course. Long may they keep doing Doctor Who in all its various forms!
I've read and listened to quite a few 10th Doctor stories now and this one is a favorite. I liked the premise, I liked Donna's presence throughout and I liked all the aliens and the resolution. Catherine Tate does a fine job narrating. Of course I'd rather have David Tennant himself read me everything and anything, but I suppose the man does have a life and other projects. A really special moment was when the Doctor explains to Donna what she's seeing through the window. I wish they had done just a wee bit more with that-- did they really leave without a final glance?