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When the Doctor finds a statue of Rose, he and her head back to the time the statue was apparently made to find out why. Here they come across a plot involving a sculptor with unusual gifts, a woman who can predict the future awfully well, and a case of several missing persons (mostly slaves). Being the Doctor, he has stumbled right into the middle of plots nefarious.
Jacqueline Rayner asks the question that a lot of us have wondered at some time or another: why doesn't the Doctor use his time machine more as a time machine? Why doesn't he fly off to some distant future or another and get a miracle cure, or a miracle machine, or go back prior to things getting really bad and fix them at the start? The mythos of the show (and additionals) set down some rules to prevent this; but it always feels like the rules could be broken a little bit here or there. This is not to spoil exactly how things go down, but you do find one answer: it feels a little like a cop out. As the reader (or, well, listener); you feel little left out when everything can be solved by creative off-screening. The last third or so of this book deflates, rapidly, whatever tension that first two thirds has established.
Not poorly written, though, and fairly interesting; and David Tennant does a wonderful job as narrator (especially delightful is when he switches from his reader's voice to the voice of the Doctor). On all technical accounts, I was pleased. I was just not too sure about the way it was all resolved. Fits right in with the "a little too magical" elements of the 10th Doctor's first season, I suppose.
This is a fantastic book, wonderfully read by the Doctor Himself, David Tennant. This book has it all, the past the present and the future like only Doctor who can. This is the cream of the crop. Not to be missed
I've read several of the Doctor Who books and was happy to find them here. The Stone Rose is, in itself, one of the better stories I have found, and David Tennant's narration is perfect! Not only is it so engaging to have the actual voice of The Doctor, he does every voice wonderfully, with wonderful impressions of known characters and just as good a job done on bit parts. This is a great download, just as good as (and in some cases better than) an episode!
The writing on this book gives a very authentically Rose and the 10th Doctor feeling. A great story. Well read by the actor who plays the doctor. I can't recommend it highly enough.
This story has everything you could want in a Dr Who story: a wonderful mystery with sufficient twists to keep you on your toes, witty comments from the Dr, lively characters, and a fantastic villain. The narrator is great and tells an exciting story. I listened to this one twice in a row.
A great listen! David Tennant makes this story come alive, another fantastic tale of adventure with the Doctor!
The Doctor of course, Tennant in the role was the best!
He did a great job performing the other character's voices, especially Jackie and Mickey. His Rose was hysterical and the "Genie" voice was pretty amusing as well!
YES!! I just found out about the audio books. and only this year learned about the reading books.
Everything David Tennant! I dont care if its a crummy story, if he's in it, it makes it better. Now at the crummy storylinesand shows of Dr #11 (worst ones ever, except one of the last ones before Nov 2013), not worth watching.
Yes and i did. I dont see why you wouldnt listen to the whole story in one sitting, anything less is crazy.
Im glad there are audio books of Dr. Who. I like the ones David Tennant reads. His are the best, as he was the best Dr. I hope he continues to read audio books, especially ones of him and rose. Why not, infinite possiblities of stories. He could make a good side business doing these readings, and give us more enjoyment of Dr. Who for decades to come. (They should have him come back as himself on the show. I dont see why the Dr cant transform back into a previous doctor!)
As far as Doctor Who radio presentations go, I would rank this somewhere in the middle. I liked it better than some because it takes place in Ancient Rome, and I always find historical Doctor Who stories fun. However, objectively the story isn't great. It's just something to pass the time when you've run out of Doctor Who episodes and you need a David Tennant fix. Speaking of time, this is an abridgment, but you pay as much as you would for an unabridged book. $8.59 (with membership) for 2 hours and 22 minutes is ridiculous.
First: David Tennant is an excellent verbal actor. Sure, you're getting this because you liked Doctor 10. But stay for the fact that his vocal characterizations are excellent (and, when they're characters with whom we're familiar like Rose or Mickey, dead on). Narrator David Tennant speaks in his natural Scottish accent, while the Tenth Doctor speaks in his BBC voice. This alone is worth your cash.
Second: This is an excellent story. Complex while not overly contrived. Well described. Neat plot twists. Works in overall continuity well (later 1/2 of series 2, I think). It's got time and space, and some funky timey-wimey-ness that makes it fun.
Exciting, weird, sweet.
It's very true to the format of the show. The author really nailed the twisty, confusing, "how did you make that all make sense" style of my favorite TV episodes. Also I may be a little partial to David Tennant's voice.
I got the giggles when David Tennant voiced Mickey. Spot on. I had to rewind because I was laughing so hard I missed some of the conversation.