The author is a true heir to Dorothy Sayers. The marvelous actor Edward Petherbridge narrates. He was a great Peter Wimsey in the series and also does the rest of the voices beautifully. I was especially taken with his voices for two working class older London women.
This review is of the audio version read by David Tennant. Unfortunately, many reviews are NOT of the audio version on this site. The book is a lot of fun and well worth two hours of your time. David Tennant is clearly a fan of Fleming, judging from the interview at the end (a wonderful bonus for Tennant fans).
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!
One Christmas scene is given after the author has read the words "The End." I was glad it was there, because I wondered what had happened.
The book is suitable for eight or nine year olds. It is a very sweet old fashioned story about an English boarding school. I could see the influence of this type of book on J.K. Rowling when she wrote about the train ride to Hogwarts and other aspects of school life.
The reader, Harriet Walter is a great actress, which is why I bought the book.
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