David Tennant is as wonderful as usual and the book is great, but I had to go to a bookstore to read the end, since the audio book is missing the last chapter and epilogue. I have sent an email to Audible to ask whether they intend to do anything about it. It must be a mistake.
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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