An archaeological dig in 1936 unearths relics of another time... And – as the Doctor, Amy and Rory realise – another place. Another planet. But if Enola Porter, noted adventuress, has really found evidence of an alien civilization, how come she isn’t famous? Added to that, since Amy’s been travelling with him for a while, why does she think the Doctor is from Mars? As the ancient spaceship reactivates, the Doctor discovers that nothing and no-one can be trusted. The things that seem most real could actually be literal fabrications – and very deadly indeed. Who can the Doctor believe when no one is what they seem? And how can he defeat an enemy who can bend matter itself?
©2010 Gary Russell (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd
I love the BBC and British mysteries, but my tastes are very eclectic. I live with my husband and menagerie of rescued cats and dogs.
I have about twenty Doctor Who novels in my library, many of which got poor reviews from other listeners for one reason or another. While they have varied in quality, I have not found them unlistenable. This one, however, is just a mess. The plot wanders around aimlessly. The characters have no direction, and they don't even seem like themselves. I kept thinking I was missing something; I even went back and re-listened to part of it trying to make it make sense. Then I thought that it might make sense if I just kept going. Finally a little over half way through, I realized I was just throwing good time after bad. It is SO bad that I am going to utilize Audible's generous refund policy and get my credit back on this one.
Absolutely positively NOT!
How could he take characters that are already fleshed out and somehow make them different and change their interactions with each other? (And I'm not talking about the imposters; I mean the "real" Amy and Rory.) If he wanted more creative freedom, he should just have started from scratch and not bought into a franchise.
Darvill is the actor who played Rory, which was one of the reasons I chose this book. I've listened to the other books he read, and his characterizations are spot on. Even here, he made characters distinct and tried his hardest, but the different characterizations of Amy and Rory and The Doctor apparently made this book harder for him to read. This book is just so bad that he didn't have much to work with. Even he couldn't get a 5 star rating here.
Incredulity that such a poorly written book ever made it past an editor!
Seriously, there are plenty of Doctor Who novels. No matter how desperate you are for a house call, stay away from this one.
Rather good overall. Darvill was excellent as usual. The story itself had a minor issue or two but the story was interesting enough to compensate for those issues.
Also, do not be overly influenced by the 1 star review as it is obvious that the reviewer missed the underlying theme of the story entirely.
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