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Doctor Who: The Stone Rose Radio/TV Program
Doctor Who: The Stone Rose
Written by: 
Jacqueline Rayner
Narrated by: 
David Tennant
Doctor Who: The Stone Rose Radio/TV Program

Doctor Who: The Stone Rose

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Mickey is startled to find a statue of Rose in a museum; a statue that is 2,000 years old. The Doctor realises that this means the TARDIS will shortly take them to Ancient Rome, but when it does, he and Rose soon have more on their minds than sculpture. While the Doctor searches for a missing boy, Rose befriends a girl who claims to know the future; a girl whose predictions are surprisingly accurate. But then the Doctor stumbles on the hideous truth behind the statue of Rose, and Rose herself learns that you have to be very careful what you wish for. Featuring the Doctor and Rose as played by David Tennant and Billie Piper in the acclaimed hit series from BBC Television.

©2006 BBC Audiobooks Ltd; (P)2006 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Maureen Sparks, NV, United States 07-11-10
    Maureen Sparks, NV, United States 07-11-10 Member Since 2014
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    "My Favorite Doctor!"

    I loved this! David Tennant as the doctor...can't get better than that.
    The story is very good. Listened to it in one sitting. I am a Who fan forever!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    W. Doug Bolden Huntsville, AL United States 01-21-10
    W. Doug Bolden Huntsville, AL United States 01-21-10 Listener Since 2010

    book addicted librarian

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    "Back and forth to solve the answer, again..."

    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.

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    ivan 06-01-16
    ivan 06-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I loved it"

    it was amazing. I love Doctor Who and David Tennant is my favorite Doctor so having him narrate it was great :). it had a good story and a good ending

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    Michael 05-27-16
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    "Great Story"

    I really liked this story, it was intense and engaging, without being to dark.
    And of course David Tennant's performance was on spot.

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    "Womderful"

    I loved this book. it was so good, and David Tennant's gift for making the different voices is amazing. I'm not usually a listen to a book kind of person, but I couldn't take myself away from this one until I was done 2 times! It is now one of my favorite books ❤❤❤❤

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    alvaro 02-12-16
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    "good!"

    started out awesome. totally feels like a true doctor who episode. story got a bit bland at the end (to me personally, but an overall good read/listen. I think of it as an ok doctor who episode. enjoyable.

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    "Amazing"

    I absolutely loved it. It was like I was actually with The Doctor and Rose in Rome. I will hear it over and over again

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    nath1221 12-15-15
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    loved it and and David Tennant being the narrator was a brilliant idea and and the story was fantastic

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 10-30-15
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 10-30-15 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "YOUR MY LUCKY PANTS"

    ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
    This is only my second Doctor Who, the first was written by Ness. I really enjoyed Ness's Story, so I thought I would try more. I was surprised in how simple and complicated the plot was. So, many parts of it seemed silly and predictable, while the constant complicated traveling through time, was annoying.

    According to the author in the interview after, this is suppose to be Kiddie Sci-Fi. I did not realize that. Ness's story did not seem so kiddie, so I will try more from the Doc, but I will avoid this author. She did not impress me with her story and her interview, made it sound like she was an inexperienced housewife who gave this a shot.

    ALL ROADS LEAD AWAY FROM ROME, TOO.

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    The Lion 08-02-15
    The Lion 08-02-15 Member Since 2015

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would only recommend this book to Whovians, and then only Whovians that are willing to listen to David Tennant's exceptional audio performance as the book's narrator for 2.5 hours. His narration is exhilarating, but the story itself is only just okay.


    What was most disappointing about Jacqueline Rayner’s story?

    Rayner's done a great job capturing the feel of a Doctor Who TV episode. Her portrayal of the characters is accurate: Rose sounds like Rose, the Tenth Doctor sounds like himself, and so on. The story itself, though? It's not very compelling. I was hoping for something along the lines of the Pompeii/Vesuvius/"Volcano Day" episode from the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble era, but this can't even shake a stick at that! We're taken back to ancient Rome in the narrative--and the Doctor makes a grand appearance in what eventually became the Coliseum--but I didn't get the sense of actually being transported backwards in time as much as I got a rather bland, typical science fiction narrative that does little to carry the powerful characterizations forward.

    (And for you Whovians out there, because this book was written before the Pompeii episode, there are some discrepancies between what we learn with the Doctor in Pompeii that aren't represented in this book. That's the fault of Time, not Rayner. For instance, the TARDIS translates Latin phrases directly without making it sounds like Celtic to the Roman natives. If you've seen the episode, you know what I'm talking about!).


    Which character – as performed by David Tennant – was your favorite?

    David Tennant's narration was the reason I bought this book. He performs the main narration in his native Scottish accent, then switches to his Tenth Doctor voice when the Doctor speaks in the narrative. ("Hello! I'm the Doctor, this is Rose"). He also manages to nail the accents of Rose Tyler, her mum Jackie, and sort-of boyfriend Mickey, too. He portrays the accents of the other incidental characters very movingly and convincingly, too, in perfect Tennant style.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book to enjoy David Tennant's voice, but don't expect a whole lot from the story itself.

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