When the Doctor arrives on Earth in the far future, he is horrified to find the planet beset by famine and starvation. England is a barren wasteland, and scientists are desperately seeding the ground to make the crops grow again. But now it seems that something even worse is happening.
Karl Baring, the owner of research facility The Grange, has been snatched away in the middle of the night. His sister Katy was with him when he vanished, but is now in catatonic shock — so it is up to the Doctor, with the help of the scientists at The Grange, to investigate. What is lurking under the old bridge, and why is it preying on people?
The Doctor must find out, before it strikes again... (from Goodreads)
I’m probably among the minority when I say that I wasn’t enamored with David Tennant’s Doctor, and that in fact he’s probably my least favorite Doctor ever. Partly that has to do with my dislike for Russell T. Davis’ later episodes and his own fondness for tearing the heart out of his characters and their audience, but partly also it’s because Tennant’s Doctor is way intense and angry and sort of mean. I just prefer my Doctors to be more…er…fun. (Like Matt Smith!) ANYWAY, what I am trying to say is that I went into this book thinking it’s be horrible and depressing and that my whole month would be ruined.
It’s not depressing or horrible and in fact I liked it quite a lot.
I should have realized it wouldn’t be depressing because it was written by somebody other than Russell T., and though Doctor Who novels tend to be on the sillier (and badly written) side they mostly aren’t depressing. This was SO GOOD. It had action! Adventure! Scary bits where I thought everyone would die and then they didn’t and it was such a relief! There was a really creepy monster, and the Doctor wasn’t as bad as I thought he’d be, and there were some great secondary characters, and all in all it was great.
David Tennant was an excellent reader, though he had some trouble with female voices; all the women sounded like David Tennant doing a falsetto (which is what it was), and that took a bit of time to get used to. But he was so good with getting the tension of a scene right, and he got the Doctor’s mannerisms spot on. Which, duh. He IS(/was) the Doctor.
So yeah! If you like Doctor Who, you’ll like this. You DON’T have to be familiar with David T.’s Doctor, although if you don’t know anything about Doctor Who you’ll be way out of the loop.
Sidenote: It’s not a novel in that there’s a paper version available. It’s not an audio drama, because there’s only David T. reading. It’s an exclusive-to-audio book, which I guess is like a combination of book and drama.
Read: September 2010
I found another Doctor Who fan in one of my classes the other day! And he likes the older Doctor Who series! We talked about Tom Baker and William Hartnell and the movie adaptations with Peter Cushing as the Doctor and it was GREAT! So exciting!
I do like David Tennant in other stuff, btw. He was WONDERFUL in Casanova, and I’ve heard the same about some other things he was in.