REVIEW: The Day of the Troll by Simon Messingham

REVIEW: The Day of the Troll by Simon MessinghamDoctor Who: The Day of the Troll by Simon Messingham
(narrated by David Tennant)
Published: AudioGO Ltd. (2009), Audiobook, 2h20min
Source: Borrowed
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fiction, Sci-fi

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.

7 thoughts on “REVIEW: The Day of the Troll by Simon Messingham”

  1. I have a coherent comment, but my first is simply DOES HE DO IT IN A SCOTTISH ACCENT? (Rusty might make Ten a whiner–Lord knows my emo Ten cutout appears to be cursed–but I love Tennant’s voice. Even if his American accent makes him sounds like Charlie Sheen.)

    An exclusive audiobook! What a great idea, especially for a tie-in novel–I fully admit to purchasing the audiobook for the Star Trek novelization solely to hear Zachary Quinto attempt the various accents of the crew.

    1. I didn’t notice and/or don’t remember! According to other reviews he does his normal reading voice in his regular accent, and the Doctor’s in the British(/tinged with Scottish) accent.

      I normally don’t like novelizations of movies but I really wanted to listen to that one because of how much I adore Zachary Quinto! Still haven’t gotten a copy of it, though. My TBR soonish list is miles long, lol.

      1. For shame, Anastasia! 😉 Interesting, interesting.

        I bought it on CD (because I’m insane) and iTunes didn’t agree with it, so I haven’t listened to it all the way, but the beginning was fun. Quinto’s Kirk voice was quite fun.

  2. I – but – you MUST BE INSANE.

    Please ignore my instinctive defense mode. David Tennant is totally my Doctor. I love him more than my luggage. I’ve never read any of the Doctor Who books though! Remiss in my Doctor Who cultural education!

    (Which Doctor is your favorite? Leaving out David Tennant, and maybe leaving out Matt Smith (still haven’t totally ranked him yet), I like Patrick Troughton the best. And then Peter Davison. That short Doctor Who bit that Steven Moffat wrote for the Proms or something, where Ten and Five meet up in the TARDIS, completely melted my heart. :p

    1. I think actually I consider Paul McGann to be my Doctor? Because even though I started with 9 and that’s what got me into DW, the 8th Doctor is totally what kept me hooked. And then after 8 I really like 4, 5, and then 2 (mostly because of his companions?). I haven’t really seen a lot of 6/7 but I like them in the audio adventures, and of course I mostly missed 10 because I couldn’t stand him/RTD’s writing. 1 is also somewhat unknown to me, but I’m working on that.

      I really like 11! I think partly the writing is what does it, Moffat is more my sort of writer than Davis, but also 11 is so charming and much less angry than 10 (although I haven’t seen ALL the new season yet, so maybe he gets angrier later on). And…yeah!

  3. So you haven’t seen all of Ten’s episodes, or you have and you just don’t care for them? Have you seen “Human Nature” and “The Family of Blood”? They are probably my very most favorite two-part episode, and David Tennant is excellent in them.

    1. I saw I think the entire of 10’s first season, and then I watched some random ones in his later seasons with my mom, but I didn’t make an effort to watch all of them, no. They always looked way intense and DT’s eyes were always bulging worryingly far out of his head and I wasn’t enamored with the episodes I had seen, soooo. My mom said the episodes with Donna were really good, so I may watch them eventually. :O

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