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Reviewed By: PaulaPenguinReview Date: 4/17/16 7:00 am
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"Snowglobe 7" is an action-packed base-under-siege story set in the not-too-distant future of Earth. The idea of having a number of giant snow globes serving as research facilities scattered all across the planet offers some brilliant imagery and works as an intriguing backdrop for this adventure. The Flisk, a race of telepathic aliens who have settled on Earth, are very well-drawn and a great addition to the story.

The Doctor and Martha are split up for most of the adventure and they both get plenty to do along the way. Martha can even use her medical training, which is always a plus, because in the tv series this was mostly forgotten about after her first episode. There is a lot going on throughout and at times it is a little difficult to keep track of everyone's whereabouts as well as what they are up to, but all the story strands come together nicely in the end.

Georgia Moffett is an very good reader, even though she doesn't really do too many different impressions for the various characters. However, she gets all the different emotions, the eerie tension and the adrenaline in the more action-packed scenes across incredibly well.

Overall, this is an exciting and imaginative adventure for the 10th Doctor and Martha and an interesting cast of guest characters. Recommended.
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Reviewed By: PaulaPenguinReview Date: 4/16/16 6:53 am
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James Goss has come up with some highly original ideas for his previous Doctor Who releases and "The Blood Cell" is no exception. The whole story is told from the perspective of "the Governor", the man who is in charge of an ultra-high security prison, where all the most dangerous and terrible murderers are kept and where the Doctor ends up being an inmate.

From the start, there is a lot of tension and a rather eerie atmosphere. The plot unfolds comparatively slowly, but that doesn't mean it is ever boring or tedious. On the contrary, it helps to give the discovery of what is really going on in the prison and how the Doctor fits into the whole story a real impact.

Clara isn't present for long stretches of this adventure and when she does occasionally pop up, her scenes usually work as a bit of light comic relief, particularly in the first half. Apart from the Doctor, Clara and the Governor there are only a handful of characters who take on an active role in the proceedings, which adds to the tension and the drama unfolding around them.

Some of the Doctor's dialogue sounds like it has been written with Matt Smith's portrayal in mind, but by the time we get to the second half of the story, Capaldi's 12th Doctor really comes trough in the writing. There are quite a few references to life in contemporary Britain which makes the dialogue very vivid and immersive.

Colin McFarlane is the perfect casting choice for the role of the Governor. His voice has just the right edge as well as ring of authority to it to work perfectly. Plus, he does a great impression of the 12th Doctor, so the numerous conversations between the two main characters are particularly engrossing. There is also a little bit of music and a few sound effects added to the audio book.

The Blood Cell is a great addition to the range of Doctor Who novels and the audio production is very well done with a fantastic narrator to deliver James Goss' brilliant script.
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Reviewed By: PaulaPenguinReview Date: 4/15/16 8:10 am
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The Slitheen Excursion is set during the year of tv specials. For this particular adventure the 10th Doctor is joined by one-off companion June, a resourceful and compassionate young woman, who loves to learn about the world around her. While this is hardly the most original idea for a Doctor Who companion, she is still very likeable and engaging, with a believable personality.

Debbie Chazen is very enjoyable to listen to; she does a good 10th Doctor impression, even though her delivery is sometimes a little too slow for Tennant. Her monster voice is good, but occasionally a bit difficult to understand.

The plot itself is a little by-the-numbers, albeit with some good surprises along the way. The ending is slightly too drawn out; there are a couple of instances where the whole thing seems finished, only for another quick Slitheen attack to come up. So on the whole, this adds up to a rather basic, but enjoyable Doctor Who adventure
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Reviewed By: St. XtoferReview Date: 4/7/16 12:43 pm
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I've been less than impressed the new series novels to this point and this one, despite a fair bit of hype, did little to change my mind. The story is pretty pedestrian. The heroes chase around a McGufffin rock that unlocks a pyramid build by ancient aliens that could, for no particularly good reason, destroy all of time and space.

The story is mostly told in a series of admittedly well written action scenes separated by long bouts of tiresome and cliché Doctor/Companion banter and tedious lists of trivial detail that seem to be meant to serve as setting and mood. The baddies were basic stereotype alien hitmen and con artists and there was an extremely annoying habit of referring to 'Kik the Assassin' as the full moniker of 'Kik the Assassin' every single friggin' time she's mentioned. We get it. She's an assassin.

The author also makes it clear that he is pouting about the fact they wouldn't let him use River Song. I'm glad they didn't. The book is already laden with a lot of tiresome banter and to throw River's constant flirtations and innuendo into the mix would likely have tipped the scales from annoying to unbearable. Benny was one of the few bright spots. Her character was actually pretty well written and interesting. On the other hand, the Twelfth Doctor was portrayed as a smarmy, unloveable git. The rest of the protagonists seemed like hold-overs from a Goosebumps novel about aliens. Extremely kiddie-ish and two dimensional.

This book really only has two things going for it. First, the very welcome return of Bernice Summerfield. Second, Lisa Bowerman does fantastic narration. I wish they'd given her and Benny a better story.

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