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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 7/11/16 11:55 pm
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This story has a solid atmospheric beginning as the head of a research effort in a post-Second Ice age in Britain disappears and his sister is left babbling incoherent as a strange monster emerges and members of the research team begin to disappear.

The story builds a great sense of mystery but does eventually become a somewhat standard base under siege story with a solo Tenth Doctor. This is somewhat appropriate given that the tale feels like a follow-up to the Second Doctor Story, The Ice Warriors. Overall, a decent story, if a bit standard.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/30/16 9:24 pm
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The Forever Trap brings to a life a superb concept as the Doctor and Donna find themselves tricked into signing a lease for an apartment in a giant apartment complex known as the Edifice where creatures from across the galaxy are being kidnapped and forced together with often tragic results.

It was refreshing to get one of these novels that didn't merely try and tell a Base Under Siege story breaking up the Doctor and the Companion. Instead, we're treated to a great high concept story that's filled with mystery and plays it's story out to the hilt. Plus, it keeps the Doctor and Donna together the whole story and Catherine's Tate's reading really captures the wonder of that relationship. This story captures everything that made that relationship so fun to watch on TV and is a must-listen to for fans of this well-beloved TARDIS team.

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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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