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Reviewed By: StevoReview Date: 11/23/15 12:07 pm
4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Human Nature by Paul Cornell is the book which the Tenth Doctor TV episodes 'Human Nature' & 'Family of Blood' are based on, but the book is way better! For me this is one of the best Doctor Who novels ever published, and this BBC audiobook version read by Lisa Bowerman is magnificently good, bringing Paul Cornell's novel of humanity to life.

This is a Seventh Doctor story with Bernice Summerfield as his companion, and was originally published as part of the New Adventures range in 1995 when there was no Doctor Who on the TV. The plot of this book is similar to the TV adaptations of course, but the details are quite different, so this book can be enjoyed separately from the TV episodes without any real conflict... unless you are a person who wonders how the same story can fit in to Doctor Who continuity twice, with two different Doctors!

Human Nature is a Doctor Who story about love, war and the emotions that make people tick, fearuring real characters not cardboard cut-outs. The humanised Doctor and his resourceful companion Bernice Summerfield excel in this adventure, which has the usual sci-fi elements you'd expect from a Doctor Who story, but is full of humour and wit too. I thought the alien villains were a bit weak when it comes to being fearsome, but that is only a small minus to an otherwise excellent story.

Overall, Human Nature is one of the best Doctor Who novels ever published, and this reading by Lisa Bowerman is one of the best Doctor Who audiobooks.
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Reviewed By: StevoReview Date: 4/4/15 2:48 pm
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Engines of War is an excellent book from start to finish. An epic Doctor Who adventure set during the Great Time War featuring Daleks beng evil, Time Lords being arrogant, and the man that doesn't want to be known as The Doctor doing whatever Is necessary to stop either side commiting genocide! From the Dalek controlled planet of Moldox to Gallifrey, this action packed adventure adds more flesh to the character of the War Doctor that we first saw in the 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor.

Everyone knows that Nick Briggs can do Dalek voices, but his portrayal of the gruff and grumpy War Doctor was so convincing you could almost hear John Hurt. Nick did an excellent job of the other characters too, especially the companion Cinder. Everything about the narration was top notch.

George Mann has managed to write a really interesting Doctor Who story that gives us an insight in to the darkest of all of the Doctor's, a violent incarnation weary of the world around him and prepared to do whatever it takes. Doctor no more! This was a fantastic audiobook to listen to, and Engines of War is easily one of the best Doctor Who novels of recent times.

We need more War Doctor audios!
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Reviewed By: StevoReview Date: 11/4/14 5:39 pm
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'Harvest of Time' is a Third Doctor novel set when the Doctor was exiled on earth, and it ticks every box that a fan of that era would want; The Doctor, Jo Grant, Bessie, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, UNIT and of course The Master... then we've North Sea oil rigs, dodgy Government officials, plus the obligatory alien invasion of Earth! So everything is here, including the kitchen sink.

Geoffrey Beever's did a great job narrating this audio-book. He has a very creepy voice, perfect for The Master. Although I was so immersed in the story that all of his voices fitted in well. The dialogue between The Doctor and The Master was brilliant, I could almost hear Pertwee and Delgado sparring with one another in my head.

'Harvest of Time' is more like an expanded novelisation of a Jon Pertwee TV story than a typical Alistair Reynolds novel. The author obviously knows his Doctor Who though, as everything is spot on and this story perfectly captures the era of Doctor Who in which it is set. (Somewhere between The Daemons and The Sea Devils.) It is a well written Third Doctor adventure... and jolly good fun.
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Reviewed By: StevoReview Date: 11/4/14 3:36 pm
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This Eleventh Doctor story started off well and was gripping enough, but the story lost it's way half way through and it became a chore for me to finish listening to this. I ended up having no interest in whether the characters lived or died... I just wanted to get to the end! The actual story is a mix of historical Doctor Who and fantasy, with some romance thrown in. However, 'Dark Horizons' might have been better suited to the shorter format Doctor Who novels, as there just wasn't enough meat on the bone in this adventure for a story of this length.

The narration of this audiobook was done by Neve McIntosh, who did her best to get to grips with all of the voices, but as the plot meandered the voices all merged in to one and the various characters sounded much the same to me, which I found a bit confusing. Although the lack of an interesting story might have meant that my concentration was slipping away, which could have contributed to this as well.

Probably not the worst Doctor Who novel ever... but not the best either!

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