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The Blood Cell

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Reviewed By: BlueboxReview Date: 11/12/17 9:44 pm
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I enjoyed this book a lot. The Capaldi books have got off to a great start.

Colin McFarlane was a great narrator and I think the format of this being from the perspective of The Governor really helped the Audio format. I believed in him as the character and also allowed for some weaker attempts at other voicesto pass me by. Like Silhouette, I didn’t really notice the running time and even gasped aloud at a plot twist about two thirds in.

The ending is also quite a sad one and I think I’ll remember this one for a while yet
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Reviewed By: PaulaPenguinReview Date: 4/16/16 10:53 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.