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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 9/24/16 10:55 pm
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Paul Cornell's novel is read superbly by Lisa Bowerman who manages to perfectly capture each character. The story is also very well-scored with emotionally evocative but not overstated.

The core of the book is superb. Smith is a compelling characters whose struggle with self-identity and struggle fitting in drives much of the story. The romance between him and Joan is very sweet and effecting, while still being mature and appropriate to the age of the characters. Tim is also incredibly interesting as a character, particularly as he becomes the Doctor and you really identify with his plight.

The story suffers from extraneous elements and characters that were introduced, didn't add much to the core story, and weren't properly developed enough for readers to care about. The villains are not bad, but aren't interesting either.

Overall, though, the themes of love, loss, war, identity and the question of what it means to be the Doctor give the story a strong emotional edge and makes it a worthwhile read or listen.
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Reviewed By: St. XtoferReview Date: 4/7/16 4:40 pm
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So far I've read about 70 Doctor Who books over several ranges. Not only will I say that this is probably my absolute favorite so far, I'll say it is going to be a hard one to top for sure.

Like many, I saw the 10th Doctor TV version of this before delving into the novel and it is also one of my favorite episodes of the new series. It pales in comparison to the book. While the basics of the story are all there, the novel is sufficiently different from the TV version that you lose very little from the novel.

The story is an exploration of what it is to be the Doctor and what it is to be a human. The story is interesting, engaging and extremely original and the characters are so well wrought that you can't help but feel for them. This story takes everything good about a Doctor Who story and runs with it. Absolutely fantastic. One of the best reads ever.

I listened to the audio version of this and it must be added that not only is it one of the best produced audio novels I've had the pleasure of listening to, complete with sound effects and great background music, but Lisa Bowerman does one of the most superb jobs narrating ever.
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Reviewed By: StevoReview Date: 11/23/15 12:07 pm
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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.