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The Last Dodo

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/20/15 9:18 am
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This book finds the Doctor and Martha finding a museum filled with creatures who are the last of their kind. However, some animals have been disappearing, and the museum director has an idea for another &quot;last of his kind&quot; creature that belongs in the museum.

Overall, this book is a weak outing from Jacqueline Rayner who usually turns out solid Doctor Who stories. The middle of the book is a bit of a ride with alien clones, and a plot to blow up the Earth with the use of an army of cloned dodos.

Sadly, the story is hampered by the heavy-handedness of its message. The whole thing starts because in the TARDIS, with the option to go anywhere in all of time and space, Martha wants to go to the zoo and we learn the Doctor hates the zoo because he hates to see anything caged and he'd hated to be caged. He then complains that some humans anthropomorphise animals with no sense of irony because his assumption about how horrible this is for the animals is kind of based on how horrible it would be for him.

Speaking of anthropomorphism, Rayner takes us inside the Dodo's head imagining the bird as a sentient and sapient creature, which is a bit of a stretch to put it mildly.

It was a little bit tiresome, is at least okay thanks to the action in the middle and a good deal of suspense over what's going on at the museum and what crazy schemes are in back of everything. The audio version features the strength of Freema Agyeman's great acting as she manages to bring both Martha and the Doctor to life.