Tuesday, February 16, 2016

#BookReview: #DoctorWho: The Forever Trap by Dan Abnett and Narrated by Catherine Tate

Doctor Who: The Forever Trap by Dan Abnett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When the TARDIS is invaded by a holographic marketing scam, the Doctor and Donna find themselves trapped on the Edifice, a purpose-built complex of luxury apartments in space. Their new environs leave much to be desired: millions of beings from across the Universe have been gathered to live side by side in similar apartments. Instead of creating neighbourly affection, it’s led to terrible battles being waged in the corridors and on the stairwells. The Doctor and Donna must cross the paths of deadly alien mobs as they search for the Edifice’s ultimate authority. Who - or what - lies at the heart of the incredible complex? What destructive scourge is eating away at the Edifice itself? And are the Doctor and Donna trapped forever in this living hell? Doctor Who: The Forever Trap features the Doctor and Donna, as played by David Tennant and Catherine Tate in the hit BBC Television series Doctor Who. Written specially for audio by Dan Abnett, it is read by Catherine Tate.

Published October 9th 2008 by BBC Audio (first published September 30th 2008)

My Review:

Ah, the Doctor. And not only any Doctor, but David Tennant's Doctor. One of my two most favorite Doctors along with Christopher Eccleston and Tom Baker. Since I can't watch any more television shows featuring these Doctors, I'm forever grateful that I can still enjoy learning about their adventures through books. And not only that, but hearing them narrated by my most favorite companion EVER is the best! Sorry, Rose.

The Forever Trap begins with Donna and the Doctor aboard the Tardis. A mysterious man appears on the ship, something that the Doctor claims is impossible. The man is a salesman of sorts, advertising a luxurious apartment. Before they can learn much more about how he's come to be here, Donna accidentally touches the man which seals the contract he has proposed and they are whisked away to the Edifice.

The Edifice is a building which houses the likes of all manner of creatures and aliens regardless of whether they are friend or foe, or even if the environment is suitable to their lifestyle. As in water creatures who are unable to breathe air. The Doctor and Donna are horrified at the conditions they find these abducted creatures are living and they search for who or what is responsible. And as always, the Doctor's mission to put things right at rather all costs.

This isn't the first Doctor Who audiobook I've listened to, but I believe it is now one of my favorites. The story was interesting and mysterious, just the way I like it. But, also, I think the talented Catherine Tate's narration was one of the reasons I loved this story. She did a fantastic job at creating voices for these alien creatures and even the Doctor. And it was a delight to hear Donna's voice again with her snarky comments. A pure joy!

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