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Doctor Who: Devil in the Smoke Kindle Edition

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"Dan Starkey... does an excellent job with the variety of characters at play here... Blending Victorian intrigue, Holmesian sleuthing and sci-fi humour to produce a first-rate little yarn... long-term Who writer Justin Richards brings the entire cast to life with his loving attention to characterisation" (huntspost.co.uk)

"Dan Starkey displays a fantastic vocal range to imbue the story with a whole gamut of characters... the action sequences are well-paced and the dialogue bounces between the characters at a sensible speed" (scifibulletin.com)

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Dan Starkey reads Justin Richards' thrilling adventure featuring Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax the Sontaran.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1265 KB
  • Print Length: 1 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Digital (18 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,037 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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First things first: despite the prominent use of the Doctor Who logo, the good Doctor is nowhere to be found in this 2-CD audio adventure, which is another excursion into the extended NuWhoniverse. Instead, we're treated to an adventure with the Paternoster Gang, the Silurian Great Detective Madame Vastra, her human maid and girlfriend Jenny and the Sontaran nurse Strax (who first appeared in the series six episode a Good Man Goes to War) involving a corpse found in a snowman by two workhouse children, a sinister industrialist and a deadly smoke. It's a rather enjoyable diversion with some nice touches, much comic mileage from the warlike Strax's desire for bloodshed and a pointless but glorious death and even a cliffhanger at the end of disc one, but it never quite makes the leap from rather good to really good. Justin Richards does a nice job of pastiching Victorian detective literature without getting too lost in past literary styles for a modern audience, though he's clearly having more fun writing for Strax than he is for his nominal heroine. Dan Starkey played Strax in the series and his reprised performance here is a joy to listen to, but his reading is particularly good all round, handling the other characters with considerable skill, even managing to convincingly voice the female characters without slipping into caricature. All in all it's an enjoyable case, but one that doesn't manage to leave you champing at the bit to hear of more of the characters' adventures.
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By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 April 2013
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Following the teams appearance on Doctor Who I was really looking forward to hearing this book and had high expectations.

I was expecting that the story would feature Madame Vastra and have a Sherlock Holmes approach rather like the excellent Movies of Holmes by Guy Richie, or either of the two excellent TV Holmes, Elementary on Sky or Sherlock on the BBC.
Indeed reading the blurb on Amazon this would really suggest this.

BUT and I am absolutely delighted to report this I was disappointed.

Yes disappointed.
Rather than it featuring Madame Vastra or her `wife' Jenny it really has the star of the book Strax as its centre.

And this dear reader was a really wonderful discovery because this has taken this prodduction to a whole new height of excellence.

I was totally knocked out about just how good a character Strax is. The story is not strong but Dan Starkey who played Strax in the TV show, is just so good he carries this story to a much higher level.
David Starky reads the story well he creates authentic voices for all the characters.
Strax is a natural fit in. He is Strax but his vocal talents really carry the story along.

Strax is a hero but a one dimensional one. The humour of Strax really brings a smile to the listener's face. It is Dan Starky/Strax' story and my goodness it is brilliant.

Think of Brian Blessed's scene stealing in the Scarifyer's Curse of the Black Comet or on Have I got News for You and you get an impression of just how good Strax is at taking the story over.

Now a few niggles.
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Not being much of a fan of the new Doctor Who series, I actually found the absence of the Doctor & companion(s) quite refreshing and for me made this the best of the new audiobooks I've listened to. I also have a soft spot for the Sontarans and seeing as Dan Starkey plays Strax in the series, he naturally does a good impression of a Sontaran, although the payoff are his godawful street urchin impressions, but you can't have everything.

Other than a few of the characters I have no idea if this is in anyway linked to the TV series but I'm assuming not as it really just boils down to being a little whodunit, and not a terribly complex one at that, in fact I must admit I was a little disappointed by the reveal; which I won't be giving away here. In all this story isn't groundbreaking or special at all, but for me Strax lifts it above, I may be biased but he's easily the best character on show, so four stars for him!
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Lots of prequels, sequels and spin-offs make no sense if you don't have a thorough knowledge of the basic lore. (Some Star Wars and Star Trek stories can suffer from this problem.) But this novella is so good, and so well built as a stand alone spin-off that you shouldn't overlook its charms just because you aren't up to speed on the Dr. Who canon.

We have a mystery, a villain, threats, adventure, escapes, battles, chases and a three way fellowship of heroes with a boy companion. How can this be bad?

Given that this is short, even for a novella, and given that consistency in plotting is not a high priority, this qualifies more as a lark than as an actual mystery or grand science fiction tale. But that's O.K. The younger reader can identify with Harry, the boy who witnesses the crime and finds protection and adventure with the Lizard Woman, the Parlor Maid and the Troll. There is enough clever dialogue that younger readers and adults will find something to amuse or entertain on virtually every page. And, for what it's worth, Justin Richards' ability to have some fun and yet make a point with his carefully crafted language and clever turns of phrase really elevates this book beyond being only a passing amusement. There really is some very accomplished and arch writing here.

So, whatever your reading level, age, and interest in Dr. Who - this is a very satisfying find.

Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to the author or the publisher of this book.
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