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"Doctor Who": The Forever Trap: No. 2 (Dr Who Audio Original 2) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Dan Abnett , Catherine Tate
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9 Oct 2008 Dr Who Audio Original 2
Catherine Tate reads this exclusive thrilling story, in which the Doctor and Donna are imprisoned on the Edifice - and become neighbours to a terrifying assortment of aliens. 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? "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.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (9 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408406780
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408406786
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 394,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Abnett: Dan Abnett is a novelist and award-winning comic book writer. He has written twenty-five novels for the Black Library, including the acclaimed Gaunt's Ghosts series and the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies, and, with Mike Lee, the Darkblade cycle. His Black Library novel Horus Rising and his Torchwood novel Border Princes (for the BBC) were both bestsellers. He lives and works in Maidstone, Kent. Dan's website can be found at www.DanAbnett.com

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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"Doctor Who": The Forever Trap: No. 2 (Dr Who Audio Original 2)

I know some folks have been less than impressed with Abnett's work for the Whoniverse thus far, but he has crafted a pitch-perfect story for the Tenth Doctor and Donna, and Catherine Tate clearly relishes reading it - on occasion she does a near-perfect impersonation of David Tennant's manic Tenth Doctor, and all her other character voices are easily distinguished from each other, and many really managed to convey aurally the charaters that I couldn't see. This audio novel is far superior to Peter Anghelides "Pest Control". I felt that Abnett created some interesting, original alien creatures and the story was well paced. Donna was incredibly Donna-ish - and I loved her to bits in this story. I cannot recommend it highly enough as it was a very satisfying story.
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Having loved the first CD in this range - Pest Control - i was keen to get my hands on this story too. Catherine Tate makes for an excellent reader as the Doctor and Donna become trapped in the mysteries of a massive confusing puzzle of a building/space station known as the Edifice.

Playing on ideas of mind-tricks (the story itself referencing the work of Escher) it is an altogether more subtle story than the fast-paced action of Pest Control. The Forever Trap might not be as instant a story, but it make sup for that in the gradually growing sense of menace that pervades the Edifice. The imagery and description conjured up in this story is fantastic, all stark modern design descending into chaos, as well as the imaginative descriptions of the various alien races caught int eh building too.

What with the Doctor and Donna being separated for a fair few bits of the TV series, it is really good to see them playing off each-other throughout in this story and the dynamic between the two characters is brilliant. There's also a very touching line towards the end where the Doctor sums up his aim in his adventures 'We try to pick up the pieces Donna, but sometimes those pieces are broken'. It's a beautiful moment and perfectly captures the burden the Doctor has to bear.

The themes on display here play well into those established in the TV series too, the idea of a sinister 'spacestation' with mysterious goings on behind the scenes harking back to 'The Long Game' while the idea of a swarm of creatures eating away in the dark brings to mind the Vashta Nerada in the 'Silence In The Library' two-parter.

So, all in all, this is a great adventure - while admitedly not the most pacy or action-based, those that love the more creepy, subtle side of Doctor Who will love this and it's well worth a listen
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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following on from the talking book doctor who: pest control, which had david tennant reading an original doctor who story and doing lots of different character voices, it's now catherine tate's turn to do one.

like pest control, this is spread over two discs, each running for roughly one hour and ten minutes. there are no episode breaks in the middle of these discs, although there are chapters for ease of access, so essentially this is in two long episodes. the first does end on a cliffhanger.

the story involves the doctor and donna getting stuck in the edifice, a huge apartment block come space station. the place has dissolved into chaos as all the other residents, including some highly unusual aliens, are fighting amongst each other. can the doctor and donna find who runs the place and save the day?

catherine tate has an excellent reading voice and is good to listen to. she does a very good impression of david tennant as the doctor, and there was one point early on when I forgot it wasn't him speaking. she also does voices for many other characters. some of the male ones are a bit obvious but some of the alien ones are very imaginatives and work very well.

the story scores over pest control in that it's a bit more imaginative, both in the unique setting and the highly unusual aliens the doctor and donna meet on their way.

this possibly would be even stronger a piece of work if it was shorter, but that's a minor complaint as it's both an entertaining doctor who story and an enjoyable listen, thanks to the writer and the reader
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One of the main reasons why I loved the fourth series of Doctor Who so much was because of Catherine Tate. She made the character of Donna Noble such a fantastic one to love and cherish, which made her departure from the series all the more heartbreaking. Which is why I am so thankful for the recent audiobooks which feature more of Donna. However, The Forever Trap is truly special as it's narrated by Catherine Tate herself.

The story here is set sometime after TV episodes The Sontaran Stratagem/The Poison Sky. During the Doctor and Donna's travels, the TARDIS is invaded by a viral transmission, or rather, a holographic marketing scam that doesn't take `No!' for an answer. Despite their best efforts, the travellers find themselves trapped on the Edifice, a planet-sized complex of luxury apartments in space. Millions of beings across the Universe have been abducted, and where some really enjoy living in the Edifice, others have been taken from their natural habitat and cannot survive. Some are also vicious creatures who live only for war and conquest, and others still are mindless predators who look only to feast. Long story short, the Edifice is not all it's cracked up to be and is in fact a nightmarish mismatch of emotions that condemns all inside to eternal hell and death. With seemingly NO - WAY - OUT.

Obviously, The Forever Trap has been compared a lot to Pest Control, the other audiobook set during Series 4. Like Pest Control, The Forever Trap is a tale that's been done exclusively for audio. But is it better than Pest Control? Absolutely.

Dan Abnett, the author, is a man who should need no introduction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forever is a mighty long time...
The world of Doctor Who continues to expand as this strand of original audio adventures throws up a tale featuring The Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble. Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2011 by Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth
4.0 out of 5 stars How good a reader is Catherine Tate?
She's Brilliant. As soon as I put this cd on to play I knew I was hooked and she read the story really well. I'm glad it is in my collection so that I can listen again!
Published on 13 April 2010 by Rosie
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
This is the best dr who audio story i've heard... great ideas, & enjoyed it a lot. In my opinion its better than average just because of the setting & the absurdity of the... Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2010 by cato
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended!
This is one of three David Tennant era Dr Who Audio's I recently purchased (the other being Pest Control and The Nemonite Invasion). Read more
Published on 27 Jan 2010 by PB
4.0 out of 5 stars Reliably Doctor Who
A 2CD story running for over 2 hours in duration, this is definitely value for money. I personally prefer David Tennant narrating to Catherine Tate, but she still does a good job. Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2009 by C. Middleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
"The Forever Trap" is a great story, cleverly constructed and brilliantly read by Catherine Tate. Listening to her I could almost believe it was Donna Noble herself telling the... Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2009 by Lilli de la Field
5.0 out of 5 stars All Round Success
First things first, Catherine Tate, what a reader. The range her voice has, has always astounded me. Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2008 by J. Neal
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