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Doctor Who The Nu-Humans (11th Doctor Original) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Cavan Scott , Mark Wright
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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5 July 2012 11th Doctor Original
The Doctor, Amy and Rory are awe-struck by their first sight of "Hope Eternal", a super-earth bigger than Earth itself with heavy gravity, volcanoes and a crust loaded with mineral deposits. But their wonder is cut short when they discover a body dumped on the ground - a huge figure with extraordinarily long arms covered in thick, purple scales. Yet the corpse is not alien: he's human, albeit unlike any human Amy and Rory have ever seen. The Nu-Humans have adapted their genes to fit their new environment, and formed a thriving colony. But now they are facing a terrible threat. Can the Doctor find out who is killing Nu-Humans and why - before he, Amy and Rory are themselves tried for murder? Written specially for audio by Cavan Scott & Mark Wright, The Nu-Humans features the Doctor, Amy and Rory as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the acclaimed hit series from BBC Television.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (5 July 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1445867621
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445867625
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cavan Scott is an author, editor, producer and pastry lover who lives near Bristol in the UK.

He has written novels, audio dramas, short stories and comic strips for such popular series as Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Warhammer 40,000, Adventure Time, Blake's 7, Judge Dredd, Highlander and Power Rangers.

He has also written children's novels, activity books, annuals and game guides for Skylanders and Angry Birds and non-fiction books for Doctor Who, Planet Dinosaur and Countryfile. His next non-fiction book, Who-ology, the Official Doctor Who Miscellany, was co-written by Mark Wright and will be published by BBC Books on 2 May.

When he's not writing, he produces audio dramas for Big Finish and has edited magazines for Future Publishing, BBC Magazines and the National Trust. In 2007, he launched Countryfile Magazine and has previously edited a large number of children's mags including Disney Big Time, Jetix and yes, even Disney Girl. He still writes for many titles including SFX and Doctor Who Magazine, but has yet to find a mag that will allow him to review biscuits.

Cavan lives with his wife, two daughters and an inflatable Dalek called Desmond. His hobbies include anything to do with James Bond, getting muddy in the great outdoors and writing about himself in the third person. He supports Bristol City football club and knows the secret identity of club mascot, Scrumpy.

He can be found on twitter @cavanscott. Come and say hello!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "You insulted Trevor!" 27 Aug 2012
By Andromeda Descendent TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Raquel Cassidy does a good Amy Pond, and that's my way of starting off with a compliment before going on to bemoan what in my mind is a very sub-standard story. Frustratingly, as I look back on it, it starts off very well with an interesting premise, the promise of peril and a good helping of the humour-filled dialogue we love from the Eleventh Doctor and his companions. About halfway through things change for the worse, as what would anywhere else be the big reveal and confrontation arrives way too early and then descends into a very long, drawn out and frankly uncomfortable shouting match, followed by an ending that could almost have been taken off the least dusty shelf in the cliché library.

I would have loved for this story of genetically engineered humans on a high gravity mining world to have gone through a couple of good plot twists and ended up in one of those off the wall yet humanist solutions straight from the mind of the Doctor, but this plot had as many twists as a lamppost.

I apologise if I sound sarcastic. I just feel a responsibility to get my point across to those who would buy it, knowing as I do that there are far better stories out there. I'll stress again that up until halfway through, I was actually enjoying this story and thinking it was going to go somewhere, only for the second half to completely ruin that enjoyment. I don't know what went so wrong, and hope for the writers' sake that it was only such a letdown because they were running out of time or caught a cold or something.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the finest example of a Dr Who story 3 Jan 2013
By Peter Coupe TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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If I were a collector of Dr Who CDs I suppose I would have to buy this one to make up a set, but if you are only an occasional Dr Who CD buyer, then I think you should look elsewhere.
The basic idea behind this story is pretty good - even if the concepts involved are a little long in the tooth these days - so I was looking forward to a "cracking" story.
Sadly, I was disappointed. It is a very average quality CD of a very average quality story. The acting isn't going to win any awards, and my own reaction was to reach for any number of far better Dr Who CDs in my ever growing collection, and listen to one of them to remind me of how good these stories can really be.
Sorry to sound negative - I love the whole Dr Who thing, and have done since episode 1, which I saw as a small and goggle eyed child!
I'm sure the next one will be better....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Since the success of NuWho turned the Doctor's audio adventures from a cottage industry by devotees to a production line run by corporate executives there have been more bad `original' audio adventures than good, with the feeling all too often that the BBC are raking over the coals of rejected story pitches for the TV show rather than anything more interesting. While The Nu-Humans doesn't entirely dispel that suspicion, it is one of the better recent efforts thanks to an ingenious premise, albeit one that isn't always developed in an especially interesting way: it's the perennial Doctor and companions arrive on alien planet, find dead aliens, are suspected of the murder and uncover a conspiracy while trying to prove their innocence model that has been the default mode for many of the less memorable stories since the William Hartnell days. But it does have that interesting setup going for it - a mining colony where humans have been genetically bio-engineered to adapt to the more hostile attributes of the planet. It's an idea that's clearly been given more thought than the plotting, but it's good enough to carry the story though it's a shame it can't think of a better finale that ending with a heavy amount of expositionary dialogue. It's certainly less disposable than many of the recent CD stories, and Raquel Cassidy's reading is fairly successful - she does a great Amy Pond but a less impressive Doctor - but it remains an inessential outing more for the diehard fans who have to have everything.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but voice acting a little monotone 16 Nov 2012
By Chris F
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My 10 year old loved this story. I did wonder if an audio book would be the sort of thing that would hold her attention for the duration but she would patiently plug her headphones into a laptop and sit there listening to the book for extended periods.

She said that the plot is "quite good" and "exciting" and agreed that it was as good as one of the better TV episodes.

The only negative comment she made was that the voice acting, whilst good, made it difficult to tell which character was speaking if it was not made clear in advance.

Despite this I would heartily recommend this audio book for any Dr Who fans; overall my daughter very much enjoyed it and it was a pleasure to see a laptop being used for something other than watching YouTube or playing games!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Neither good nor bad. Maybe for Who fans only? 21 Oct 2012
By Mike Renshaw TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The voice artist (Raquel Cassidy) is very talented, and adds a fresh perspective to the story (this is the first female narrator for Doctor Who audio books that I've read/heard).

The story starts off well, and the premise of the humans who genetically adapt to differing conditions while not new is well used. However it sagged a little towards the middle, and by the end (almost 90 minutes later) I'd grown a little disinterested.

It's an average story, not the best but given a quick hit by the voice characterisation but then, for me, went downhill quite quickly.

It's okay, but there are better out there unfortunately. If I had to sum up in one word: Meh.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Another one for the fans
The BBC are jumping on the Who franchise bandwagon and producing a pile of average audio books to cash in on the enterprise. Read more
Published 15 months ago by J. Lyne
3.0 out of 5 stars Non-essential.
Mining colony, genetically modified workers to withstand high gravity conditions... voice artist: Raquel Cassidy who played the foreman in The Rebel Flesh which was about miners... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jack Chakotay
3.0 out of 5 stars Standard Doctor Who Adventure
If your looking for a standard Doctor Who Adventure then look no further, there are a few good ideas here which could have been furthered relating to the genetically engineered... Read more
Published 16 months ago by mall1990
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but limited
This is a reminder of what Doctor Who was like on TV before the big-budget production. A story exactly like this was standard fare in the 70s and 80s and would have been stretched... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ray Blake
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected a little more
As a casual fan* of the newly visioned DW I was a little disappointed by this episode as I felt it lacked the `pizazz' we've come to expect from Russel T's Doctor
Raquel... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Nathan
3.0 out of 5 stars Dull.
Not a very interesting story - no cast members involved - basically just a mid quality audio book. Could have made a better job myself
Published 20 months ago by Ophiicus
4.0 out of 5 stars The Nu-Humans
Fantastic stuff a tight little romp that whizzes by. Cant be stated how much this feels like a tv episode - I can visualise the characters running through the colony easily.
Published 22 months ago by R. Thomas
3.0 out of 5 stars One for the fans
Doctor Who fans will want to add this audio CD to their collections but its not one of the best ones released recently. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Sarah Lambert
4.0 out of 5 stars Inessential, but entertaining
Running at about 1 hour 20 minutes this narrated Dr Who story is very much in the flavour of the TV episodes - land on planet, meet locals, discover mystery, solve mystery etc. Read more
Published 22 months ago by M. D. Harris
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