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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445867621
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445867625
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.1 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 485,402 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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Review

"The Nu-Humans is part action adventure, part morality tale and part Poirot... Raquel Cassidy’s gorgeous reading brings fun and tension to the table as well as delicious malice... Wonderful stuff." (Andrea McGuire-Seery http://blogtorwho.blogspot.co.uk)

Book Description

Raquel Cassidy reads this exclusive audio adventure featuring the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory.

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andromeda Descendent TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Aug. 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Redman VINE VOICE on 31 July 2012
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Exciting, emotive, pacey and in keeping with all you expect from a good Matt Smith story. Modified humans on an alien planet, lots of gravity jokes and a constant rapid momentum to its inevitable conclusion.
That ubiquitous sonic screwdriver saves the day, the Ponds play their part and of course everyone gets very close to a frightening death.
The voice of the reader is excellent - she gives an amazing performance, and the sound effects support her voice to the point at which this ceases to be a simple audiobook but becomes a genuine play.
After some dissapointing outings, this is a great adventure you won't want to miss.
One really good hour of audio for your commute or just to make a quiet night more exciting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 9 Dec. 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 July 2012
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A Doctor Who talking book, which tells a story featuing the Eleventh Doctor - plus Amy and Rory - which has never before been presented in any other format.

It runs for seventy minutes [approx] and is basically one long episode, the only breaks on the cd being the usual cd chapter ones.

Very minimal sleeve notes give copyright details and credits and advertise other bbc Doctor Who product.

The story is read by Raquel Cassidy, who appeared in the recent Doctor Who TV story 'the Rebel Flesh/The Almost People.'

It sees the TARDIS land on the planet of Hope Eternal. A large world with heavy gravity. And soon enough, they find a dead body.

There's a colony here. And the inhabitants are Nu-humans. Their genes have been adapted to fit their environment.

But who is killing them and why? Can the Doctor find out? And can he save the Ponds, who find themselves in terrible danger?

There's a lot to like about this from the off. The nature of the planet is very interesting and also well described. That plus good sound design makes it a very convincingly alien place.

The length of the story is just right as well. It means it unfolds at a decent pace. Never too hurried or too leisurely, but one that allows for a good amount of absorbing detail to be presented. It's a story that's very easy to get into.

Raquel Cassidy has a very good reading voice. Her version of the Doctor's voice does take a little getting used to. And a lot of the supporting characters - because of the way that they are - have very strange voices, but you do get used to these after a while.

Ultimately it's not the most groundbreaking of stories but it's quite original and it really is a very absorbing listen for the most part as a result. One of the best in this range and well worth getting.
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