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"Doctor Who": The Doctor Trap: (Abridged Book) [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Simon Messingham , Russell Tovey
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12 Mar 2009 Doctor Who
Russell Tovey reads this suspenseful story of a merciless hunter whose quest for the ultimate prize puts the Doctor's life in danger. Sebastiene was human...once. He might look like a nineteenth-century nobleman, but in truth he is a ruthless hunter. He likes nothing more than luring difficult opposition to a planet, then hunting them down for sport. And now he's caught them all - from Zargregs to Moogs, and even the odd Eternal. In fact, Sebastiene is after only one more prize. For this trophy, he knows he is going to need help. He's brought together the finest hunters in the universe to play the most dangerous game for the deadliest quarry of them all. They are hunting for the last of the Time Lords - the Doctor! This book is written by Simon Messingham.

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  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; abridged edition edition (12 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408410230
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408410233
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 13.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 580,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The Doctor becomes the prize in a most dangerous game - from the bestselling BBC Books Doctor Who fiction range --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Simon Messingham wrote, with Alexander Kirk, the TV comedy series Tales of Uplift and Moral Improvement, which starred Rik Mayall. He also wrote The Dave Saint Show, which starred John Thomson. Simon has also appeared in numerous sketch show outfits, written and directed short films, was commissioned by the UK Film Council to write the feature film comedy Goth Holiday, co-wrote the play The Teen People and was the 2005 winner of the British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hunt the Doctor 7 Mar 2011
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An original Doctor Who novel, telling an all new story not seen on tv. It features the tenth Doctor and his companion Donna Noble.

Like all in this range it runs for just under two hundred and fifty pages, can be read by readers of all ages - although this one might be a bit much for the very young thanks to a rather labyrinthine plot - and the two leads are recreated perfectly on the printed page, with dialogue you can imagine them saying on tv.

The story sees the Doctor fall foul of Sebastiane. The mysterious man who rules a world called planet one, which has some very sophisticated computers and robots. He acts like a victorian gentleman. And he likes to hunt. And what better to hunt than rare species? Like the last of the time lords.

Sebastiane is also slightly crazy and this makes him dangerously unpredictable.

So when the Doctor and Donna fall into his hands, they have a fight on their hands in order to survive.

Not least because the Doctor has a plan of his own...

The initial developments of the plans in this story result in a plot that whilst fast moving might have you saying 'what's going on here?' for a while. But stick with it because things to do quickly become clear, and when they do it's all very clever. And it all adds a gripping extra level of danger to the story. Because Sebastiane really is quite a superb villain, so very human and so dangerously unpredictable. A slight flaw is that if he wasn't, the Doctor might not get away with some of the things that he does, but that goes with the madness.

The Doctor and Donna are separated for a lot of the story but that does give her an intriguing plot strand of her own, and adds some interesting extra tension and questions of trust also.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 1 July 2009
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this was an excellent audio book brillently read by Russell Tovey. I really enjoyed the book must have for all Dr Who fans
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different and original 20 July 2011
Really different from the rest of the series - being hunted on a world controlled by one man and a robot workforce, with someone who believes he is the doctor. The twists of plot are great.
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I've really said it all in the title of my review.
This is a truly excellent audiobook, one of the best I've ever heard.
Russell Tovey makes the story come alive, so that it's more like listening to a real audio adventure rather than just a reading of a book. He does such a brilliant job of creating the different characters, especially the character of Sebastian. His talent for creating the different voices and tones of speech is unsurpassed in my view.
He really does bring the characters in the story alive.
Usually, audiobooks need the inclusion of music and sound effects to really work, but you don't get any in the audbiobooks featuring the current Doctor Who stories, as you do get in the classic Doctor Who audiobooks. But you do get the Doctor Who theme tune, which you don't get in the 'classic' Who audiobooks for some reason, (maybe the BBC not wanting to use any Dr Who theme in their audiobooks except the current Doctor's theme?) Anyhow, a lot of the time, the current audiobook versions are not usually as good as some of the 'classic' Doctor Who audiobooks, mainly for the lack of music and sound effects, but even without any of that, this story just LIVES, thanks to the excellent reading skills of the narrator. Brilliant!
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After a host of original Doctor Who novels for both The Virgin New Adventures series and the BBC books series that followed it, this is Simon Messingham's first Tenth Doctor novel - and it doesn't disappoint.

As with the previous book in the series, Martha in the Mirror; some of the elements from stories from both the `classic' (i.e. 1963 - 1989) as well as the current series' are used; something that will appeal to the older fans amongst us as well as fascinating and intriguing younger readers. Robert Shearman's Ninth Doctor adventure `Dalek', immediately springs to mind when reading the account of the space museum housing different alien species, whilst the museum's curator and the despotic ruler of Planet 1 - Sebastiene - has antecedents in both The Celestial Toymaker and The Master of the land of Fiction from 1968 story `The Mind Robber'.

Messingham develops an idea first purported in the 2006 TV story `Love and Monsters'; that The Doctor's travels are ardently followed by hordes of fans. Although this idea may seem spurious to the older generation of `Whovians' it provides the necessary backdrop to a story of dim-witted dopplegangers, demented droids and deluded dictators; as The Doctor becomes the prey in a deadly game of cat and mouse...

The Doctor's current travelling companion, Donna Noble, is sidelined early on in the story, and this allows The Doctor to fight this particular menace unshackled, making for a fast-paced and fascinating battle of wits.

The audiobook version, read by Russell Tovey (Midshipman Frame in 2007 Christmas Special 'Voyage of the Damned'), is unfortunately abridged, and consequently squeezes too much plot into too short a space. I would definitely recommend going for the hardback version; unless you have a worryingly short attention span.
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