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  • Hardcover: 249 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; hardcover edition (13 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563486449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563486442
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 12 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 469,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Tennant reads this spine-tingling Doctor Who story about a doomed ship, a ghostly crew and a terrible secret. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Steve Cole is a bestselling children's author and lifelong fan of Ian Fleming's James Bond. His various book series include Z. Rex, Thieves Like Us, Doctor Who and Astrosaurs, with collective sales of over three million copies. In other careers he has worked as an editor of books and magazines for readers of all ages.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ms. K. M. Kitching on 23 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
OK, why buy the CD version of the story for an extra five quid or so? Because it's read by David Tennant, and if you're like me and love the way his voice just bleeds with enthusiasm you'll want to give this a try. He reads the prose sections in his natural accent before effortlessly switching to the voice of the Doctor, as well as all the incidental characters - a cleaning lady, an American admiral, an Indian shopkeeper, a little old lady from Edinburgh... I won't lie and say Rose and Mickey didn't give him a bit of trouble, but in this format the book feels far more like a real extra episode of Doctor Who, perfect for banishing those "end of series" blues!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Troo on 11 April 2006
Format: Hardcover
Steve's been awful busy of late, but I was excited to hear he'd been offered the rare opportunity of one of the latest batch of Doctor Who books to be released in conjunction with the new series.
Feast of the Drowned taps into one of humanity's primal fears - that of death by drowning - and uses it to devastating effect. As soon as the book starts the undercurrent sucks you in, flooding you with... okay, I'll pack it in, I promise.
Steve's also done his research into the workings and politics of the Royal Navy, and the text glows with the authenticity of its setting, providing a backdrop of personal power and military might that is almost as frightening as the mysterious ghostly apparitions and the drowning... Did I mention the drowning?
He also throws plenty of action at the reader. Right from the start this book is on the move, with the loss at sea of the Navy's latest, hugely expensive, technologically advanced warship. We have gorgeous set-pieces such as the Doctor crouched on the bow of a tug shouting directions through the tarpaulin-covered windows to the poor, blind driver within whilst under a hail of bullets from a squad of marines.
This one's right up there with Vanishing Point for sympathetic characters, twists and turns, and edge-of-the-seat thrills. If you only buy one Doctor Who book this year, make it this one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 July 2008
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an original novel featuring the tenth doctor who and his companion rose tyler. as usual with these it runs for 248 pages approx, can be read by readers of all ages, and tells an original story not one based on a tv episode.

the regular cast are well captured on the printed page, all the mannerisms of the characters coming across exactly as you would expect.

the story involves the loss of a royal navy vessel, and relatives of those on board being haunted by their ghosts. but is there more to it than meets the eye? the whole of london faces a deadly threat from beneath the river thames. can the doctor save the day?

grounded in present day london like so much of the early episodes of the new series, this starts very well with an intriguing set up. whilst it does devolve into a more standard runaround of a story later on, there's some decent stuff here. good supporting characters, an old friend of rose's who is strongly characterised thanks to a good subplot about her personal life, and quite an original alien race, who make for some creepy moments.

not the best in the range, but a slightly above average entry
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 18 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Feast of the Drowned is the eighth original BBC Doctor Who novel to tie-in with the revived series, this time featuring The Tenth Doctor and travelling companion Rose Tyler.
The story as fast-paced and as accessible as you'd expect from this series, the plot isn't complicated and Stephen Cole has created a tense and creepy atmosphere from the start. His portrayal of the Tenth Doctor, as played by David Tennant on TV, is spot-on; with the right blend of quirkiness, manic energy, fierce intelligence, and the occasional burst of controlled anger at the stupidy and willfulness of his favourite species, humans .

The novel replicates the feel and characterizations of the TV show admirably, focusing as much on personal stories as the science fiction and fantasy. The plot reminded me a little of recent audio story `The Nemonite Invasion'; its story of possessed and `zombified' cadavers returning to life and its nautical setting. This is no bad thing though, as it retains its own character and style, and manages to link in to the TV series without slavishly adhering to continuity.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By V. K. Brennan on 18 April 2006
Format: Hardcover
Having only watch two episodes with David Tennant as the new doctor this book i think really catches the personality and atributes of the tenth doctor! It feels very much like an episode that could be shown as part of the new series! There is a good plot development and all the characters bring their own emotions!

The thing that i liked about the book, is personally it was an easy read and hadt of action to keep you reeling through the chapters! I sometimes get confused by the technicality of the solutions to problems, but this ones easy to understand!

Would deinately recommend, but I'm just warning you that as a younger reader and not having watched/read beyond the ninth doctor my opinions are quite bias to the style of the newer doctors and characters!
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Format: Audio CD
Having spent several years collecting Doctor Who audiobooks, The Feast of the Drowned was the latest to catch my eye. Well, I say ‘latest’ when that’s not really the right term to use here. After all, The Feast of the Drowned came out in trade-hardback form nine years ago, when Series 2 was in full swing with David Tennant and Billie Piper in the driver’s seat. This particular tale from the BBC range of Doctor Who books eluded me, but after finally subjecting myself to it, I can safely say that The Feast of the Drowned is one of the darkest, most psychological and intense stories ever written for Doctor Who literature.

It’s 2006, and the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler have come home for a break, and a situation has arisen. Three months after the H.M.S. Ascendant went down at sea, all the members of its lost crew have started appearing as ghostly apparitions to their distraught families. One of them, Jay, has returned to Keisha (friend of Rose’s), and the Doctor naturally decides to investigate. But what’s the full extent of the Navy’s involvement in this? Why have the remains of the Ascendant been kept under constant study? And just what is lurking in the water?

This 2-disc audiobook is an abridged reading of Stephen Cole’s novel. Stephen’s writing is worthy of television, the way he’s able to successfully balance insight into the lives of all the story’s characters, the pacing/unravelling of the plot, infused with bags of tension/psychology/terror. Again, it’s one of the darkest and intense tales in the range of tie-in stories, and Cole writes it all beautifully. More insight into Rose’s domestic life outside of the TARDIS is refreshing, as is the strong role of Mickey Smith.
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