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on 18 May 2009
The Resurrection Casket is the ninth original novel, this time featuring The Doctor and travelling companion Rose Tyler.
The story begins with the TARDIS being drawn into a technological dead-spot in space, where something called a `Zek' is apparently draining the power of all electronic technology, leaving kind of spaceship graveyard. Added to this, the area is patrolled by the fearsome `Krarks', kind of giant space Barracuda that feed on the oxygen inside the ships and any living being they can get their fangs into. The few people who live on the planets of the area get by on steam power, even in their space-faring vessels. The result is a Treasure-Island inspired tale featuring pirates, evil robots, lost treasure, the usual power-crazed tyrant, and most bizarrely a big shaggy monster named Kevin, who apologizes politely to his victims before dispatching them.

Justin Richards knits all these disparate elements together nicely to create a richly bonkers but ultimately exuberant read. Although the novel takes a while to kick-in, when it does so the results are great fun. There are some nice flashes of dark humour, lashings of piratical shenanigans, and a fair bit of seemingly inescapable peril. Forget the science and remember that this is a fantasy novel aimed primarily at kids; just curl up in a chair and get lost in the imaginative and gripping adventure.
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on 9 July 2006
This audiobook version of an original Doctor Who novel is great for fans wanting to fill the void now that the second series has finished airing. It's helped a lot by having David Tennant narrating, even though his impression of Billie Piper leaves a little to be desired. The story is very good and has the kind of character development many people say is lacking from the new, 45-minute story structure of the TV series. The Doctor's dialogue is as snappy and well-written as a Russell T. Davies script, particularly in his confrontation with a monster called Kevin.
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 27 January 2015
This is a review of the novel, not the audio reading of the novelisation.

Justin Richards is a prolific author, and a prolific author of Doctor Who novels. This story features the Tenth Doctor (as played on tv by David Tennant) and captures his incarnation very well. (I don’t know why, but the hardback edition I read had the image of the Doctor on the cover, but not Rose; yet Amazon’s images of the audiobook and novel have the images of both of them – odd.)

The Doctor and Rose are having problems with the Tardis; it seems to be caught up in some kind of field generated by an electromagnetic pulse. Managing to open the doors manually, they expect to find themselves in a radiation-soaked wasteland. Instead, they find themselves on a planet called Starfall, a world where modern technology doesn’t work, and where the inhabitants of Starfall, smugglers, crooks and traders, make a living around the zone of electromagnetic gravitation. The man in charge is Drel McCavity, and the Doctor finds himself involved in his schemes when he has to try and find a way to get the Tardis working again. Meanwhile, people are dying – mysteriously, and horribly.

This is a really good story, and captures the Tenth Doctor and Rose well; it utilises their characters admirably and the story is interesting. While I’m not really one for pirate stories (which is why I had hesitated before reading this one) it really didn’t jar on the story, and indeed added to the atmosphere and to the culture of the ultimate storyline. There were a couple of lines where the Doctor’s ‘wit’ did seem a bit forced into the story, but apart form that the whole novel read really well. This is not hard-core science-fiction; what it is, is an entertaining and very readable and enjoyable Doctor Who novel.
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VINE VOICEon 29 March 2007
The TV tie-in book series continues from where the Ninth Doctor picks up with the Tenth Doctors latest batch of books. One of the things that is important for a Who fan is that the Doctor in question is written in character. Over the years a few writers haven't quite pulled it off and the reader has been left with 'auto doc' who comes over as a mixture of the writers favourite Doctor and the one they are attempting to write. However I can say despite the trappings of the book being so similar to the previous Doctor Justin Richards has nailed David Tennants character perfectly.

The book places The Doctor and Rose in a world of space pirates that feels a bit final fantasyesque. The plot soon kicks in and it's off on a treasure hunt. As expected in a Justin Richards book there's a few plot twists some of which are easily worked out but he sneaked a few in that got past me. Also there's a good lot of gags in here which made me smile and is an achievement considering I'm a bit of a grumpy sod (a clue for one that may pass over the kids heads is 'Bruce Foxton' I'll say no more).

I preferred the first half of the book where it threatened to become a better read than it eventually was but I can't see many people not enjoying it as its a fun enough read. The last half does get a bit bogged down as characters are chased down corridors and hide behind snooker tables. Also it doesn't know when to end and in all honesty could have ended a good 30 pages earlier and made a tighter read. As such it's a good read but the early bits promised something better.
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on 15 August 2006
My daughter loves Doctor Who and reading but unfortunately suffers from the dreaded car sickness which makes reading in the car a no-no. We decided to try to pass the long holiday journey with an audio book to stop the 'Are we there yet?'and 'I need the sick bucket'outcries. It worked. She has listened to the story on every car trip we have made and loves it and there have been no 'buckets' required. She was particularly enamoured by the fact that the Doctor told the story and that he was a fellow Scot. We will definately be buying more audio as well as conventional Doctor Who books.
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NOTE this is a review of the Audio Book only.

The great David Tennant reads this audio book and my how we do miss him from the TV series.
The book features the old team of the Doctor and Rose and
Justin Richards has wriiten a fine story and David Tennant more than adds to the narration.
He really brings the book and plot to life.

The story is enjoyable. If you're Dr Who fan on audio you will not be disappointed.
I could prdeict the ending a mile off but don't let that fool you it is such an enjoyable trip geting there helped by Tennants wondeful telling of the tale.

A word of warning.
This book in this format was released by the Radio Times as a freebie back in 2008. It was issued as a two parter on two seprate discs.
The story is still the same and read by David Tennant but the cheepo free version has no music so the retail version seems to be the superior BUT of course this does mean that there are an awful lot of copies of the Freebi version floating around and usually found in the 'make a donation box in your local charity stores so you may want to check those out first.
But you should get a good price on this music included version simply because it has been released in the free format.

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a prose novel telling an all new doctor who story, featuring david tennant's tenth doctor and his companion rose tyler. as usual with these they can be read by all ages and the book is a self contained story in roughly 250 pages. this one came a couple of years ago when we hadn't seen much of the tenth doctor on screen at the time, but it captures the character perfectly.

the story involves the doctor and rose getting stranded on a world with steam powered technology since more modern things don't work, and getting involved in the hunt for the lost treasure of a legendary space pirate. the setting is well realised and quite original and very stylish. all the characters are much the same, but the book never gets silly or stupid.

The one problem it has it that it takes about a hundred pages to get going, and the nature of the plot and story means younger readers will probably get more out of it than older ones. but stick with it because it does manage some good plot developments and some excellent twists. not a bad book, but could be a little better
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VINE VOICEon 14 June 2006
`The Resurrection Casket' is utterly silly nonsense, but it's also charming, amusing and fun. Blatantly lifting `Treasure Island' (and numerous other pirate clichés) into a science fiction setting this boasts plenty of fun with the Doctor and Rose up against a crew of murderous steam-powered robots and a very unconventional other-dimensional monster. The plot is based around issues of hidden identity (like so many of Richards tales) and most of the plot-twists can be spotted 100 pages away, but this is still enjoyabele. This third 10th Doctor novel is easily the best of the initial batch of three, and indeed the best of Justin Richards three new series novels to date.
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on 22 December 2009
I was bought this as a present as I am a Doctor Who fan (and not just the new series)... To be honest, I wasn't in any great rush to listen to it; I read (too many) books, but it has been MANY years since I listened to an audio book. I'm not a fan in general as you 'miss' a lot of the 'background' to the story. I finally put this on my MP3 player and on a flight I listened to it. It was really good! (I've since put a few more on my 'Wish List' (*hint hint to the other half*)
DT is a great actor, and in this he proves how good he is not only as a visual actor. He sets the moods well, he mimics voices well (inc. The Doctor's voice naturally) while the story itself is read in his native accent.
I do get bored on flights, and usually just sleep, but I was awake for the whole flight listening to this. A cracking gift! Thank you!!
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on 23 February 2015
The Tenth Doctor stops the TARDIS in space to take a reading, and suddenly everything stops working, and they have to make a forced landing on a planet in the back of beyond where technology simply does not work. The TARDIS is badly damaged and cannot repair herself until she is moved outside the planet's sphere of influence, but how? Here begins a chain of events that lead the Doctor and Rose to join forces with an unlikely crew to search for the lost pirate and his treasure.....and the fabled resurrection casket.

This is basically treasure island in space, but with a few surprising space-age twists. David Tennant is the narrator, and as always his narration and characterisation are spot on. As an added extra is a fascinating interview with the author of this story, Justin Richards, who interestingly mentions in passing exactly how he feels about the way this story had been narrated.

This is a great story, well constructed, and regardless of how you feel about the basic Treasure Island premise, it is very enjoyable and in my opinion well worth the price, A solid addition to the tenth Doctor audio collection.
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