Can't you see I'm so trapped and I don't know what to do...,
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Doctor Trap (Hardcover)
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.