Doctor Who The Scream Of The Shalka Paperback – 11 Apr 2013
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An unabridged reading of Paul Cornell's novelisation based on his animated drama of the same name. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
Paul Cornell is a writer of science fiction and fantasy in prose, comics and TV, one of only two people to be Hugo Award-nominated for all three media. He’s written Doctor Who for the BBC, Action Comics for DC, and Wolverine for Marvel. He’s won the BSFA Award for his short fiction, an Eagle Award for his comics, and shares in a Writer’s Guild Award for his television.
His latest urban fantasy novel is The Severed Streets from Tor. [source: paulcornell.com]--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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The storyline involves an alternative Ninth Doctor arriving on earth during an attempted invasion by a serpent like species named the Shalka, who appear to be imbued with multiple sonic abilities that are linked with their technology. The Shalka themselves are fairly good as an alien menace. They are very well thought out, detailed and imaginative. And there is certainly potential for them to be re-used.
However, much like the animated version, the Doctor is generally quite unlikeable, condescending and pretentious. He does improve as the story developments (often during his interactions with de-facto companion Alison) but he is till hard to warm to even by the close of the book.
Alison is very much companion material but without the life that Sophie Okonedo brought to the part she feels very generic. The relationship between Joe and her is given a little more depth in the novelisation after it was quite difficult to believe in during the animation. This helps to make the story feel a little more human.
There is also more time spent on the other areas of the world where the Shalka are attacking. In the Webcast these were usually just random shots that didn't always seem to make sense. In the book they come together much more as whole.
Unfortunately there is no more information provided about what the Master might be doing with the Doctor. It was a bit that never really made sense in the Webcast and still fails to make satisfactory sense in the novelisation.Read more ›