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- Listening Length: 2 hours and 41 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Original recording
- Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 31 Oct. 2006
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ5806
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Having never read a novel set in Chad and not knowing a great deal about the country, I was quite intrigued by the setting of this novel. However, the locale and time period are really irrelevant to the story. Having a vague back story about some generic conflict could easily have been anywhere and there wasn’t really anything to make you think it was in the future either. This is compounded by all the running around in underground tunnels. The setting feels more like some human colony on another world. So, disappointingly, there is nothing to learn within about the history and culture of Chad.
There’s a reasonable plot with some worthwhile ideas but somehow the story isn’t very engaging and its couple of twists a bit lacklustre. All the talk of conflict, rebels and supplying aid doesn’t seem to fit much with the alien story and gets pushed into the background. No parallels are drawn with the alien conflict that has led to present events.
There’s some influence here from the Aladdin tale and one of the alien species is vaguely reminiscent of the Hutts. The idea of taking the fantasy golem style guardian and inserting it into science fiction works for the most part but sometimes becomes a bit silly.
A lot of the characters are also quite poorly realised and have a tendency to blend in. It’s hard to be very interested in them or feel any empathy towards them. Most of the alien characters are quite two dimensional, without much depth. Faltato receives as bit more effort but is an off putting juxtaposition of laughable and amorally vicious that doesn’t work. However, the characterisation of Rose and the Doctor is fairly reasonable.
and it seems to have polarised their opionion, to judge by the other reviews.
the story involves the tardis arriving in africa in the near future, and the doctor and rose dealing with alien infestation in an area near a volcano.
since you can't do anything to change the format and the main characters in these books, the art of lifting them above average is in the detail and the characterisation. the setting of africa is quite well realised, and the supporting characters aren't bad, all the human ones having decent motivation.
even though it does become a bit of a predictable runaround plot wise as it goes on, the alien characters are also quite original, and have a good motivation that is not something i've seen done in any who novels before.
so this is good enough to rate as a bit better than average. It's not great literature, but for an entertaining new doctor who story, it's alright
Quite frankly you'd be better off reading a cereal box than giving this one a go.
Featuring the Tenth Doctor and Rose as played by David Tennant and Billie Piper in the hit Doctor Who series from BBC Television.
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