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Doctor Who: Borrowed Time Audio Download – Unabridged

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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 July 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
An original Doctor Who novel, telling an all new Doctor Who story that hasn't appeared in any other medium.

It runs for two hundred and fifty five pages, and is divided into twenty chapters plus a prologue and an epilogue.

It features the Eleventh Doctor plus Amy and Rory.

The three main characters are perfectly written with dialogue that you can well imagine their tv versions saying.

And the book is suitable for readers of all ages.

The prologue is rather vague. But deliberately so. But after that the prose becomes exceptionally readable. As we're introduced to Andrew Brown. An employee in a bank who is rather drifting through life and to whom work has become everything. We meet him as he has a bad day which leads to him failing dismally at an important presentation.

His luck seems to change when he meets two strange men who can give him all the time he needs. Literally. He will have to pay some back but the interest rate is very reasonable.

Then along come the TARDIS crew, after a mishap on a holiday leads to the Doctor wanting to teach Amy and Rory about a financial crisis. Visiting the bank where Andrew works, they quickly discover strange things going on there. And when someone close to the Doctor makes a deal they come to regret, it's a race against time. Literally.

There's a lot to delight in this one. Very readable prose makes the story fly by. The supporting cast are all well drawn with very believable motivations. There are some delightful throwaway lines and ideas which really add to depth to the tale and the setting. It will teach you a few things about how high finance works. And interest rates.

It does offer a few good plot surprises and twists and turns.
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Format: Hardcover
It wasn't so long ago that BBC Books scored a coup by publishing a Michael Moorcock Doctor Who novel, The Coming of the Terraphiles. That was an okay book, but I was even more delighted when the latest load of Doctor Who review copies arrived, as one of the authors' names really leapt out at me. Could `Naomi A. Alderman' be the `Naomi Alderman' who won the Orange Prize for New Writers with her debut novel Disobedience in 2007? A quick scan of the accompanying press release revealed that it was indeed so. Naomi Alderman was also named by Waterstones as one of their Writers for the Future in 2007. I find it really exciting that BBC Books are able to commission authors of such extraordinary calibre, following the lead of the TV show, which has recently called on the talents of Richard Curtis and Neil Gaiman. Could Doctor Who be in danger of becoming part of the literary establishment? I certainly hope so. To make things even more stellar, Borrowed Time is partly dedicated to Naomi Alderman's cousin, Samuel West, who may or may not be the well-regarded actor of the same name who incredibly appeared in the lamentable Doctor Who/EastEnders crossover Dimensions in Time for Children in Need in 1993 only a couple of years after starring in Howards End, and who also played the Time Lord Morbius in a Big Finish audio adventure. Needless to say, all this pedigree allowed Borrowed Time to jump quite a few places on my to-read list!Read more ›
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I've read most of the Doctor Who novels released since the series re-launch in 2005, and this is definitley one of the best. All of the Series 6 (2011) novels have been amazing, in fact.

A must read for any Doctor Who fan!
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 5 Dec. 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a fairly standard Doctor Who story - aliens (working in pairs, why do they always seem to be in pairs of odd men who finish each others' sentences?) who can offer you back all the time you never seem to have enough of. Too good to be true? Well, yes actually.

The characters are all well put together - the Doctor, Amy and Rory are well portrayed and the characters in the bank, and the aliens, are, overall well rounded and played through the storyline.

A good, readable, Doctor Who story.
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Format: Paperback
A story where the Doctor visits the world of investment banking and fights the evil forces of compound interest probably doesn’t initially sound like the most exciting of adventures. However, this being Doctor Who the subject isn’t money but time and those that collect the interest are more than just ‘loan’ sharks.

Essentially this is a humorous mockery of modern financial systems and institutions. It concentrates on the stupidity and fragility of compound interest, identified by the Doctor as a system for making the rich richer and the poor poorer. Something is lending time to those who believe they need more of it at an exorbitant rate of interest that is victims are never likely to pay back. Obviously the major targets become those that are absorbed in the ‘rat race’, living for work at the expense of everything else. This allows the novel to also parody these aspects of modern life.

There is only so much humour that can be derived from these subjects though and it inevitably becomes more repetitive and less interesting as the novel continues. The greater strength of the novel lies in the way individuals are seen attempting to deal with borrowing time. Through the perspectives of a few characters a familiar pattern emerges of borrowing time with good intentions, becoming full of elation at initial results, to becoming almost addicted to just borrowing a bit more for whatever insignificant reason until the realisation dawns that this leads down a road where you could never borrow enough. The personal journeys for both Amy and Andrew Brown are emotionally engaging, especially their naivety, and elicits plenty of empathy for them.

Mr. Blenkinsop and Mr. Syminton certainly owe something to the ‘deadly’ assassins of ‘Diamonds are Forever’, Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd.
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