- Audio CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; WW edition (8 May 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405678194
- ISBN-13: 978-1405678193
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 14 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Doctor Who: Pest Control Audio CD – Audiobook, 8 May 2008
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"Pest Control is a fantastic science-fiction story, well presented and very well written." (E. G. Wolverson http://www.doctorwhoreviews.co.uk)
The Doctor and Donna face monstrous insects and a ruthless robot exterminator in this thrilling, exclusive audio story, read by David Tennant.See all Product Description
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The story involves the doctor and current companion donna arriving on a world where humans and a race of alien centaurs are fighting a war. strange things are happening to some of the humans, who are turning into monsters. the tardis is lost. and there's a big robot on the loose that seems intent on killing absolutely everything. can the doctor rescue the tardis, stop the war, and find out what's really going on?
This is not a classic story but it's fine for what it is, and hits all the notes you'd expect in regards to things that happen to the tardis crew. david tennant is an excellent reader and very good to listen to. he narrates in his normal tone, but does the doctor's voice for when that character is talking, and provides different voices for all the other characters. one of them I found slightly too comedic but the rest are very good. his impression of donna does slightly sound like her with a blocked up nose, but it's very good indeed.
there are roughly twenty two tracks on each cd but there are no part breaks in the story so it can be a bit long to listen to in one go. and whilst it's a bit slow to start the pacing does really pick up in the second half. so this is nothing special, but it's a good listen, and it's worth 4/5
Throughout Doctor Who's history `military' stories have cropped up many times. The classic situation being the Doctor and his companion finding themselves in the middle of a conflict between two factions. It's his inquisitiveness and dislike of violence put up against the brash actions of the military forces that make for such powerful storytelling and with `Pest Control', writer Peter Anghelides shows how this concept works just as well on audio.
Take the recent series 4 of Doctor Who for example - In that alone you had the Sontaran two-parter as well as the Doctor's Daughter - both encompassing strong military themes. Thus, `Pest Control' fits very well into the overall feel of series, also in the way it encompasses the grander scale and darker feel of that series. What you immediately notice though is that within the audio format, there is complete freedom to create wondrous worlds and alien races without limitations of budget and this really shows here, the story having an epic feel to it.
Things kick off with the Doctor and Donna landing on a desolate, war-torn planet, caught in a conflict between the centaur-like Aquabi and the human soldiers, the insectoid Serfians being introduced shortly later. The human soldiers are the key focus here, ranging from the down-to-earth grunts, a sneaky reporter type, an uncaring leader and downright sinister medical advisor. Each is explored in fascinating detail, tempers obviously reaching fever point as differing attitudes bounce off each other. Donna herself even gets conscripted up into the armed forces!Read more ›
Pest Control is the first in a new range of original Doctor Who audio books from the BBC. Featuring David Tennant's Tenth Doctor and his travelling companion Donna Noble, the adventure is also voiced by Tennant.
After listening to David narrate some of the audio versions of the Tenth Doctor book range, it seems natural to hear him voice a range of different characters. The story is solid and engaging, telling the story of a war between humans and centaur-like aliens on a remote planet, plus another race of insectoid aliens and an impressively large robot.
Donna Noble takes centre stage as she does in all these original adventures as The Doctor's companion and moral compass, and writer Anghelides captures her persona perfectly, all big heart and bigger mouth.
With plenty of action, including some monumental battle scenes, and a core story of human interest and how one's perception can be radically altered through experience, this is an entertaining if unspectacular new adventure for everybody's favourite Time Lord.
David Tennant does a good job reading this and masterfully switches between voices and accents for all the different characters which breathes some much needed life in to this adventure.
For the story itself - the Dr and Donna find themselves in the middle of a warzone and inevitably get caught between the 2 warring parties - a tricky little situation at the best of times but things are only just beginning to get complicated...
Of the 3 audiobooks I bought, for me this one had the weakest storyline however having David Tennant reading helps a great deal to save it. That's not to say it is bad because it's not and I did quite enjoy it, however it tries to fit a lot of characters in and felt a little rushed on occasion. Consequently characters sometimes lacked a depth and you don't really find yourself caring much about them - the ending especially seemed to get resolved just a teensy bit too easily for my tastes.
A decent enough audiobook to pass the time and I've no regrets in buying it...but not something to write home about either.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great audio book. If you are a whovian then you should definately purchase this!Published 8 months ago by Emma
It's a nice Dr Who story, especially good as it would be prohibitivly expensive to film! The vocal talents of the reader are used to the full to bring the narative to life; if... Read morePublished on 27 Jun. 2009 by Amazon Customer
Audiobooks are a great thing. Only recently, have I started getting into them, when the Radio Times gave away free copies of Dr. Read morePublished on 5 Oct. 2008 by R. Wood
If you're a fan of Doctor Who or David Tennant then you MUST get this amazing audio adventure!
David's superb narration and acting is simply a wonder!
while this isn't the best story in the history of the new who novels, it certainly kept my interest. Read morePublished on 4 Aug. 2008 by tv is my friend
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