Doctor Who: Devil In The Smoke Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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"Dan Starkey... does an excellent job with the variety of characters at play here... Blending Victorian intrigue, Holmesian sleuthing and sci-fi humour to produce a first-rate little yarn... long-term Who writer Justin Richards brings the entire cast to life with his loving attention to characterisation" (huntspost.co.uk)
"Dan Starkey displays a fantastic vocal range to imbue the story with a whole gamut of characters... the action sequences are well-paced and the dialogue bounces between the characters at a sensible speed" (scifibulletin.com)
Dan Starkey reads Justin Richards' thrilling adventure featuring Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax the Sontaran.See all Product Description
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It's a fair story, hinting quite cleverly but deceptively at events surrounding the recent Christmas special. This is not an actual prequel to those events though but a story in its own right. Some of it is a little bit immature for adult readers and it feels that this is a story orientated more at a younger audience. The other main protagonist is a young boy with a slightly Dickensian skew. His character is a little two dimensional but it is probably apt for this particular type of short story. There isn't much substance to the actual plot but there doesn't really need to be. The Paternoster gang are strong enough characters, especially Strax, to carry the narrative. Aside from the dialogue the writing is also quite basic and lacking in depth. Even so, the chapter title descriptions are a wonderful touch that somehow echo the style of stories published episodically in Victorian newspapers.
The antagonist(s) are an interesting idea but, metaphorically as well as physically, they lack substance and the text really reveals very little about what exactly it is.
For a Doctor Who based story that doesn't actually feature the Doctor this does in fact work quite well. It is another example (just like the recent episode `The Crimson Horror') that shows the potential for these characters to carry off a TV spin off on their own.
There have been TV 'teasers', 'Minisodes' and of course the excellent 2012 Christmas special... but 'The Devil in the Smoke' gives fans their first real look at Vastra and her 'Paternoster Gang' fighting crime, aliens, evil and all manner of bizarre events in the London of the late 19th Century...
The story intself is very sound with many interesting concepts and ideas. The aliens themselves are fascinating creatures that could be explored further in any Doctor Who medium, the plotline is simple, but the characterisation that Justin Richards pours into the main protagonists makes up for any lack of depth.
This is really a novella and not a full blown novel so something has to be sacraficed, but it dosen't detract from any enjoyment of the tale...
Dan Starkey who plays the Sontaran Strax in the TV stories, gives listerners a lively rendition of the adventure, doing pasable impressions of Vastra and Jenny as well as the minor characters... but of course he excells at being 'Strax' who has some of the best lines in the whole thing!
Issued as a prequel to the Doctor Who Christmas 2012 episode 'The Snowmen', 'The Devil in the Smoke' works extremely well, although I had the feeling that perhaps it is intended mainly for younger fans as the full relationship between Jenny and Vastra is never mentioned, Vastra's taste for blood and raw flesh is also left out and any violence is kept to a minimum. However there is a great little scene describing Strax washing up...Read more ›
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Lots of prequels, sequels and spin-offs make no sense if you don't have a thorough knowledge of the basic lore. (Some Star Wars and Star Trek stories can suffer from this problem. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ancient Mariner
Those of you familiar with the Doctor Who Christmas special "The Snowmen" will know the characters who take the centre stage in this Who expansion which leaves the 11th... Read morePublished on 24 May 2014 by James Cameron
Very entertaining, spooky, and a gripping tale for the lizard woman, the troll and the parlour maid. Read morePublished on 29 April 2014 by Amazon Customer
This little book was fantastic, I bought it for a journey to London. I enjoy Richard's books and this was not one to disappoint. Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2014 by Kindle Customer
Easy going, just a laugh really, but lots of fun.
Worth a look. Particularly for the Strax jokes.
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Simple but laugh out loud story staying true to the characters from doctor who. Another fine example of literature from Justin richardsPublished on 12 Oct. 2013 by Jhonny Hopkin
Absolutely great. I highly recommend this book to any young reader or even adult
Such a good novel that ties in with the episodes The Snowmen and The Crimson Horror
An entertaining tale including the Paternoster Gang set in Victorian London. Dan Starkey reads this story well in particular since Strax the Sontaran takes centre stage for most of... Read morePublished on 26 July 2013 by mall1990