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So the Doctor and Martha go in search of the living dodo but end up in the museum of the last ones. A good and cool imaginative setting. This story has a moral tone to it. The horrible stuff involved with animals and fashion and money making. This story is highly enjoyable, with good twists and turns. All the characters are pretty good and memorable too. Making this story one of the most accomplished of all the stories in this range.
So im glad that i can say that Jac aint so bad at writing after all. I hope she does more stories like this one in the future...
Obviously the whole novel depends heavily on the idea of this strange zoo, the Museum of the Lost Ones. It is an interesting concept but does lead to the story being cluttered with multiple ecological issues that aren’t really explored in any coherent way. Some weighty subjects are glossed over in a light hearted manner. If there was intended to be a moral message to this book it gets a bit lost in events, clichés and all the teleporting around.
The ‘I-Spyder’ element is a novel idea. It is a device given to Marth by the Doctor that works as a kind of datapad-cum-guidebook to animal spotting. For the purpose of the plot it serves as an artifice to make the narrative focus more on Martha when the Doctor is off doing things and potentially serves the purpose in the real world of educating younger readers about extinct species. However, every time the book devotes a couple of pages to what the machine is supposedly displaying it quite drastically breaks up the pacing, action and dramatic tension. The novelty soon wears off and it does become a bit tedious and irritating.
The Doctor is reasonably well characterised but much of this comes from how Martha perceives him.Read more ›
The Last Dodo is a very good adventure, in which Eve is in charge of a museum which takes the last member of the species just before that species becomes extinct, thus ensuring that all species are represented before they can die out and be forgotten. [...]
There is a palpable sense of anger in this book at the way humans casually destroy animals just for their own enjoyment. The Doctor is suitably doctorish, and Martha is also well-presented. The writing is clear and pacy, and the story zips along. This really is the first time that all three new Doctor Who novels have hit the spot. Well done all!
the story involves the two of them finding a museum that preserves extinct species, and dealing with thefts from it. that lead to a whole lot more.
a slight format breaker in that portions of each chapter are narrated by martha in the first person. this is an approach you quickly get used to. same goes for the prologue which is from the point of view of a dodo. each chapter also ends with a descrption of an extinct species. these are pretty informative.
this is a book that sets out to educate as well as entertain, and it deals with the moral issues surrounding extinction and whether animals should be in zoos or allowed to roam free. in a nice moment the doctor acknowledges there's social commentary around. It's never terribly preachy, though, and it does offer food for thought.
plot wise though this does take a while to get going, and the first one hundred pages are very episodic. it's difficult to see where things are going. but the second half of the book does a great job of tying all this together, along with some genuinely original concepts.
a very good enty in the range. if the first half was as strong as the second it would be a five star review
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You can't really go wrong with the Dr Who audio books. The stories are always interesting and this one in particular had some funny moments with the Dodo adopted by Martha. Read morePublished on 29 May 2014 by Julie Taylor
I've never read any of these new adventures and so, seeing this in my local library, thought I would give one a go. I must say I really enjoyed this! Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2014 by sparkymarky1973
Bought this for my son, who is an avid Dr Who fan, great story, great for long journeys in the car.Published on 2 July 2013 by disco queen
After a trip to the zoo, the Doctor and Martha go in search of a real live dodo, and are transported by the TARDIS to the mysterious Museum of the Last Ones. Read morePublished on 19 April 2013 by kk
This Doctor Who book was OK but not as interesting as the previous one my daughter read - Wishing Well. Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2012 by Jackie Brown
This Doctor and Martha book introduces Martha in book form quite well, of course there were probably others before this one, but it's the first one I have bought. Read morePublished on 1 Aug. 2011 by mo2
Great book. Intriguing premise, a touching, emotional message, and a few false ends to keep you guessing. Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2010 by Mr. M. Jones
Jacqueline Rayner's latest Tenth Doctor and Martha novel is a poignant and well-observed dig at the way we neglect and thoughtlessly destroy wildlife on our planet. Read morePublished on 21 May 2009 by Captain Pugwash
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