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- Listening Length: 2 hours and 37 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 19 Feb. 2009
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQB0US
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Doctor Who: Martha in the Mirror Audiobook – Unabridged
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A similar thing can be said about the character of Thorodin/Sastrak; they're so short lived, and we never learn of the significance of "Sastrak".
The best parts of the book are in the mirror itself and the concept of delicate light/glass people. The Janna/Tylda sister story is confusing at points, but ends nicely.
Overall a fairly good book.
This is a great story; there's a good mix of alien cultures with mystery and intrigue. It has a feel of the classic Third Doctor Peladon stories I thought. Well characterised, well narrated, and well put together. This is a really good Doctor Who story, and definitely recommended.
The most interesting aspect is the eponymous mirror. The crux of the whole plot revolves around no-one knowing exactly what the mirror can do; including the Doctor. Really it is only a `magic door' type artefact that is fairly common in science fiction and fantasy. However, Justin Richards does a good job of letting it dictate the plot and keeping it at the forefront of the action. The title is a little dubious though as Martha uses the mirror a lot less than many of the characters. It seems odd that her name should feature in the title.
There is a lack of subterfuge in the portrayal and development of General Orlo. He is far too obviously the villain (so obvious that you think that can't be the case). He is also very two dimensional and almost has a stock personality. Some of the other characters are quite endearing and sympathetic though. The Janna/Tylda situation is the best example of this and forms a quite emotional sub-plot. Gonfer, despite a bit of silliness with the name, is also a very sympathetic character. Bill and Bott, the two caretaker robots, provide a comical element and also the only sort of twist/revelation in the plot. It's a good technique to make the reader emphasise with the seemingly `less important' characters at the conference and make the resolution come through them as well as the Doctor.
This is a fairly entertaining story and fits in well with Martha's adventures in the Tardis. But it fails to stand out from the other DW novels of that era.
Featuring the Tenth Doctor and his companion Martha, this runs for two hundred and forty four pages. It's suitable for readers of all ages. And the two lead characters are perfectly written with dialogue that you can imagine them saying were this a tv story.
The book sees the TARDIS arrive at a strange castle in space which is host to the signing of a peace treaty. But some of the delegates have their own agendas. A strange little girl lives in the castle and seems to know more than she's telling. And there's a mirror which guards a secret also.
Can the Doctor find out the truth about the place before peace is shattered?
This one hits the ground running, throwing the TARDIS crew into the middle of the situation. But then the pace gets a bit more sedate as there's a lot of information to be gotten over to the reader. As a result it moves along nicely but you're never quite sure where it's going for a lot of the time.
It's worth hanging on in there with though because there are a great many reveals in the last fifty pages, including one surprise I really didn't see coming, and the various plot strands do come to some satisfying conclusions.
Although the main villain of the piece never quite gets to do enough, so they remain a rather thin character.
A good novel and a very clever plot and worth sticking to the end of. But there are stronger books in this range.