- Audio CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; WW edition (5 July 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1445867621
- ISBN-13: 978-1445867625
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.1 x 14 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 441,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Doctor Who: The Nu-Humans Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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"The Nu-Humans is part action adventure, part morality tale and part Poirot... Raquel Cassidy’s gorgeous reading brings fun and tension to the table as well as delicious malice... Wonderful stuff." (Andrea McGuire-Seery http://blogtorwho.blogspot.co.uk)
Raquel Cassidy reads this exclusive audio adventure featuring the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
I would have loved for this story of genetically engineered humans on a high gravity mining world to have gone through a couple of good plot twists and ended up in one of those off the wall yet humanist solutions straight from the mind of the Doctor, but this plot had as many twists as a lamppost.
I apologise if I sound sarcastic. I just feel a responsibility to get my point across to those who would buy it, knowing as I do that there are far better stories out there. I'll stress again that up until halfway through, I was actually enjoying this story and thinking it was going to go somewhere, only for the second half to completely ruin that enjoyment. I don't know what went so wrong, and hope for the writers' sake that it was only such a letdown because they were running out of time or caught a cold or something.
I received a copy via the Amazon Vine Programme. Mainly because I enjoy talking books and like Dr Who.
This story starts well and was a really interesting story.
The fact that in the future Human kind can adapt the human body to withstand or take advantage of a new planet's limitations or features.
I found this concept of Pantropy fascinating but flawed.
I simply could not imagine human beings letting themselves be changed to adapt to a heavy gravity planet with all the drawbacks from appearnces to something not attractive to the human eye - huge figures with extra long arms and covered in thick purple scales- can you?
I mean what would be the point of earning a wage if you were stuck like that?
Where would you spend your money??
But it is a good concept.
The story is fairly predictable.
The Doctor, Rory and Amy land on the planet where the 'Nu-Humans' are starting to dissappear.
Yes guess who gets the blame??
It doesn't take a genius to work out that the there may be problems with the Mark 2 Nu Humans.
But I really enjoyed the story.
There are a few faults.
Rachel Cassidy simply can't do Matt Smith's Voice.
Half way through the story I had David Tennant in my mind she sounds him just like that.
She is brilliant at Amy Pond's though spot on.Read more ›
Raquel Cassidy played each part admirably and, I thought, managed to capture Matt Smith's essence well - his face sprang to mind as soon as she altered her characters, and I had no trouble distinguishing the other characters' voices.
However, the concept fell a little flat for me.
Although it is an interesting notion, looking at how far humans would be prepared to go to tackle environmental factors - here, they have genetically adapted to withstand them to combat the issue of expensive and time-consuming terraforming - a process known as pantropy, I felt the narrative was somewhat predictable and in need of a more solid plot. Possibly the time allowed to fit into the 79 minute audiobook was not enough to pad it out satisfactorily.
I also, slightly resented the occasional preaching undertone (don't judge others on their appearance alone!) and maybe this slightly marred my enjoyment of the story.
On the whole - it didn't add to my enjoyment of the New Who Franchise, but I can't honestly say it detracted from it either. It was mildly agreeable but I do hope it's not a side-story that finds its way onto screen as I don't feel it fully worthy of the series.
*casual fan meaning I'll watch all episodes once, won't buy the series but may keep some episodes on my recorder to watch again if I like them enough and will listen to the audiobooks if someone's kind enough to buy them for me!
That ubiquitous sonic screwdriver saves the day, the Ponds play their part and of course everyone gets very close to a frightening death.
The voice of the reader is excellent - she gives an amazing performance, and the sound effects support her voice to the point at which this ceases to be a simple audiobook but becomes a genuine play.
After some dissapointing outings, this is a great adventure you won't want to miss.
One really good hour of audio for your commute or just to make a quiet night more exciting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The BBC are jumping on the Who franchise bandwagon and producing a pile of average audio books to cash in on the enterprise. Read morePublished on 15 May 2013 by J. Lyne
Mining colony, genetically modified workers to withstand high gravity conditions... voice artist: Raquel Cassidy who played the foreman in The Rebel Flesh which was about miners... Read morePublished on 14 May 2013 by Jack Chakotay
If your looking for a standard Doctor Who Adventure then look no further, there are a few good ideas here which could have been furthered relating to the genetically engineered... Read morePublished on 25 April 2013 by mall1990
This is a reminder of what Doctor Who was like on TV before the big-budget production. A story exactly like this was standard fare in the 70s and 80s and would have been stretched... Read morePublished on 15 April 2013 by Ray Blake
If I were a collector of Dr Who CDs I suppose I would have to buy this one to make up a set, but if you are only an occasional Dr Who CD buyer, then I think you should look... Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2013 by Amazoniac
Not a very interesting story - no cast members involved - basically just a mid quality audio book. Could have made a better job myselfPublished on 20 Dec. 2012 by Ophiicus
Since the success of NuWho turned the Doctor's audio adventures from a cottage industry by devotees to a production line run by corporate executives there have been more bad... Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2012 by Trevor Willsmer
My 10 year old loved this story. I did wonder if an audio book would be the sort of thing that would hold her attention for the duration but she would patiently plug her headphones... Read morePublished on 16 Nov. 2012 by Chris F
The voice artist (Raquel Cassidy) is very talented, and adds a fresh perspective to the story (this is the first female narrator for Doctor Who audio books that I've... Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2012 by Smee
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