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- Listening Length: 5 hours and 31 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 24 Aug. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0096FCZPI
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Doctor Who: The Glamour Chase Audiobook – Unabridged
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It runs for two hundred and forty three pages. It's divided into a prologue and eighteen chapters. As usual with this range, it is suitable for readers of all ages. And the three leads are perfectly characterised, with dialogue you can imagine them saying on tv.
The story is set during the Eleventh Doctor's first tv season. Somewhere just past the middle.
The prologue details how a young girl once encountered the Doctor. And the result. You could be forgiven for thinking this is another re-telling of his first meeting with Amy. But there's the feeling that there is more to it than that.
After this, the TARDIS crew don't appear till gone page forty. As we get scenes involving alien spaceships and other aliens who are hunting them. Ancient Britons. Then a well characterised moment featuring a world war one veteran and his lady love finding something terrible in the countryside.
When the TARDIS finally arrives, it's in Britain in 1936. There's an archaeological dig near a manor house. A man who lives at the latter has been traumatised and warns of someone coming. Plus one of the servants seems to have their own agenda.
Why has the TARDIS brought the Doctor here?
And what lurks beneath the mound?
The pre Doctor pages are enough to keep you hooked. And then this does get rather good. It does take a while for events to really kick in, and spends a long time building setting. But the setting feels very convincingly like the period it's supposed to be. Events do then happen at just the right point to keep the plot moving along. The first glimpse the reader gets of something alien is a wholly original creation.
Everything does come together in time for it to all come to a head in the last fifty or so pages. There are a few surprises before this that you might not see coming. And said final fifty or so pages actually manage to do some things a little different to usual for this range.
A very involving read and a well above average release. Well worth a look.
The novel starts out with what sounds like a rehash of the Doctor and his first meeting with Amy, but once you get further along in the book it becomes clear what is actually happening. A good device for the start of the novel, as we don’t even get to have the Doctor in the action of the book for quite a way. After the prologue, there is further action with a failing space-travelling ship which seems doomed. The crew tries to save themselves by putting themselves in stasis. We follow what happens to the ship next. And then the Doctor, with Amy and Rory arrives in England in a village in 1936, where the locals are involved in an archaeological dig. But what have they found, and why is the atmosphere in the village so strange to the time travellers?
This is a pretty good Doctor Who novel; Gary Russell is an accomplished writer of Doctor Who material, as well as Torchwood and Sarah Jane Adventures. The setup is good, and the story races along well to a good conclusion. The only quibble I had with it was that there seemed to be a little too much ‘witty’ talk from the Doctor at the expense of moving the narrative along. Apart from that, a really good read.
Well, there are no Daemons but there are two potentially interesting alien spieces concerned with the village of Little Cadthorpe. Both could have been better. The Tahnn are seriously under used whereas the Weave are just a bit too silly to buy into the idea of them. Their conflict is reminiscent of the Sontaran/Ruton war but then, unfortunately, fails to go that way. Instead we get the Glamour chase itself which seems a little muddled.
I'm not sure what the nature of the 'Glamour' is or exactly what it is. A weapon? A healing source? A psychic field? An entertainment system? Appearing both scientific and magical, it is never adequately explained despite being the subject of the title. This is a shame because it makes the motivations of the characters a little vague if you don't know quite what it is everyone is after. In some ways that doesn't matter too much if you just accept it and enjoy the 'chase'.
What stands out about this novel is the extra thought put into the characterisation of Rory who was not that well developed in the TV series at the time this book was published. If anything he is the more proactive of the characters, even more so than the Doctor. This is nice to see for a change but it does seem to be a bit at the Doctor's expense. The Doctor has a lot less to do than normal and it is his 'silly' side that is given more time in the novel.
In my opinion it is one of the better books to be released in Matt Smith's first year but it is focussed more on Rory and other characters than the Doctor or Amy. If you want a book more closely related to the first Eleventh Doctor TV series it is probably best to go for one of the others released in this year.
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