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Doctor Who: The Doctor Trap by [Messingham, Simon]
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The Doctor becomes the prize in a most dangerous game - from the bestselling BBC Books Doctor Who fiction range

About the Author

Simon Messingham wrote, with Alexander Kirk, the TV comedy series Tales of Uplift and Moral Improvement, which starred Rik Mayall. He also wrote The Dave Saint Show, which starred John Thomson. Simon has also appeared in numerous sketch show outfits, written and directed short films, was commissioned by the UK Film Council to write the feature film comedy Goth Holiday, co-wrote the play The Teen People and was the 2005 winner of the British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1077 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Digital (9 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ASOVVM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #293,468 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Each holiday I normally read a couple of Doctor Who books. Especially if I had been previously reading something that was heavy going.
Most Doctor Who books are enjoyable enough and follow the same basic plan.
'The Doctor Trap' requires the reader to pay a bit more attention and is cleverly plotted. So I rated it 5*.
That is on the Doctor Who scale of stars. It's how much I enjoyed, not judged as literature.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The greatest hunters in the universe assemble on the enigmatic Planet 1, reigned over by the godlike Sebastiene, for the greatest prize of them all... the last of the Time Lords, The Doctor.

Messingham is no stranger to Doctor Who, having written Strange England and Tomb of Valdemar in the past, his tales usually marked by a high concept that feels like a merging of Who and an classic Edwardian concept. Here, we essentially have Who's take on 'The Dangerous Game': a group of alien hunters pursue the Doctor across different zones modeled after their home worlds, while Sebastiene has Donna and the TARDIS in his clutches. But on top of that, we have humanoid robots who run Planet 1, a duplicate of the Doctor who is also his number one fanboy and even Sebastiene himself having a fixation with 19th century Europe, hence his appearance and behaviour. That's a pretty odd mix, but how does it work out?

The problem is is that The Doctor Trap never feels like it makes most of the use of its premise, and it's a fairly tensionless story. The story starts a little too slow for such a mind game, trudging through backstory and setup, and the use of a doppelganger pretty much acts as a dead giveaway of what the story is going to do. The actual hunt isn't even until halfway through the book, and by then, maybe fills up two or three chapters before the idea seems to be drop in favour of a standard big confrontation. Most of the book is mainly spent seeing the Doctor manipulate Sebastiene's game from the inside, or Donna being trapped inside a mundane hell of a discount hotel and whining about the Doctor. The stakes never feel that high and Sebastiene is a little too kooky and silly to act as much of a threat or feel like a challenge for the Doctor.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Mar. 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
An original Doctor Who novel, telling an all new story not seen on tv. It features the tenth Doctor and his companion Donna Noble.

Like all in this range it runs for just under two hundred and fifty pages, can be read by readers of all ages - although this one might be a bit much for the very young thanks to a rather labyrinthine plot - and the two leads are recreated perfectly on the printed page, with dialogue you can imagine them saying on tv.

The story sees the Doctor fall foul of Sebastiane. The mysterious man who rules a world called planet one, which has some very sophisticated computers and robots. He acts like a victorian gentleman. And he likes to hunt. And what better to hunt than rare species? Like the last of the time lords.

Sebastiane is also slightly crazy and this makes him dangerously unpredictable.

So when the Doctor and Donna fall into his hands, they have a fight on their hands in order to survive.

Not least because the Doctor has a plan of his own...

The initial developments of the plans in this story result in a plot that whilst fast moving might have you saying 'what's going on here?' for a while. But stick with it because things to do quickly become clear, and when they do it's all very clever. And it all adds a gripping extra level of danger to the story. Because Sebastiane really is quite a superb villain, so very human and so dangerously unpredictable. A slight flaw is that if he wasn't, the Doctor might not get away with some of the things that he does, but that goes with the madness.

The Doctor and Donna are separated for a lot of the story but that does give her an intriguing plot strand of her own, and adds some interesting extra tension and questions of trust also.
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Format: Audio CD
The audiobook was an enjoyable story, but sufficiently puzzling at points that it required my full attention. Having subsequently read the hardback edition I could see why - as with Beautiful Chaos, I don't think that the abridgement covered all the background and plot points well enough, and would recommend the hardback if choosing between the two.

That aside, the audiobook is a good enough offering - Russell Tovey reads well and with reasonably good characterisation in his voice. I prefer the books actually read by David T. and Catherine T., but this would definitely sit happily alongside those.
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Format: Audio CD
I've really said it all in the title of my review.
This is a truly excellent audiobook, one of the best I've ever heard.
Russell Tovey makes the story come alive, so that it's more like listening to a real audio adventure rather than just a reading of a book. He does such a brilliant job of creating the different characters, especially the character of Sebastian. His talent for creating the different voices and tones of speech is unsurpassed in my view.
He really does bring the characters in the story alive.
Usually, audiobooks need the inclusion of music and sound effects to really work, but you don't get any in the audbiobooks featuring the current Doctor Who stories, as you do get in the classic Doctor Who audiobooks. But you do get the Doctor Who theme tune, which you don't get in the 'classic' Who audiobooks for some reason, (maybe the BBC not wanting to use any Dr Who theme in their audiobooks except the current Doctor's theme?) Anyhow, a lot of the time, the current audiobook versions are not usually as good as some of the 'classic' Doctor Who audiobooks, mainly for the lack of music and sound effects, but even without any of that, this story just LIVES, thanks to the excellent reading skills of the narrator. Brilliant!
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