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VINE VOICEon 12 March 2017
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson investigate the theft of books at the library of the church of St John the Beheaded, and run into the mysterious Doctor and end up in an intergalactic adventure saving the world. Based on the 1994 Doctor Who: New Adventures novel, this is a fun adaptation and team up of 2 of Britain's greatest fictional heroes. It feels like a Sherlock Holmes story, with Nicholas Briggs it seems doing his best Jeremy Brett impression as Holmes and having fun doing it with Sylvester McCoy as good as ever as the 7th Doctor with Sophie Aldred as Ace and Lisa Bowerman as Bernice Summerfield, a companion never seen on TV created just for the New Adventures novels and is now on audio too. A very enjoyable 4 parter with plenty of Holmes references and narrated by Watson feeling like a TV episode. Fun for both Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes fans alike and faithful to what I remember anyway of the original novel.
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on 26 March 2017
Very good.
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on 26 April 2007
I enjoyed this book, and would rank it fairly highly in the New Adventures range. It was a good story with some violent and horrific elements, but also often amusing. I liked the format of Doctor Watson's diary being used as the main narrative tool, something familiar and yet different, and the Victorian world and viewpoint provide a good contrast to the futuristic characters and events. Of course despite many references and nods to Arthur Conan Doyle's work, as this is a modern Doctor Who novel, it is inevitable that the format was tinkered with. For example, a lot of the language used whilst sometimes being drawn almost directly from the short stories, is often quite different. In a novel like this the characters are also of necessity fleshed out more, which sometimes contradicts the source material. All of that I can live with, but what really grated with me was the characterisation of Sherlock Holmes. At first, he simply seemed to be based more on Jeremy Brett's interpretation than Arthur Conan Doyle's, but as the story progresses it becomes more and more obvious that the character is being treated ungenerously. He is portrayed as being pompous, supercilious and deluded (& Watson by extension blinkered and overly enamoured with him). True, the real hero was always going to have to be the doctor, but surely Holmes doesn't need to be mocked in this way to make the doctor look better and provide more humour; he could have been better used. Still great for Doctor Who & Benny fans but slightly disappointing for Sherlock Holmes fans.
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on 13 November 2005
If Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had ever written a Sci-fi novel this would be it! I loved it from start to finish. The author has gone for authenticity; narrated by Doctor Watson himself, the story revolves around Sherlock Holmes' attempts to get to the bottom of another 19th Century mystery whilst simultaneously dealing with the excitable Doctor and his unusual lady-friend Berniece.
The titular fire is in fact spontaneous combustion; what is the link between this and Holmes' brother? The enigmatic Moriarty also makes an appearance whilst Watson quickly falls for the charms of Ace and The Doctor enjoys frustrating the great detective with his uncanny knowledge of past and future events. So good this should have kick started its own series.
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on 12 December 2016
should be brilliant, Dr Who and Sherlock Holmes but probably suffers from being adapted from a book rather than written specifically for audio.
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on 30 December 2016
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