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This is a story they should have filmed for the TV show. Unlike many of the books and audio adventures, the Doctor and Donna remain together throughout the story which enables the writer to make the most of the way they play off one another which really was one of the highlights of the relationship between the two of them.
Catherine Tate's performance is excellent. As you'd expect, she can do a pretty good David Tennant impression and all her other character voices are terrific.
If I have a complaint, it's that "The Forever Trap" should have been longer!
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Where does Doctor Who rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Somewhere in the middle because of the story line of the book, is nice and funny, but could have been better. Although, it could have been in my top 5 if I had to base it on the performance of the brilliant Catherine Tate. She is funny and is great to have the book from Donna's point of view.
Would you recommend Doctor Who to your friends? Why or why not?
I would recommend the book to my friends, once again the main reason is Catherine Tate, I cannot stress on how brilliant she is. The story is light and funny at places, and very serious at some, and despite not being the greatest one is still a good way to pass your time.
Have you listened to any of Catherine Tate’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Yes, I had and this once was as brilliant as the others. The only difference there is in the story line. She takes on a different voices of the different characters very well.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, and in fact I think I did. Not very sure because I have listened to it a couple of times and don't really remember if I had managed to finish it in one go the first time.
Listening to this, I keep thinking that Catherine Tate must be one wicked party guest. First, she's an excellent reader in general, clear and well-paced. Second, she is an incredible voice mimic. She can't always produce David-Tennant-as-the-10th-Doctor's tone of voice (sometimes the way she lowers her pitch to delineate him sounds slightly odd), but she precisely duplicates every nuance of his delivery. In fact, she mimics Tennant better than he mimics her...as the Doctor-Donna would triumphantly remark, "HA!"
And of course she knows how to speak as Donna Noble, so no problems there. There are various minor characters; each one is distinct and interesting.
The story itself is solid. The dialogue is snappy, and the vibe is pure Doctor Who. When the performance is this top-notch I don't mind some narrative lapses, but this tale is coherent and presents a nice variety of scenes that build on each other and hold my interest in their own right. This is Doctor Who, folks - if you want Dostoevsky or Stephen Hawking or some perfect and glorious combination of the two, go to another section. (Or better still - write your own, and dazzle us mere mortals.) Many of the story threads are derivative of other DW scenarios, but when it's mixed-and-matched to this degree and done this well, it's part of the fun. (Anyway - try coming up with something completely original in Doctor Who after nearly 50 years.) Plus, I loved the overall concept.
I'll be able to listen to this multiple times without getting tired of it. Very glad to have it.
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Of all the recent Dr. Who books, based on the new series, this one is the most enjoyable. The narrator (Donna from the 4th season) does a fantastic job with all the characters. The story itself is classic Who and very enjoyable. I highly recommend the book if you are a fan of the TV series.
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