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The Doctor takes Rose to her first alien planet where they are immediately captured, separated, and imprisoned on different planets. As Rose fights to get back to the Doctor, the Doctor uncovers an alien plot to... oh, I don't want to spoil it. The idea is interesting and we see some familiar baddies, but the execution just didn't work for me. Because the Doctor and Rose are separated, what we essentially have are two different stories and almost no interaction between the two main characters. Another problem is the story drags on far too long. Three times I thought the story was wrapping up, only to see that I had several hours of book left to go. Normally, this would be a good thing, but not here. I should have loved this, but I didn't.
That said, I also didn't hate it. The author did a great job of keeping both the Doctor and Rose in-character. We see Rose cope and rebel in a hellish environment and we see glimpses of the Ninth Doctor's soft, compassionate side (always a nice juxtaposition with his normally prickly and hardened demeanor). I also enjoyed some of the original characters in this story. And, as always, Camille Coduri knocks it out of the ballpark as the narrator. I would recommend this story to fans of the Ninth Doctor and those who really enjoy Season 1 bad guys.
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Where does Doctor Who: The Monsters Inside rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Compared to the other Doctor Who books I've listened to, this one is in the top half.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The performer's Rose was done very well, she also made the alien characters come alive pretty well.
Any additional comments?
This was a solid doctor who book. The story would have been a two part episode had it been made for TV. It also makes sense within the context of the 9th doctor's one season. The themes and resolution of the story make sense and feel like the first season of the new who tv.