Michael Maloney reads this original adventure by Dan Abnett, featuring the 11th Doctor, Amy, and Rory. For centuries, the Maintainers have worked. With no help from other worlds, they subsist on the food they can grow and that’s little enough. But their purpose, their whole life, is to maintain the machines that will one day make their world as habitable as old Earth. Life used to be hard. Now as crops fail, livestock sicken, and the temperature drops, it’s becoming impossible. This year’s Winter Season Feast won’t be the usual celebration. It’s no time for optimism or hope - or to welcome unexpected guests.
The Doctor, Amy, and Rory find a society breaking apart - and then the Doctor’s old enemies the Ice Warriors make their move. With the cold-hearted threat of invasion, the real battle for survival begins. Or does it? The Doctor suspects that behind everything lies a deadlier, even more chilling danger....
A thrilling adventure featuring the Doctor, Amy, and Rory, as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the spectacular hit series from BBC Television.
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Above Thy Deep And Dreamless Sleep
I would recommend this book to a friend or other Doctor Who fans - especially those missing the Troughton style base under siege adventures. Don't be put off by the fact that it has a new series Doctor and Companions I could easily Imagine this being rewritten with Troughton & Jamie & Zoe.
I found the colonist's manner of speaking mildly annoying at first but you get used to it over time and even enjoy it. The book is tensely written and will keep you guessing. Even when you think you have it all figured out it will surprise you.
The whole sequence near the end of the book with Amy and two of the Morphens being chased by the Warriors through the inside of one of the firmers was very well written and an action-packed sequence which reminded me of many powerful scenes in The Seeds Of Death. Dan Abneft knows how to write Doctor Who for sure.
Maloney's performance was very appropriate for the old fashioned English country village vibe the writing gave the Morphens.
He was especially good as Nurse Elect Bill Groan as he conveyed the desire to following the teachings of the Guide as well as later on the wish to protect the settlers by listening to the Doctor.
He was also excellent at displaying the authority of the Ice Lord in the story by changing the voice he used to make him clearly more commanding.
On one hand I would say yes because the story was well narrated and well written but on the other hand the use of different running jokes through the book did begin to grate as did the refusal of certain characters to accept the blindingly obvious - Old Winona being the worst offender - which meant I couldn't have listened to this book in one go.
However all of my issues with the book relate to my own personal taste and are what I would consider to be minor nitpicks towards an otherwhise excellent audiobook adventure which I highly recommend.
Good reader but....