This month saw the release of three more Doctor Who audiobooks; Sting of the Zygons, Wooden Heart and Jacqueline Raynor’s The Last Dodo which is reviewed here.
The story is set in the Museum of the Last Ones where the last specimens of species and kept in suspended animation. Specimens are going missing and alongside trying to work out where they’re going the Doctor has to avoid becoming an exhibit himself.
At its heart the book is a lesson on protecting and respecting the natural world, this is made abundantly clear as the story arrives at its first ending – like many ‘New Who’ stories this one has more than one ending – when Martha suggests the Museum’s staff concentrate on trying to prevent extinctions rather than collecting the last specimens.
This abridged recording is read by Freema Agyeman who plays companion Martha Jones in the TV series.
Recently the books seem to have moved away from the performances of the first trilogy when David Tennant delivered a series of impressions of his co-stars. Here, as in other recent releases, the characters are voiced in a far more subtle manner by Agyeman and not for the first time I found myself missing Tennant’s more energetic approach.
At times the narration switches between Martha in the first person and Freema in the third – this isn’t exactly confusing but I found myself dragged out of the story the first couple of times it happened.
As with Rayner’s ‘The Stone Rose’ this is a huge improvement on her earlier ‘Winner Takes All’ – the characterisation is consistent and the pacing more regular and is a lot of fun, when it finally comes the ending is satisfyingly positive and upbeat.
Doctor Who: The Last Dodo was released by BBC Audiobooks on July 2nd and is available on CD (ISBN 9781846071775) and download( ISBN 9781405678841).