This month saw the release of three Doctor Who audiobooks featuring the Tenth Doctor and Martha, in addition to Wooden Heart which we review here. The other two titles are Sting of the Zygons and The Last Dodo.
Martin Day’s story is possibly one of the best of all the Tenth Doctor books/audiobooks – a delightful mystery tale which sees the Doctor and Martha exploring a spaceship only to suddenly find themselves in a forest which houses a fog-bound village.
Very elaborate descriptions of settings and characters make for a vibrant adventure which I couldn’t help but visualise in bright primary colours.
Adjoa Amdoh, who plays Martha’s mum Francine in the TV series, provides the narration here with a beautifully engaging performance which I could have listened to all day.
Sometimes when listening to audiobooks I find my attention starts to wander after a while and I end up listening to the story in 2 or more sittings, Amdoh’s reading held my interest throughout and I happily sat through all two and half hours in a single sitting.
Without giving away the plot the mystery of the story gets a satisfactory resolution which delivers on the emotional investment the listener is asked to make in the situation and characters.
In summary this is solid, good fun, ideal for chilling out to on those warm summer days.
Doctor Who: Wooden Heart was released by BBC Audiobooks on July 2nd and is available on CD and download.