One of three Tenth Doctor novels released by BBC Audiobooks, Stephen Cole’s The Feast of the Drowned is narrated by Doctor Who star David Tennant.
For the main narration Tennant uses his own Scottish accent, slipping easily into his English accent for the Doctor’s lines which greatly aids the listener separate the narrator from the character and adds immensely to the enjoyment.
He also provides accents for all other characters including pretty amusing turns as Rose and Mickey Smith – the impression of Noel Clarke is particularly good value!
The story is a good mystery yarn which sees the Doctor, Rose and Mickey investigate the appearance of a ghost – the brother of Rose’s friend Keisha – who was killed whilst serving aboard a warship. The wreckage of the vessel has been towed up the River Thames bringing with it a sinister force.
True to the spirit of the new series the story wastes no time getting the regulars into the action and Cole has excelled at capturing the feel and ‘voice’ of the main characters. Combined with Tennant’s in-story portrayal of the Doctor this helps to create the impression of a ‘real’ adventure.
As with all good stories this one races by and, despite a running length of over two hours, is over all too soon. However along the way Cole provides some genuine mystery and a fair number of thrills with a number of breathless action scenes.
Mickey is especially well served by the story – perhaps playing a more integral part than in many of his television outings and it’s a great shame we didn’t get to see what Noel Clarke could have done with this material.
In addition to the main feature the second disc contains an exclusive interview with Stephen Cole conducted by Doctor Who Magazine’s David Darlington. Running approximately 15 minutes long the discussion explores Cole’s childhood reading, the process of writing a novel and highlights how integrated the ‘production’ of the television and written adventures is.
Due for release just a few days ahead of the season finale this release is an excellent way of filling the gap between series two and the 2006 Christmas special.
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Doctor Who: The Feast of the Drowned is available from 3rd July priced