Title: The Feast of the Drowned
Series: Doctor Who: New Series Adventures, #8
Author: Stephen Cole
Genre: Time Travel, Adventure
Source: Purchased (Audiobook)
Length: 2 hours 28 minutes (Unabridged)
Narrated by: David Tennant
Published by: BBC Audiobooks
When a naval cruiser sinks in mysterious circumstances in the North Sea, all aboard are lost. Rose is saddened to learn that the brother of her friend, Keisha, was among the dead. And yet he appears to them as a ghostly apparition, begging to be saved from the coming feast… the feast of the drowned. As the dead crew haunt loved ones all over London, the Doctor and Rose are drawn into a chilling mystery. What sank the ship, and why? When the cruiser’s wreckage was towed up the Thames, what sinister force came with it? The river’s dark waters are hiding an even darker secret, as preparations for the feast near their conclusion.
Oh, Doctor Who … I love that you have companion novels to your TV series. ESPECIALLY companion novels that are narrated by the Doctor himself! And by the Doctor, I mean THE Doctor, David Tennant.
This is the second audiobook that I’ve listened to from the Doctor Who series and it was great fun. One of the best things is how the author really works in the character of the Doctor — you can tell that they’re fans because the Doctor is so much like the Doctor we see on TV. I’d almost like to compare stories from Nine or Eleven’s perspective to see how they differ.
I love shipwreck stories — or, really, any story that takes place on the water. There was a certain element of creepiness that made the story perfect! I loved the whole otherworldly aspect that took place with the villians of the story, the aliens — the fact that they would appear as old shipmates was very creepy. But alongside the creepy, there’s plenty (read: PLENTY) of humour and that special something that Whovians have come to expect.
As for the narration, like I said, David Tennant is perfect. I still love his voice for Mickey (sounds just like Mickey from the TV show) and I really loved hearing his American accent in this book. His pacing is awesome and I really enjoy how he narrates the story in his Scottish accent, but uses the British accent for the Doctor. Really, David Tennant could narrate anything and I would be happy — he’s quite talented with it! He doesn’t just read the story, but he makes the characters and the story come alive — it’s like listening to a TV show episode in the background.
I look forward to listening to more stories from this New Adventure series. They read like they’re an episode of the TV show, which makes them quite enjoyable. This one might not have lived up to the first one I listened to, The Stone Rose, but it was still a lot of fun. Definitely recommended if you’re a Whovian!