Title: The Stone Rose
Series: Doctor Who: New Series Adventures, #7
Author: Jacqueline Rayner
Genre: Time Travel, Adventure
Source: Purchased (Audiobook)
Length: 2 hours 22 minutes (Unabridged)
Narrated by: David Tennant
Published by: BBC Audiobooks
Mickey is startled to find a statue of Rose in a museum – a statue that is 2,000 years old. The Doctor realizes that this means the TARDIS will shortly take them to Ancient Rome, but when it does, he and Rose soon have more on their minds than sculpture. While the Doctor searches for a missing boy, Rose befriends a girl who claims to know the future. But then the Doctor stumbles on the hideous truth behind the statue of Rose – and Rose herself learns that you have to be very careful what you wish for…
(This review originally appeared on my blog Winter Distractions on March 27, 2013)
Ask anyone who has been hanging around me in the last month or so and they will tell you that I am a BIG Doctor Who fan, almost bordering on the annoying. But I can’t help it — once I latch onto something, I need to have more of it! Which led me to get a few Doctor Who audiobooks.
Naturally, when I saw that David Tennant, my favourite Doctor, was narrating the stories, I could not pass up getting them. I’m happy to say that I was quite pleasantly surprised by the story in general.
I was a little worried about reading a book based on my favourite TV show — would it be as good as the show? Would I even like the story? Would it grab me like the beginnings of the Doctor Who episodes did? Thankfully, all of the above happened. It was kind of domestic, really, in the beginning, with Rose, Jackie, Mickey, and the Doctor going to a museum to see a statue — but of course it wasn’t going to stay so domestic when the Doctor realizes that the statue has an uncanny appearance to Rose. I loved the journey that the Doctor and Rose took, to find the person who made the statue, and there was plenty of suspense and witty dialogue to keep me hanging on until the very end.
One thing I loved about the TV show was the relationship between Rose and the Doctor, so it was kind of nice to get all the feels when reading certain lines in this story, like the Doctor telling the stone Rose that the real Rose is much prettier — and there’s a kiss! I listened to this story while cleaning the house and was flailing as I listened, it was so good.
David Tennant is an AWESOME narrator and promptly after I finished, I got a few more titles of his. The voices he did for the cast of the show were pretty awesome — his voice for Jackie was spot on and I could just picture her character in the TV show as I listened. Same thing for Mickey’s character. Tennant really is talented with his voices! Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the voice of the Doctor, as well. His character was very well written to the Doctor I know and love — with many of his little quirks thrown in for good effect. It was a little strange to hear the story read in Tennant’s Scottish accent, only for him to flip into the English accent of the Doctor, but after a while I didn’t even notice!
I am very eager to try more audiobooks for the Doctor Who reboot. I felt that Jacqueline Rayner really brought the characters to life. While I bought this one (and two others) for the sole purpose of getting more of the Doctor and Rose, I really want to try some of the stories from the ninth or the eleventh Doctor. I think they would be great fun!