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I was excited by the other reviews and a keen fan of the tv series but I am struggling to wade through this adjective-laden prose. It took 20 minutes this morning just to describe the ship pulling into dock! The author's compulsion to add alien detail has crowded out action and engagement with characters like an infestation of Silburian Slug Worms from the Obellian Galaxy.
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I love Dr. Who, but this was simply awful. Moorcock demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of the character he is writing. The Doctor should jump out of every scene he is in and dominate the action. In this book you hardly realize he is there, squeezed among the ridiculous characters with confusing motivations. The story seems to have been written for an entirely different hero, with the Dr. Who elements thrown hastily in at the last moment.
The narration was also shocking. Mantle tries to create different voices and accents for his characters, but ends up giving us aural caricatures. The falsetto Scots used to indicate Amy's occasional presence made me want to throw my headphones in the nearest fireplace.
Dr. Who fans be warned. This is not what you want. Stay away!
I'm afraid I struggled to get through this and only finished through a sense of duty. I bought it because I am a fan of both Dr Who and of Moorcock. I enjoyed the Elric and Eternal Champion novels but sadly this audiobook was a disappointment. I think it was a combination of problems. The story didn't really seem to have much to do with Dr Who. Both the Doctor and Amy characters seemed shoehorned into some totally separate story, not the main subjects of it. There were too many other characters none of whom were particularly interesting and quite a few of them were just plain annoying. It was too whimsical - as others have stated, perhaps akin to Douglas Adams crossed with PG Wodehouse, but totally unsuited to Doctor Who. The other problem is I think with the narration. There were too many OTT characterisations, some of the voices were almost unitelligible. They all had regional accents which didn't seem to make sense. Why would an alien taxi driver have a Scouse or Yorkshire accent? The worst was Amy - it is very difficult when the listener has a clear internal picture of what she should sound like from the TV series and then in the audiobook she is nothing like her screen counterpart. This is inevitible in a DW story but it was a constant irritation for me.
A shame, Moorcock & Dr Who seemed like a match made in heaven, but it was not to be.
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With the exception of Captain Cornelius' Dutch accent Clive Mantle is woefully poor at accents. God alone knows why he chooses to do an impression of one of the Crankies for Amy's accent! And he is really a rather poor choice as narrator, Peter Kenny would have done it far better justice.
I have been a fan of Moorcock for years, other fans will recognise the recurrent themes (The Rose, Colour, the Balance etc...), and there are some nice subtle little touches in this, but to be frank they are likely to be lost on many listeners.
If you are only here for Dr. Who then this probably isn't for you, but if you like Moorcock then a listen won't hurt - but be warned; Pyat or Elric it ain't!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
There were times when this story well and truely lost me. The story had too many crucial characters, it tried to be too complex and had too much unnecessary detail. I found myself wandering off at times and was not bothered to rewind to find out what I missed (which didn't seem to matter).
I also struggled with the DW characters... I think the personalities of the characters did not match with Matt Smith's Doctor and Amy Pond. Perhaps Peter Davies' Doctor and a companion would've fitted better...?!
As a DW fan, I did like this book, I enjoyed the new worlds and adventures I was taken on, I just didn't love it and probably wouldn't listen to it again.