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Publisher's Summary

Stuart Milligan reads this thrilling adventure featuring the Ninth Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack.
The Novrosk Peninsula: the Soviet naval base has been abandoned, the nuclear submarines are rusting and rotting. Cold, isolated, forgotten.Until the Russian Special Forces arrive - and discover that the Doctor and his companions are here too. But there is something else in Novrosk. Something that pre-dates even the stone circle on the cliff top. Something that is at last waking, hunting, killing....
Can the Doctor and his friends stay alive long enough to learn the truth? With time running out, they must discover who is really responsible for the Deviant Strain...
.Featuring the Doctor as played by Christopher Eccleston, together with Rose and Captain Jack as played by Billie Piper and John Barrowman in the hit series from BBC Television.
©2005 Justin Richards (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd
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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-06-12

As some of the others have said ...

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Anyone with a tin ear who can't tell a decent accent from a lousy one.

Would you recommend Doctor Who: The Deviant Strain to your friends? Why or why not?

No. Anyone who's never listened to Doctor Who books before would be put off for good, and anyone who has listened before would be appalled.

How could the performance have been better?

The voices of Doctor Who characters are very, very well known to their fans. Not all narrators attempt to capture each character's voice, and fair enough. Stuart Milligan *attempts* it, but does not succeed. His accents are all over the board -- the Russians sound more like Mexicans, Rose sometimes has the same accent as the Doctor, and the Doctor, well, he sounded more like a caricature of an Englishman. Milligan's intonational patterns were likewise bizarre, as if he were reading the book for the first time aloud and didn't realize how the sentence was going to end. I don't want to be harsh, but as an aficionado of audio books and Doctor Who books in particular, it just wasn't good enough, and I will not listen to Milligan again.

I have, however, listened to several other Justin Richards books and enjoyed them very much. This time, I really didn't, but I believe that's down to the performance more than the writing, although it's difficult to separate one from the other.

What character would you cut from Doctor Who: The Deviant Strain?

The narrator, sorry.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Genevieve on 12-10-11

Good story, TERRIBLE narrator

Would you try another book from Justin Richards and/or Stuart Milligan?

I would buy another Justin Richards book, but I would NEVER listen to Stuart Milligan ever again if he was the last audio reader on earth.

How could the performance have been better?

If someone, anyone else read it. Note to BBC Audio: NO MORE AMERICAN READERS!

Any additional comments?

I'm about two hours into the book and I had to stop and write this review - while I'm enjoying the story, I have to say that just because Captain Jack is in the book is absolutely no excuse for having an American reader. Especially one who has hands down the WORST British and Russian accents humanly possible. The fact that he's even trying to do accents is an insult to accents everywhere. I probably could have eventually (and against my will) adapted to Milligan's American voice if he didn't attempt the accents, but this is SO awful, I'm not sure how it even got made - much less, why the BBC hired him AGAIN to read another Dr Who audio (Blackout). But I guess I'll put up with a lot for Dr. Who because I am enjoying the story enough to finish the audiobook. Zero stars for Milligan (if only negative stars were possible) and four stars for Richards

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4 out of 5 stars
By P J Young on 11-11-11

The Doctor, Rose and Capt. Jack v. the living dead

This was a good story, ruined by the narrator, who obviously had no idea that this incarnation of the Doctor was a Northerner, and had him talking with the proverbial plum in his mouth, also made no attempt to make Rose sound like a Londoner. His Russian accents also tend to grate a bit. Wouldn't the Tardis translation matrix mean they wouldn't have noticable accents anyway?

The story itself is good, and progresses well, with some neat plot turns, and was a story I wanted to keep listening to. Justin Richards has the characters well defined, and this would have made a good TV 2-parter. I would have given 5 stars if the narration hadn't been so irritating. I did finish up wondering how many 'decommissioned' nuclear subs are in the condition of the ones in the story. Nice to get a brief mention of Bad Wolf, too.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Henriette Dahl Storm on 12-18-14

Probably better with another narrator

Doesn't seem like this narrator has ever watched Doctor Who. The voices are so far off the mark it's really ruining the story for me.

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