Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By

  • by Dan Abnett
  • Narrated by Michael Maloney
  • 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Michael Maloney reads this original adventure by Dan Abnett, featuring the 11th Doctor, Amy, and Rory. For centuries, the Maintainers have worked. With no help from other worlds, they subsist on the food they can grow and that’s little enough. But their purpose, their whole life, is to maintain the machines that will one day make their world as habitable as old Earth. Life used to be hard. Now as crops fail, livestock sicken, and the temperature drops, it’s becoming impossible. This year’s Winter Season Feast won’t be the usual celebration. It’s no time for optimism or hope - or to welcome unexpected guests.
The Doctor, Amy, and Rory find a society breaking apart - and then the Doctor’s old enemies the Ice Warriors make their move. With the cold-hearted threat of invasion, the real battle for survival begins. Or does it? The Doctor suspects that behind everything lies a deadlier, even more chilling danger....
A thrilling adventure featuring the Doctor, Amy, and Rory, as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the spectacular hit series from BBC Television.

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Plot & Character Driven EXCELLENT Doctor Who Audio

Geromino! I bought this purely on the basis of the author - and was not disappointed. Excellent Eleventh Doctor novel, with Amy and Rory Ponds/Williams. The Doctor is aiming to get the Ponds back to Leadworth for Christmas - but ends up on the wrong planet at the wrong time. Rory is quickly separated from the others. Abnett really clearly brings out the personalities of the Ponds, especially Rory, and the narrator particularly nails that personality. This books was as good as some of the recent TV episodes - actually better really as the length allows ideas and suspense to develop. Expect cliffhangers at the end of chapters. And cool monsters. And some nice classic Who references. Well worth the download. Suitable for adults, and older young readers.
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- Clare

This Star Was Not So Silent

If you could sum up Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By in three words, what would they be?

As the Doctor himself would say, "Brilliant!", "Clever" and "Exciting".

A lot of TV series have books/audio books on the market (ie Torchwood, Star Trek, and Doctor Who). Most are watered down episodes of our favorite episodes. This book brings an alien species not seen in the WHO universe since 1972. This audio had a good story that was not predictable. It had an ending that made me say, I didn't see that coming.


What did you like best about this story?

This story was of the same quality or better than most of the shows episodes.


What does Michael Maloney bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

The characters that he is reading for are well established. It never ceases to amaze me when the reader makes me forget am listening to a reader and not the actor am used to from the show.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I am not as clever or brilliant as the Doctor, so I would borrow the Doctor's line of An ICE Time Was Had By All


Any additional comments?

If you are a fan of Doctor Who, especially the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor, then this is a must have audiobook!

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- Robert

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-18-2011
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited