REVIEW: Doctor Who: The Stone Rose by Jacqueline Rayner

153019Title: Doctor Who: The Stone Rose
Author: Jacqueline Rayner
Year of Publication: 2006
Genre: Media Tie-In
Format: Audio Book
Length: 2 hours and 22 minutes
First Line: “Rose carefully dropped three pound coins into a large collecting box at the entrance to the British Museum.”

Summary: 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…

Review: THE STONE ROSE is a fantastic Who book.

David Tennant, the 10th Doctor is top notch reading the audio book version. Every one has a different voice, and he imitates Mickey, Jackie and Rose’s voices quite well.

The plot is timey-wimey. It starts with the Doctor’s POV but mid-way through it changes to Rose’s aspect of the novel, so a lot of stuff makes more sense in the end. Rayner is great and ties up all loose ends (they have to go back in time and bribe the architect a few times to achieve this… Ah, I hope a couple of you got that. If you didn’t click here). This would have made a great TV episode if it had the chance. Everything is so detailed, the secondary characters are so clear, the plot is wonderful.

I will always remember this book for a very memorable line from the 10th Doctor:

“Rose is prettier than you.”

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Oh YES. GOD YES. That line just sticks with me.

Worst part: The voice David Tennant uses for the GENIE. It can get a little grating.

Best part: “Rose is prettier than you.”-the Doctor

Grade: A

Recommend For: Doctor Who fans who like Timey-Wimey & the episode ‘Fires of Pompeii’.

Other Books by This Author: Doctor Who: Winner Takes All and Doctor Who: The Last Dodo

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