REVIEW: Doctor Who: The Nemonite Invasion by David Roden

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Title: Doctor Who: The Nemonite Invasion
Author: David Roden
Year of Publication: 2009
Genre: Media Tie-In
Format: Audio Book
Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
First Line: “Bertram Ramsey jolted awake with a gasp, his chest heaving, his eyes snapping about wildly.”

Summary: When the sky rips open somewhere over Dover, two objects hurtle out of the Vortex and crash-land in the sea. One is the TARDIS, out of control and freefalling – but the other, a mysterious crystalline sphere, is far more sinister…

The Doctor and Donna are rescued and taken to a secret command centre in the Dover cliffs. It’s May 1940, and Vice-Admiral Ramsey is about to finalise one of the most daring plans of the Second World War: Operation Dynamo. But something else has got inside the War Tunnels, a parasitic Nemonite from the crashed sphere. Its aim is to possess all humans and spawn millions of young.

The Doctor and Donna must fight for their lives in order to save both Operation Dynamo and the world at large …

Review: This is a book only available on audio, and it is read by Catherine Tate, who played Donna on the TV show. If you’ve seen season four, you’ll recall that Tate did a perfect imitation of the Doctor (David Tennant) in one episode. This gave me great confidence that she would read this book with ease. Apparently, I was wrong. Tate fails at doing not only the Doctor’s voice, but Donna’s. Yes, I’m not sure how she achieved it, but she couldn’t do a Donna voice. Also, this is kind of an historical story, taking place during World War II. But even though the Doctor hints that the events taking place are important, we are never told exactly what is going on. If you are not a WWII history buff you may be left in the dark. The story is simple enough, but the author, I think, failed to write it in a sensible manner. The character of Jarman, could have been left out completely, he literally contributed nothing to the plot. On a side note, it is really weird that Donna gets a romance with a guy who is still in his teens. I’m not sure what the author was thinking.

Worst part: Catherine Tate buthering the character she played on the show.

Best part: Honestly, the Doctor going all fangirly over Ramsey and Operation Dynamo.

Grade: C

Recommend For: Doctor Who fans and WWII history buffs

Other Books by This Author: None. I really cannot find any.

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