REVIEW: Doctor Who: Day of the Cockroach by Steve Lyons

Title: Doctor Who: Day of the Cockroach
Author: Steve Lyons
Year of Publication: 2012
Genre: Media Tie-In
Format: Audiobook
Length: 1 hour and 16 minutes
First Line: “I’m not seeing a duck pond, Doctor,” said Amy.

Summary: The TARDIS materialises in a pitch-dark tunnel, where the Doctor, Amy and Rory stumble on the dead body of a soldier. Questioned by his superior officer, Colonel Bowe, they learn that they’re inside a British nuclear bunker, in the middle of an atomic war – in 1982.

Amy and Rory weren’t even born then, but they know the bomb didn’t drop that year, and so does the Doctor. The friends also know they had nothing to do with the death of Sergeant Trott – so who, or what, was the killer? And why does the Doctor’s psychic paper not work on the Colonel?

The Doctor, Amy and Rory soon learn that something else is lurking in the shadows. Something deadly…

Review: Arthur Darvill, Rory on Doctor Who, does a marvelous job narrating this audiobook, THE DAY OF THE COCKROACH. He nails the voices of Amy and the Doctor to the best of his availability. His Doctor is slightly off but he gets his enthusiasm and speech pattern down. The secondary characters done by Darvill are superb. I quiet forgot that he is doing their voices as well because they are all so different and distinct.

Whoever mixed this audiobook decided it would be cool to add sound effects to the track. So as the trio are running through the bunker, you hear the thump thump of their footsteps or when the cockroaches come around you hear a cicada-like sound. It is a complete distraction and not needed.

The plot is ridiculously easy to see through. How easy? I am listening to this again as type up this review and my hubby, who has never listened to this book before, is also in the room. He correctly guessed the ending when I was around chapter five. If someone barely listening to the audiobook could guess what was going on in the beginning of the book, then you got a problem.

Worst part: Sound effects + plot

Best part: Arthur Darvill

Grade: C

Recommend For: Fans of 11+Amy/Rory Team TARDIS.

Other Books by This Author: Doctor Who: The Stealers of Dreams and Doctor Who: The Witch Hunters

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