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Doctor Who: The Blood Cell

A 12th Doctor Novel
Written by: James Goss
Narrated by: Colin McFarlane
Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins

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Publisher's Summary

An unabridged reading of the new novel by James Goss featuring the Twelfth Doctor, as played by Peter Capaldi in the hit BBCTV series Doctor Who.

An asteroid in the furthest reaches of space - the most secure prison for the most dangerous of criminals. The governor is responsible for the cruellest murderers, so he’s not impressed by the arrival of the man they’re calling the most dangerous criminal in the quadrant. Or, as he prefers to be known, the Doctor.

But when the new prisoner immediately sets about trying to escape, and keeps trying, the governor sets out to find out why.

Who is the Doctor, and what’s he really doing here? And who is the young woman who comes every day to visit him, only to be turned away by the guards?When the killing finally starts, the governor begins to get his answers....

A complete and unabridged reading by Colin McFarlane, who was the Voice of the Heavenly Host in the TV episode "Voyage of the Damned".

Reading produced by Neil Gardner. Sound design by Simon Hunt. Executive producer: Michael Stevens

©2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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  • Stephen
  • 12-09-15

A great story and an even better narrator.

I hope I get to hear more Dr Who stories narrated by Colin McFarlane. He did a great job with the different voices and held your attention.

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  • James
  • 13-07-15

Creepy

Besides having the rare view being seen through the eyes and mind through one of the doctors "charges" this is the first story I found really creepy not just the monsters but humans and their societyreally held up a mirror sorta
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  • Jake Hartwell
  • 19-09-15

12th Doctor Awesomeness!

This was a great listen. Both author and narrator captured the Doctor brilliantly. I wasn't a huge fan of the narrator's voice for Clara, but it wasn't too bad. The POV character is the Doctor's jailer, which as you can imagine is an incredibly frustrating position. One of the better Doctor stories I've read/listened to.

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  • Daniel
  • 07-07-15

Good story, weird writing style

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes, lose the first person narrative.

Any additional comments?

I actually liked this story and the reader was adequate. Although I personally found the choice to write the story in the first person viewpoint of character who was neither a companion or the Doctor to be rather odd and it did have a slight negative effect on my ability to really enjoy the story as I prefer the third person style that most Doctor stories are written in.

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  • C Mee
  • 01-08-19

Excellent!

One of the best Doctor Who Novels I have ever had the pleasure of listening to!

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  • Praxis7
  • 27-04-17

Superb.

This was a fantastic Dr. who story. loved it from start to finish. buy it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-12-16

A worthy addition to the mythos

Great performance, fun story, interesting POV for the story that added quite a bit too the tone. The characters were spot on and Clara is my favorite companion now.

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  • Deborah
  • 11-10-16

Exciting!

I enjoyed the storyline, the narration was outstanding and the twelfth Doctor rocks of course.

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  • Douglas M McFernadez de Sousa the 3rd
  • 09-11-15

Instead of mysterious tension, it's monotonous

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It is written from the POV of a moronic politician almost obsessed with procedure. This causes what should be mysterious tension to become monotonous causing agitation and irritability. perhaps if the character was even slightly more curious as to current happenings it would cause less impatience with the story

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

no

Any additional comments?

at the end of the day the book is still a doctor who story so it is passible. but i would not recommend it over any of the other many doctor who stories i've read.

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  • Adriana Martins
  • 15-10-15

I really didnt like the choice of narrator

It could have been so much better if only the writer had chose other point of view to write from. But in the way it is, some parts got me confused and others are just boring.

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  • Mr. J. Cole
  • 08-07-15

Enjoyable and well performed.

Cleaver story and engaging performance by Colin McFarlane. He captures the 12th Doctor very well indeed that you can almost imagine Peter Capaldi standing in the recording booth with him.
James Goss has also captured the characteristics of the twelfth very well. I enjoyed it enough to say I've listened to it a few times now.

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  • K.
  • 14-09-17

Excellent Episode

Excellent Narration and a tight, gripping story.

The story never flags and, bar the gruesome ending, could have been a good TV episode given the contained setting.

Especially enjoyable is that the author has captured Clara's quirkiness and the Drs irritable nature well with some great dialogue; their 'toe' chat is pure comedy gold that would have worked well on TV, and the Drs diatribe against committees is the best TV speech he never gave.

Highly recommended!

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  • orkney buyer
  • 18-07-16

Doctor Who: The Blood Cell Review

I loved this audio book and I wanted more like this in the future.
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  • Mark Reid
  • 05-10-15

The blood cell

A good story with many interesting twists, I would recommend it to an adventure lover with a taste of adventure