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Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor

Written by: Steven Moffatt
Narrated by: Nicholas Briggs
Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Nicholas Briggs reads the brand-new novelisation of the spectacular 50th anniversary TV episode. When the entire universe is at stake, three different Doctors will unite to save it. 

The Tenth Doctor is hunting shape-shifting Zygons in Elizabethan England. The Eleventh is investigating a rift in space-time in the present day. And one other - the man they used to be but never speak of - is fighting the Daleks in the darkest days of the Time War. Driven by demons and despair, this battle-scarred Doctor is set to take a devastating decision that will threaten the survival of the entire universe...a decision that not even a Time Lord can take alone. 

On this day, the Doctor’s different incarnations will come together to save the Earth...to save the universe...and to save his soul.

Novelisation copyright © Steven Moffat 2018
Original script copyright © Steven Moffat 2013

Cover illustration by Anthony Dry

BBC logo © BBC 1996
Doctor Who logo © BBC 2014

For BBC Worldwide:
Reading produced by Neil Gardner
Recorded at Ladbroke Audio Ltd
Sound design by David Darlington
Executive producer: Michael Stevens
TARDIS sound effect composed by Brian Hodgson

For BBC Books:
Editorial Director: Albert DePetrillo
Project Editor: Steve Cole
Cover design: Two Associates
Cover illustration: Anthony Dry 

Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor first published by BBC Books in 2018

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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  • C. Parks, Los Angeles
  • 10-10-18

Clever and entertaining

Nicholas Briggs is a brilliant voice actor. He absolutely nails the different voices! I could see each character just through those voices. This audio book adds some interesting tidbits to the tv special. I'll be listening again and again.

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  • malcolm
  • 15-06-18

Fantastic —as the Ninth would say

Moffat has exercised his great abilities and stretched our imagination with this tome encompassing time and space.
Adventure, fascination, emotion, and mindfulness all wrapped up in a bow-tie (sorry couldn’t resist) of familiarity. It takes the tv special and enlarges it to fill ones dreams.
The narrative is most nicely done-he is particularly spot on with ten and twelve.
I recommend this highly —but beware it’s far more than mere distraction. This has a way of surrounding, entering, and reorienting one.
Enjoy!!!

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  • Jonathan Litzner
  • 17-12-18

even better than the TV episode.

although this is a novelization of the 50th anniversary of the doctor, it is even better than the show itself.

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  • T. Stein
  • 13-02-19

Exceptional! Better than the episode!

This adds so many layers of awesomeness I don’t even know where to begin.
It adds insight into the characters, the events, fleshes out the story in ways that will make me enjoy the episode more the next time I see it, while simultaneously making me sad the episode wasn’t twice as long and had all these other bits and pieces in it.
Highly recommended for any fan of Doctor Who and especially fans of Steven Moffat’s writing. He’s not infallible, he’s written things that didn’t quite work, but when he’s good, there’s nobody better.
Briggs does an awesome job. He does a very good John Hurt and a passable David Tennant, and his narration is on point throughout.
This audiobook is very special and I’m so glad I got to experience it.

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  • Scott Fogg
  • 21-10-18

Day of the Doctor Soars!

I didn’t think it was possible to improve on Day of the Doctor, but Steven Moffatt does it. The extra scenes, the extra details, the connective tissue that could only have been added in retrospect, it’s all marvelous.

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  • Elizaveta
  • 03-03-20

Wow!

A really good and hearts-warming listen, revealing Moffats view on the Doctor’s character! The changing perspectives and intertwining timelines were fascinating.
And to top it off - an absolutely amazing performance by Briggs! He nailed each incarnation’s voice, and sometimes I forgot that there is only one person telling this story, not a whole cast of actors.

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  • chris
  • 24-01-20

A Wonderfully Timey Wimey Story!

In the wise words of the Doctor you should never skip: FANTASTIC.

A wonderful expansion upon the special that brings together two familiar Doctors as well as an unfamiliar one. As always, Mr. Briggs brings a fantastic voice into his work and performs almost as well as the original actors. A must read for Doctor Who fans!

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  • Minuette
  • 25-12-19

Brilliant

So much more than the retelling of an episode. Parts made me laugh out loud, parts had me exclaiming "brilliant" and holding back applause only because I mostly listened while driving.

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  • Аmazon Customer
  • 11-09-19

Fabulous

Everything about this was just great. Worth listening to. You just get drawn deep into this story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-04-19

better than the video by this name

so much more than they could provide in the show... Thanks Steven Moffat for writing it and Thanks for making it feel alive Nicholas Briggs

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  • asim bashir
  • 24-09-18

Just wish I could remember chapter 9 ;-)

Brilliant read as it fills in the gaps left in the TV episode. definitely recommend :-)

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  • Ryan Manaher
  • 11-07-18

lovers it

love the reading, great take on the episode. a certain recommendation. a must for any doctor who fan

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  • orkney buyer
  • 18-06-18

Doctor Who: The Day Of The Doctor Review

I loved this audio book very much and I want more like these in the future.
By Orkneyislands

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  • J N Kereve-Clarke
  • 06-05-20

Hard going

Loved the story, TV version was brilliant, but the writing here has no flow, it's bitty, the performance not great. I would not recommend this. Buy the book instead. Seriously I've a Dr who fan since the Green Death and I got bored listening to this.

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  • Jeff Jolly
  • 09-03-20

Doctor Who : Day of the Doctor

Excellent book of one of the best Doctor Who stories ever. Clever, witty, fun, moving.

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  • L. Whiddett
  • 08-01-20

Nicholas Briggs is just great

What an awesome rendition of a fantastic book! Nick Briggs is just a chameleon & manages to sound like all of the doctors! So many laugh out loud moments!

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  • WebbsWonder
  • 31-12-19

Disappointing

I have been looking forward to listening to this but found it disappointing and difficult to follow had i not seen the episode it would have been almost impossible

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  • M. Nuttall
  • 29-11-19

possibly my favourite Who story

I'm a long standing fan, and watched this at the cinema.
the novelisation adds some nice little touches, and Nicholas Briggs narration and characterization is masterful.

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  • Michael
  • 26-10-19

Good expansion on the TV show

I really like that this book approached this story in a fun literary way and played around with the possiblities of a written narrative that weren't available to the TV show. This means that rather than being a poor copy of the show it is its own take on the story.
It uses the space of the novel to expand areas that suffered from the time constraints in the show format as well as playing around with the various reader/author interactions that work in the written word but not in acted drama. Great fun with both narration and multi points of view with a big dash of tongue in cheek timey wimey!
Moffat is a great writer who captures the actors' interpretations of the doctors in the book remarkably well and keeps the visuals as strong as in the show. There's also a really good balance of humour, silliness and seriousness which is Dr who at its best.
Briggs is a good reader though he struggles with Tennant and Smith at times (the first coming across as a gruff cockney and the latter a camp hipster which you could argue is accurate but isx two dimensional compared to the actors' nuanced performances). Briggs had Hurst spot on though and it is the war doctor's story so that's most important.
Above all it captures the elation and celebration of the anniversary story.

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  • fred jones
  • 01-10-19

A great story, excellent interesting narration

Great Story, excellent and interesting narration from Nick Briggs who does well with all the Doctor's Voices, easy to follow if you have seen the TV episode

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-08-19

Fantastic Adaptation

This story manages to retell the story of ‘The Day of the Doctor’ without taking anything away from the amazing television episode. We get a deeper insight into every character and learn things that could never be taught in a 1 hour special. There a ton of new additions to the story that tie up plot holes and explain confusions many fans had. Nicholas Briggs incredible voice work makes for a dynamic and constantly exciting listening experience enjoyable for everybody.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-19

Well Worth Getting

As a Dyed in the wool Doctor Who fan,this is a fitting extra for my collection,if you've seen the movie in 3D at the Cinema or own it on DVD,then hearing this audiobook is more than twice as long as what we saw in the movie,with much more jokes quips and Doctorisms to enjoy

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-06-18

Fantastic! Funny!

While keeping close to the TV episode, the novel delves into the personal experiences of the characters, adding many extra layers of depth to the story.

Written with style, character and humour. Moffat creates a highly enjoyable story, that could be best compared to The Hitchhiker’s Guild to the Galaxy.