Book Fifty-Eight of 2014: Doctor Who: The Feast of the Drowned by Stephen Cole

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When a naval cruiser sinks in mysterious circumstances in the North Sea, all aboard are lost. Rose is saddened to learn that the brother of her friend, Keisha, was among the dead. And yet he appears to them as a ghostly apparition, begging to be saved from the coming feast… the feast of the drowned. As the dead crew haunts loved ones all over London, the Doctor and Rose are drawn into a chilling mystery. What sank the ship, and why? When the cruiser’s wreckage was towed up the Thames, what sinister force came with it? The river’s dark waters are hiding an even darker secret, as preparations for the feast near their conclusion…

I’m a huge Whovian. So much so that I really don’t have a Doctor that I love above all else. That said, I do have a huge love for the Doctor and Rose as a couple. Yes, I was one of those fans crying at the end of Rose’s time with the Doctor and cheered when we see Rose again in Donna’s season (Donna is another favorite companion of mine). I had gotten the audio book purely for the pairing as well as the reader, David Tennant. And though his female voices are a bit comical, I did enjoy his voice.

The story is a typical Doctor Who story. There’s action, horror, and above all the Doctor’s cheeky grin and cheeky attitude. Who doesn’t love the cheekiness? It was great listening to Doctor Who since I’ve been in a bit of withdrawal waiting for the series to begin again (AUGUST 23RD!). The story is about a Naval ship being destoryed and disturbing apparitions causing people to commit suicide. Seriously, creepy.

I’m not a big fan of drowning. In fact, drowning disturbs me greatly. It’s up there with necrophilia and cannibalism. That said, the imagery of the apparitions and how they appear to people is disturbing. It was like having the girl from The Ring telling you to come to her and then you feel compelled to help her. No, they don’t try to kill you, they are just trying to get you to kill yourself. Joy.

Of course, in good old fashion Doctor Who, the Doctor saves the day and does it in the good old fashioned bumbling until an idea happens and a lot of running. This was a fun story that satisfied my Doctor withdrawals and gave me another adventure to enjoy Rose in. For any Whovian that misses their Rose, or Bad Wolf, this is definitely a book to read/or listen to. I personally like the listening. You really get into it like the show.

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