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Doctor Who: The Doctor Trap (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #26)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  1,157 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews

Sebastiene was perhaps once human. He might look like a nineteenth-century nobleman, but in truth he is a ruthless hunter. He likes nothing more than luring difficult opposition to a planet, then hunting them down for sport. And now he's caught them all - from Zargregs to Moogs, and even the odd Eternal...

In fact, Sebastiene is after only one more prize. For this trophy,

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Published (first published October 23rd 2008)
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Lolly's Library (Dork Kettle)
This is my first entry into the Doctor Who novelization universe and I chose this title because Donna is my favorite of the Doctor's companions. I have to say, I was rather disappointed with the book. The story is twisty, turny, and confusing, only working itself out towards the end, which isn't necessarily bad, but there seemed to be little point to the whole thing. To me, it was as though the author was boasting, "Look at how confusing I can make this plot!" without any real effort made to dra ...more
Brooklyn Tayla
I really enjoyed this. It actually was really suspenseful from the word go; I didn't know how it would turn out; I was reading on the edge of my seat for the 246 pages. And as I read, an episode played out in my mind of the story. Brilliantly written and loyal to Donna and Ten; I could definitely read their lines in their voices.
Докторская ловушка оказалась самой настоящей лохушкой, но добираться до осознания этого факта было довольно забавно. Донну похищают, скучающий от безделья злодейский Себа разворачивает на своей планете охоту на Доктора, по пути создавая докторского двойника – так, чтобы разнообразить очередной дождливый четверг.

Доставило Endangered Dangerous Species Society, готовое загнать Доктора до смерти. Самый сладкий твист на свете – когда не понимаешь, где Доктор, а где двойник, которому внушили, что он и
Of all the New Series Doctor Who books I have read (about 12 or so at this point, I think), this is the least successful. The Doctor Trap is essentially a failed attempt at what could have been a complex and interesting case of "mistaken identity with a twist." It is hampered most by it's length; it is not long enough to provide the detail necessary to the mystery. The need to differentiate the Doctor from his "impostor" overrides any sense of genuine mystery, and creates a lot of undue confus ...more
Nov 19, 2008 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Excitement, tension, the thrill of the chase, these were a few of his favourite things." - The Doctor Trap, p. 187

Sebastiene is physically flawless, incredibly powerful and more than a little bit maniacal. As the ruler of Planet 1, Sebastiene has everything he could ever want, but that will never be enough. He's taken to hunting down alien species, the more dangerous the better. For his ultimate prize, however, Sebastiene must enlist the help of the Endangered Dangerous Species Society, a group
1.5 stars. Half a star up from a complete disaster just because I liked the characterization of Donna in this one. Everything else? What a frickin' muddled mess. I guess the author was trying to be clever but in the end, the whole thing was just one big confusing... mess.
Jim C
Jul 23, 2014 Jim C rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My actual rating is 1.5 stars and the reason I bumped up my rating the half star is the author did a good job with the Doctor and Donna portrayals.

This is a novel based on the television series. This can be categorized as Doctor Who mixed with the story The Most Dangerous Game and throw in a switched identity theme. A ruler of a planet organizes a big game hunt and the Doctor is the game that is being hunted and the Doctor has to use his wits to survive.

I liked the concept of this book. The pro
Sep 29, 2015 SF_Fangirl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, short
Listened to the abridged audiobook (2.5 hours).

Disappointing. This was silly and confusing. The silly = The bad guy and his minions were so dumb I found it impossible to suspend my disbelief to think them capable of executing their evil plans especially that he thought that Doctor's biggest fan would help kill him. The confusing = I don't know if it was because this was abridged or because it was in audio or just because it was badly done, but I found it difficult to keep track of the the Doctor
So, I've read a number of Doctor Who books, and I have to say this is the first one that I really had to force myself to keep reading and not just put it away and read another.

The plot has a lot of holes in it, and I didn't enjoy either the Doctor or Donna's characters in this.

All in all, I really didn't enjoy it very much at all, and unlike most of my other Who books, it is pretty unlikely I will ever read this again. It's a shame, because it sounded like such a fantastic book and it really d
Apr 18, 2015 Nicola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took a long time to get into. Normally, I have no problem reading the doctor who books - I have read pretty much all of them. They are great for light reading and extra adventures for my favourite fictional characters.

The doctor trap, however, sat on my shelf for best part of three years. Every time I picked it up I couldn't get past the first chapter, a real shame because the premise sounded fantastic.

However, in my stubbornness, I finally decided I would get through the book if it
It's safe to say that most of the new range of BBC-published DW novels are, well, bland. That's why I normally only listen to the audio versions -- a good reader can breathe life into a bland story (or at least make it worth my time). The good news is that The Doctor Trap is actually a strong story, and Russell Tovey does a good job in reading it. This one features a clever conundrum and just about achieves page-turner status. I enjoyed the puzzle, and the Doctor's predicament was well-paced and ...more
Aug 26, 2009 Kaion rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, humor, adventure
Although I haven't gotten to Ghosts of India, I'm inclined to believe The Doctor Trap is the worst of the Donna-era Doctor Who novels, just because I'm generous like that. Although Simon Messingham tries for cleverness in his twisty adventure featuring a mysterious being who summons the Doctor down to his planet to hunt him, the whole doesn't hang particularly well and the exercise comes off more fake than interesting. Because here's the thing about the Doctor Who I enjoy: it may be goofy, it ma ...more
Mar 26, 2010 Rose rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, who
This was my second "Doctor Who" novel after deciding to give the New Series Adventures another try. I picked it up because the premise as described on the back -- the Doctor meets "The Most Dangerous Game" -- sounded so absolutely fascinating. Imagine the Doctor trying to outwit the most clever hunters in the Universe, all of whom are after him as the ultimate prize, the last of the Time Lords ... really, how could it be any cooler?

A bit disappointingly, however, the book never really did what i
Nov 13, 2011 Hellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Karine Mon coin lecture
Original post - in french - on my blog:

When it comes to Doctor Books, let's say I'm not what you could call objective. I just read them and imagine the actor playing the scenes and and 14 years old again.

This story in particular would have been better suited for the screen. It's very, very visual and there's doubles involved. So it's kind of hard to maintain suspense.

I really liked the setting and the ideas. This Sebastiene character is interesting and
Doctor Who novel with the 10th Doctor and Donna Noble as the companion. Sebastianne is the ruler of Planet 1 and has decided to add to his trophy collection the ultimate prize, The Doctor. He lays an elaborate trap and brings in the Society for Endangered Dangerous Species, a group of a dozen hunters that specialize in making dangerous species extinct. The game is set and the pieces in place but the one thing you never want to put in a trap is the Doctor.

I enjoyed the plot, nice twists and turns
Sep 13, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lizabeth Tucker
The Tenth Doctor and companion Donna Noble are lured to what appears to be a distress signal from Earth. It isn't long before the Tardis is stolen by a most familiar looking individual, an angry alien is tearing up Antarctica, and Donna is snatched away by a mysterious man called Sebastiene.

A rousing story that would've been better served on screen, simply because of the mixture of creatures and steampunk sensibilities. I guess I might be in the minority in that I felt sorry for the various robo
Nicholas Whyte
"[return][return]Like Stuart Burns, I began by expecting this book to be a derivative rejigging of Richard Connell's famous short story, 'The Most Dangerous Game', with the Doctor being pursued by trophy hunters who literally want his head, and like him I was pleased when my expectations were confounded a couple of chapters in and the narrative jumped into quite a different structure of real vs fake Doctors who might or might not know whether or ...more
Excalibur Snape
Jan 05, 2014 Excalibur Snape rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, bout-books-9-0
A plan within a plan within a plan in the mind of one insane man.
An insane man with a planet.
A planet with technology so advanced that it makes this man a god.
Throw in the doctor, his number one fan (stalker) and his companion Donna Noble and you have one bloody amazing read.
Donna is my favourite companion of doctor's out of all his companions.
Highly recommend this book out of the series.
To be honest I highly recommend all the books featuring the doctor and Donna.
Also recommend all the books wer
A rich man decides to hunt the Doctor, he uses the Doctors biggest fan to capture the TARDIS. This is a fun story, with the Doctor pretending to be someone else throughout most of it. I didnt think there was enough Donna in the book, this is the Doctors story. A good read.
Aug 06, 2015 Jeanine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a mess! Not clear if this is because the abridgement was so poor or if it's because it was a lousy story to begin with. Terrible, incoherent story although the reader's voice was quite pleasant
I didn't get on with this one - which is a shame as Russell Tovey reads Doctor Who well (though it is hard to follow David Tennant as a reader of Tenth Doctor stories) I never quite got to grips with the plot and never quite cared that I couldn't.

The loathsome Sebastiene (voiced brilliantly by Tovey) is organising an event for big game hunters with the quarry as the last Time Lord himself, with companion Donna, as it seems, sequestered in a Travelodge bedroom for much of the action. Fortunately
Jul 05, 2014 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Doctor and Donna, Sebastiene, Baris, the Butler, and the hunters all on Planet 1. Will the Doctor and Donna survive? What do you think?
Jul 01, 2012 M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who
A very twisted story. I thought I could predict it easily, but in the end it just got so impossibly random that attempting to predict the outcome was futile. I mean: Oh, let's just build robot duplicates of ourselves! No matter that we've got an entire robot army descending on our heads. Rig them with explosives? Naturally! Tell Donna? No, of course not! She can find out when they suddenly explode and she thinks we're dead.
That was a bit heartless for someone with two hearts.
Other than that it
Elsa Maebug
Sadly I didn't really enjoy this book.
I love Doctor Who and I love reading the different stories, but I felt like it dragged on forever.
Siskoid Albert
Simon Messingham's The Doctor Trap is a kooky, crazy story I'd classify in the same vein as Love & Monsters, in which Sebastiene, the ruler of Planet 1, holds a hunt for the Doctor. If you thought L&M's commentary about fandom hit the nail a bit too hard on the head, you'll find this book sends it right through the wall. Both the humor and the jeopardy do work, however, and the book is full of surprises. Amidst the plot on overdrive, Messingham still finds a way to craft strong character ...more
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
There was a time or two I got very, very confused about what was going on in this book. But I want to think that's at least partially intentional, given how confusing the subject matter is.

Donna wasn't in it too much, as this was a very Doctor-centered novel (which I approve of), and the Doctor was very.. Doctor-y - of which I also approve.

If I were to compare this to the only other Doctor Who novel I have read so far (Doctor Who: Touched by an Angel), I would say this wasn't as good, but stil
Sarah Brehm
Oct 28, 2015 Sarah Brehm rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who
Perhaps because I was reading it while I tried to fall asleep each night, but this plot seem really convoluted, even for a Doctor Who novel.
Mezzogal Goh
Fast paced and action packed but i got very confused along the way.
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