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Doctor Who: The Resurrection Casket (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #9)

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,221 Ratings  ·  177 Reviews
Starfall -- a world on the edge, where crooks and smugglers hide in the gloomy shadows and modern technology refuses to work. And that includes the TARDIS. The pioneers who used to be drawn by the hope of making a fortune from the mines can find easier picking elsewhere. But they still come for the romance of it, or old-fashioned organic mining. Or in the hope of finding t ...more
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Published June 2010 by Ebury Publishing (first published July 6th 2006)
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Kimberley doruyter
pirates yes but not of the carribean
Chrissy
It's kind of hit-and-miss with some of these New Series "Doctor Who" tie-in novels - but I really enjoyed this one! The whole story is full of fun little twists leading up to the REALLY BIG twist at the end. The main characters are memorable and fun - so much so that I wish this could have been an episode on TV. I found the audiobook read by David Tennant and his narration was really good. If you're a Tenth Doctor fan still missing your Doctor (it happens), it's worth your time to track down the ...more
Joni
Dec 25, 2008 Joni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
My favourite of all the ten/Rose books... actually, come to think of it, my favourite of all the DW books in this series, matched only by Sting of the Zygons. Also I loved the audio r\b David Tennant. Rose was little more than useless in some parts, but I liked the Doctor/Drel sparring. Jimm was also interesting. Is it me or do they use 11/12 year olds quite a lot in this range? Ali in Black Island, Jude in Wooden Heart, Ian in Sting of the Zygons... yet another detail which shows that these bo ...more
Daphne
Nov 27, 2015 Daphne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My third DW book from BBC, and my favorite yet. Steam-powered-space-pirates. Hell yes.
RetroWhoGal
Sep 06, 2012 RetroWhoGal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Doctor Who Fans, Sci-Fi Fans, Robert Louis-Stevenson Fans
Shelves: science-fiction
This is the funniest of the the Doctor Who novellettes I have ever read.

It is a space pirate parody on Treasure Island. The folk-lore and focus of the entire plot centres on the most bloodthirsty Pirate that ever roamed the Space Seas ... Hamlek Glint, that legend has it went into the casket of the books title and has stayed in stasis for the past 50 years.

Meanwhile, the Doctor has landed on a planet called StarFall, an Industrial Revolution style planet, no new technology works, and that incl
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Valerie
Aug 01, 2013 Valerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read/listen. Audiobook read by David Tennant who does a superb job; he is so good at getting the feel, personality and way Rose talks. Well, not only Rose, but in other books does Jackie so well with her attitude, and speech pattern. It is just the icing on the cake for the story.
The story itself is very well written. As with many of the books in the Who series, it would have made an awesome episode to watch. Descriptions are very well done; it was very easy to visualize everything an
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Lindsey
An adventure with the 10th doctor and Rose Tyler. Rose is by far my favorite character (next to the doctor). Therefore I love a great Doctor Who book with Rose and the doctor.

I have noticed that the Doctor Who Spin-off books are either really good or bad. This one landed on the really good side. It was an excellent read that had me reading it and not wanting to put it down.

The writing for this book was nicely done. Easy to follow and easy to understand. The adventure that Rose and the doctor g
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Adam Graham
Oct 14, 2014 Adam Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Resurrection Casket features space pirates, steam powered evil robots, steam powered spaceships, and a question for lost treasure. The story is strongly influenced by the classic Treasure Island. However, the book avoids merely being "Treasure Island" in space with a lot of clever innovations. Richards does a fabulous job with the evil shadow creature who bares the name of Kevin, a character that's at times fun and others sad.

The Resurrection Casket is a delight and truly an imaginative stor
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Callista
Jul 30, 2012 Callista rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Doctor Who fans
Shelves: science-fiction
This was only a short little novel at 250 pages, but I loved how the author was able to capture the Doctor's personality throughout the book. Even the way he described the Doctor's subtle little quirks, like how he waves his arms about as he speaks, was spot on! I could almost picture the words popping out of the pages as an actual episode of the TV show.

If you aren't a fan of Doctor Who, I wouldn't recommend it, since you really have to have a good background of watching the show to fully appre
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Helen Cranberry
Jun 21, 2015 Helen Cranberry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Книга про монстра, который извинялся перед тем, как убивать. Шикарный английский юмор :) годится, чтобы дочитывать в половине восьмого утра в воскресенье))
Samantha Kilford
I read this years ago when I was in primary school after having the world of Doctor Who thrust upon me by my father who had been a fan when he was younger. While Doctor Who scared me back then and Saturday nights brought dread and fear, I still watched it religiously which is what prompted a maybe seven or nine year old me to buy the short novels based on the show.

The Resurrection Casket is a space pirate parody on Treasure Island. The Doctor has landed on a planet called StarFall, an Industrial
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Annie
Jun 18, 2015 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, fantasy
I think it is a very special treat that we can read about The Doctor when we have already finished watching the series – for the fifth time. Especially enjoyable is the fact, that even though the actors change and TV gives us a new incarnation of The Doctor, the old ones don’t just go, but we get new adventures with them. That being said, I cannot even tell how amazing it was to read about Rose and The Doctor. I don’t need to add that I was specifically looking for a story with these two, do I?

I
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Helen
Starfall - a world on the edge, where crooks and smugglers hide in the gloomy shadows and modern technology refuses to work. And that includes the TARDIS. The pioneers who used to be drawn by the hope of making a fortune from the mines can find easier picking elsewhere. But they still come for the romance of it, or old-fashioned organic mining. Or in the hope of finding the lost treasure of Hamlek Glint - scourge of the spaceways, privateer, adventurer, bandit.

Will the TARDIS ever work again? Is
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Celeste
Aug 01, 2011 Celeste rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best one so far, this has the Doctor and Rose pitted against steampunk space pirates who keep them hopping and skipping through one plot after the next. The reluctant and apologetic villain was a nice touch, and certain Doctor quirks will have you laughing out loud. I read this on Audible.com, unabridged and performed by David Tennant himself, so it was a real treat.
Stephen Osborne
Feb 13, 2013 Stephen Osborne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time rating this one. After all, you have the 10th Doctor, Rose, pirates, and an apologetic monster named Kevin. What's not to love? The story is brisk and entertaining...but. The but is that it comes across as a bit silly, and while silly certainly has a place in Doctor Who, this seems to overdo it a bit. Still enjoyable, but fluffy.
Angela
The Doctor's TARDIS loses power and they enter a world of steampunk. Everything is powered by steam in space because electronics don't work. There's a mythical pirate treasure and a monster called Kevin. There's some really good ideas here and it is a fun story. A good read.
Sarah Crawford
Jan 25, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really neat Doctor Who story where the Doctor and Rose end up temporarily trapped on a planet when the Tardis stops working. It turns out it's a world where electricity doesn't work, so things are run by steam, including the spaceships.

The Doctor and Rose need to get the Tardis towed to an area of space where it will work, and, along the way, they find out about a pirate legend about a 'resurrection casket.' Before long they're in space, fighting robots they thought were friendly, fig
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Kathy Dolan
Aug 23, 2012 Kathy Dolan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who
Another enjoyable read, with some genuinely surprising twists, and a monster called Kevin (who couldn't love a monster called Kevin?)
Molly-May Walter
The book was easy to read, fast moving and incredibly gripping. This was the first one of the Doctor Who BBC Book series I had read and was apprehensive when I started but I really enjoyed it and thought the portrayal of 'Rose' and 'the Doctor' were brilliantly accurate to the program series. There was comical aspects, great descriptions of the scientific world and characters and also a surprising twist at the end. My only qualm about the book was the fact it was apparently written for much youn ...more
Glenn
Feb 22, 2014 Glenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What starts off as a retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island transforms into it own story about action and adventure on the high seas...err... I should say space fairing vessels. Very engaging story, interesting characters, and The Doctor is written very well. I could believe that it was the Tenth Doctor the whole time. My only complaints are that the character of Rose is underused, and the back story of the character, Kevin wasn't fleshed out and I wanted much more of his story. G ...more
Sara
Sep 07, 2011 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, doctor-who, fiction
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Zelda of Unapologetic Reviews
I've listened to the audiobook version.

The story is sort of interesting. Now the audiobook is abridged, so maybe it's better if I read the whole book, but I had some problems with it. On the one hand I felt that the parts on the planet were very hurried, while the part in space is a lot more detailed. It was also too much running about, and ended up not being all that interesting in the long run. Some elements of the steampunk aspect were nicely used, like when only steam was available or not, b
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Ruth
May 04, 2009 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Resurrection Casket is my first foray into the world of Doctor Who fiction, and I have to say I’m pretty pleased with this introduction. This novel features the tenth Doctor, as played by David Tennant, and his companion Rose, as played by Billie Piper. It’s not too much of a stretch to envision this novel as an episode set sometime during series 2 of the current television show. While not quite the caliber of the series 2 episodes, the characterization of Rose and the Doctor is strong enoug ...more
Sara
Apr 08, 2008 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I am a massive Doctor Who fan. Can't begin to describe how much I love that tv show, particularly the new incarnation. With that in mind, I'm also quite aware that some Doctor books are better than others. This one is, frankly, a fun, breathless pastiche of Stevenson's Treasure Island, with steam-driven spaceships and robots and one surprisingly endearing, horrible-hairly monster who decided to call himself "Kevin." The BBC Doctor Who books are mostly geared toward their child-demographic audien ...more
Melyssa
Dec 17, 2011 Melyssa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vo, doctorwho
Y a des pirates, y a une malédiction, et la malédiction s'active quand on se retrouve marqué par une tache d'encre noire... oui, le démarrage a l'air d'être le même pour toutes les histoires de pirates. Mais la suite varie, qu'on se rassure. Cela-dit, si vous avez lu l'île au trésor, vous pouvez passer votre tour, c'est la même mais dans l'espace. Même les noms des bonshommes sont les mêmes à une ou 2 lettres près (j'imagine que c'était volontaire, pour que ça passe pour un hommage plutôt qu'un ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Ideally, I'd give this a rating of 3.5 stars. The story is an interesting mix of steampunk and pirate adventure, but the tone (especially in the first half of the novel) tends to lurch between the creepy and the absurb. The chief monster is joyously camp, and far more than he seems...but it comes at the expense of a less-fleshed out set of guest characters, and a 10th Doctor that gets a bit too manic for my taste. An pleasurable romp, but not the most compelling read.
Sean Homrig
Jul 11, 2014 Sean Homrig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is more like it. "The Resurrection Casket" doesn't promise any more than it delivers, with a solid quest story that evolves into a base under siege story which ends satisfactorily with a tinge of a surprise conclusion. It's the best NSA I've read since "Only Human", and highly recommended for grumpy entitled fanboys like myself who prefer the darkness of the 1990's BBC books to the fluffy little romps they printed just a few years ago. Ahoy!
Rebeka
Jun 25, 2014 Rebeka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tv-series-novels
So Kevin was basically my favorite monster ever. Sassy thing. Gave the Doctor a run for his money in the snark department. Mind you, if it had been Nine instead of Ten, then Kevin wouldn't have stood a chance. But no matter. I will never get that visual out of my head of Kevin chasing Ten around the TARDIS while they're shouting about crossword puzzles to each other.
Laura Cushing
Jun 05, 2014 Laura Cushing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Space pirates! The Doctor and Rose meet up with some steampunky robot space pirates, and the legend of a famous treasure. The highlight of this book is an apologetic polite hairy clawful monster named Kevin who is pressed into service by the pirates to deliver the curse of the black spot.

Great supporting characters, interesting villains. Read like a Doctor Who episode, which is a good thing.

Enjoyed this.
Jeremy Cartner
May 26, 2014 Jeremy Cartner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun novel that adapts Treasure Island in space with a bit of steam punk thrown in for good measure. All of the characters are adapted from the original source material with the Doctor stepping in for Doctor Livesey and Jimm playing the Jim Hawkins role. All in all a fun read that is the all more enjoyable if you get your hands on the audio version.
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Justin Richards is a British writer. He has written many spin off novels based on the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, and he is Creative Director for the BBC Books range. He has also written for television, contributing to Five's soap opera Family Affairs. He is also the author of a series of crime novels for children about the Invisible Detective, and novels for older children. ...more
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