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Doctor Who: The Last Dodo [Abridged] (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #14)

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After a trip to the zoo, the Doctor and Martha go in search of a real live dodo and are transported by the TARDIS to the mysterious Museum of the Last Ones. There, in the Earth section, they discover every extinct creature up to the present day - billions of them, from the tiniest insect to the biggest dinosaur, all still alive and in suspended animation. Preservation is t ...more
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Published April 10th 2012 by AudioGO Ltd. (first published April 19th 2007)
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May 11, 2016 Cheyenne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oeeeeeeeeeeh. I just love Doctor Who so much. Even the books are great. I'm not a fan of Martha as companion, but the store only had Doctor Who books with Martha as companion and I really wanted to try one.

And how right was I! It was awesome, from start to end. I really read this in the Doctor voice. The way this was written is exactly as he talks. And he talks great.

If you love Doctor Who you should definitly read these books.
Now if you could excuse me, I'm off to buy the other Doctor Who bo
Dec 22, 2008 Angela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, doctor-who
The first book of my 2008 book log (note the shift in icons to designate these posts!) is another Doctor Who novel: The Last Dodo, by Jacqueline Rayner. I'd previously read and enjoyed her The Stone Rose, so I wanted to give her another shot. This one's a Ten-Martha--but I have to halfway wonder whether Rayner just has a preference for Ten-Rose, or perhaps just a better grasp of Rose, because she didn't seem to get Martha quite right at all for me.

Which is a shame, because there's a big chunk of
I think the basic premise of this book, in which the Doctor and Martha visit the Museum of the Last Ones, is quite cool; the book in general, however, is rather blah. Not terrible, but it reminds me why I don’t usually bother with tie-in novels (and why, if I need some extra-show kick, fanfic is infinitely preferable): they completely lack the ability to change the status quo. I think it’s the rare tie-in novel in which you’ll encounter a “gasp” moment—a moment where the established paradigm shi ...more
Christopher Buchanan
I had pretty much given up on the new series books. Aside from the fact they are generally written for younger readers, they're also generally pretty bad. Hence, I just quit bothering. I can thank Drunk Chris for this one.

Drunk Chris likes to get online and look for deals on Doctor Who books to surprise Sober Chris with. Sober Chris will come home from work and there will be a package containing a book or two. Usually it's a book Sober Chris wouldn't mind having but none-the-less he goes running
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Mar 19, 2011 ϟ Jess ϟ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who
This book really brought out the Doctor for me. It had his personality pretty spot-on and made me smile while reading it. It also reeeeeally makes me want a Dodo; it was adorable. It had a lot of cute moments and I can never turn down dinosaurs being brought back to life!
Apr 01, 2015 Dave rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I could barely drag myself through this eco-rant fest. A one-star rating is three stars too high. It seemed like she couldn't go for more than a page or two without clubbing the reader over the head with her "Human bad. Other life good." schtick. But she obviously thought this might be too subtle, so she periodically kept a running total of extinct creatures. And what are the two, almost exclusive reasons listed for a species dying out? Bad murderous humans and "climate change".

In the 70's, it
Jim C
May 13, 2015 Jim C rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A book based on the popular television series. This one has the 10th Doctor and Martha Jones as our main characters. The Doctor asks Martha what she would like to see and she wants to see a live dodo. The TARDIS takes them to a totally different place to see this extinct bird.

I didn't think this was the best effort in this universe. I liked the concept of the novel but the problem was its execution. A tie-in novel has to portray the established characters correctly and I think the author failed
Adam Graham
This book finds the Doctor and Martha finding a museum filled with creatures who are the last of their kind. However, some animals have been disappearing, and the museum director has an idea for another "last of his kind" creature that belongs in the museum.

Overall, this book is a weak outing from Jacqueline Rayner who usually turns out solid Doctor Who stories. The middle of the book is a bit of a ride with alien clones, and a plot to blow up the Earth with the use of an army of cloned dodos.

Kimberley doruyter
after several not so good dr who books i loved this one.
Jun 18, 2013 M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who
I had put off reading this one because of the awkward title, but a fellow Whovian finally convinced me it was worth my while.

After such a long time with the Eighth Doctor, running with Ten for a little while was a stark change. The newer adventures are very clearly directed towards children. In a way the shallowness of it was disappointing. It does present some debate over the morality of zoos, but having just read Life of Pi, I found myself awkwardly disagreeing with some of the Doctor's suppo
Nathaniel ΘΣ
Aug 19, 2011 Nathaniel ΘΣ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Doctor Who fans
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Mar 06, 2008 Corrielle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Oct 29, 2013 Meo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who
Despite a couple of interesting twists towards the end, and the genuinely amusing conceit of Martha "collecting" species on her [I]I-Spyder[/I], this novel turned out to be a bit of a grind. The supporting characters were poorly drawn, featureless curators in the Museum of the Last Ones. The eco-message that Earth is causing extinction faster than "anywhere else in the Galaxy" gets hammered home all too often. Which is a shame, because used in a subtle manner, it could have been effective.

The p
Jun 11, 2012 Melyssa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vo, doctorwho
Je partais avec un peu d'appréhension - si j'ai aimé le quick read de Jacqueline Rayner, je n'étais pas plus fan que ça de ses incursions dans les NSA (j'ai même été franchement déçue de Doctor Who: The Stone Rose je dois dire). En plus de ça, la couverture est relativement moche, et y a pas à dire, ça reste important niveau première impression. Du coup, cette affaire de Dodo a doublement été une bonne surprise. Disons que si le point faible de Rayner est de pondre des histoires bien trop décou ...more
Nicholas Whyte
"[return][return]Another solid enough Tenth Doctor novel from Rayner (I haven't checked, but she must by now be one of the most prolific of Who writers, combining books and audio). In a slightly confusing stylistic quirk, about half of the book is told by Martha Jones in the first person, while most of the rest is also from her point of view but in the third person in varying degrees of tightness. This does give us odd moments of nice characterisation like ...more
Mar 08, 2016 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Review written: sometime before October 21, 2015

The Last Dodo by Jacqueline Rayner

Why I read it: It's that bleddy Doctor Who thing again.

Rating: 3/5

What I thought: I thought this was quite good! Again, a good chunk of that’s down to Martha, who oddly enough spends a lot of time in this book writing in her diary. While I don’t know how much of that diary actually lines up with her real personality, I had a great time reading that. The book’s also quite environmental, but thankfully strays far eno
Jun 06, 2015 Kati rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. The first half read like an educational pamphlet on ecology and how humans kill other species and how zoos are the devil's creation. So preachy it felt like an after-school special. Good grief. Then it started to look like it might actually go somewhere, what with the adventure on earth and the cute fireman... but then the bomb carrying dodo clones appeared and that's where it totally jumped the shark and lost all credibility. No. Just no.
Jul 23, 2014 Robin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An amusing tale (what's not to like about dodos?), though Martha's frequent fourth wall conversations seem too geared to the adolescent reader. The device of the I-Spyder book was rather strange, but did not disrupt the flow of the story too much.
The theme of the Last Time Lord could have been explored in a more emotionally-charged way, but as this is really written for the younger reader that might not have gone down too well.
Sep 13, 2016 Katya rated it it was ok
The narrative choice here—swapping between a distant third person and Martha's first person POV—was kind of odd and didn't really work for me. The pseudo-mystery aspects (who stole the extinct animals?!) and the related clues felt clunky, but maybe because I'm a mystery reader my expectations were too high? Anyway, overall I was disappointed with the story itself, though I thoroughly enjoyed the narration by Freema Agyeman.
Jesse Dixon
I enjoy these Doctor Who books. My local library always has a small selection of them so I’m likely to read others. In this one ‘The Last Dodo’ they investigate the disappearances of animals that are the last of their kind that have been put on exhibit in a massive museum that holds them dormant and unmoving to preserve them for eternity. This book features the David Tennant doctor and Martha as his companion.
Aug 08, 2014 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Whovians everywhere
Recommended to Holly by: Looked grand at Half Price Books
Shelves: silly-fun, favorite
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Siskoid Albert
In The Last Dodo, the Doctor and Martha stumble upon a museum filled with the last of each species (Mr. "Last of the Time Lords" should have said uh-oh right there), and I was surprised at how fun it was. Jacqueline Rayner's other New Series novels have been, quite frankly, complete rubbish. Annoying pop culture descriptions, strained coincidences and stupid plots. In this one, I find the Rayner I liked from the Doctor Who audios: Having a bit of fun with the format and producing a quality romp! ...more
Mahika McCarty
Aug 27, 2015 Mahika McCarty rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say a lovely book indeed. It was gifted to me as a farewell gift and I could not put it down for a second as it's ridiculousness had entrapped me. I especially loved the little scene about the turtle, so riveting! You have to read it.
*note the sarcasm*
Annabelle Burdsal
Mar 14, 2014 Annabelle Burdsal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was very surprised that this was a official Doctor Who book when I read it, because none of it rang true. The author (Who I'm sure is very good) did not capture David Tennant's voice (The tenth Doctor) At all. And Martha... Martha is Martha. Very disappointed
Dec 05, 2007 Writerlibrarian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2007, doctorwho
This is the weakest Doctor Who I've read to date. The idea for the story was okay but the execution was badly done. 3 narrator, 2 in the first person, one is Martha and the other the dodo and a third external narrator. The point of view blinks from one to the other. It's tedious and somewhat amateurish. This is not the first Who book for this writer but she completely missed the boat in this one. So the plot, there's this museum of the Last Ones where the last specimens of a specie is kept in st ...more
The Doctor & Martha encounter a planet filled with a museum of the last animal of its kind for each animal that has become extinct in the Milky Way galaxy. And each is in suspended animation so that the species doesn't die out. Will the proprietor try to enshrine the last of the Time Lords as well? Will the last dodo be saved by the Doctor?

This was a quick read. There was a bit of bad logic here and there, but the author at least tried to tie up the loose ends at the end, including adding in
Oct 22, 2013 Rose rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-read, sci-fi, who
Freema Agyeman's Martha Jones is my favorite "Doctor Who" companion, so picking up an audiostory read by her was a no-brainer. The story itself was pretty good (though I felt the ending was a bit rushed, but maybe that's a side product of the story being abridged). But the real joy of it, for me, was listening to Agyeman's reading. She's an excellent actress, and she did a great job of making the story come alive. Best of all was the shocking revelation that Agyeman does an _outstanding_ David T ...more
Nate Rawdon
The story-line of this particular novel would make a fantastic episode of the show, or even a film detached from the Doctor Who franchise. It is one of the best of the New Series Adventures and contains a suitable combination of action, suspense and comedy. The characters are, as seen in most of the other New Series Adventures' novels, not entirely memorable, though they are still good enough to keep you entertained until the end. I wasn't entirely enthused by the narration throughout the novel, ...more
I liked the plot but disliked the execution. Switching between POVs is annoying and especially Martha's POV was too over the top and irritating because it was the only first POV in the book.
Sep 02, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Listened to the book on tape and I really enjoyed it. Freema Agyeman narrates the book and does a fantastic job. The story is rather interesting, and the Doctor and Martha are fantastic.
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Jacqueline Rayner is a best selling British author, best known for her work with the licensed fiction based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who.

Her first professional writing credit came when she adapted Paul Cornell's Virgin New Adventure novel Oh No It Isn't! for the audio format, the first release by Big Finish. (The novel featured the character of Bernice S
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