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

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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 th...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 13th 2006 by BBC Books
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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
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
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
Jul 30, 2012 Callista rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
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, unabridged and performed by David Tennant himself, so it was a real treat.
Stephen Osborne
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.
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.
Kathy Dolan
Another enjoyable read, with some genuinely surprising twists, and a monster called Kevin (who couldn't love a monster called Kevin?)
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
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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...more
Sep 06, 2012 RetroWhoGal rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
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...more
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
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
Sean Homrig
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!
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
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.
Jez Cartner
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.
"The Resurrection Casket" is a reasonably good novel, and provides an enjoyable sci-fi-esque adventure. It gives a fairly unique presentation of plot elements -- swashbuckling pirates in space, with a side order of steampunk and a little other-worldly monster-summoning for good measure. The humour of the TV show also comes through in some of the characters.

I was a little disappointed with the portrayal of the Doctor though. It certainly seemed to draw from Tennant's portrayal in some ways, but a...more
I really liked this one. I predicted quite a few of the plot twists, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless!

I think my favourite parts would have to be the causal conversations about reading and crosswords that the Doctor and Kevin have as Kevin's trying to kill him. Hilarious.

It was a quick read, I'll pick up another one of these soon.
Callie Rose Tyler
I really enjoyed this one, there is a lot going on but it’s not overwhelming and all works together well. Basically this book is steampunk pirates meets space adventure meets monsters inc? The main plot of this story revolves around the mysterious disappearance of Glint, a murderous space pirate, and the whereabouts of his fabled resurrection casket. One small problem, I figured out the identity and whereabouts of Glint within the first 50 pages or so, I think the author made it a little too obv...more
Another enjoyable adventure into the land of Doctor Who - steampunk pirates in outer space!
I thought the characterization of 10th Doctor was done well, but was a little disappointed in Rose as she came off whinier than she is in the show (in my opinion). Still enjoyable overall and had some twists and turns that I didn't expect.

Maera Fey
Pirates, monsters, robots, oh my!

This Doctor Who novel was sheer brilliance. Not only was the plot interesting, it had a whole steampunk feel to it but, naturally, with a Doctor Who twist.

Truly, a book I would recommend to any DW fans!
Omg the resurrection casket turns you into a baby to have a second chance at life? I alwAys assumed it just preserved the body but it just makes a new one and lovely little jimm turned out to be captain glint! Besides that, I loved the apologetic monster character justin Richards wrote in and how he kind of fancied rose...exquisite book, really.
The Doctor, Steam Punk Robots and Pirates in Space...OH MY! How can this not be a fun, entertaining and zany carnival ride of a novel?!
Another of the Doctor's and Rose's adventures in space and time.
Here they are stranded on an unknowned planet which seems to be chiefly run on steam (even the robots and space ships!). Doctor and Rose innocently try and find a way to get the Tardis away from the "no fly zone" but end up smack dab in an adventure. Now they are searching for a legendary pirate's s...more
I don't know how many times I've read and listened to this book. The audio, read by David Tennant, is so much fun to listen to. Especially when driving or doing chores.

The story is a fun Whovian take on Treasure Island with pirates and lost treasure, except in space. And I always love the Doctor's relationship with Rose. The dialogue between is always entertaining. The characters are fun and interesting, even the villains are great. Highly recommended if you like Doctor Who and a good action tal...more
Good doctor who story. I'm no rose fan but it was still really good. I'm looking forward reading more. I'm looking for Donna noble and Capt jack.
John Yelverton
Extremely fun and enjoyable book that really felt like it was just an unfilmed episode. I heartily recommend this for Tenth Doctor fans.
Sep 21, 2007 Katie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Doctor who fans
Sometimes, in Doctor Who's off season, I find myself wanting a little dose of the Doctor, and the Doctor who books are perfect for renewing your interest. The Resurrection Casket was my first experience with the books, and I enjoyed it immensely. I really got a sense of the Doctor's character, I could practically hear him saying his lines! The plot started a bit slow, but at the end it really picked up, and it was also chock full of twists and turns. And it was all in good robot space pirate fun...more
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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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