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Doctor Who: The Feast Of The Drowned (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #8)

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  2,121 ratings  ·  175 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 249 pages
Published 2006 by BBC Books
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Samantha To be honest, maybe start with Nine. That's where I started. The Ninth Doctor is more of an introduction with his small set of stories. You don't have…moreTo be honest, maybe start with Nine. That's where I started. The Ninth Doctor is more of an introduction with his small set of stories. You don't have to start with him, but I did like his books. If you need the list of Nine's books, please don't be afraid to ask. But most if not all are in between episodes of the show itself. Hope this helps! :) (less)
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Rose
I downloaded this audiobook from Audible.com to listen to on a road trip I never got to take, thanks to one of the aftershocks of Snowpocalypse '10. I was absolutely crushed over the cancelled trip -- mostly, I confess, because I had so many awesome audiobooks lined up -- so I started listening to this over my trip-less days off in an effort to cheer myself up.

It rather helped.

I love David Tennant, and his portrayal of the Doctor, rather unequivocally, and so getting to listen to the Doctor act
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Edward Lorn
Doctor Who: The Feast of the Drowned Review I miss David Tennant as the Doctor. Matt Smith was okay, and Peter Capaldi does a serviceablejob, but Tennant's still the best to have tackled the role since the series was rebooted. I'm kinda hoping Doctor Whogoes away for a while so that they can start fresh again with another reboot, let's say, ten years from now. The writing of the most recent season is crap, and I think Capaldi is fighting an uphill battle. Either hire new writers or take a break. ...more
Susan
I always like these books. Another fun paranormal, Sci-Fi mixed with the mystery of the sea. I don't watch this series but I certainly enjoy reading these shorts. Good for YA but not strictly just for YA.
SciFi Kindle
This novel follows closely to the television formula: The Doctor and companion are drawn into a mystery set in modern day London, discover an alien invasion plot, and they (well, HE, really) foil it after a few twists and turns. I don’t consider that bit a spoiler, as any licensed material must necessarily deliver all the characters and settings back unaltered by the conclusion- series authors don’t own, they rent. I’ll agree with other reviewers in pointing out the similarities in the story’s v ...more
Samantha
Obviously, I listened to this book because it was narrated by David Tennant, and, yes, it was completely worth it. I have not read any other Doctor Who books, but I do enjoy the show, especially the witty 10th Doctor with amazing hair ;-)

This story was typical of a Doctor Who episode: creepy alien invasion, somewhat campy dialog, inevitable victory. Tennant's narration was a pleasure to listen to, as he read in his native Scottish accent unless he was reading the Doctor's dialog and he suddenly
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MissSusie
This was a good story but couldn’t help thinking of The Water of Mars. My favorite line in perfect Ten voice," Now that Mickey the untrained civilian has a hand grenade, oh yes, everything is going to be fine.” I could just picture The Doctor saying it and the look on Mickey’s face as he did!

I love that David Tennant reads the narrative in his Scottish accent and the Doctor bits as the voice Whovians know so well and his voicing of Mickey is fantastic!

Of course it makes me want to go back and wa
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Callie Rose Tyler
NOT A MUST READ

This is one of my least favorite Doctor Who books beaten out for the title of worst by “The Deviant Strain”. It was really hard to get through this one mostly because I felt disconnected from the story and the new characters that were introduced.

Right off the bat we meet Rose’s friend Keisha, a character that to be honest I wouldn’t have cared if she lived or died. Aside from the alien chaos that is occurring throughout the book the author takes time to tell us about some high sch
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Melyssa
J'ai mis un temps fou à rentrer dans l'histoire. Il m'a fallu un bon tiers de livre pour me sentir un minimum impliquée dans l'affaire. La suite se laisse lire pourtant; sans être révolutionnaire ce roman est tout à fait divertissant. Mais alors, il lui faut le temps de chauffer avant de démarrer.

Divertissant, c'est un mot qui va bien à Stephen Cole). Mais il fait ça bien, quand même: la prose n'est pas forcément très adroite, les dialogues ne creusent pas trop loin, mais on ne lui enlèvera pas
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Nate Rawdon
Having previously read various other Doctor Who 'New Series Adventures', I had concluded long before starting this that it would be my final read in the ongoing series. The novel started fast paced, and introduced the (as always) likeable characters from the very start. Despite being compelling in the earlier chapters, the story began to feel dragged out as it progressed, and consequently the novel inevitably ended up taking longer to complete than originally expected. Regardless of this, the st ...more
John Parungao
It's at times like these that I really miss David Tenant and Billie Piper. Stephen Cole manages to capture the feel of one of the televised episodes of Doctor Who, even giving us excellent versions of Mickey and Jackie. What Stephen Cole also gives us is an adventure and a mystery worth solving along with a supporting cast of characters to help the Doctor and Rose figure out the threat they are facing and help dealing with that threat. Jay and Keisha, friends with Rose and Mickey help get the re ...more
Scarlett Sims
The Doctor Who audiobooks are fun, but I feel like a little bit of something is lost when you can't see what's going on. I also feel like since the plots can be so convoluted wibbly-wobbly, it can get a bit hard to follow if you miss a bit because a loud bus drives by or something. That said, David Tennant's narration was amazing. He narrated in his Scottish accent, and did wonderful voices for all of the characters. His Mickey was probably my favorite.

This was an enjoyable way to pass my walks
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Casia Courtier
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. ...more
Natasha
I know what you're thinking. "She's succumbed to the pandemic that is Doctor Who!" And you would be right.

As a general rule, I try and avoid novelizations of TV series. The Buffy books are extremely hit and miss as are the Star Trek books. I very carefully weigh star ratings and every review. Then, while browsing audible, I found out that David Tennant narrates some of those books.

This adventure was close to one you'd see on the show. The story itself was engaging, but the voice acting was what
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Debbie
This past weekend, I epic roadtripped by myself to Indiana. Why? I asked myself that same question - no, seriously, it was to see some friends who had fled the Midwest but had returned to celebrate their one-year anniversary with family and they invited me, and so I made the 10 hour trek there and back in one weekend.

Anyway, this was the first audiobook up for the drive. It had been an audible daily deal recently and I picked it up, like any good Whovian who was offered cheap Doctor Who stuff. A
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Amy
Mostly this gets four stars because Tennant is a fabulous narrator. I was amazed at how he managed to capture Rose and Mickey's voices. The Q&A at the end stated that Tennant used fifteen distinct voices throughout the book.

The story was good, maybe a bit more convoluted than usual. The author did say that when writing the books, he tries to use scenarios that wouldn't be possible as part of the show because of the complexity of the special effects.
Adam Graham
This book finds Rose and the Doctor looking into an apparition of one Rose's friends who was presumed drowned at sea pleading help before the feast. Find out what the feast is and stopping it becomes the focus of the story as London and eventually the entire Earth will be at stake.

This story definitely has a creepy feel and is not for the weak of stomach and it made me queasy at a few points. Unfortunately, I found some of the author's decisions both in terms of plot and point of view to be susp
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Bruce
I just finished listening to the audio book read by David Tennant. He did a great job of course, but I can't say I was all that enamored with the story. Kinda boring really. People are disappearing and then we find out they're being taken over by the alien of the week... Ho hum... But, it kept me calm for a couple hours of driving, so there is that...
Alison
This is a cute little story. Enjoyed being back with Ten, Rose, and Mickey, and the supporting characters were interesting. The actual plot's a bit silly but not objectionable. And David Tennant does a great reading, with some hilarious voices, a surprisingly funny and good Mickey, and of course, a great Ten.
Polina ♆
I'm totally agree with Noria, so I've coped her review:

"I didn't like it as much as "The Stone Rose", I can't really say why. I still enjoyed it and it is great fun to listen to David Tennant."

That's all!
Art
Doctor Who: The Feast of the Drowned by Stephen Cole is a light one off story set in the Who universe. This story takes the tenth doctor and rose through a haunting adventure. Water based aliens threaten London and only our trusty duo can solve this puzzle. The book is only 256 pages but reads very much like the show feels. Cole gets it! The action is fast paced and truly is a quick read. The story is satisfying. I quickly fell in love with the audiobook over the small paperback cause it's read ...more
Syd Perry
How fun is this? I didn't even know there were Doctor Who books. I got an offer for this one for 99 cents from Audible.com. I was so excited because I LOVE Doctor Who. I laughed and applauded when the book began and it was being read by David Tennant,the 10th Doctor. Why would anyone want to read the book in print when you can listen to Doctor Who read it to you?

The story was a little confusing and if you weren't familiar with Doctor Who it might be even more so. Still a fun and quirky adventure
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Nicole
I'm giving this 4 stars largely for the audiobook performance. As with many stories of its kind, this novella does not bother with much description of the characters, since it's assumed that the readers are already series fans and know as much (or more) about the main characters as the author of the novella.

However, the plot is sound, if a bit short for a novel, and the pacing is good. When you add in David Tennant's narration (as I did), it seems more like you're listening to a radio play or a
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Rebeka
Creepy, creepy, creepy! That is my summary of this book!
No, but really, this book creeped me right the hell out. The show has done that plenty of times, but it's got dark shadows and suspenseful music and all that. Very different from me curled up on my bed in the middle of the day, getting goosebumps from words on a page!
Rose, oh Rose... I adore her so much, but my goodness, she can be a bit of an idiot... Still love her though.
And Ten... I stopped reading several times to stare into the middle
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Anna
this was kinda 'meh' ... Came in expecting something better as this author's last Who adventure with Nine was a crazy ride!
This time? Not so much. It was very much like watching a special episode that keeps upping the stakes at every commercial break: the drowned were 'hosts'! no wait, the drowned are actually incubators! No no no, the drowned incubators aren't actually dead, but are now growing gills because reasons!
No you know what, we feel like everyone needs to live, so screw all those dead
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Aly

This is the first Doctor Who book I've read and I really liked it. The actual plot was alright but I really liked the way it was written. I'm going to assume this takes place somewhere between New Earth and School Reunion because The Doctor is still getting used to his new incarnation. The Doctor is very well done, very in character, cheeky and you can just picture David Tennant saying these words in an episode of the show. I love the interactions between Rose and Mickey and there were some very
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Amanda Thompson
Original BookTube review HERE

I was actually impressed with this story. It manages to capture the feel of a true Doctor Who episode –nice and creepy– and I was hooked from the very beginning. This one, at least, also handled some nice emotional turmoil for Rose with her friends in London that felt rich enough to be canon. (As for canonicity with the series, I understand this is open to interpretation. So take it as official, take it as hyped up fanfiction, take it however you will.) Most of the c
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Nicholas Whyte
http://nhw.livejournal.com/1097091.html?style=mine[return][return]I've enjoyed two other New Series novels by Stephen Cole (here and here), so I'm glad to report now that I like Feast of the Drowned even more, which makes it the best Ninth or Tenth Doctor book I've read. It's not that it has the literary depth that the best of the New / Missing / Past Doctor ranges have, but it's very faithful to the spirit of Season Two (ie 2006, not 1964-5), and in particular it would fit awfully well into con ...more
Sarah
Compared to the other Doctor Who novellas I've read, this is one of the better ones. It captures the voice of 10 and Rose fairly well, although Mickey sounds like more of an irritating dolt than usual. The peripheral characters fulfill their obligations of moving the action along without impediment or unnecessary character development. Tennant's smooth narration is innocuous and subtle, although my dislike of Mickey may have more to do with the performance than the character. Overall a quick and ...more
Tiffany Williams
Well, this was fun! Certainly brightened up my evening of data entry. I thought the storyline was fun, really well-paced, too. The characters were kind of typical of Doctor Who - the attractive scientist, the mysterious grumpy old man, the loving dysfunctional family, but, that's what makes it such a nice experience for us fans. Also, considering he didn't have visuals to fall back on, Stephen Cole has done a great job on pure imagination.
Chad
When the doctor lands back in London with rose, they find out that a military vessel has been wrecked and the brother of one of Rose's friends was on the ship when it went down. Now that the vessel has been brought back to London in pieces, people are beginning to see ghosts of those that died on the ship. Even worst, the ghosts are beckoning them to join them for the feast. The Doctor, Rose, and Mickie must solve the mystery of the ghost and the feast.

I love Doctor Who adventures but I'm not th
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Stephen Cole (born 1971) is an English author of children's books and science fiction. He was also in charge of BBC Worldwide's merchandising of the BBC Television series Doctor Who between 1997 and 1999: this was a role which found him deciding on which stories should be released on video, commissioning and editing a range of fiction and non-fiction titles, producing audioboo
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