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Doctor Who: The Forever Trap (BBC Doctor Who: New Series Audio Exclusives #2)

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When the TARDIS is invaded by a holographic marketing scam, the Doctor and Donna find themselves trapped on the Edifice, a purpose-built complex of luxury apartments in space. Their new environs leave much to be desired: millions of beings from across the Universe have been gathered to live side by side in similar apartments. Instead of creating neighbourly affection, it’s ...more
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Published October 9th 2008 by BBC Audio (first published September 30th 2008)
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Anna Kļaviņa
3,5

The Forever Trap is one is one of the best (perhaps, the best) Doctor Who stories I've read/heard so far. It would have been a great episode.

Catherine Tate is an excellent narrator.
Kimberley doruyter
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Tricia Schneider
Ah, the Doctor. And not only any Doctor, but David Tennant's Doctor. One of my two most favorite Doctors along with Christopher Eccleston and Tom Baker. Since I can't watch any more television shows featuring these Doctors, I'm forever grateful that I can still enjoy learning about their adventures through books. And not only that, but hearing them narrated by my most favorite companion EVER is the best! Sorry, Rose.

The Forever Trap begins with Donna and the Doctor aboard the Tardis. A mysteriou
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Callie Rose Tyler
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 Stars

This audio special is one of the best I've listened to so far, it is narrated by the fabulous Catherine Tate and doesn't waste our time focusing on random people we don't care about. Too often these books focus on random characters with the Doctor and his companion spending way too much time 'off screen'. The Doctor and Donna were very well written and the plot felt very unique and interesting. The other characters they encounter are interesting but not overpowering.

My absolute favor
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Bruce
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A smooth talking and not entirely honest sales-hologram invades the TARDIS and tricks Donna Noble into a sales contract for a luxury apartment complex. If location is all three of the most important things in real estate, then the Edifice doesn’t have any of them. It’s somewhere in the midst of Outer Space, without any means of transportation out. Not only that, new tenants keep arriving without any provision for what they need to survive. Aquatic life forms are dumped on the carpet with nothing ...more
Alison
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Catherine Tate is a genius, and her reading is exceptional. She does an amazing job with Ten and it made me miss him - what a great team they were. This is a solid little story, alien and interesting and funny and sad, and Donna gets to save the day by being passionate and shouting a lot. Nicely done.
Shayantani Das
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am going through Doctor Who withdrawal so this book helped fill that void a teensy bit.
Nicola Sheridan
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, audio-books
Well written fascinating concept. Loved it! Catherine Tate is an awesome narrator.
Jeff Granger
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This would have made an excellent "Monster of the Week" episode during the David Tennant/Catherine Tate era. Lots of great dialogue, and having Catherine Tate read the book as both Donna and the Doctor was perfect.
Vernice
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the best Doctor Who stories outside of the series that I've come across, although the ending was a bit rushed and weird. It would have been an excellent episode for the series though! Catherine Tate narrates brilliantly, if a little fast, and she naturally gets the characters spot-on.
Carl
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Catherine Tate is good, but no David Tennant. So probably a little bias in my review.
Shanna
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-books
Wonderful story. Wonderful narration.
lukk
Вот тут мне стоит сразу признаться, что Донна, без сомнения, мой самый любимый компаньон. Ни с каким другим спутником ньюскульного Доктора я не получала такого удовольствия. О, эта женщина удивительна! Нет тебе соплей, как с Роуз, нет высокодуховных героических драм, как с Мартой, нет Пондов, которые уже сто раз умерли и воскресли, ну и девочки с суфле (ей характеристику я не придумала, она сама по себе источник раздражения). Когда-то Донна назвала Десятого тощим(!), а Доктор-Донна и binarybinar ...more
Adam Duclos
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it
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Jules
Apr 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Olga
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, tv-movies
a fare nice continuation to DoctorDonna travels. love it.
Wendy
Oct 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Reason #1 to listen to this audiobook: I woke up yesterday in a really grumpy mood, and listening to the first half of this (while taking a brisk walk) knocked me right out of it and put a silly grin on my face.

The story starts out funny and lighthearted, with some great banter between the Doctor and Donna, and a hilariously prescient look at what spam email might evolve into in the age of artificial intelligence. After that, the story gets darker, but retains moments of humor.

Catherine Tate a
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Noriko
Apr 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It occurred to me one day that I wanted to listen to at least one DW audio book after reading my first 10th Doctor novel, 'Prisoner of the Daleks'. However, I was faced with a difficulty: which one? So after browsing through amazon.co.uk and audible.com for reviews, I decided to try out The Forever Trap.

It turns out 'The Forever Trap' is a delightful listen! With a great plot and a wonderful cast of different alien characters and Catherine Tate reading out the story, I was thrilled. Catherine is
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Megan
Sep 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I was worried that this audio book was going to suck, since 'The Nemonite Invasion' which is also narrated by Catherine Tate was just a complete failure in my eyes. But to my delight, this was utterly awesome. Catherine Tate did a fantastic job narrating, unlike the performance she gave in 'The Nemonite Invasion'. The story is so Who-esque. All the characters are in characters (everyone assumes that the Doctor and Donna are "together"). The characters in the novel are memorable such as the old l ...more
Ron
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Tenth Doctor fans
The basic plot is similar to the Eleventh Doctor episode "The God Complex." Doc and companion are yanked through space to a strange building in an unknown location, populated by other people who aren't entirely sure how they got there. The only way out is to find out who's in charge and what they want. Beyond that, the stories differ significantly, so it's still well worth your time. As the aforementioned similarity suggests, this would easily fit in as a TV episode in the RJD or Moffat eras.

Cat
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Jostalady
It was fun and exciting, the writing is very much in line with the show. Catherine does an alright job reading the story, but her Doctor voice made me smirk at the awkward stretch. Because it was written so well, his part is still strongly the 10th Doctor. I could imagine David Tennant and Catherine Tate like I was watching it!

I am going to go against most fans and say Donna was my least favorite companion on the show because she slowed him down and made him have to explain things that we alrea
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Matt Niehoff
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: doctor-who
Donna Noble was my least favorite of my favorite Doctor's companions, but Catherine Tate is still very talented at what she does and plays her character very well. Her reading of this audiodrama is fantastic, it felt like an episode. Her temperament is obviously there in her character's dialogue, but she also does a good job of capturing Tennant's Doctor.

I find it somewhat odd that I am rating this higher than several Tennant read audiodramas. I am going to give it to the fact that this particul
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Adam Graham
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Forever Trap brings to a life a superb concept as the Doctor and Donna find themselves tricked into signing a lease for an apartment in a giant apartment complex known as the Edifice where creatures from across the galaxy are being kidnapped and forced together with often tragic results.

It was refreshing to get one of these novels that didn't merely try and tell a Base Under Siege story breaking up the Doctor and the Companion. Instead, we're treated to a great high concept story that's fill
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Jolie Bonnette
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-sci-fi
Listening to Catherine Tate read Doctor Who adventures is similar to listening to Neil Gaiman read his own works. It's very fun and amusing. Definitely recommend it to those who were particularly fond of Companion Donna Noble. I think the most amusing thing is, Catherine does a fair impression of The Doctor. LOL I've noticed that some of the UK made audio books are a bit more of a production than the US recorded ones. Some have music that shifts with the mood of the scenes, some have little soun ...more
Nicholas Whyte
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor, who, 10th, 2014, 1402, donna
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2259113.html[return][return]This is the last of the Tenth Doctor era audiobooks that I've got to (though only the second produced), and it's good to finish on a high note. Catherine Tate is the narrator, beautifully carrying off Donna and also the Tennant Doctor, in a plot that beings rather like the later TV story The God Complex, with a bunch of characters from different places yanked together unexpectedly in one big building, but takes off in quite a different di ...more
Mikael Kuoppala
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Here's a wonderful example of the magical sci-fi intrigue that Doctor Who excels in.

The Doctor and Donna end up in a mysterious luxury hotel due to the machinations of a clever spam software. Soon it becomes apparent that the enormous facility harbors some interesting secrets.

This is an adventurous story, but one filled wit fascinating speculation and great sci-fi concepts combined with an eerie David Lynch feel. A nice look into the characters of the doctor and especially Donna Noble is also of
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Jamie
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Whovians
The Edifice is a luxury apartment complex somewhere in the remote reaches of space that appears to be indiscriminately kidnapping people and making them tenants. The Doctor and Donna are it's latest acquisition!

This was great! Catherine Tate does a fantastic job as the narrator bringing every role to life and she absolutely nails David Tennant's doctor and, of course, Donna. This is a fun and weird (in the best way) story with bizarre characters and a good mystery that keeps the focus centered
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Katya
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is one of the best Doctor Who tie-in...things (it's not a novel, since it was written specifically to be read aloud, and I don't know what else to call it) out there. I first listened to it over a year ago, and since then I keep forgetting that it was an audio production, because the author (and Catherine Tate, with her flawless narration) did such an excellent job of painting the scenes for me that I could swear I remember visuals from a filmed episode. (In fact, I am disappointed that it ...more
Kirsten
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the DW books that really gets the character of the Doctor down. The thing it lacks is some humor. But that's OK. Another thing this book does but other DW novels don't do is have a timey wimey plot line that MAKES SENSE. "Pirate Radio" for example had an AWESOME premise, but the alien was really poorly explained and really did not make any sense at all.
Catherine Tate does a good job narrating, but I do prefer David Tennant.
usagi ☆ミ
Oh, Donna. How I miss thee.

Anyway, this story was one of the better ones within the DW book canon. And I'm happy to say that Catherine Tate narrating it made it even greater. She was balls-out in character for not only Donna but the Doctor as well.

I'm dying to read this in book form to see if it has the same effect. I hope it does. But all in all? A fun story to listen to while doing stuff. <3
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