Doctor Who: Rose Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Camille Coduri reads this brand-new novelisation of the Ninth Doctor’s debut TV adventure.
"Nice to meet you, Rose. Run for your life!"
In a lair somewhere beneath central London, a malevolent alien intelligence is plotting the end of humanity. Shop window dummies that can move - and kill - are taking up key positions, ready to strike.
Rose Tyler, an ordinary Londoner, is working her shift in a department store, unaware that this is the most important day of her life. She’s about to meet the only man who understands the true nature of the threat facing Earth, a stranger who will open her eyes to all the wonder and terror of the universe - a traveller in time and space known as the Doctor. This is the story that relaunched Doctor Who for the 21st century, novelised by showrunner Russell T Davies from his original script.
Novelisation copyright Russell T Davies 2018
Original script copyright Russell T Davies 2005
Cover illustration by Anthony Dry
BBC logo BBC 1996
Doctor Who logo BBC 2014
For BBC Worldwide:
Reading produced by Neil Gardner
Recorded at Ladbroke Audio Ltd
Sound design by David Darlington
Executive producer: Michael Stevens
TARDIS sound effect composed by Brian Hodgson
For BBC Books:
Editorial Director: Albert DePetrillo
Project Editor: Steve Cole
Cover design: Two Associates
Cover illustration: Anthony Dry
Doctor Who: Rose first published by BBC Books in 2018
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|Listening Length||4 hours and 14 minutes|
|Author||Russell T Davies|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||03 May 2018|
|Publisher||BBC Digital Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 58,082 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
66 in Science Fiction Movie, TV & Video Game Tie-Ins
135 in Space Exploration Science Fiction
234 in Time Travel Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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It is written by Russell T. Davies himself and he has incorporated into it a myriad of retrospective references and elements that give it multiple links across the whole spectrum of 2005 onwards Doctor Who. It gives the story another level of interaction with the reader. Thus, a couple of characters make brief appearances in this novelisation long before they were even conceived and there are references to all the Doctors, including the incoming Thirteenth.
Most of these are little tweaks and additions to entertain the fan but Rose’s fleeting encounter with the Tenth Doctor during the closing stages of ‘The End of Time’ is used to benefit the story. It means that it opens with a slightly altered perspective from Rose. Now when she is working at Henrik’s whilst wondering to herself whether there is more to life, she has a little glimmer of hope that something else might happen to change her life; a hope inspired by a few words from a man she didn’t know but somehow believed anyway. It makes her later decision to run off with a man she doesn’t know and leave her mother, boyfriend and life behind more understandable as she has almost been waiting for something like this to happen. It’s a good little tweak to the story.
Mickey receives a more substantial role. More about his background and his gran (that was later developed in ‘Rise of the Cybermen/the age of Steel’) is revealed and he has a group of friends who are featured throughout the story and the Auton attack on London. He is a much more developed character in this novelisation rather than just being present to be mocked by the Doctor.
Clive Finch also receives a somewhat larger role and gets better treatment from the story. He becomes more than just an obsessed geek and his demise is made much more sympathetic than it was onscreen.
Personally, I much preferred this novelisation over the original.