Marlowe Hapworth is found dead in his locked study, killed by an unknown assailant. This is a case for the Great Detective, Madame Vastra. Rick Bellamy, bare-knuckle boxer, has the life drawn out of him by a figure dressed as an undertaker. This angers Strax the Sontaran. The Carnival of Curiosities, a collection of bizarre and fascinating sideshows and performers. This is where Jenny Flint looks for answers.
How are these things connected? And what does Orestes Milton, rich industrialist, have to do with it all? As the Doctor and Clara joint the hunt for the truth they find themselves thrust into a world where nothing and no one is what they seem....
Justin Richards' thrilling new novel stars the Twelfth Doctor, as played by Peter Capaldi in the hit BBC TV series, and also features his friends Madame Vastra, Strax, and Jenny - the Paternoster Gang. It is read by Dan Starkey, who plays Strax in Doctor Who. Reading produced by Neil Gardner. Sound design by Simon Hunt. Executive producer: Michael Stevens.
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The story itself was "interesting". The sci-fi takes a while to kick in. It could simply be a Sherlock Holmes tale until some obviously alien behaviour finally happens (hard to describe without spoilers). A bit of a soppy ending they could have gone without, but a good story with all the hallmarks of Dr Who - time travel, a good mystery, overlapping stories, unexpected surprises, aliens in hiding and a bit of techno babble.
Key characters are there and easily identifiable - the Doctor, Clara, Strax, Madam Vastra, and Jenny. It was great to hear Dan Starkey (Strax) take on the characters of Dr Who (particular Peter Capaldi's Doc). He does a wonderful job representing each and maintaining voices throughout. He also brings to life another half dozen or so supporting characters. I enjoyed listening to him almost as much as David Tennant and am looking forward to him getting his teeth into another 12th Doctor novel.
The mood music was annoyingly faint in some spots (though that may be my car speakers).
I have already enjoyed listening to this a couple of time. You have those "ohhh" moments that are become so obvious when you know how it is all going to end.
"A really good Doctor Who book for the new doctor!"
Dan Starkey does a great job with Peter Capaldi's doctor.
Both the writing and the narration do a great job with Peter Capaldi's doctor. Strax is great. The setting is really well done! The story is gripping. Really recommend this one.
"A story for Twelve"
I'm so pleased that we finally have Twelfth Doctor novels. I'm still getting to know him and his character and it's nice to have extra materials that are so closely related to the season to work off of. So is it accurate to his personality? I'm not entirely sure yet, I'm still figuring him out and I may have to reread it to gain all the little nuances that I missed the first time.
Dan Starkey was a brilliant narrator, and I'd listen to him again. All of his characters are very distinct and he captures their individual accents so well. He was very easy to listen to, easy to distinguish who was speaking, and he quickly became a favorite.
"Excellent Narrator, Great Story"
The story here is very good, bringing in three of the most memorable recurring characters from the show and using them to their best potential.
Narration was so good I think I enjoyed the book more because I listened than I would have just reading it. Dan nails Strax, of course, since he voices him on the show, but also does a great job giving the series regulars and new characters distinctive voices. Of the 5 Who books I've listened to, this one has had the most realistic characterization vocally, and that surprises me since Tennant, Briggs, and Anthony Head were narrators on the others (and all did well, don't misunderstand.)
This sets a very high bar for other 12th Doctor books to measure up to, and I would listen to another narrated by Dan just based on this performance.
"Entertaining Story, GREAT Narration."
Many of the Doctor Who novelizations are hit and miss (some authors just can't capture the feeling of DW on paper), but in Silhouette, Justin Richards crafts an engaging and entertaining story that could easily be 10 times better than any of last season's episodes with the 12th Doctor. All the characters are well-written and believable. Without going into the plot, the story reminds me very superficially of "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern. It's fabulous to see the Paternoster Gang in action again! Dan Starkey (who is the actor who plays Strax, the Sontaran) is a delightful narrator who does all of the voices very well, but really floored me with a very believable Peter Capaldi. Strax is wonderfully drole in this story, and having Dan read his part made it just that much more fun! This is the 1st 12th Doctor novel I've listened to, and the best DW novelization I've read or listened to in quite awhile!
Besides obviously being able to do Strax's Voice is able to do Peter's version of the doctor so well to as well as his previous and reincarnations particularly one and two although he did not do Jenny or madam as well he gave character to the unknown characters of the story line beyond that of the storyline you to connect and felt empathy with them
"Madam Vastra because reasons"
Engaging the Madam Vastra crew in the story more and giving a reason for their inclusion, along with a bit more thematic unity with the bad guy's tools.
I might give it a try.
He did a decent job. They were all recognizable and distinct.
Strax was well-deployed, and the bit where Affinity tries and fails to charm the Doctor with different aspects of his personality was a fun salute to previous incarnations.
This whole story could be written without Madam Vastra et al and have minimal changes. The author also seemed to erase Vastra's sapphic relationship with her maid, especially considering that Affinity presented himself as male to both of them. This guy can change his facial features, accent, age, height but can't alter his gender presentation? Also, the paper cranes didn't really fit in or add up. Another case of "psychic" being code for "like magic, but more nonsensical and narratively lazy".
"I can totally see this as an episode!"
Dan did a great job with the voices and is an amazing narrator. The story was a great mystery with a touch of creepy and lots of humor, which is something I expect in Doctor Who. I had to replay a few scenes because I couldn't hear the dialogue over my own laughter. Only problem I have with the story is Milton's cloud to make everyone kill each other kinda reminds me of Samuel L. Jackson's satellite in "Kingsman: The Secret Service" but that's just a nitpick and pretty much a coincidence.
the narration is amazing! I would listen to all of this narrator's performances. & a good Dr. Who story. One of my favorites.
"Great story of the Doctor, Amazing Performance"
Great story for any fan of doctor who. The performance by Dan Starkey is second to none. He brings these real characters to life in your ears and makes you feel like your watching it on television.
"Editing and narration made it hard to follow."
Voices were not distinct. Alvin and Chipmunks at some points. Doctor voice didn't resonate. Villain's voice was only distinct and interesting voice.
"A Wonderfully Gripping Listen"
An enjoyable story with an intriguing nod to the past. Dan Starkey’s wonderful narration is a joy to listen too, and his character portal of Strax is as superb in audio as on TV. A highly recommended listen for anybody with a creative imagination, be them a Doctor Who fan or not.
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