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Doctor Who: At Childhood’s End

Thirteenth Doctor Novel
Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
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Past or future, which path do you choose?

Past, present and future collide as the Thirteenth Doctor meets classic Doctor Who companion Ace, in an epic novel written and read by Sophie Aldred.

Once, a girl called Ace travelled the universe with the Doctor - until, in the wake of a terrible tragedy they parted company. Now, decades on, she is known as Dorothy McShane, the reclusive millionaire philanthropist who heads the global organisation A Charitable Earth. 

But Dorothy is being haunted by terrible nightmares in which she’s abducted to an alien world. Nightmares that begin just as scores of young runaways are vanishing from the dark alleyways of London. Could the disappearances be linked to sightings of sinister creatures - part man, part rat - lurking in the city shadows? Why has an alien satellite entered a secret orbit around the Moon? And how has Dorothy become a target for the victors in an interstellar war? 

Investigating the satellite with Ryan, Graham and Yaz, the Doctor is thrown together with Ace once more. Together they must unravel a malevolent plot that will cost of thousands of lives. But can the Doctor atone for her past incarnation’s behaviour - and how much must Ace sacrifice to win victory not only for herself, but for the Earth? 

Sophie Aldred, who played Ace in the BBC TV serial, reads her own thrilling novel.

©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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Interesting.

Sophie Aldred did a good job writing and readings this audio book. I felt I could see what was happening it was so well described. I enjoy all Doctor Who characters. Well done Sophie.

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  • Mark Martinico
  • 26-02-2020

Ace!

Sophie Aldred's character Ace is arguably my favorite classic Doctor Who companion. I loved her opposite Sylvester McCoy's 7th Doctor - on TV, as well as in those unlicensed BBV "Professor and Ace" audio dramas of the 1990's, and in 20 years (and counting!) worth of official Doctor Who audio dramas from Big Finish Productions. So I went into this with high hopes.
Thankfully I was not disappointed. Her storytelling, plot development, and prose style are all quite good, and her knowledge of the Doctor Who universe is excellent. This is truly one of the better Doctor Who novels out there. And what better way to experience it than to listen to it read by Sophie herself! In addition to still being able to perfectly channel Ace, she does a cracking good 13th Doctor, and handles the other voices with skill as well.
One of the clever things this novel does, is find a way to sort of reconcile all of the various post-TV futures for Ace. Because in addition to Ace's future in the Virgin New Adventures books, there are also the not-completely-consistent futures in the various audio drama series' by Big Finish - their 7th Doctor adventures, their "Lost Stories", and their Gallifrey series. It isn't explored in great depth, but this novel, at more than one point touches on the idea that young Ace was at one point was given glimpses of all of these as possible futures. Doing it this way, skillfully sidesteps having to declare allegance to any one specific timeline.
"At Childhood's End" also successfully tackles explaining why Ace and the Doctor stopped travelling together in the first place - something otherwise never really explained in any of the post-TV books/audios - and allows the two of them to figuratively revisit that, and work it out.
This is all not to say that the book is all about drumming up the past. It's also a rather good, brand new adventure for the current Doctor and her companions, that could easily have been adapted for television.
I'm really hoping this isn't just a one-off for Sophie. She clearly knows her character, as well as the Doctor Who universe, and how to tell a compelling story. So hopefully this sells well enough for her to consider writing another. C'mon, Sophie! More!

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  • Jennifer Baratta
  • 11-02-2020

For Whovians

Sophie Aldred is an Outstanding author and narrator. Thank you for sharing this story and for being a great companion.

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  • Todd (Toad) Vogel
  • 30-03-2020

Sophie Alfred Aced it!

Sophie Aldred Aced it with this book! A little of the old and the new Who series. It's always a bit awkward when an old companion meets a newer Doctor. They have to get used to seeing a different face (and different gender in this case) and they wonder how many times the Doctor has changed since they were last together and how many other companions have traveled with the Doctor. This story blends it all together so well. Ace, the companion of the 7th Doctor meets up with the 13th Doctor and her companions to face what seems like an old familiar for to Ace and her Doctor. Excellent story line and great narration by Sophie Aldred! She nailed the voices perfectly!

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  • notallwhowander
  • 14-02-2020

My favorite Doctor Who novel

I've read and listened to most of the new who novels and this one has won the title of favorite with a wonderful blend of my favorite classic companion and the new crew. Sophie Aldred does a wonderful job performing, coming as no surprise to those familiar with her audio work. Ace is of course, always wonderful in her capable hands and it's great to hear her read her own story.

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  • tigs
  • 21-03-2020

Aldred nailed it.

Loved it. Good mesh of past and present Doctor Who. Her delivery was awesome. Writing was excellent. Will buy whatever topic she chooses to do next.

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  • Adam Joseph Ferry
  • 17-03-2020

a perfect book for all fans of DW

an excellent story to get you through this odd time. and a great appetizer for anyone waiting for the next Series of doctor who.

I hope they make this into an actual episode

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  • J
  • 16-03-2020

Best DW Novel Yet

This was enjoyable in every way. Great writing and narration. Sound quality was fantastic too. By far, the best Who novel I've listened to.

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  • queeniepie
  • 19-02-2020

Really Exciting Story

Really enjoyed this story, well written and performed! Makes me want to revisit the Ace years!

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  • Lcashless 1.
  • 16-02-2020

Excellent narration excellent story well worth the credit

This was an excellent book combining Ace and the 13th doctor. This is the first book I have read dealing with the 13th doctor it was well worth my time, I finished the entire book in one sitting that’s how great I thought it was.
It helped that the author Sophie Aldred also narrated the book she’s excellent. Besides her character of Ace is one of my favorite Doctor Who companions. I hope anybody who reads Doctor Who will give this book a chance it is well worth it. In fact I hope she continues to write and write a sequel to this one. Spend the Credit or purchase the book it is well worth the credit and or the money.

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  • Andrew C
  • 09-02-2020

It all really is one story.

Quite the best thirteen Doctor story. With more than a little Seventh thrown in.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-02-2020

At Childhoods End is ACE!

Absolutely loved the story, especially in Ace's voice, a perfect blend of the classic Doctor and the latest incarnation.
Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-03-2020

Very good

I really liked this book as a big fan of doctor who. The one thing that worried me before getting this book was the fact that I did not know who ace was however I do not feel that it matters as I began to feel that I knew her from the start

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  • Richard Eastell
  • 19-03-2020

Brilliant Book.

Great story, well written and read by the author. Amazing performance but slightly spoiled by technical problems in the download. The story kept repeating whole paragraphs sometimes three times in a row.

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  • Mr. T. Walters
  • 19-03-2020

An ACE effort at a 13th Doctor adventure.

A compelling DOCTOR adventure is written and narrated with conviction and verve by Sophie Aldred.

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  • claire greenaway
  • 05-03-2020

Excellent story. Well read. Links nicely back to who origins

A well crafted story which captures the dynamic between Ace and 7th dr, and adds the current incumbents to the mix perfectly. The character of ace is not compromised and remains true to the original spririt which Sophie embodies. A gripping and enjoyable read. Well done.

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  • David
  • 03-03-2020

Amazing story

Brilliant story joining classic and current Who, and the reading by Sophie herself is so emotionally beautiful

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  • D. Wall
  • 29-02-2020

Crossing The Generations

I wouldn't consider myself a "hard core" fan but I certainly recognise aspects of the back story from when I used to see Dr Who on the TV. This is my first Dr Who audiobook and it's certainly given me a taste for more.
Sophie's voice acting is brilliant, not only with clear distinction between the characters but even without description we'd recognise the Doctor and gang.
The complimentary music is just about right, not overdone as I've found with other audiobooks.

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  • Mr. M. A. Pattison
  • 25-02-2020

In a word? Ace!

Sophie Aldred isn’t just a great performer of beloved Doctor Who companion Ace, not to mention a cast of a thousand voices it seems, but she is a wonderful storyteller, which wouldn’t be anywhere near as brilliant were she not as loyal and dedicated to Doctor Who and Ace as she clearly is. Hugely grateful for this book for all generations, and is a gift to those of us who stuck it out during the Wilderness Years.

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  • Jayj
  • 24-02-2020

Ace Adventure with New Who

An amazing story. bringing old and new together in a great engaging story. Well paced