Justin Richards – Doctor Who: Apollo 23

‘For a few moments this afternoon, it rained on the moon…’ An astronaut in full spacesuit appears out of thin air in a busy shopping centre. Maybe it’s a publicity stunt. A photo shows a well-dressed woman in a red coat lying dead at the edge of a crater on the dark side of the moon – beside her beloved dog ‘Poochie’. Maybe it’s a hoax.

But as the Doctor and Amy find out, these are just minor events in a sinister plan to take over every human being on Earth. The plot centres on a secret military base on the moon – that’s where Amy and the TARDIS are. The Doctor is back on Earth, and without the TARDIS there’s no way he can get to the moon to save Amy and defeat the aliens. Or is there? The Doctor discovers one last great secret that could save humanity: Apollo 23.

This is a thrilling, all new adventure featuring the Doctor and Amy, as played by Matt Smith and Karen Gillan in the spectacular hit series from BBC Television.

Author: Justin Richards
Narrator: James Albrecht
Duration: 5 hours 28 minutes
Released: 10 Jan 2007
Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd
Language: English

User Review:

agronomist bruised

When I first looked at this book, and read the other reviews that had been posted, I could see that the overall impression wasn’t all that favorable. So did I take what they had said and skip over this one? Not at all. The story itself was actually pretty good, even if the beginning is a bit shaky at first, and there were several moments that I was strongly reminded of the episode “Waters of Mars.” The author did a splendid job keeping the characterization of Amy and the Doctor true to form, and there were some instances that actually did make me laugh out loud (which led to several strange looks from the other students in my art class.) The ending, which I won’t spoil here, felt a bit rushed to me, and there were some gaps in storytelling that could have been tidied up a bit better, but overall, a good Who read.

James Albrecht did a great job narrating this book, with good timing and a solid range of emotion apparent in his voice. Best of all, he was one of the few readers of the Eleventh Doctor’s stories (that I’ve listened to, that is) that actually got Amy’s Scottish accent right! There are several accents that were prevalent throughout this story, and Albrecht did a great Scottish accent, and wasn’t too far off on the majority of the American accented characters either. The only thing that really got to me though, was that while he had a very fine British accent, he didn’t really pick up too many of the inflections and cadences that make Matt Smith’s portrayal of the Doctor so amazing and fun. Despite that, I did find myself rather enjoying the story and performance. As a whole, I’d say that Apollo 23 was a enjoyable read/listen, especially if you’re into secret bases, alien invasions, or just a bunch of Doctor Who related silliness. If I could, I’d give it 3.5 stars, however, the rating system only goes in whole numbers, it seems, so 3 stars it is.