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Doctor Who audio books, starring David Tennant's Tenth Doctor
David Tennant shines as The Tenth Doctor
I had never watched Doctor Who before the BBC revived the series with Christopher Eccleston. I was terribly disappointed when I learned he was leaving the show, but that was before David Tennant stepped in and completely won me over. I was devastated when he left -- but luckily, there's more of the Tenth Doctor than just the BBC episodes! There are plenty of audiobooks featuring Ten, including several audio books narrated by David Tennant himself. Read on to discover new adventures with Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, or Donna Noble, or without his regular companions.
NOTE: There are many more selections than the ones I've highlighted here; I've only listed audio books rated 4 stars or better on average by Amazon.com users. And some of these titles are also available in print or Kindle format.
Hello, I'm The Doctor.
And if you can hear this, then one of us is going to die.— Doctor Who: Dead Air
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Audio books read by David Tennant
If you're only looking for audiobooks read by David Tennant, here's your list!
David Tennant narrates three solo adventures (The Last Voyage, Dead Air, and The Day of the Troll), one with Donna (Pest Control), and three with Rose (The Stone Rose, The Feast of the Drowned, and The Resurrection Casket).
The three solo adventures are only available as audiobooks, while some of the others are available in Kindle or print versions as well.
There's really no substitute for hearing David Tennant as The Doctor, and he does a great job voicing other characters as well.
READ BY DAVID TENNANT
Running time: 2 hours, 14 min.
The TARDIS is a stowaway on another space liner -- but when most of those on board vanish, it's up to the Doctor and flight attendant Sugar MacAuley to both steer the ship and solve the mystery.
My review of Dead Air: a Doctor Who audiobook
An audiobook probably seemed like the perfect format for a story about an intelligent sound-creature that kills, but I can't help thinking that this idea would have worked better as an episode of the show.
The premise of "Dead Air" is clever and the end is satisfying, but some of the time in between dragged a bit. While the story reminded me of "Silence in the Library" and "Forest of the Dead", the tension was often absent; without the visual cues, it was too easy to forget that the characters were wandering through a dark and largely deserted ship.
But this tale did have its moments -- some that made me laugh and some that gave me chills. The end in particular was deliciously creepy in the same vein as the end of "Blink" -- for a moment or two, I had that worrying feeling that the story was real and something I thought was benign was now a threat.
And kudos to David Tennant for his narration, even if the character of Tommo did remind me entirely too much of the way Douglas Adams voiced Zaphod Beeblebrox in the Hitchhiker audio.
I'd call this one entertaining, but not essential listening for casual fans of The Doctor.
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The Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble
Donna Noble was Ten's last regular companion. Some people didn't care for her, but Donna's outspoken, willful personality grew on me pretty quickly. Donna may not have had special skills, but she wasn't going to let anyone boss her around -- not even the Doctor.
My favorite Donna Noble episode: "Turn Left"
READ BY DAVID TENNANT
Running time: 2 hours and 26 min.
The Doctor and Donna arrive on a planet at war; humans have begun mutating into insects and have created a robot to kill the mutants. Can the Doctor intervene and bring peace?
This selection is only available as an audio book.
Video memories: Donna Noble
This BBC video provides a 90-second recap of the Doctor's adventures with the most important woman in the universe, Donna Noble.
The Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones
Martha Jones was the Doctor's companion for series three of the show. Her medical training came in handy -- she saved the Doctor's life more than once -- but something about her character didn't quite work for me; while I liked Martha, she seemed a little bland somehow, not vivid enough to really stand out next to the Doctor. (Although I could certainly relate to her crush on him!)
Martha made guest appearances in later seasons and was also in three episodes of Torchwood.
My favorite Martha Jones episode: this one's a tough call, but I'll go with "The Shakespeare Code"
READ BY FREEMA AGYEMAN (MARTHA)
Length: 2 hours, 31 min.
The Doctor and Martha investigate the mysterious disappearance of the luxury liner Starship Brilliant. In the process, they run into a band of space pirates and end up caught in a time loop. How will they escape?
Video memories: the Doctor's message to Martha
This scene is an outtake of sorts from the two-part episode Human Nature/The Family of Blood. This is the recorded message the Doctor left for Martha. But part of this speech doesn't appear in the final episode -- or rather, the picture is shown while David Tennant's improvised dialogue is muted. This video, however, reveals exactly what David Tennant was saying. I find it's a wonderful reminder of why Tennant was so perfect for this role.
The Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler
Rose Tyler was Ten's first companion and is still the best in the opinion of many fans. She left the show after series two, but luckily she returned for several later episodes (including Turn Left, one of my favorites).
My favorite Rose Tyler episode: "Father's Day" (one of my favorite Who episodes; it makes me cry every time)
READ BY DAVID TENNANT
Length: 2 hours, 24 min.
An EM pulse shuts down the Tardis, stranding the Doctor and Rose on the planet Starfall, where everything is steam-powered and modern technology doesn't function.
My review of Doctor Who: The Nightmare of Black Island
I have to admit, I started this book with low expectations; after my somewhat disappointing experience with Dead Air, I realized I couldn't expect the same level of excitement and the same sense of characterization that the show imparts. But I found myself pleasantly surprised by (narrated by season two guest star and Buffy alum Anthony Head). The Nightmare of Black Island
At the beginning, I wasn't entirely sure that the story and the characters were working, but that quickly changed. By the time I was halfway through, I was completely hooked, and the suspense continued to build until the end. I enjoyed the story and found it very satisfying; I could easily picture this one as an episode of the show. And it was great to have a new tale of Ten and Rose; like many people, I have a soft spot for Rose and really enjoyed her relationship with the Doctor. Unfortunately, they spend a fair amount of time apart in the book; I would have liked more scenes with them working together, but, well, you can't have everything!
The villains and their mission do seem to lean on concepts introduced in other notable sci-fi and fantasy sources. (In the interest of avoiding spoilers, I won't reveal which ones.) Still, I felt like there was enough originality in their story to be satisfying.
If you want another story about Rose and Ten, I suggest you give this one a try.
Video memories: Rose and Ten
This amazing video reminds me how powerful the connection was between Rose and Ten.
READ BY DAVID TENNANT
Length: 2 hours, 22 min.
Mickey discovers a statue of Rose that dates back to ancient Rome, sparking a new mystery for the Doctor to solve.
I hope you've enjoyed learning about the Doctor Who books and audiobooks featuring David Tennant's Tenth Doctor. These stories make a wonderful resource for Ten fans who felt like David Tennant's run on the show wasn't long enough -- plus it's always fun to see more of your favorite companion. Happy reading!
© 2011 C A Chancellor