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The Resurrection Casket (Doctor Who) (Doctor Who (BBC Hardcover)) Hardcover – April 13, 2006

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About the Author

Justin Richards is the Creative Consultant for the BBC's range of Doctor Who books, and has written a fair few of them himself. As well as writing for stage, screen and audio, he is also the author of The Invisible Detective and Time Runners series of novels for children, and Agent Alfie for younger readers.

As well as collaborating with thriller writer Jack Higgins, he writes standalone novels for older children including The Death Collector, The Chaos Code, and The Parliament of Blood.

Justin lives in Warwick, with his wife, two children and a nice view of the castle.

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Product Details

  • Series: Doctor Who (BBC Hardcover) (Book 136)
  • Hardcover: 246 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (April 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563486422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563486428
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #967,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I haven't been a "Whovian" for a long time - I enjoyed Dr. Who every so often back in college (starting with Doctor 4, Tom Baker), but when it went off PBS, I didn't really miss it. But I just went nuts over Doctor 10, David Tennant, and his joyous approach to playing the long-lived, two-tender-hearted, eager, often childlike Doctor. After enjoying the second season, Tennant's first, I decided to try out the first three novels. Of the three, Resurrection Casket is my favorite.

Author Justin Richards captures not only the voices and presence of the actors who created the (current) roles, but like the television episode writers do, he's created a supporting cast of likeable, interesting backdrop characters for Rose and the Doctor to play against. His Doctor is hyper, caring, and brilliant, as he should be, and his Rose is as tender as she is tough, and she's always quick on the uptake. He handles the science of the fantastic world of Dr. Who deftly, mixing the fantasy elements just well enough to allow the Doctor his world of hard science. Richards' story is well-crafted and compelling, with a few nifty twists and turns, and a very polite scary monster named Kevin.

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The Resurrection Casket is a 10th-Doctor tie-in novel, an original story by Justin Richards featuring David Tennant's Doctor with Rose Tyler. In this story, the TARDIS is drawn into a sort of mechanical dead-spot in space, where something called a zek drains the power of all electronic technology, leaving an area of floating hulks of abandoned ships, also haunted by krarks, sort of space-borne giant sharks that feed on the oxygen inside the ships and any living being they can get their fangs on. The few people who live on the planets of the area get by on steam power, even in their spacefaring vessels. The result is a Treasure-Island-inspired tale featuring pirates, evil robots, lost treasure, madman and a monster named Kevin that apologizes politely to his victims before dispatching them.

The plot has far-fetched moments (steam powered spaceships??) but the author is enthusiastic enough in embracing the setting and assumptions and energetic enough in plotting and pacing that I was carried along through the story and quite enjoyed it.

I haven't seen any of the 10th Doctor episodes so I can't speak to the characterization of the Doctor as compared to the TV presentation of Tennant, but the character certainly had the feel of a generic Doctor--full of wonder and enthusiasm, naturally brilliant, and quick to call out the bad guys on their evil ways. It's not high literature by any means, but as a way to fill a Doctor Who craving when new episodes of the show aren't available, it will certainly fill the bill.

I also listened to the audio version of the book downloaded from [...]. I listened to it before reading the book and found it a frustrating experience.
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Ever since the relaunch in 2005, I've been a major fan of Doctor Who (and have later gone back to watch the classic series as well). And when I found out there were a ton of novels based on the show as well, I knew I had to check them out. All of them have different writers, and all of them vary in degrees of quality. But all of them still capture the spirit of the show; playing out like actual episodes, while being able to utilize things that would be extremely difficult to create on the show (in terms of special effects), and also being able to get away with light swearing and darker material that would no doubt be censored on TV. This is one of those entries, and it's a pretty good one.

Taking place during the time of the Tenth Doctor and his companion, Rose, the TARDIS lands on Starfall - a planet located in a part of the galaxy where technology doesn't work, and spaceships and other things normally powered by electricity have to therefore be powered by steam, gas, etc. When the TARDIS comes across this section of space, her systems fail, and Rose and the Doctor are forced to land on the planet. While trying to figure out how to get the ship working again, they systematically strike up some conversation with the locals, and wind up getting caught up in the legend of Hamlek Glint - a space pirate who was once the scourge of the spaceways. And pretty soon, the hunt is on to find Glint's lost treasure, which includes the fabled Resurrection Casket; a coffin that can supposedly bring the dead back to life. Along with a monster hunting down unsuspecting victims, and not everyone being who they appear to be, will the Doctor and Rose find the treasure, get the TARDIS working, and manage to survive?
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The Resurrection Casket is my first foray into the world of Doctor Who fiction, and I have to say I'm pretty pleased with this introduction. This novel features the tenth Doctor, as played by David Tennant, and his companion Rose, as played by Billie Piper. It's not too much of a stretch to envision this novel as an episode set sometime during series 2 of the current television show. While not quite the caliber of the series 2 episodes, the characterization of Rose and the Doctor is strong enough to make Casket a nice and believable addition to the chronicles of their adventures. When the TARDIS encounters a powerful EMP (electromagnetic pulse), all systems shut down and Rose and the Doctor are unceremoniously stranded on the world of Starfall, where the most advanced technology is steam-powered. Many of Starfall's inhabitants, like young Jimm who befriends the Doctor and Rose, dream of escaping their hardscrabble existence and striking it rich - perhaps even finding the fabled lost treasure of the dread pirate Hamlek Glint. The whole pirate angle of the story - especially the way the "Black Shadow" is used to mark someone for death - owes a great deal to Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. Those elements of Treasure Island translate well into the fantastic, science fiction realm of the Doctor Who universe. Richards' story accomplishes what so many of the Doctor's adventures do so well - adding a though-provoking, or terrifying, or fantastical new element to the familiar and known, changing all the "rules." The biggest strength of The Resurrection Casket is Richards' characterization of the Doctor - as far as I'm concerned he nails David Tennant's mannerisms, perfectly capturing the wonder, joy, intensity, and manic energy Tennant brings to the Doctor on-screen. If you're like me and can't get enough of the Doctor's adventures, Casket's an enjoyable read, suitable for whiling away a couple of hours lost in the Doctor & Rose's company.
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