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 When the sky rips

 open somewhere over

 Dover, two objects

 hurtle out of the

 Vortex and crash-

 land in the sea. One

 is the TARDIS, out of

 control - but the

 other, a mysterious

 crystalline sphere,

 is far more sinister...
 The Doctor and Donna

 are taken to a secret

 command centre in the

 Dover cliffs. It's May

 1940, and Admiral

 Ramsey is about to

 finalise one of the

 most daring plans

 of the Second World

 War: Operation

 But something else

 has got inside the

 War Tunnels, a

 parasitic Nemonite

 from the crashed 

 sphere. Its aim is to

 possess all humans

 and spawn millions

 of young. The Doctor

 and Donna must fight

 for their lives in

 order to save both

 Operation Dynamo

 and the world at



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David Roden’s second full-length endowment to the world of Doctor Who is far less divisive than his first. The Nemonite Invasion may the lack the flood of ex-Doctors and former companions that his 1993 Children in Need special, Dimensions in Time, had in spates, but it does have the virtue of being totally and utterly traditional. In fact, this ‘audio exclusive’ is one of the most traditional offerings that the BBC have marketed in quite a long time now and, if approached on that basis, I don’t think that many will be disappointed with it.


As somebody who doesnt especially care for audio books – given the choice, I would have plumped for a printed version of this book – it takes a lot to impress me in terms of prod-uction quality and, above all, narration. Fortunately, as was the case with last October’s Forever Trap, the incidental music and occasional sound effects here are very evocative and better still, Catherine Tate is on hand to narrate the piece and to breathe life into Donna Noble in the way that only she can.


What I enjoy so much about Tate’s narration is that she tries to make every single character in the book stand out – she is not reading you a bedtime story; she is giving a performance. Her tenth Doctor is, as previously, thoroughly

extraordinary; and the likes of Vice-Admiral

Ramsey and the Nemonite-possessed Welsh-

man, Clayton, are certainly all her own.


“You’ve brought a Nazi into my base! Is he one of your X-Files?”


Roden’s story is a customary base under siege affair, and whilst the plot is by no means stupendous, it nevertheless entertains throughout, particularly as Roden has written the Doctor and Donna so very astutely. For instance, even in spite of it being very bleak in

tone, The Nemonite Invasion is littered with some delightful flourishes of humour; Donna’s contention that she and the Doctor work for “The X-Files” and are investigating unexplained phenomena had me in stitches, and that one is just the tip of the iceberg - you should hear Donna squirm as the Doctor gently teases her about how the Navy are going to torture them!


“903, you say? The arthritis must be hell.”


Roden’s supporting characters are less notable, though to be fair I did like both Ramsey

and Fosbrook, the latter of whom served as something of an unexpected half-love interest

for Donna. Jarman annoyed me though as he was just so damned predictable; Roden could have cut the character completely and spared us forty-odd minutes worth of “I don’t trust this Doctor, Admiral. Let’s lock him up!” padding.


In all though, The Nemonite Invasion is a very polished production that I’d say is almost on

a par with the few Companion Chronicles that I‘ve heard from Big Finish productions (which are, of course, very highly regarded). And although it certainly has its flaws (particularly in the terribly prolonged second half), this story really stands out as being one of the most dark and claustrophobic of the tenth Doctor’s time.


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