• Doctor Who

  • The Forever Trap
  • By: Dan Abnett
  • Narrated by: Catherine Tate
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 30-09-2008
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (2 ratings)

Publisher's Summary

Catherine Tate reads this exclusive, thrilling story, in which the Doctor and Donna are imprisoned on the Edifice and become neighbours to a terrifying assortment of aliens. When the TARDIS is invaded by a holographic marketing scam, the Doctor and Donna find themselves trapped on the Edifice, a purpose-built complex of luxury apartments in space. Their new environs leave much to be desired: millions of beings from across the Universe have been gathered to live side by side in similar apartments.
Instead of creating neighbourly affection, it's led to terrible battles being waged in the corridors and on the stairwells. The Doctor and Donna must cross the paths of deadly alien mobs as they search for the Edifice's ultimate authority. Who, or what, lies at the heart of the incredible complex? What destructive scourge is eating away at the Edifice itself? And are the Doctor and Donna trapped forever in this living hell?
The Forever Trap features the Doctor and Donna as played by David Tennant and Catherine Tate in the hit BBC Television series Doctor Who. It was written specially for audio by Dan Abnett.
©2008 Dan Abnett (P)2008 BBC Audiovbooks Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By rtdb on 21-02-2012

Brilliant performance

Listening to this, I keep thinking that Catherine Tate must be one wicked party guest. First, she's an excellent reader in general, clear and well-paced. Second, she is an incredible voice mimic. She can't always produce David-Tennant-as-the-10th-Doctor's tone of voice (sometimes the way she lowers her pitch to delineate him sounds slightly odd), but she precisely duplicates every nuance of his delivery. In fact, she mimics Tennant better than he mimics her...as the Doctor-Donna would triumphantly remark, "HA!"

And of course she knows how to speak as Donna Noble, so no problems there. There are various minor characters; each one is distinct and interesting.

The story itself is solid. The dialogue is snappy, and the vibe is pure Doctor Who. When the performance is this top-notch I don't mind some narrative lapses, but this tale is coherent and presents a nice variety of scenes that build on each other and hold my interest in their own right. This is Doctor Who, folks - if you want Dostoevsky or Stephen Hawking or some perfect and glorious combination of the two, go to another section. (Or better still - write your own, and dazzle us mere mortals.) Many of the story threads are derivative of other DW scenarios, but when it's mixed-and-matched to this degree and done this well, it's part of the fun. (Anyway - try coming up with something completely original in Doctor Who after nearly 50 years.) Plus, I loved the overall concept.

I'll be able to listen to this multiple times without getting tired of it. Very glad to have it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Matthew on 04-12-2008

Best of the recent Doctor Who Books

Of all the recent Dr. Who books, based on the new series, this one is the most enjoyable. The narrator (Donna from the 4th season) does a fantastic job with all the characters. The story itself is classic Who and very enjoyable. I highly recommend the book if you are a fan of the TV series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Caz on 23-02-2010

Great story excellently performed

This is a story they should have filmed for the TV show. Unlike many of the books and audio adventures, the Doctor and Donna remain together throughout the story which enables the writer to make the most of the way they play off one another which really was one of the highlights of the relationship between the two of them.

Catherine Tate's performance is excellent. As you'd expect, she can do a pretty good David Tennant impression and all her other character voices are terrific.

If I have a complaint, it's that "The Forever Trap" should have been longer!

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Vili0918 on 07-07-2014

Story isn't the best but Chaterine is brilliant

Where does Doctor Who rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Somewhere in the middle because of the story line of the book, is nice and funny, but could have been better. Although, it could have been in my top 5 if I had to base it on the performance of the brilliant Catherine Tate. She is funny and is great to have the book from Donna's point of view.

Would you recommend Doctor Who to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend the book to my friends, once again the main reason is Catherine Tate, I cannot stress on how brilliant she is. The story is light and funny at places, and very serious at some, and despite not being the greatest one is still a good way to pass your time.

Have you listened to any of Catherine Tate’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, I had and this once was as brilliant as the others. The only difference there is in the story line. She takes on a different voices of the different characters very well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and in fact I think I did. Not very sure because I have listened to it a couple of times and don't really remember if I had managed to finish it in one go the first time.

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