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Doctor Who: The Feast of the Drowned

(Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #8)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  3,046 ratings  ·  264 reviews
When a naval cruiser sinks in mysterious circumstances in the North Sea, all aboard are lost. Rose is saddened to learn that the brother of her friend, Keisha, was among the dead. And yet he appears to them as a ghostly apparition, begging to be saved from the coming feast... the feast of the drowned. As the dead crew haunts loved ones all over London, the Doctor and Rose ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 13th 2006 by BBC Books (first published 2006)
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Sami To be honest, maybe start with Nine. That's where I started. The Ninth Doctor is more of an introduction with his small set of stories. You don't have…moreTo be honest, maybe start with Nine. That's where I started. The Ninth Doctor is more of an introduction with his small set of stories. You don't have to start with him, but I did like his books. If you need the list of Nine's books, please don't be afraid to ask. But most if not all are in between episodes of the show itself. Hope this helps! :) (less)

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A naval ship is lost at sea with a loss of all aboard. But, the dead do not rest easily. Deceased crew members are being seen all over London.....all talking about the upcoming feast of the dead. Rose Tyler's friend, Keisha, lost her brother in the wreck. His spirit appears to his sister and to Rose, asking to be saved, for help so he can escape the upcoming feast. The Doctor and Rose must investigate the wreck -- who caused the ship to sink? What is this feast? And why are the dead appearing in ...more
Mar 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-read, sci-fi, who
I downloaded this audiobook from to listen to on a road trip I never got to take, thanks to one of the aftershocks of Snowpocalypse '10. I was absolutely crushed over the cancelled trip -- mostly, I confess, because I had so many awesome audiobooks lined up -- so I started listening to this over my trip-less days off in an effort to cheer myself up.

It rather helped.

I love David Tennant, and his portrayal of the Doctor, rather unequivocally, and so getting to listen to the Doctor act
☙ nemo ❧
(3.5 stars)

would have been 3 stars, but an extra half was because i was loving these vaguely-lovecraftian monsters that reminded me a lot of the Waters of Mars aliens, which was one of my favourite DW episodes of all time
May 31, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction, 2020
bbc better hire me to write a doctor who book because i could do better than this shit
Jim C
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Actual rating is 3.5 stars.

This is a book based on the television series. It is set during the time of the Tenth Doctor and Rose as his companion. In this one, The Doctor and Rose return to London. A ship at sea has sunk and on this ship was someone that Rose knew. Rose ends up seeing this person in a "ghost" form and this sets off a series of events.

I thought this was a really enjoyable media tie-in novel. The first question to ask with a media tie-in novel is the characters portrayed correctly
Edward Lorn
Doctor Who: The Feast of the Drowned Review I miss David Tennant as the Doctor. Matt Smith was okay, and Peter Capaldi does a serviceable job, but Tennant's still the best to have tackled the role since the series was rebooted. I'm kinda hoping Doctor Who goes away for a while so that they can start fresh again with another reboot, let's say, ten years from now. The writing of the most recent season is crap, and I think Capaldi is fighting an uphill battle. Either hire new writers or take a brea ...more
Kimberley doruyter
Oct 11, 2013 rated it liked it
don't think i'll ever swim in outdoor waters again.
Shawn Deal
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: time-travel
This was a wonderful Dr. Who story. The book was well written especially the language of Dr 10 as it truly sounds like him. The alien in this book is great as well. I hate to say anything about them since describing would take away apart of the mystery of the novel. Enjoy this one Dr. Who fans.
Fangs for the Fantasy
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
The naval ship the HMS Ascendant has mysteriously sunk in the North Sea. The Doctor isn't inclined to investigate until Rose and her friend get a ghostly visitation from one the seamen who was aboard ship. Though it makes absolutely no sense, Keisha is determined to head to the Thames and throw herself in because she believes that somehow against all odds that she will find her brother and rescue him before the feast. It would be bad enough if the Doctor, Rose and Mickey only had to deal with on ...more
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]I've enjoyed two other New Series novels by Stephen Cole (here and here), so I'm glad to report now that I like Feast of the Drowned even more, which makes it the best Ninth or Tenth Doctor book I've read. It's not that it has the literary depth that the best of the New / Missing / Past Doctor ranges have, but it's very faithful to the spirit of Season Two (ie 2006, not 1964-5), and in particular it would fit awfully well into con ...more
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audio, doctor-who, tv
I'm very tempted to just out and out give this five stars. It's David Tennant. As the Doctor. AND in full brogue. In other words, a little slice of heaven. He does voices quite well (though perhaps not so much Rose and Mickey, but … who cares?), does the creepy bits very creepily, and is all in all a joy to listen to. Unsurprisingly.

And it was a fun story, too, about something (*cough*aliens*cough*) snatching up the drowning and doing unspeakable things to them (and the "Feast" of the title isn
John Parungao
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-dr-who
It's at times like these that I really miss David Tenant and Billie Piper. Stephen Cole manages to capture the feel of one of the televised episodes of Doctor Who, even giving us excellent versions of Mickey and Jackie. What Stephen Cole also gives us is an adventure and a mystery worth solving along with a supporting cast of characters to help the Doctor and Rose figure out the threat they are facing and help dealing with that threat. Jay and Keisha, friends with Rose and Mickey help get the re ...more
I always like these books. Another fun paranormal, Sci-Fi mixed with the mystery of the sea. I don't watch this series but I certainly enjoy reading these shorts. Good for YA but not strictly just for YA.
Nov 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-audio, quest
Enjoyable couple hours of fluffy Doctor Who goodness.
Halley Hopson
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars!!

This was completely worth it JUST for the absolutely adorable TenxRose moments 🥰

The monsters in this also have a vague recollection of the monsters from Waters of Mars which is one of my favorite episodes so I enjoyed that element.

Seeing as I’m reading these after having been caught up on the current tv series this adventure reminds me a lot of the Twelve/Clara episodes “Under the Lake” & “Before the Flood”.
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

A Naval ship goes missing in the middle of the ocean, all onboard dead. Until they mysteriously turn up at home.

The author kind of got 10's, Rose's and Mickey's characters. This is my first Doctor Who book, so it was a little weird.
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-the-library
Sadly, the only reason this book has three stars is because it’s Doctor Who. The story seems to fit the usual brand of sci-fi mystery adventure. The premise is interesting and the prose is fitting, but it was not among my favorite Doctor Who stories.

The biggest problem I had with this book was the pacing. The story had my attention for a good amount of time, but nearly halfway through the book I found myself waiting for the resolution. Yet the book continued on...and on.

In short, this book show
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Tennant is my favourite Doctor, so I was looking forward to this one. His personality came through in places, but it was still quite generic in others. I found the plot and the conclusion just a bit too hard to swallow. This title will not make it to my top ten.
“Gideon” Dave Newell
This novel follows closely to the television formula: The Doctor and companion are drawn into a mystery set in modern day London, discover an alien invasion plot, and they (well, HE, really) foil it after a few twists and turns. I don’t consider that bit a spoiler, as any licensed material must necessarily deliver all the characters and settings back unaltered by the conclusion- series authors don’t own, they rent. I’ll agree with other reviewers in pointing out the similarities in the story’s v ...more
Harry Williams
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Even though the Tenth Doctor isn’t really one of my favourite doctors, I decided to give this one a try. I’ve been meaning to read this one for a very long time and now that I have I found it to be rather ... average.

The characterisation for the main characters is pretty well done. The 10th Doctor is his usual bubbly know if all self. Rose feels like Rose. Mickey is in this book which is always a good thing and his characterisation is spot on.

The overall plot did interest me as I was intrigued
Rating: 3 stars

(Whoops having a bit of a Doctor Who binge today) I didn't like The Feast of the Drowned as much as The Stone Rose, the previous book, because this one felt a little too much like the season 4 episode The Waters of Mars, and was otherwise not as Doctor Who-y as the other one. This book was still pretty awesome though. Since Doctor Who was taken off Netflix in my country, I have been craving new stories, and feel particularly like the Tenth Doctor today, hence my selection of book
Callie *Fights Censorship*
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: doctor-who

This is one of my least favorite Doctor Who books beaten out for the title of worst by “The Deviant Strain”. It was really hard to get through this one mostly because I felt disconnected from the story and the new characters that were introduced.

Right off the bat we meet Rose’s friend Keisha, a character that to be honest I wouldn’t have cared if she lived or died. Aside from the alien chaos that is occurring throughout the book the author takes time to tell us about some high sch
Nate Rawdon
Jan 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Having previously read various other Doctor Who 'New Series Adventures', I had concluded long before starting this that it would be my final read in the ongoing series. The novel started fast paced, and introduced the (as always) likeable characters from the very start. Despite being compelling in the earlier chapters, the story began to feel dragged out as it progressed, and consequently the novel inevitably ended up taking longer to complete than originally expected. Regardless of this, the st ...more
I read this book in print and really enjoyed it, but I especially want to get the audio version of it because David Tennant reads it! The story was a good one. I'm surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did, since it took place almost entirely in London and usually those aren't as enjoyable. I thought for the most part the characters of the Doctor, Rose, and Mickey were very well done, just a couple of times I thought would he/she have really said that? The monsters/aliens were scary and new, ...more
4 stars

While I love Doctor Who, this is my first Doctor Who experience that wasn't on TV. I have to say it was a bit weird hearing the story instead of watching it, but once I got used to it I liked it. The story was interesting and typical of Doctor Who and I'm happy I read it. I'd recommend it for Doctor Who fans. :D

* note - I listened to the audio version of this book. David Tenant was the narrator and he did a great job. Since he was Doctor #10 in the TV show, his voice doing the narration w
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2014, audible-books
This was a good story but couldn’t help thinking of The Water of Mars. My favorite line in perfect Ten voice," Now that Mickey the untrained civilian has a hand grenade, oh yes, everything is going to be fine.” I could just picture The Doctor saying it and the look on Mickey’s face as he did!

I love that David Tennant reads the narrative in his Scottish accent and the Doctor bits as the voice Whovians know so well and his voicing of Mickey is fantastic!

Of course it makes me want to go back and wa
Scarlett Sims
The Doctor Who audiobooks are fun, but I feel like a little bit of something is lost when you can't see what's going on. I also feel like since the plots can be so convoluted wibbly-wobbly, it can get a bit hard to follow if you miss a bit because a loud bus drives by or something. That said, David Tennant's narration was amazing. He narrated in his Scottish accent, and did wonderful voices for all of the characters. His Mickey was probably my favorite.

This was an enjoyable way to pass my walks
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Obviously, I listened to this book because it was narrated by David Tennant, and, yes, it was completely worth it. I have not read any other Doctor Who books, but I do enjoy the show, especially the witty 10th Doctor with amazing hair ;-)

This story was typical of a Doctor Who episode: creepy alien invasion, somewhat campy dialog, inevitable victory. Tennant's narration was a pleasure to listen to, as he read in his native Scottish accent unless he was reading the Doctor's dialog and he suddenly
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mostly this gets four stars because Tennant is a fabulous narrator. I was amazed at how he managed to capture Rose and Mickey's voices. The Q&A at the end stated that Tennant used fifteen distinct voices throughout the book.

The story was good, maybe a bit more convoluted than usual. The author did say that when writing the books, he tries to use scenarios that wouldn't be possible as part of the show because of the complexity of the special effects.
Aug 22, 2014 rated it liked it
I just finished listening to the audio book read by David Tennant. He did a great job of course, but I can't say I was all that enamored with the story. Kinda boring really. People are disappearing and then we find out they're being taken over by the alien of the week... Ho hum... But, it kept me calm for a couple hours of driving, so there is that...
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See also: Steve Cole.

Stephen Cole (born 1971) is an English author of children's books and science fiction. He was also in charge of BBC Worldwide's merchandising of the BBC Television series Doctor Who between 1997 and 1999: this was a role which found him deciding on which stories should be released on video, commissioning and editing a range of fiction and non-fiction titles, producing audioboo

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