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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (443 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Michalowski Narrator: Debbie Chazen Publisher: BBC Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Doctor Who Series Release Date: April 2014 ISBN:
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Debbie Chazen reads this gripping story of sentient robots, space battles, and a sinister cult.

For Donna Noble, the Andromeda galaxy is a long, long way from home. But even 2.5 million light years from Earth, danger lurks around every corner …

A visit to an art gallery turns into a race across space to uncover the secret behind a shadowy organization. From the desert world of Karris to the interplanetary scrapyard of Junk, the Doctor and Donna discover that appearances can be deceptive, that enemies are lurking around every corner, and that the centuries-long peace between humans and machines may be about to come to an end because waiting in the wings to bring chaos to the galaxy is the Cult of Shining Darkness.

Featuring the Doctor and Donna as played by David Tennant and Catherine Tate in the hit series from BBC Television, Shining Darkness is read by Debbie Chazen, who played Foon Van Hoff in the TV episode Voyage of the Damned.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mark Michalowski’s second revived series novel is refreshingly alien—a feeling that is heightened if you are prepared to accept the conceit that the vast majority of the Doctor’s adventures take place in good old Mutters’ Spiral. This novel sees the Doctor take Donna to a planet in another galaxy; a galaxy that he claims to know very little about. Now this idea is attractive…[for] we get to see the Doctor in a very different light. He isn’t all-knowing here; far from it. In fact, he is as much a fish out of water as his companion is. The resulting story consequently feels rather Hartnell-ish in tone—quite an achievement, forty-odd years on. Michalowski’s machine culture is quite captivating too, particularly when seen from Donna’s admittedly narrow view…The whole ‘Ginger Goddess’ sequence is totally riotous—I absolutely loved the Jaftee. Imagine a race so fickle that they get new Gods every week—brilliant!..There is more to like about this book than not, and it is definitely well worth shelling out a fiver or so on.”

    E. G. Wolverson, DoctorWhoReviews.co.uk

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 2/18/2014

    " Delectable, and one of the best writers of the Doctor Who novels I have read to date. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim Dunn | 2/14/2014

    " So many Doctor Who books (and I have all the new ones)....a written review is unnecessary for them all. *** not the best one to start with....somewhat slow moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 1/26/2014

    " I wasn't too sure after the first 2 or 3 chapters, but then it got good, with lots of little twists, and 'oh, of course!' moments, and quite a few laughs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Kukwa | 1/10/2014

    " It's so rare these days -- even in Doctor Who -- to encounter a nearly humanoid-free, alien civilization. Michalowski does us proud with his story of a galaxy full of sentient, in-your-face, witty robots...and Donna Noble has never been so magnificently obnoxious and brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shanti | 12/25/2013

    " Decent enough. The plot was okay, lots parallels to be drawn with the real world, and I liked the two bickering robots. Some of the character stuff could have been better, but ultimately fine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 9/6/2013

    " Good Book really enjoyable Donna and the Doctor were fab as always loved the storyline about cults and robots "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 H3dakota | 7/22/2013

    " Fun. Could have been a bit better, but it could have been much worse. LOL I did quite like the robots vs humans storyline for the most part. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 3/28/2013

    " Most of the book has Donna and The Doctor separated and the overall plot just seemed to be lacking. If it wasn't for a couple amusing robots and and one big not-so-amusing robot, I probably would've only given this a two-star rating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 The Angels have the Phone Box & Emmaline ♥ Supermegafoxymawesomehot ♥ | 3/10/2013

    " I love doctor who so i loved this book, not as good as a doctor who episode... but i still enjoyed it uberly!!! the doctor was captured very well, and donna...if u like doctor who read it!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Blackmore | 11/11/2012

    " One of the better new Doctor novels, partly because they get Donna right and the Doctor/Donna relationship. Good plot with an actual twist of two along the way and some attempts to explore some deeper issues - while still be a mostly fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia Werner | 7/20/2012

    " This was a brilliant Doctor Who book with a differnt look at racism and humanity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 4/15/2012

    " I liked the dilemna between human and machine and how the Doctor and Donna handled the differences. Cute story and Donna is a nice strong character in it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alesia | 12/18/2011

    " Reads like a good solid episode. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A Rae Crownover | 11/17/2011

    " Didn't care that much for this book. Too much time was spent with the robots and not enough on The Doctor and Donna . Which would have been fine had the robots or their story been more interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 7/31/2011

    " A very fun Doctor Who story which, as always, addressed a current issue in a sci-fi way. But I loved it. Donna was amazing in this. The Ginger Goddess. You'll always be a Goddess of mine, girl. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ladywallingford | 6/29/2011

    " A decent read...although a bit preachy... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 The angels have the phone box! | 4/21/2011

    " I love doctor who so i loved this book, not as good as a doctor who episode... but i still enjoyed it uberly!!! the doctor was captured very well, and donna...if u like doctor who read it!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A Rae | 3/13/2011

    " Didn't care that much for this book. Too much time was spent with the robots and not enough on The Doctor and Donna . Which would have been fine had the robots or their story been more interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 1/3/2011

    " It's so rare these days -- even in Doctor Who -- to encounter a nearly humanoid-free, alien civilization. Michalowski does us proud with his story of a galaxy full of sentient, in-your-face, witty robots...and Donna Noble has never been so magnificently obnoxious and brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ladywallingford | 12/9/2010

    " A decent read...although a bit preachy... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 10/6/2010

    " I liked the dilemna between human and machine and how the Doctor and Donna handled the differences. Cute story and Donna is a nice strong character in it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Solyndra | 6/19/2010

    " A very fun Doctor Who story which, as always, addressed a current issue in a sci-fi way. But I loved it. Donna was amazing in this. The Ginger Goddess. You'll always be a Goddess of mine, girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 3/3/2010

    " A Doctor Who book that mocks religion and seriously considers whether sentience needs to be bound in organic material to count as "people." Honestly, what could be better? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 1/5/2010

    " Delectable, and one of the best writers of the Doctor Who novels I have read to date. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitleen | 12/25/2009

    " Liked it!

    Donna was good, and the Doctor was awesome. It was a little strange that the Doctor and Donna kept on switching ships, and stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 megan | 11/22/2009

    " good story, i loved it so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia | 8/3/2009

    " This was a brilliant Doctor Who book with a differnt look at racism and humanity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 2/8/2009

    " I wasn't too sure after the first 2 or 3 chapters, but then it got good, with lots of little twists, and 'oh, of course!' moments, and quite a few laughs. "

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About the Narrator

Debbie Chazen is an English actress. She is most famous for playing the roles of Annie in the BBC comedy The Smoking Room, Big Claire in Mine All Mine, and various roles in the BBC sketch show Tittybangbang.