Story: The Stone Rose (Audio book)
Author: Jacqueline Rayner
Story URL: Amazon Link
Page count: 256 pages
Rating: Young Adult
Summary: Mickey is startled to find a statue of Rose in a museum – a statue that is 2,000 years old. The Doctor realizes that this means the TARDIS will shortly take them to Ancient Rome, but when it does, he and Rose soon have more on their minds than sculpture. While the Doctor searches for a missing boy, Rose befriends a girl who claims to know the future. But then the Doctor stumbles on the hideous truth behind the statue of Rose – and Rose herself learns that you have to be very careful what you wish for…
I was delighted to discover the Doctor Who published books based on the new tv series. They’ve got all the elements I enjoy in a very well-written fanfic, but with an actual publisher, editor and inclusion in canon! Because this book is read by David Tennant, I opted to listen to it on CD rather than read it. Tennant’s impersonation of Mickey cracks me up. The story is far better than I expected. The show runners are brilliant to include these books in their canon, as it expands the show’s universe far beyond what the episodes are capable of covering in one-hour segments. This particular story featured Rose and the Doctor going back to ancient Rome to figure out the story behind a Roman statue of Rose in the British museum. The author does a great job of expanding upon the televised-characterizations and gives the Doctor and Rose a broader (not just longer) adventure than I’m used to experiencing. The emotional impact of their adventure is nicely explored both in terms of how it affects the primary characters as well as the Romans they encounter; again, this expanded view is greatly appreciated, as we rarely see much of the collateral damage after one of the Doctors’ adventures. As a result, there’s much less of a hit-and-run feel as compared to what the show delivers.