When Sarah Jane Smith disturbs a burglar in the night,
she is surprised to find a middle-aged woman, pockets stuffed
with jewellery, demanding gold. The next day, she reads a
newspaper story about a granny who broke into a jewellers
shop. Then Maria reports that a woman has been stealing rings
and necklaces from the girls changing room at school.
All the women had recently attended the Auriga Clinic, a private
health centre specialising in treating muscular aches and
pains. Is there a link between the clinic and the odd behaviour
of its patients? Sarah Jane decides to find out, but she soon
discovers that the clinics secret agenda is grander
and more sinister than she could ever have imagined...
single-CD release is the first in a new series of audio books
based on the CBBC Doctor Who spin-off. Its also
the very first time that BBC Audiobooks has commissioned new
content for exclusive release on audio, as opposed to adapting
a previously published print novel. It is read by Sarah Jane
herself, Elisabeth Sladen, and penned by prolific Who
author Stephen Cole.
first memories of Doctor Who are of poor Sarah stuck
in a ventilator shaft back in 1975, explains Cole on
the press release, so I jumped at the chance to write
a story for Lis Sladen. She is a fantastic actor with a wonderful
voice, and Sarah Jane is a marvellous character. With The
Glittering Storm, I aimed to provide a story with creepy
scares - as well as humour and thrills - in the vein of the
new TV series.
certainly succeeds in capturing that important element of
humour, which is particularly prevalent whenever Clyde is
on the scheme. The author makes no assumptions about the listeners
knowledge of the series. He has Sarah, the first-person narrator,
introduce us to all the shows aspects and characters
as the story unfolds. Sladen gives a spirited reading of this
plot recycles a couple of elements from recent Who-related
novels and audio books. Cole was similarly fascinated by gold
in his Tenth Doctor book The
Art of Destruction, whereas a seemingly miraculous
clinic that proved too good to be true was also the basis
of Andy Lanes Torchwood novel Slow
aside, this audio book is a glittering success.