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Doctor Who Sting of the Zygons [Paperback]

Stephen Cole
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: BBC; paperback / softback edition (2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1846075904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846075902
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,631,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the deadly sting 10 Mar 2009
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
An original doctor who novel, featuring the tenth doctor and his companion martha jones. Like all in this range it's an all new story not seen on tv, it's complete in 248 pages, and it can be read by readers of all ages.

this one was published in 2007 and was one of the first batch to feature martha. at the time of the writing the writers wouldn't have seen too much of the character on the screen, but looking at it now that we have the characterisation is fine and recognisable. and the same goes for the tenth doctor.

the story has the doctor and martha land in the lake district in 1909, where the locals are on the hunt for a monster. the monster turns out to be a creature that belongs to a group of zygons. an enemy of the doctor who only appeared once on screen in 1975 they are nonetheless fondly remembered because they were a very successful creation.

what are the zygons up to? and can the doctor stop them?

as a book this does rise above the average by virtue of having a well realised setting and some decent supporting characters. it also doesn't shy away from the realities of the prejudice and attitudes that coloured people like martha faced at the time. added to which the zygon agenda is not immediately apparent, and this is intriguing enough to keep you turning pages. since they're also able to shape shift that does lead to some good surprises with people turning out to be not whom they seem.

nothing special but not a bad read and a little above average for this range
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sting of the zygons is brilliant stuff.... 4 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
Steve Cole is a great story writer. The only thing ive ever read that i dont like thats been penned by him is the Land Of The Dead. Its one weak story next to a collection of brilliant stuff. And Sting of the Zygons is his most exciting and cool and creepy book yet. A real entertaining read that is cool and funny yet dark and creepy inplaces. The zygons i think are very well written in this story. And the skarasens are horrible! Well good story, a whole league better than winner takes all and the stone rose.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Zygons... 16 April 2007
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
This seventh in BBC Books series of 10th Doctor novels finds the Doctor and Martha in 1909, battling the shape-shifting alien Zygons and their cybernetic slave creatures the Skarasen. Long-term Doctor Who fans will delight in the return of the Tom Baker-era Zygons, though despite one twist concerning the use of their shape-shifting powers it's fair to say that author Stephen Cole really doesn't bring that many new ideas to the fore, with this being a fairly predictable retread of 'Terror of the Zygons'. This novel is stuffed with plenty of action scenes that will excite younger readers (who, let's face it, are the target audience for these new BBC novels) but beyond that there are precious little interesting concepts or themes to engage any older readers. A fast-paced fun alien action adventure - 'Sting of the Zygons' is a professional but slightly hollow read. By no means a failiure, but neither is this one of the better of the new series novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sting in the tale 21 May 2009
Format:Hardcover
Stephen Cole's latest original Doctor Who story, featuring the Tenth Doctor and medical student Martha Jones, sees the return of arguably the TV series' best realised and most grotesque villains; the pear-shaped shape-shifting Zygons. This time the aliens are operating in the Lake District in the early Twentieth Century, and the King himself is offering a reward to whoever can catch the gigantic beast that is terrorising the area. Whilst the story is basically a retread of the 1975 TV story, Stephen Cole brings wit, style and imagination to his rendering, and although pretty predictable for adults, this is perfect for its target audience - children from 8-15.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stink of the Zygons 2 April 2008
Format:Hardcover
I really cannot abide Stephen Cole. On the plus side - at least I finished this novel - mostly due to sheer grit and fortitude. I love the Zygons. They're disgusting to look at and scared me out of my socks as a kid but this novel is not a fitting tribute. Basically a re-working of the original TV serial with more action and an intensely annoying habit of referring to the Doctors' sonic screwdriver as "the sonic". Kids usually hate being treated as kids and this novel practically treats you like a foetus. Read a "Who" a novel by Justin Richards - buy this to complete the set.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Loch Ness Monster in the Lake District? 13 Mar 2014
By Alaran
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This book might be exactly what you would expect or hope from a Zygon story. This has both positive and negative aspects. Instead of Loch Ness the Zygons and their ship are hiding out in the Lake District. They are still infiltrating the surrounding area by posing as important personages and working towards a plan to remove and replace some world leaders. There is also a Skaresen on the rampage once more and Brelarn is, to all intents and purposes, practically Broton. Overall the story is really not that dissimilar from ‘Terror of the Zygons’. This doesn’t overly matter, however. In this case familiarity probably works to the novel’s advantage. The Zygons certainly haven’t been overused across various Doctor Who media and they are faithfully reproduced here. Broton was also a good adversary for the Doctor so it doesn’t matter too much that Brelarn is so similar to him. In some ways the story may be a bit of a re-hash but it is well written and a lot of fun.

Despite the connections to the past the story feels very much like it belongs to the televised series that featured the Tenth Doctor and Martha. It seems to be reasonably early on in their travels together but their relationship is clearly established and grasped well by the author. The Tenth Doctor is well characterised and the portrayal of Martha very good. Influenced by the series there is more talk about her coming from the colonies or ‘Freedonia’ as she attempts to gain acceptance in Edwardian England for being a black, female medic. She gains this acceptance easily from the more likeable characters and it is only the more obnoxious ones that she has a problem with. She spends a fair proportion of the novel teamed up with the young, adventurous boy, Ian, and the eccentric, somewhat Wodehouse like character, Victor.
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