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Doctor Who: The Beast of Babylon: Ninth Doctor (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts Book 9) [Kindle Edition]

Charlie Higson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Eleven Doctors, eleven months, eleven stories: a year-long celebration of Doctor Who! The most exciting names in children's fiction each create their own unique adventure about the time-travelling Time Lord.

When a girl called Ali pockets a silver orb that falls from the sky, little does she realize it's her ticket to seeing the universe! Desperate to retrieve the mysterious object, the Ninth Doctor agrees to let her join him on a dangerous trip to ancient Babylon. Together they must join forces to stop a giant Starman from destroying Earth before it's too late!

Author Charlie Higson puts his own unique spin on the Doctor's amazing adventures through time and space.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1931 KB
  • Print Length: 54 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (23 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C150EVM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,578 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars For children 2 Mar. 2014
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Okay story but not for adults, a bit disappointed but maybe I expected too much, youngsters would probably enjoy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!! (Well - nearly) 4 Dec. 2013
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I like the way that this story plays with our preconceptions and prejudices about the Doctor's companion and also the clever way that it shows how strange time-travel would be (Slipping another adventure in between getting turned down by Rose and going back to offer her another chance) The beast itself was a bit disappointing and dispatched too easily, but the portrayal of Eccleston's Doctor is spot-on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Never Trust a God 24 Nov. 2013
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Charlie Higson's tale of the Ninth Doctor takes part in the short time between Rose Tyler's refusal to go for a trip in the TARDIS and the Doctor returning with the immortal line "Did I mention it also travels in time". Higson has managed to capture the Ninth Doctor's character completely in this short story and answer a question or two while he's at it, fantastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story - suprising twists 10 Nov. 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed Charlie Higson's 9th Doctor. The story invoked a strong sense of Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor - one of my favourites. The story reads like an entertaining episode of Doctor Who - including a couple of surprising twists and a satisfying explanation of an unanswered question from the television series. Enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars What makes an ideal companion? 12 Oct. 2013
By Alaran
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Charlie Higson must be an obvious choice for one of these novellas orientated for younger readers. He manages the medium successfully, making the storyline seem longer than its length allows. Events are set on both an alien world and in ancient Bablyon, providing a nice contrast between environments. It helps make the story feel more varied and gives it more depth. The atmosphere of Babylon is easily created despite the small world count.

The strongest element of this book is undoubtedly that of the character of Ali. To all intents and purposes she comes across as a companion in the making for most of the story. It is almost as if the author is giving us a lesson in how the Doctor chooses his fellow travellers. The revelations that unfold about her during the course of the story are cunningly revealed at a steady and appropriate rate and explore the Doctor's attitudes towards how he chooses his companions. Ali is a very well constructed and fully dimensional character. She is also vaguely reminiscent of Zoe and Romana in the way that she considers herself to be the Doctor's intellectual equal.

The essence of the Ninth Doctor is captured quite well. The basic template of Eccleston's performance is there. Higson gives him a little depth in voicing his personal concerns about Rose and how he selects companions. As the story takes place within the last couple of minutes of the television episode 'Rose' this is an interesting insight that wasn't provided on screen. The Doctor's attitudes towards Ali, although for the most part enlightening, feel a little off in the closing stages of the story. It is a little difficult to accept that he is so accepting of some of her actions, seeming a little out of character for the Doctor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good read 5 Oct. 2013
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another great short story featuring the doctor,well written very fast paced and squeezed into the last 20 seconds or so at the end of 'Rose'.
go and read these books
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