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Doctor Who: Borrowed Time Hardcover – 23 Jun 2011

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (23 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184990233X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849902335
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Doctor and his friends go undercover to stop the mysterious Mr Symington and Mr Blenkinsop.

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'You want more time Mr Brown, of course you do. We all want more time. Let me make you an offer...'

Andrew Brown never has enough time. No time to call his sister, or to prepare for that important presentation at the bank where he works. The train's late, the lift jams. If only he'd had just a little more time. And time is the business of Mr Symington and Mr Blenkinsop. They'll lend him some - at a very reasonable rate of interest.

Detecting a problem, the Doctor, Amy and Rory go undercover at the bank. But they have to move fast to stop Symington and Blenkinsop before they cash in their investments.

A thrilling all-new adventure featuring the Doctor, Amy and Rory, as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the spectacular hit series from BBC Television.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 July 2011
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An original Doctor Who novel, telling an all new Doctor Who story that hasn't appeared in any other medium.

It runs for two hundred and fifty five pages, and is divided into twenty chapters plus a prologue and an epilogue.

It features the Eleventh Doctor plus Amy and Rory.

The three main characters are perfectly written with dialogue that you can well imagine their tv versions saying.

And the book is suitable for readers of all ages.

The prologue is rather vague. But deliberately so. But after that the prose becomes exceptionally readable. As we're introduced to Andrew Brown. An employee in a bank who is rather drifting through life and to whom work has become everything. We meet him as he has a bad day which leads to him failing dismally at an important presentation.

His luck seems to change when he meets two strange men who can give him all the time he needs. Literally. He will have to pay some back but the interest rate is very reasonable.

Then along come the TARDIS crew, after a mishap on a holiday leads to the Doctor wanting to teach Amy and Rory about a financial crisis. Visiting the bank where Andrew works, they quickly discover strange things going on there. And when someone close to the Doctor makes a deal they come to regret, it's a race against time. Literally.

There's a lot to delight in this one. Very readable prose makes the story fly by. The supporting cast are all well drawn with very believable motivations. There are some delightful throwaway lines and ideas which really add to depth to the tale and the setting. It will teach you a few things about how high finance works. And interest rates.

It does offer a few good plot surprises and twists and turns.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. Mahoney VINE VOICE on 13 July 2011
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It wasn't so long ago that BBC Books scored a coup by publishing a Michael Moorcock Doctor Who novel, The Coming of the Terraphiles. That was an okay book, but I was even more delighted when the latest load of Doctor Who review copies arrived, as one of the authors' names really leapt out at me. Could `Naomi A. Alderman' be the `Naomi Alderman' who won the Orange Prize for New Writers with her debut novel Disobedience in 2007? A quick scan of the accompanying press release revealed that it was indeed so. Naomi Alderman was also named by Waterstones as one of their Writers for the Future in 2007. I find it really exciting that BBC Books are able to commission authors of such extraordinary calibre, following the lead of the TV show, which has recently called on the talents of Richard Curtis and Neil Gaiman. Could Doctor Who be in danger of becoming part of the literary establishment? I certainly hope so. To make things even more stellar, Borrowed Time is partly dedicated to Naomi Alderman's cousin, Samuel West, who may or may not be the well-regarded actor of the same name who incredibly appeared in the lamentable Doctor Who/EastEnders crossover Dimensions in Time for Children in Need in 1993 only a couple of years after starring in Howards End, and who also played the Time Lord Morbius in a Big Finish audio adventure. Needless to say, all this pedigree allowed Borrowed Time to jump quite a few places on my to-read list!Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 5 Dec. 2012
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This is a fairly standard Doctor Who story - aliens (working in pairs, why do they always seem to be in pairs of odd men who finish each others' sentences?) who can offer you back all the time you never seem to have enough of. Too good to be true? Well, yes actually.

The characters are all well put together - the Doctor, Amy and Rory are well portrayed and the characters in the bank, and the aliens, are, overall well rounded and played through the storyline.

A good, readable, Doctor Who story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth on 12 Sept. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This original Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory novel is a perfect compliment to the current TV series. The characters are just as they appear on the show, while the villains and the plot are both definitely worthy of Steven Moffat's twisted fairytale vision. All in all a great read.
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Whilst I found the characterisations of this particular Doctor Who story to be, for the most part, quite good (although I found Touched By An Angel to be even more so) I kept being distracted by the long-winded, sometimes patronising explainations of how banks work, how loans work, etc. Now, I'm not the smartest or "with it" person in the world, especially when it comes to finances. However, parts of this book read like nothing so much as a childrens educational novel wrapped up in popular culture, one with plenty of exposition - "Doctor Who explains compound interest. With cake".

It's a great idea for a story, and on the whole I like how it comes together, although it's a bit predictable in places (the big reveal on who the big villain of the story is honestly came to no surprise whatsoever) and, as I say, it can tend to drag on with explaining how money works. I'd recommend it, but mostly to Doctor Who fans who work in a bank. They seem to be the people who would enjoy this story the most.
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