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Doctor Who - The Art of Destruction (New Series Adventure 11) [Hardcover]

Stephen Cole
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21 Sep 2006 DOCTOR WHO (Book 82)

The TARDIS lands in 22nd century Africa in the shadow of a dormant volcano. Agri-teams are growing new foodstuffs in the baking soil to help feed the world's starving millions, but the Doctor and Rose have detected an alien signal somewhere close by. When a nightmare force starts surging along the dark volcanic tunnels, the Doctor realises an ancient trap has been sprung. But who was it meant for? And what is the secret of the eerie statues that stand at the heart of the volcano? Dragged into a centuries-old conflict, Rose and the Doctor are soon elevating survival to an art form as ancient, alien hands practice arts of destruction all around them.

Featuring the Tenth Doctor and Rose as played by David Tennant and Billie Piper in the hit Doctor Who series from BBC Television.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; Reprint edition (21 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563486511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563486510
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 2.7 x 18.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Doctor and Rose are caught up in an alien war – from the bestselling BBC Books Doctor Who science fiction range.

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Steve Cole is a bestselling children's author and lifelong fang of Ian Fleming's James Bond. His various book series include Z. Rex, Thieves Like Us, Doctor Who and Astrosaurs, with collective sales of over three million copies. In other careers he has worked as an editor of books and magazines for readers of all ages.

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Gold Death 17 Dec 2006
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
This 5th in the BBC's range of 10th Doctor novels does it's best to justify its medium by offering even more alien mayhem than the current TV series could afford to show on screen, as the Doctor and Rose land in near-future Africa and find themselves caught in the middle of an alien war. The African setting makes a nice change, and the book is certainly busy enough to keep younger readers interested, but older readers might find this a rather too arch, as the novel turns into an over the top battle between the Doctor and some unfortunately phallic worms. At best `The Art of Destruction' can be enjoyed as a tongue-in-cheek comedy romp, but it never quite gels together into anything more satisfying. A fun but very disposable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars under the volcano 6 Nov 2008
an original novel featuring the tenth doctor who, as played on screen by david tennant, and his companion rose tyler, played on tv by billie piper. as usual with this range: it presents an original story not done on tv, runs for roughly 255 pages, characterises the two lead characters perfectly, and can be read by readers of all ages.

and it seems to have polarised their opionion, to judge by the other reviews.

the story involves the tardis arriving in africa in the near future, and the doctor and rose dealing with alien infestation in an area near a volcano.

since you can't do anything to change the format and the main characters in these books, the art of lifting them above average is in the detail and the characterisation. the setting of africa is quite well realised, and the supporting characters aren't bad, all the human ones having decent motivation.

even though it does become a bit of a predictable runaround plot wise as it goes on, the alien characters are also quite original, and have a good motivation that is not something i've seen done in any who novels before.

so this is good enough to rate as a bit better than average. It's not great literature, but for an entertaining new doctor who story, it's alright
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, exotic and surprising. 26 Sep 2009
Not my favourite author, but I was delighted and surprised plenty of times! Aliens who were genuinely exotic, in shape, actions, motivations and technology, a plot with many different elements which kept you guessing who could be relied upon, interesting distinct characters and accurate doctor and Rose. Fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you very much! 1 Jan 2014
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I was pleasantly surprised to find that the book was autographed by the author. No damage to the spine at all, no page folding or even dog-eared pages. Great price, quick delivery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 27 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I've read this book twice now and it's a great read! Suitable for kids whilst still entertaining for adults, this book is an all rounder any day :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good storyline 10 Sep 2010
By daisy81
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Really good strong story read by the excellent don warrington. Excellent focus on biological piracy and exploitation of natural resources
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