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Doctor Who: EarthWorld [Paperback]

Jacqueline Rayner
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5 Mar 2001 Doctor Who
An Eighth Doctor, Fitz and Anji novel. The first settlers of New Jupiter were a handful of humans, with androids to help make the planet habitable. Many generations down, the New Jupitan President, John F Hoover, faces a challenge to his hereditary role. His popularity is threatened by the Association for New Jupitan Independence - ANJI - who want to establish New Jupitan Independence. So Hoover has set up an Earth Tneme Park - EarthWorld. It is nearly complete and will enormously boost the planet's income from off-worlders - and thus the President's popularity. He has no intention of telling anyone that there are people entering EarthWorld who are mysteriously never seen again. Meanwhile the President has three triplet daughters to succeed him in his hereditary role. Unbeknown to him, they have been tampering with EarthWorld's androids - but why? And can the Doctor find out before the problems on New Jupiter get out of control?


Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (5 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563538279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563538271
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 957,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jacqueline Rayner is happy to write thousands upon thousands of words of fiction, but has just spent over an hour trying to think of something to say about herself for this biography. She has written books about Doctor Who, Merlin and other TV series, and even some books that aren't connected to TV series at all. She lives in Essex with her husband and twin sons, and spends a lot of time thinking of ways to raise money for http://letsdoitforme.blogspot.com/

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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor book, terrible choice for 50th Anniversary. 1 July 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
In the foreword to this book the author herself admits that she is not proud of her writing on this project, and rightfully so. The book is not written particularly well, but it is not terrible, I've read far worse. The prose is readable, but is neither compelling or impressive. The companion characters are not very likable, and the Doctor is not himself. As this book was part of a story arch, this cannot be blamed on the author, although this fact does not improve the experience for the reader in any way. My rating is based on poor story, characters and style.
On a more personal note, to me this edition's worst crime is its failure to stand alone as an independant story. I'm sure this was fine when reading the book as part of the original series, but as a part of the 50th Anniversary series - where it is an isolated story - this makes no sense. The book's start contains references to previous events which are not properly explained and it does not have a satisfyingly complete ending. I cannot imagine why the book was selected for this series, it's totally inappropriate. The idea surely is to provide a representative example of the Eighth Doctor for his character, yet due to his memory loss in this story we are still none-the-wiser at the end. The whole venture feels kind of pointless. At least the cover looks good alongside the rest of the books on the shelf, so I guess that's something.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Earthworld 24 Aug 2013
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This is the representative story for the Eighth Doctor in this 50th anniversary year of novel offerings. The story was first published in 2001, and features the Eighth Doctor with Fitz and Anji. The Doctor is still having some troubles with his memories; when the Tardis lands on what appears to be Earth, the three Tardis travellers are surprised to find themselves being chased by a caveman - all does not appear to be what they might have first thought. Meanwhile, Fitz has found himself acting out a role as an expert on twentieth-century culture, while Anji and the Doctor have teamed up with some apparent terrorists. Confused? Well, the storyline is slightly wacky, and I found the `humour' sometimes a bit off base. Much of the action is through the narrative of Anji or Fitz, so the Doctor is not really terribly `present' for much of the story, which is a shame. Good, not great; and definitely not what I would have considered the best example of a representative Eighth Doctor 50th anniversary story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's nice to see a woman's touch for a change 19 April 2001
Format:Paperback
This is the Doctor's first trip into a futuristic galaxy for some time.
The story is set on New Jupiter and 'Earthworld' is their glorified ( and gigantic!) theme park.
Having materialised in the prehistoric zone, the TARDIS crew are soon separated and are faced with homicidal triplet princesses, teen terrorists, crazy androids, a pathetic president and an Elvis impersonator.
Jacqueline's novel focuses on the character of Anji and her introduction to the TARDIS team. We follow her antics through the pages, looking through her eyes and relating all too well to another recent addition to the Doctor Who companion list.
Anji tries desperately to avoid thinking of her recently murdered boyfriend and Fitz comes to term with his carbon-copy self. The Doctor meanwhile still hasn't got his memory back, but he's worked out how to get his sonic screwdriver working again.
The plot is relatively simple, it's easy to read and a refreshing change from the heavy dramatics we have been used to; of which I do not complain! Doctor Who is such an expansive concept - that's its beauty.
Well done Jacqueline! A very successful first attempt!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The next phase begins... 24 Feb 2001
By A Customer
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Jaqueline Rayner's 'Earthworld' marks the beginning of the next phase of the Eighth Doctor stories and sees the Doctor teaming with Fitz and new companion Anji on the planet New Jupiter where the Earthworld theme park is about to open. But people are dying there, and the androids seem to be the only people who could be responsible.
I'd enjoyed the stranded on Earth arc that dominated the books prior to this title, and this novel continues their trend of providing solid entertainment. Earthworld is an excellent read with some good writing and plotting. The story itself serves as Anji's introduction to the time and space travel game as much of the focus is on her. Introducing new companions into these books has never been an easy task for the range, but Jaq Rayner really builds on what was established about Anji in Escape Velocity to make her into a really interesting character. Her thoughts about her boyfriend Dave who died in the previous novel dominate her thoughts, and although the idea of using a diary type device to show this characters thoughts about something has been done before in Who fiction (with Bernice in the NA's mainly), there is a different spin on this with Anji sending Dave e-mails throughout the novel. I'm not quite sure I like the Doctor's current characterisation much - he's the Doctor but he doesn't remember much about specific details - but hopefully he'll regain his memory in time. Fitz works really well in this book as he confronts what he discovered about himself in the Ancestor Cell and finds a new purpose in his travels.
Overall, Earthworld is an excellent book. It's got some good humourous scenes in it, particularly the one where Fitz Fortune and an android Elvis duel each other, and some good advancement of character with Anji. Highly recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best choice to represent the Eighth Doctor for the anniversary
A vague parody of 'Westworld', this book is quite frivolous, often just plain silly. The vague promise of dinosaurs isn't really delivered as they become an insignificant part of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alaran
2.0 out of 5 stars Odd Choice
As the year winds on, it's increasingly obvious that whoever is behind this 50th anniversary series of reprints featuring a novel for each incarnation of the Doctor, really hasn't... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Richard Wright
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I had a hard time with this book, nowhere near as easy a read as most of these reissues have been however the eighth doctor stories are equally great and bad the story fails to... Read more
Published 13 months ago by howard
4.0 out of 5 stars DrWhoR1
This book filled in gap in my collection of Dr Who books, a book from a fair while ago. The new Dr Who TV productions are not at all science fiction like the old ones used to be -... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Roger
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Earthworld
Anji has just had the worst week of her life. She should be back at her desk, not travelling through time and space in a police box. Read more
Published 15 months ago by kk
1.0 out of 5 stars Wheres Yul Bryner?
This book has been written through the eyes (for the mast part) of the new companion Anji in a style that totally ruins any chance the book had of being likeable. Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the Ancestor Cell
You can't expect a mind-blowing book filled with numerous unexpected plot-devices concerning Time Lords and future wars every month, and I doubt there are people out there who... Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome break.........
This is Jacqueline Rayner's first attempt at a Dr Who novel and I have to say, despite some of the previous reviews, I enjoyed it. Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2001 by john@jduncan10.freeserve.co.uk
4.0 out of 5 stars Travelling in space and time once more
Following on from the events of 'Escape Velocity', the Doctor, Fitz and Anji find themselves back in Earth's prehistoric past encountering, is short order, a dinosaur and a... Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2001 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Travel To New Jupiter At Your Peril!
This has got to be one of the worst novels ever to be published under the name of 'Doctor Who'. It's probably trying to be humourous, zany, wacky, eccentric, etc., etc. Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2001
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