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Doctor Who: Spore: Eighth Doctor (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts Book 8) [Kindle Edition]

Alex Scarrow
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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.

In a small town in the Nevada desert, an alien pathogen has reduced the entire population to a seething mass of black slime. When the Eighth Doctor arrives, he realises this latest threat to humanity is horrifyingly familiar - it is a virus which almost annihilated his entire race, the Time Lords...

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1842 KB
  • Print Length: 43 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (23 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #164,550 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spore - it has culture 24 Aug. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
About the Author:

You'll find more on Alex on my Blog ([...] I write about what I like so the same writers do tend to come up. I found out about Alex because I read his brother's books. Alex and Simon share a website & Forum. So I come to this book as a Alex Scarrow fan and a Doctor Who fan.

Alex is the author of the Young Adult series TimeRiders. I'm a huge fan of the series, who cares if I'm not a YA, I'm 45. Anyone that likes Dr Who would probably find Time Riders very entertaining. You can read more in the articles TimeRiders Series So far (books 1-6), TimeRiders Book 7 and Interview with Alex Scarrow. Book 8 in the series TimeRiders: Mayan Prophecy is out now.


Set in the present day, the Doctor sets down in the desert a few hundred metres off the Highway, near one of those one-diner kind of towns that are near nowhere. Though I guess we aren't too far from Roswell... as the Doctor recollects,

Something is here and the Doctor knows it is here. Something he has prior knowledge of, something that will destroy all life on Earth because it is here 50 years too early...

This is the Eighth Doctor, travelling alone. Though he does pick up a friend along the way, as he is prone to do. So there is less random energy one might expect from Doctors Ten or Eleven. Less seriousness, interspersed with glee that you might find with Doctor Nine.

The Doctor is more matter of fact and open, similar to how he was in the film when talking to Grace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who..Spore 12 Nov. 2014
By justin
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A very creepy story..I thought..The Doctor is alone..ends up the the Navada Desert in the present day..saying he has been sent by U.N.I.T.He meets Major Platt,who tells The Doctor about a pathogene he already suspects he knows about..Noone survives once it gets hold..but in his investigations..The Doctor does meet a survivor..The tone to this story was excellent..The Doctor is always in control..He is cool and calm and written perfectally..I liked The major and Captain Evelyn Chan..You really feel the atmosphere of the story as its set at night..Which to me made The Spore even more dangerious and menacing..It was more a mental battle than a phisical one against The Doctor and The Spore..which worked very well..and as in all these stories you could hear the dialouge being spoken..Paul McGann I could clearly hear speaking..Brilliant and more is what I would say about this story...Another recommended Doctor Who ALL fans.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Grisly X-Files Fun 1 Sept. 2013
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Some of the best Doctor Who stories of the year have turned up in this series of slim novellas aimed at the same audience as the TV Show. This is the best, but it's a neat tale with an X-Files feel that follows on nicely from the Eighth Doctor's sole television outing. A small town has been wiped out by a virus that will threaten all life on Earth if a certain time traveller doesn't intervene. It's grisly in places, but to excellent effect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AS GOOD AS IT GETS!!!!!!!!! 13 May 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
This short - chapter Eight of 12 DOCTORS, 12 STORIES - is easily one of the finest ever moments in Whovian literature. Metaphorically, one could say it is a classic, quintessential fable, which is perfectly poised over a near infinite chasm, forming a link between Mount Gore, and Mount Speculation. It starts out as not completely dissimilar to Stephen King's THE STAND and there are certainly similarities but the origin of a sudden and inexplicable air-borne disease is clearly defined as extra terrestrial. The story is creepy, and compelling. And brilliant. The Doctor soon finds himself as the only way to save the entire human population on Earth from an early demise and remarkably, the TARDIS does not make an appearance!

I shall say no more of the plot (it is only a short story, after all!) but this is as good as it gets. Trust me.

BFN Greggorio!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Every B-movie you've ever seen 4 Dec. 2013
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I just felt this story was too familiar. The small American town where `something bad' had happened, the cardboard military personnel who immediately trust some stranger without asking for his ID, etc. Add to that a temporary `companion' who doesn't do anything and the fact that the Doctor himself is never really threatened and you're left with some kind of B-Movie plot like "Outbreak of the Andromeda Strain Body Snatchers Thing" Given the limited amount of broadcast material with Paul McGann as the Doctor, there was a lot of scope for 'inventing' him - but sadly it didn't happen.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor Goes to Roswell 24 Nov. 2013
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The Eighth Doctor goes to Roswell to defeat an alien terraforming spore. In all the stories featuring the Eighth Doctor he seems to exude a knowing melancholy and I have to give Alex Scarrow credit for capturing this facet of the Doctor's personality.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Spore 27 Oct. 2013
By Smally
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Cracking read which leaves you wondering what could Scarrow do with a full length Dr Who book? I think it would be a stunning read.
This moves along at a cracking pace and is a very enjoyable little read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reminds me of... 23 Sept. 2013
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...when Doctor Who literature was truly excellent and ground breaking in its own way. Very emotive of the eighth doctor in both the novels and his tv appearance. It is, definitely, a very short story. I think it took me about ten minutes to read. Granted I read fast, but just as I was enjoying it, it finished. Can see how it would work longer and would sit so easily alongside the EDAs.
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