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Doctor Who: A Big Hand For The Doctor: First Doctor - 50th Anniversary (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Eoin Colfer
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 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.


London, 1900. The First Doctor is missing both his hand and his granddaughter, Susan. Faced with the search for Susan, a strange beam of soporific light, and a host of marauding Soul Pirates intent on harvesting human limbs, the Doctor is promised a dangerous journey into a land he may never forget...



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 710 KB
  • Print Length: 46 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (23 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AX0MRNK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,364 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An Insult To Doctor Who 25 Feb. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Anyone with any sense will realize that Colfer's interpretation of the first Doctor makes it look like he has never seen a Hartnell episode. I can't picture the First Doctor doing or saying any of these things that happen in the novel.

This is an insult to Doctor Who. It's the 50th anniversary for gods sake! We as fans, and Doctor Who as a show deserve better than this - did no-one read this before publishing? - its awful!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who? 24 Feb. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The majority of reviews for this book are 1-star, and I can see why - this book/ebook/thing/ta is so awful I stopped reading by chapter 4, because I gathered from other reviews that it only gets worse.

Whoever the main antagonist in this book is, it sure as hell isn't the first doctor. I could never imagine William Hartnell leaping across tall buildings, rushing about or crushing doors with his bare hands (even with a bionic-super-strength-cyborg-hand, which is far-fetched anyway).

Then there's the overused references to the future. Fake tan, Blakes 7, Hogwarts. You can only do the whole "That doesn't happen for another X number of years" thing a few times before it becomes tiresome. Eoin Colfer overused it, and in my opinion made the 'Doctor' sound like a complete halfwit.

The soul pirates remind me of the giants from the BFG. "Igby kill white-hair!" - are these really all the Doctor has to fight against in this novel?

I've never read any of Colfer's 'Artimes Fowl' books before, and judging by this abomination of an attempt at writing a Doctor Who story, I cannot say
I want to.

Here's hoping Michael Scott's attempt at writing for the Second Doctor is much better than this, or I can't see myself carrying on with this series...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Decent Story - but not for the first Doctor 10 Mar. 2013
By S. Bell
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As a stand alone story about a time traveller, this would be decent. But what Eoin Colfer did here essentially was throw away 50 years of Doctor Who history and just make it all up on a whim.

The First Doctor played by William Hartnell was a grand-fatherly figure who looked out for his companions, but who also was a little bit grumpy, and arrogant. This did not come across here at all, and instead had the Doctor as an action hero - something he was not. Also, with the Doctor now having had a fake hand for his first incarnation, surely the hand wouldn't have regenerated when the Doctor did? This is something Colfer did not think about.

But the worst part of this, and the biggest insult to fans of Doctor Who, was when the Doctor wished that he was the "tall one with the Dickie Bow" as apparently the Doctor knows who he is going to become. But as we have seen in the Three Doctors, Five Doctors, Two Doctors and the Time Crash Special, the younger Doctors do NOT know who the older one is.

Colfer needed to have done his research. Poor effort.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars General agreement 27 Feb. 2013
By Zachary
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I agree with the majority of the criticism here, this book is borderline. while the idea is generally pretty cool and the pay-off could have been pretty decent, it does seem to jar quite a lot (and the Potter/Blake's 7 link is horrendous). Having read the book and watched An Unearthly child at the same time, the two Doctors, as well as Susan, do not resemble each other. Instead we have, I my view, what the First Doctor would have been like of Matt Smith were playing him and a Susan character who bears no resemblance to anyone from the world of Who, expept perhaps the-screamy-one-who-dies-annoyingly.
This is a great concept that has not hit the ground running. However, I hope that the series gets better as the idea is great.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Someone lend Colfer a hand! 27 Jan. 2013
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Has Eoin Colfer ever read a First Doctor novel? What a poor start to the 50th anniversary. One of the delights of reading Doctor Who is being able to hear your favourite Doctor come alive in between the lines. There's something up with this doppelgänger, something wrong about the way he speaks, something a little clumsily contemporary about his grasp of tech and use of the vernacular. This isn't' my Doctor ... even his history is out of whack! Could it be that more than his hand has gone missing ... or should someone have sat the author down in front of some research? Hmmmm Hmmmmmmm?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disppointing portrayal of the First Doctor 18 Mar. 2013
By Alaran
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As a start to a series that aims to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary, this novella is a little disappointing.

The major flaw is in the characterisation. The Doctor is at best a basic generic version. He is certainly nothing like the First Doctor. Susan hardly has much of a role at all and lacks any type of character. The Soul Pirates, although in theory potentially worthwhile adversaries, come across merely as fairy tale type trolls or ogres. It is a shame that more effort wasn't put into them. Finally all the other humans are non-speaking entities with no real role in the story other than as faceless victims.

There are also a few allusions to other books and TV shows. These are generally implemented in a clumsy and unsubtle fashion which makes them feel more anachronistic rather than nostalgic. The idea that the First Doctor knows of his later incarnations, especially the eleventh, also feels out of place.

This short story might have been better featuring a different Doctor. It really doesn't seem to fit the First and it is a shame that this look at the Doctor before `An Unearthly Child' has been wasted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
v good
Published 1 month ago by Mr. David Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Numerous word's
Eoin continues to touch my funny bone .though this is definitely a doctor book,it is still a classic coffer as well. I wanted it to continue for so much longer. Read more
Published 15 months ago by peter duesbury
2.0 out of 5 stars The Wrong Doctor
Oh dear! I can see why a writer would want to push the boundaries and get the Doctor `out of his comfort zone', but this goes too far. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Number Six
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining....
Very enjoyable. Felt like a tale more at home in Matt Smith's era rather than William Hartnells. In a way though, I quite like the idea that the first Doctor would also have that... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Justin Webb
3.0 out of 5 stars Three stars because it's the Doctor
I didn't expect a long story for £1.99 and wasn't shocked to find a short story; however I was stunned to find a very short story.
Published 16 months ago by Waylander101
3.0 out of 5 stars For those unfamiliar with this doctor.
While this isn't one Eoin's best (I highly recommend his artemis fowl line of books) it certainly doesn't deserve the hate that people give it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Alex
4.0 out of 5 stars Not that bad.
Having read a lot of bad reviews about this story I was a bit sceptical, but it's not that bad.
True, it doesn't feel like a first Doctor story but it is still an enjoyable... Read more
Published 18 months ago by ian
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay but nothing to remember
This is an ok story, but it doesn't really work as a Doctor Who adventure and doesn't really fit in either, and demonstrates Colfer's lack of knowledge when it comes to The Doctor... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice trip down memory lane
Being old enough (just!) to remember the first Doctor, and having renewed my acquaintance with him via dvds recently, I thoroughly enjoyed this short book (I think the 'proper'... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Tiger Lily
4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who
This was a good book but I felt that I was occasionally distracted by the other references in the middle of the story.
Published 21 months ago by Amy
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