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Doctor Who: The Roots of Evil: Fourth Doctor (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Philip Reeve
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Book Description

When the Fourth Doctor takes Leela to visit an immense tree space station known as the Heligan Structure, little do they know that the tree has been asleep for centuries, dreaming of vengeance against a man in a blue box ... As the tree awakes, the Time Lord and his companion soon discover why they are such unwelcome guests.

Author Philip Reeve puts his own unique spin on the Doctor, his terrifying alien enemies and time-travelling adventures.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1423 KB
  • Print Length: 45 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (23 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B54TZA6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #131,259 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Philip Reeve is the creator of one of the most brilliantly inventive worlds in fantasy fiction. He won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize with his Mortal Engines series, as well as the Nestlé Book Prize - Gold Award and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. He has been short-listed for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award and the WH Smith People's Choice Awards. Here Lies Arthur won the prestigious 2008 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Philip Reeve was born and raised in Brighton, where he worked in a bookshop for a number of years while also co-writing, producing and directing a number of theatre projects. He is a talented illustrator and has provided cartoons for many books, including several titles in the Horrible Histories series, and the brilliant Urgum the Axeman books written by Kjartan Poskitt. Philip has been writing stories since he was five, and Mortal Engines was the first to be published.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly enjoyable 23 April 2013
By Alaran
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This is thoroughly entertaining and well written Fourth Doctor adventure. The pacing and tone are pitched just right for this type of short novella. The plot is a little basic but it does exactly what it needs to within the confines of its length. The storyline feels as if it would comfortably fit within the middle years of Tom Baker's tenure. It is most closely reminiscent of `The Face of Evil' in so much that it deals with negative consequences of the Doctor's actions after he has left somewhere. This idea isn't featured that often in Doctor Who so it is still interesting enough to revisit.

The characterisation of the Fourth Doctor is consistently good; occasionally you can almost hear Tom Baker delivering the line. Leela is also portrayed fairly well. She comes across as Leela in her early days with the Doctor. Her characterisation in this novella is probably closest to that of `The Face of Evil' and she has a similar role. The other characters are all a bit shallow and incidental however. Ven begins the story seeming to be a promising character but then becomes quite side lined and Rastibon is pretty stereotypical. But the story is really based around the Doctor and Leela and much of the text is devoted to them.

Vegetable based monsters are quite few in Doctor Who, thus the Heligan can't help but be reminiscent of the Krynoids. The whole thing is an intriguing concept though and it is a shame the word count didn't allow for a longer look at the Heligan.

There is also a nice and non-intrusive sense of humour that runs throughout the story. References to bow ties and quarries easily bring a smile. And there is a nice little twist with the Doctor's statue.

This is another utterly enjoyable short story in this range; it's just a shame there wasn't a bit more K-9.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great outing for the fourth Doctor and Leela 13 Jun. 2014
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When the fourth doctor takes Leela to a wooden space station-essentially a giant tree-the tree wakes and seeks revenge against the Doctor.

Great little book. The characterisation was spot on in this book. Lines were perfect for the Doctor and Leela.

A nice surprise along the way helps give it a boost just when it needs it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite so far 26 April 2013
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Great story, full of Tom Baker and Leela. I liked the terraforming trees very much. It had the feel of the early science fiction stories in the 1960s that my father used to collect.
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Just finished the Roots of Evil and thoroughly enjoyed that. It was told largely from Leela's perspective, which meant that her character was if anything more fully fleshed out and recognisable than the Fourth Doctor's. But both characters were faithful, and the exciting plot fitted the short format well. Nice sense of jeopardy created as well. Excellent stuff.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Doctor or Tree Surgeon? 4 Dec. 2013
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Pretty faithful to Tom Baker and Louise Jameson, but the story is a bit facile and the resolution is just too `And with a single bound they were free!'
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3.0 out of 5 stars Trees Company (geddit?) 23 Nov. 2013
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Reeve has managed to bring the grinning loon that is the Fourth Doctor to life in this short story though his need to reference the Eleventh Doctor wasn't really needed as I thought the precursor events were much more Sixth Doctor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Actually works as a short story 5 Sept. 2013
By Colin
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None of this series of books would get many stars if they were judged alone.
They all have the same problem, in that they are far too short and the stories tend not to take this into account.

There is often a very good set up, with lots of clever ideas, but then no time to explore them and the ending seems perfunctory.

If you only have 40ish pages then the story shouldn't have ambitions to be a novel and it should work better within it's limits.

So the rating I'm giving are just a comparison within this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars an excellent intro to the 4th Dr 22 July 2013
By Paula
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I really enjoyed this short story. Not having watched any of the orginal Dr Who, it was a good way for me to get aquainted with the 4th Dr before the big 50th anniversary. It seemed a little on the shorter side compared to the first 3 books but it did not seem rushed and it still managed to contain enough action and suspense to satisfy me. I wont say too much because I don't want to spoil anything but there is a bit of a twist in there that I did really enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
v good
Published 1 month ago by Mr. David Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
very short story
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Thankfully short
The book is lacking in story, and feels like a whole classic series story condensed into a single 25 minute episode.
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Really enjoyed it.
I am buying them as they come out, once i started reading it just couldn't put it down.
Published 21 months ago by sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars The WHO: My (re)Generation
Very enjoyable 4th Doctor story with knowing nods to stories from the era, in particular Face of Evil. Could have done with more of the Doctor himself, but hey it 's a short story. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another climactic episode
I have been collecting this set of stories by several authors about the complete line of doctors and I am looking forward to the endgame in words and on television when the 50th... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Christopher John
5.0 out of 5 stars I can hear the voices of Tom Baker and Louise Jameson!
I really enjoyed Philip Reeve's 4th Doctor story. I think he captures the essence of the Doctor and Leela perfectly - when I read the story I could see Tom and Louise acting it... Read more
Published 22 months ago by JulieGirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who: The Roots of Evil
An enjoyable romp. A neat idea about a floating terraforming forest, but I would like to have found out more about the Heligan and the civilisation.
Published 22 months ago by Lard Man
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