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Doctor Who: A Handful of Stardust (Time Trips) [Kindle Edition]

Jake Arnott
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The TARDIS is diverted to England in 1572, and the Sixth Doctor and Peri meet John Dee – ‘mathematician, astrologer, alchemist, magician, and the greatest mind of our time’. (‘Only of your time?’, the Doctor asks, unimpressed.) But what brought them here? When the Doctor discovers that Dee and his assistant have come across a ‘great disturbance in the cosmos, in the constellation of Cassiopeia,’ he realizes that they are all in terrible danger.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Handful of Ideas 12 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
When Doctor Dee manages to summon a mysterious blue box using forbidden dark arts, he is stunned to find it occupied by a Harlequin Jester who calls himself the Doctor.  But this is only the start of his life-changing adventure.

Jake Arnott has come up with not one, but a whole range of great ideas. Unfortunately, he has tried to squeeze them into a ridiculously short story. There is enough good material here for a whole novel, but instead we get forty-odd pages of rushed plot, with almost nothing properly developed or explored.
The characters of Doctor Dee and his assistant are really good and we get just enough of them to wish we had more, while the 'villains' suffer the most from the brevity on display here; we barely meet them before matters cannon towards the ending.

These Time Trips seem to be getting shorter the more that appear, which in this case is a real shame. I can only hope Arnott will one day give us a greatly expanded version of what should have been a special story.

Full disclosure: Akin to Amazon Vine, the publisher provided a free eARC (Advance Review Copy) in exhange for this independent and unbiased review.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stardust 5 April 2014
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A light but entertaining adventure of the sixth Doctor and Peri, the characters are recognisable though perhaps they would have benefited from a l more characterisation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Trip through time 2 July 2014
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A Handful of Stardust is a short story in the Time Trips series from BBC books. I have taken a keen interest in these Doctor Who stories as of late. I will be doing a review on a different short story every Wednesday until the month of the premier of the new season of Doctor Who. A Handful of Stardust was the first in this string of reviews and the first Doctor Who short story I have ever read. Going into it I didn’t quite know what to expect but I found that the short story format lends itself more readily to the Doctor Who Universe because it follows the same rhythm as the episodes. Every page is action and no filler, just like a short story should be.

A Handful of Stardust follows the story of the 6th Doctor and Peri as they get pulled out of time and space by John Dee and his assistant Thomas. It doesn’t take long before he realizes there is something dark afoot in post Dark-age England. Someone has given John Dee futuristic technology and is manipulating his thirst for forbidden knowledge. Someone who is described as being in between a bachelor and a doctor... In case you hadn’t guessed, the Doctor’s old nemesis, “The Master” has come back to play and the fate of the world (as usual) is in the balance.

Jake Arnott was successful in dealing with some pretty heady issues in a very interesting way. Imperialism, human nature and even the church are some of the topics discussed. There’s an especially interesting scene where the master and Peri and Thomas (John Dee’s assistant) argue over the imperialism of England and the settling of the Americas. The Doctor and John Dee also have some lively debates that I thoroughly enjoyed. The plot itself was inventive and engaging but could have used a couple more pages of fleshing out. I know that it is difficult to do in a short story format but I would have enjoyed a little more conflict and character interaction. Over all, I would re-read this book in the future. I would recommend it to any Doctor Who fan or sci fi guru and I am looking forward to reading more in this series.
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful Doctor Who short 20 April 2014
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My had mixed feelings about the various stories in the Time Trips series, but this is one of the best. It starts out like a story from the Hinchcliffe years and then throws a perfectly written sixth doctor and Peri into the mix. Then add a little-known historical figure, a returning enemy and turn the story into a morality play about imperialism and colonization. A complete joy to read.
5.0 out of 5 stars A good Doctor Who story 5 April 2014
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The Master is back in the business of the destruction of Earth and the Doctor and Peri are out to stop him. Add in an alien invasion and a super-nova and that's this novel.
A must read for all Doctor Who fans.
3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read 12 Sept. 2014
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Not one of my favourite doctors, but it was enjoyable,
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