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Doctor Who - The Many Hands (New Series Adventure 24) Hardcover – 10 Apr 2008


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; First Edition edition (10 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846074223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846074226
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 12.1 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I write anything that moves, but am mostly known for Doctor Who tie-in fiction. I've also had a few plays performed, but you can't buy them on Amazon. What's the world coming to?


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 April 2008
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Another novel adventure for the tenth doctor who and his companion martha. as usual with this range it runs for 244 pages of quite large print and is suitable for all ages to read. and the main characters are spot on in their characterisation.

Does anything make this one stand out?

yes.

A very well realised setting, edinburgh of the 18th century, that will teach you an awful lot of history about the place.

Some good supporting characters who are very believable.

Interesting monsters who could be absurd but are actually quite a clever idea.

And some excellent and exciting set pieces. Although a few chases mean it takes about sixty pages to really get going.

A throughly enjoyable read and an above average entry in the range
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 26 Nov 2008
Format: Hardcover
Dale Smith's latest novel for the BBC Books range of original Doctor Who adventures is a fast-paced tale set in Eighteenth Century Edinburgh and featuring the Tenth Doctor and his companion Martha Jones.

The Gothic tone - mad scientist, disembodied organs, ghostly graveyard and grisly anatomical experiments - put me in mind of the 2006 TV story 'Tooth and Claw' as well as stirring memories of the show's celebrated mid-70s Gothic period and such classics as 'The Horror of Fang Rock' and 'The Talons of Weng=Chiang'.

The depiction of the Tenth Doctor immediately reflects David Tennant's uber-excitable action man, and the book's opening scene is as cooly memorable as anything from a latter-day James Bond movie.

Overall, Smith has delivered a story that one could definitely imagine as a televised adventure, and which has to be one of the series' finest original novels to date.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 Dec 2013
Format: Hardcover
In 1759, the Doctor and Martha find themselves running from reanimated corpses through the streets of Edinburgh. But when beings appear from the Loch, that's more than the local soldiers want to know about. And Martha finds herself mixed up with Alexander Monro, who seems to have more hands than he ought. There's ghouls and ghosties afoot in Scotland, and it's up to the Doctor and Martha to work out why and how to resolve it.

This was a story that didn't really gel too well for me - it felt like it started somewhere in the middle, and didn't have a beginning, so was hard to get involved in, or to feel that you were taking part in a story that you wanted to learn more about. While the Doctor (Tenth, as played by David Tennant) and Martha were well characterised, the story itself did not hold my interest particularly.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Moore TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 April 2008
Format: Hardcover
Despite being a big fan of the TV series, this was the first Doctor Who book that I had tried. The format is a little smaller than most books, which made it really nice to hold and read.. especially in the bath! It also allows for the story to be fast paced, so that it feels like a TV episode.

This one was based on the 10th Doctor and Martha - The Doctor's character is well written, which makes it very easy to picture him whilst reading (always a pleasure!), but I did feel that Martha wasn't captured quite as well.

The actual storyline was actually like many of the TV episodes.. it could have been quite silly, and yet somehow, it works. I don't know which age groups this book is aimed at, but younger readers may find this one a little frightening.

All in all, if this one is anything to go by, these books are great for fans, offering yet more time with The Doctor. I've already spotted some more I'd like to pick up!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karina Everett on 5 May 2008
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I've read a few doctor who books now and have tended to be dissapointed with the ending or the 'monster', however, this one is fabulous. it keeps you gripped throughout the whole book. you also have two stories running along side each other as the doctor and martha are seperated and martha gets into serious trouble and you actually feel relief when the doctor inadvertanly finds her and their two stories join.

the descriptions are so good and the 'hands' are very creepy, especially as it describes marthas thoughts as shes trapped in pitch black knowing they are somewhere in the room.

all in all a much better one than some of the others, and the doctor and marthas characters are very well written from the actors in series 3, in the way they speak and their relationship - even making reference to Rose at one point when the doctor makes a life altering decision!!

fast paced and keeps you glued!! ****
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