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Doctor Who: Only Human: 50th Anniversary Edition [Paperback]

Gareth Roberts
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7 Mar 2013 DOCTOR WHO (Book 174)

Reports of a time disturbance lead the Ninth Doctor to modern-day London, where he discovers a Neanderthal Man, twenty-eight thousand years after his race became extinct. A trip back to the dawn of humanity only deepens the mystery: who are these strange humans from the far future now living in the distant past? The Doctor must learn the truth about the Osterberg experiment before history is changed forever.

An adventure featuring the Ninth Doctor as played by Christopher Eccleston and his companion Rose


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; Reprint edition (7 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849905193
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849905190
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection: Eleven classic adventures. Eleven brilliant writers. One incredible Doctor.

About the Author

Gareth Roberts was born in Chesham, Buckinghamshire in 1968. His scripts for Doctor Who on television include 'The Shakespeare Code' (2007), 'The Unicorn And The Wasp' (2008), 'The Lodger' (2010) and 'Closing Time' (2011), and he has also written many scripts for the spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures, as well as scripts for programmes as diverse as Emmerdale and Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased). He has written nine original Doctor Who novels, and lives in West London.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Who's Who? 23 Oct 2005
Format:Hardcover
When the TARDIS picked up an indication of temporal disturbances on Earth in the twentieth century, the Doctor is concerned about the primitive nature of the device. He found that its destination was early 21st century Bromley and with Rose and Captain Jack, he lands in Bromley's town centre. While the two guys use their technology to track down the disturbance, Rose uses a more direct method of information gathering.
The trio find their mysterious time traveller in a local hospital and rescue him to take him home. But his presence only raised more questions for no Neanderthal man could know anything of time travel. The Doctor's attempt to take him home failed nearly fatally.
With Rose, the Doctor travelled back to that delicate time when H Sapiens Sapiens was displacing H Sapiens Neanderthalis only to find a whole research team from the far future studying this period. But there was something strange (alright, even stranger) going on.
Like all the Ninth Doctor series of books, we get a good feel of the three main characters as represented in the TV series. Gareth Roberts has produced a fast moving book fully in line with the broadcast episodes while retaining the books remit to provide a strong story - I doubt the Hy-Bractors bloody rampage would have been broadcast in just that way.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very silly, very entertaining 23 Sep 2005
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
In this 5th Ninth Doctor novel the Doctor, Rose and Jack are thrown into another adventure when a Neanderthal appears on modern day Earth (no - not 'Stig of the dump'!). The TARDIS crew are split-up very early on, with the Doctor and Rose investigating a group of scientists in the past, where Rose suffers the indignities of getting married to a caveman and in the novels most outrageous sequence re-enacts an infamous scene of comedy gore from the movie Re-Animator. In terms of plotting Captain Jack is given the short end of the stick, being virtually written out of the main storyline while he stays in the modern day looking after Neanderthal Das, but this does lead to some great comedy moments. A very light-hearted romp, Only Human derives much of it's comedy from the 'fish out of water' misunderstandings of both the Neanderthal in modern life, and the scientists stranded at the dawn of civilisation. Very silly, Only Human is nevertheless one of the more ambitious of the 'juvenile' Ninth Doctor novels, and a very entertaining read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly good little treat. 9 Jan 2006
Format:Hardcover
This is the very first Doctor Who book I have ever read and it was suprisingly good. The quality of the writing is excellent and the characterisation is very good also - you could easily see this as an episode in the series.
It is short enough to be a guilty pleasure on a Saturday afternoon for when you don't want to read something too heavy - a bit like watching Doctor Who really! As I have only recently become incredibly interested in Doctor Who, I really enjoyed it - not sure how it would compare if you put it in the context of the whole genre though, but I liked it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good, Except When It Isn't 16 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A novel that's both pretty good, and intensely irritating. On the plus side, Roberts nails the 9th Doctor and Rose, and that's half the job when writing these tie-in novels. Watching those two characters bounce around is a great deal of fun. The primary plot is also interesting and well conceived, with splashes of family friendly body horror perking up a tale of mad science and human improvement. However, the novel collapses into the most irksome drivel when the sub-plots surrounding primitive homo sapiens and neanderthals rear their heads. The decision to write these characters as modern families in furs is neither particularly funny nor terribly illuminating, and they drag down a promising bit of tomfoolery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only Human 6 Sep 2013
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The core of this story is that of a group from way in the future who travel way back to the past and muck about with the accepted history of Earth. When a young Neanderthal man finds his way to 2005, the Doctor, Rose and Jack must try to put things to right. So far, so good.

I found this story problematic though. Firstly, Jack is separated from the Doctor and Rose and plays virtually no part in the story at all. The premise on which Das, the Neaderthal is not able to return to his own time is overplayed to the point of parody as he finds a new life in the modern world. Really didn't gel I didn't think. Meanwhile, back in 28,000 BC or thereabouts, there's a world where they go hunting on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and get Wednesday off, and they have marriage ceremonies which include the Great Fish of Matrimony. Sorry, don't buy it.

The futuristic part of the story is good. The mad scientist part of the story is good. The Neanderthal part of the story is bad. Pity, really. Even the characterisations of the Doctor and Rose don't win the story back to being all that great - I didn't feel that the Doctor was really true to his Ninth Doctor self; he seemed more like the David Tennant Tenth Doctor. This story was picked to be representative of the Ninth Doctor in the 50th anniversary celebration series of novelisation; I am sure there must have been better stories out there for the purpose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the last neanderthal 28 Jun 2007
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Another novel adventure for the ninth doctor and rose, this time with captain jack along for the ride. Finding a neanderthal man has been brought through time from his era to the present day, the doctor leaves jack to introduce him to twenty first century life whilst he and rose take a trip back to ancient times to find what caused. They come across time travellers, one of whom is up to no good.

By the time the batch of books this one is part of came out, the writers had seen the new tv series and thus knew exactly what the characters were like. And in the hands of a skilled writer such as gareth roberts, who wrote many of the best books for the old doctor who book ranges, you thus are in for a treat.

The Jack and neanderthal in present day plotline is a neat sub section, and the main adventures of the doctor and rose are throughly readable stuff, with some very funny moments of dialogue and a few serious moral dilemmas that force the reader to think about them on the way. One of the best of this range and well worth getting
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good read
Well written and good story for all who fans a little predictable but still good. Read whole thing very quickly which tells you something.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Story, Fantastic Writer.
This is the first book i have read in about 7 years. This is the book that has got me back into reading ! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my Whovian!
This was a present for my son who has not yet received it but he has enjoyed other books in the series!
Published 10 months ago by Ms. A. J. Longley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Perfectly captures Christopher Eccleston's Doctor, Rose and Jack. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Doctor Who or Science Fiction in general.
Published 11 months ago by Thomas Hicken
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
The best Doctor in a good story. Nice easy read for scifi fans. It's Who, how can it lose. Nine was good.
Published 14 months ago by sharon colpman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Seriously worth buying for all Doctor Who fans, it's an intriguing story with all the usual drama of the TV series.
Published 14 months ago by David Frederick Lyon
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who: Only Human
Reports of a time disturbance lead the Ninth Doctor to modern-day London, where he discovers a Neanderthal Man, twenty-eight thousand years after his race became extinct. Read more
Published 15 months ago by kk
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting ideas but problems with the plot
This is one of the better Ninth Doctor novels. It has a good mixture of pace. The author produces some quite exciting, racey action scenes but also knows when to slow things down... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Alaran
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting ideas but problems with the plot
This is one of the better Ninth Doctor novels. It has a good mixture of pace. The author produces some quite exciting, racey action scenes but also knows when to slow things down... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Alaran
5.0 out of 5 stars The best kind of Doctor Who story
A good short read for an afternoon or a great book for kids, this Doctor Who story goes right back to series one and features Rose, Christopher Ecclestone's Doctor and Captain... Read more
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