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Doctor Who - Only Human (New Series Adventure 5) [Hardcover]

Gareth Roberts
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8 Sep 2005 DOCTOR WHO (Book 131)

Somebody's interfering with time. The Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack arrive on modern-day Earth to find the culprit and discover a Neanderthal Man, twenty-eight thousand years after his race became extinct. Only a trip back to the primeval dawn of humanity can solve the mystery. Who are the mysterious humans from the distant future now living in that distant past? What hideous monsters are trying to escape from behind the Grey Door?

Is Rose going to end up married to a caveman? Caught between three very different types of human being past, present and future the Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack must learn the truth behind the Osterberg experiment before the monstrous Hy-Bractors escape to change humanity's history forever.

Featuring the Ninth Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack as played by Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper and John Barrowman in the hit Doctor Who series from BBC Television.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (8 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563486392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563486398
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 14.6 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack fight to save humanity's history in this gripping adventure from the BBC Books Doctor Who fiction series

About the Author

Gareth Roberts has written seven Classic Doctor Who novels, together with tv scripts for Emmerdale, Brookside, Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), Swiss Toni and His and Hers. He now writes for the Doctor Who and Sarah Jane Adventures television series, including the Doctor Who episodes The Shakespeare Code (2007) and The Unicorn and the Wasp (2008).

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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
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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I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was the first book of Doctor Who I've read (and I only read it less than a month ago). But I am torn. On the one hand, I can't say the book is awful, but there are elements that bring it down.
First thing - the writing, although not bad, feels like it was written by a scriptwriter rather than a novelist. The dialogue is better and more involving than the descriptive sections. Somehow, reading Doctor Who is still fun, despite this fact and I think its because you feel the writer is enjoying this.
Unlike other TV-based books (such as LOST), the characterisations are more consistent (if not terribly revealing beyond the boundaries that we see in the show)and the prose has a greater sense of heart and soul. Well, a little more. The prose is still somewhat stiff in places. Significant improvements are made with the latest books. I've read two old books with Rose and a new one with Donna ("Shining Darkness"), the writing and storytelling of the latter succeeds all previous efforts.
The story of "Only Human" is hit and miss. It meanders all over the place as various characters go off in different directions. Jack and Das are poorly served, left to wallow in a sub-plot that keeps getting in the way of the main action. These pages would have been better off edited together, or left until the end.
There are various plot-holes towards the end - and end which is too daft for even Doctor Who. I can't say much more without spoiling the book.
Overall: The writing, plot and the structure of the novel is bearable, but very inconsistent at times, as is the characterisation of a few minor figures important to the plot. The ending is too silly, you wonder if the author struggled with finding a decent climax to finish with.
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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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars the last neanderthal 28 Jun 2007
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great read.
Published 1 month ago by chris papanicolas
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 7 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 10 months ago by Eric
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good, Except When It Isn't
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. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Richard Wright
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 12 months ago by Ms. A. J. Longley
3.0 out of 5 stars Only Human
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. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Keen Reader
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 13 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 16 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 17 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
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