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Gareth Roberts
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18 May 2006 DOCTOR WHO (Book 140)

Equipped with space suits, golf clubs and a flag, the Doctor and Rose are planning to live it up, Apollo mission-style, on the Moon. But the TARDIS has other plans, landing them instead in a village on the south coast of England; a picture-postcard sort of place where nothing much happens. Until now...

An archaeological dig has turned up a Roman mosaic, circa AD 70, depicting mythical scenes, grapes and a Dalek. A few days later a young woman, rushing for work, is knocked over and killed by a bus, then comes back to life.

It's not long before all hell breaks loose, and the Doctor and Rose must use all their courage and cunning against an alien enemy and a not-quite-alien accomplice who are intent on destroying humanity.

Featuring the Doctor and Rose as played by David Tennant and Billie Piper in the hit Doctor Who series from BBC Television.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (18 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0146000226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0146000225
  • ASIN: 0563486481
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.1 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A gripping time travel adventure from the bestselling Doctor Who fiction range from BBC Books

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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short...but sweet. 2 Sep 2006
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
Older or more competent readers may initially be put off of the idea of what is essentially a book written for people who don't like reading (100 pages of very large type in the `Quick Reads' series) but `I Am A Dalek' is actually far more enjoyable than many of the longer young-audience hardback's published in the wake of the new Doctor Who series. The book reads very much in the style of the new television series one-episode stories: very fast moving and completely shorn of fat. The story is something of a variation from that of the TV story `Dalek': in that story Rose was responsible for transferring some of the `human factor' into a Dalek, here we have a human who is taken over by the Dalek factor. There's also plenty of genuine Dalek action, including the bizarre concept of a gunless Dalek causing mayhem only with it's `sink plunger' arm, and some nice humorous moments. The only slight problem I had with the book is the rather unnecessary coda, which is a bit of a cheat and undoes a previously powerful moment earlier in the book. Still, this is good fun, and if you like the fast and breezy nature of the new television series you'll find this a perfect read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RESISTANCE is futile! 18 July 2006
Wow! I didn't expect much from a quick read, but this is simply a fantastic read. The quick reads have been designed to get people into reading books and this should do just that. 30 years ago it was Terrance Dicks Target Dr Who novels that taught me to read and I hope this does the same for this generation.

This could easily be 1 part story from Season 2 with the 10th Dr. His character is captured excellently here as is Rose. The Dalek is as evil and tricksy as they have ever been if not more so. Here it briefly explores their hell bent desire to keep the Dalek race alive at what ever cost.

Brillant book and at this price you can't go wrong. Come on lets have another one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars short and sweet 30 Jun 2006
Half the length of the usual doctor who novels, and a little better than some of them as a result in presenting a story that could be done on television. The tenth doctor gets his first encounter with the daleks - and remember, he's a no second chances guy - and action ensues.

A very easy read and a very enjoyable one. The supporting cast are nicely sketched, and there are strong emotional moments that make you feel for them. Also look out for the best way to deal with a dalek since the van in dalek invasion of earth!

A nice little book, and well worth reading if you can't wait for the next tv episode
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for little kids 4 Dec 2006
By Don
My 4 year old daughter loves Doctor Who, unfortunately most of the books out there are just a bit too old for her yet and too long. This was perfect, we managed to read a chapter a night before bed and it didn't take too long to get through it. This is her first book with chapters in and she thought it was fantastic. I just wish there were more like this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Simple but absorbing Quick Read featuring The Doctor's nemeses and his companion Rose Tyler, and primarily designed to encourage reluctant readers and improve literacy skills in a fun way. As a teacher of English I think that it does that job admirably; it's a short, fun read, like a TV episode, but whittled down to the essentials.
Rose and the Doctor are in character, the Dalek is suitably menacing and the extra characters were written with just enough personality so that you worried if they lived or died. The explanation for how the Doctor and Rose end up where they do is a bit weak, but that's missing the point. A well-written, accessible and fun read for fans of all ages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Am a Dalek 10 Jan 2014
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
This is one of the Quick Reads series of Doctor Who novels, and features the Tenth Doctor (as portrayed by David Tennant) with Rose. Just a little over 100 pages long, this quick read is definitely that; but it's a great story.

The Doctor and Rose land on the Moon; only it's not the Moon, and the Tardis is trying to tell the Doctor something. Not far away, an archaeological dig has found something quite wrong in some Roman ruins. And that's only the beginning.

This is a really good story, full of great Doctor Who action and characters, and of course Daleks. Definitely recommended.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By C. Rice
I have to in some ways agree with the people that think that Dr Who books are not very well written. I've read several and enjoyed them (as a Dr Who fan) but wouldn't recommend them to anyone else unless thye were as interested as I am. But this short story is different. Anyone who's just enjoyed dipping into the recent TV series should try this very short read. Reading it I got completely engaged for the duration (you'll probably read it in one sitting) and it was strangely like watching a TV episode, except almost better because I imagined all the events and it was really cool. The story is a typical kind of doctor who one but it's refreshing to read it rather than watch it for a change.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A quick and enjoyable story 23 Mar 2014
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As part of the small range of the "Quick Read" books, I thought that this one would be a fine addition to the collection. After reading the plot synopsis and buying the book, I thought it was a good way to spend a couple of days reading.

This story is written by Gareth Roberts, who is known to prefer the Doctor Who stories that are set on Earth. Anyone reading this book can tell that. The detail that is put into everyday elements of our basic human lives is brilliant, and the reader can relate with it easily. When the TARDIS lands down in Southern England, the Doctor and Rose are horrified when they see a Dalek appear on an ancient mural. It is later revealed that there really is a Dalek, albeit an empty casing that has laid under the Earth for thousands of years.

When a young woman is then hit by a vehicle, the two events may not seem as seperate as some may think. Without spoiling the plot, it is nice seeing how the pieces slot into place and leading to a single Dalek causing havoc for the local area. It is also a completely different way of resolving the problem in comparison to previous stories. All I'll say is that Gareth Roberts has used what he writes about best to stop the Dalek decimating everything.

In comparison, I finished the book in two days and I thought it was a great read and one that I would reccomend to any Doctor Who fan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the doctor in the tardis with rose tyler
brilliant ten and rose read! it is a short wee story but its detailed very well! its for adults and for kids as the doctor comes face to face with his oldest foe but can he stop it... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Shyneece-Christine MacAngus
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr who david tennant i am a dalek.
I found david tennant as dr who actor brilliant i also liked him acting in most things but big dr who fan.
Published 9 months ago by bugbog
4.0 out of 5 stars The characters carry this
It's the characters ringing so true that carry this book. That and being cheap.

A compelling read, but a rather straightforward yarn. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Colin
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who I am a Dalek
Equipped with space suits, golf clubs and a flag, the Doctor and Rose are planning to live it up, Apollo mission-style, on the Moon. Read more
Published 17 months ago by kk
5.0 out of 5 stars What a book!
I loved reading this book. A really good story line full of twists. A must read! 10/10 download now or you will miss out!!! :)
Published 18 months ago by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting...
A fun read on a short adventure with the good Doctor... Probably would have been happier with my purchase had I realised it was a novella & not a novel...
Published 20 months ago by Fritz O'Skennick
5.0 out of 5 stars Avid Dr Who Fan !
Always enjoy a Dr Who story.
Always unpredictable and enjoyable.
This story does not let Who fans down...
Can never get enough of these adventures....
Published 21 months ago by SK
5.0 out of 5 stars No effort
This book was an easy read that occupied a couple of hours. It fealt right-the Doctor and Rose the same as on the television series. Read more
Published 24 months ago by W. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars lively and original
Lively and original - good story, nice details as loose ends that get tied up neatly, and good range of characters. Fun read.
Published on 23 Nov 2011 by Mr. M. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written and entertaining
This is a very well-written, consistently entertaining story, with vivid and well defined characters. I realy enjoyed it. A must read for every Dr. Who fun. Read more
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