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Doctor Who: Plague of the Cybermen (Dr Who)

Doctor Who: Plague of the Cybermen (Dr Who) [Kindle Edition]

Justin Richards
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When the Doctor arrives in the 19th-century village of Klimtenburg, he discovers the residents suffering from some kind of plague - a 'wasting disease'. The victims face a horrible death - but what's worse, the dead seem to be leaving their graves. The Plague Warriors have returned.

The Doctor is confident he knows what's really happening; he understands where the dead go, and he's sure the Plague Warriors are just a myth. But as some of the Doctor's oldest and most terrible enemies start to awaken he realises that maybe - just maybe - he's misjudged the situation.

A thrilling, all-new adventure as played by Matt Smith in the spectacular hit series from BBC television.

From the Back Cover

'They like the shadows.'

'What like the shadows?'

'You know them as Plague Warriors.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 358 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Digital (11 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BHK9DA0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,583 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Justin Richards has written more books than he can remember. He has also written audio scripts, television, a stage play, edited anthologies of short stories, been a technical writer, and founded and edited a media journal.
Justin is the author of - amongst other things - The Death Collector, The Chaos Code, The Parliament of Blood and the series The Invisible Detective, Time Runners, and Agent Alfie. He is also Creative Director of the BBC's best-selling range of Doctor Who books, and has written a fair few of them himself.
His latest novel - The Skeleton Clock - is available for the Kindle.
Justin lives in Warwick with his wife and two children, and a lovely view of the castle.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Celebration of the Cybermen 6 May 2013
By Alaran
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The Cybermen often seem to work better when they're an insidious menace rather than invading the Earth with armies and space armadas, and for much of this story the Cybermen remain an eerie, disturbing threat in the background. Richards utilises them brilliantly, bringing them fully into the story with perfect timing. True, there are certainly similarities with `The Next Doctor' and `Closing Time' (Cybermen do tend to accidently crash their ships a fair bit) and there is a lot of heavy borrowing from the classic `Tomb of the Cybermen', but that is not necessarily a bad thing (a repeat of Cybermen slowly breaking through the membrane that covers their tombs is still effective and enjoyable). Occasionally the Cybermen are portrayed a little too much like zombies. However, this is easily done due to the similarities between the two and it does allow for some quite memorable and effective scenes.

It seems reasonable to assume that this book takes place, at least for the Doctor, sometime between `The Angels take Manhattan' and `The Bells of St. John', so there is no Clara. The companion role is fulfilled by Olga who, as an older, more mature `companion', seems to work quite well with the often childish attributes of the Eleventh Doctor. The Doctor himself is portrayed a little generically at times and one of the Doctor's other incarnations could easily have fitted into various scenes. This is often the more toned down and contemplative version of the Eleventh Doctor rather than `the mad a man with a box' act.
The book is quite light on other characters, many just making up the numbers, and most aren't particularly memorable. Humans augmented by cyber technology aren't that original now and this story offers no expansion of or different insight into such things.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good. 17 April 2013
By Walker
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Justin is very good at capturing the relevant Doctor's character in all the books he has written for the series, and this is no different. Matt Smith's Doctor leaps off the page in every scene he's in, with only the rare occasion where it seems reminiscent of the Tom Baker from the Douglas Adams years.

The story is a simple affair which sees the Doctor curing an apparent plague and fighting off a group of crashed Cybermen. Some scenes of the frozen Cybermen were very much in the vein of Tomb of the Cybermen, and worked well in the context of this story. The atmosphere is created well, and the cast of characters are fine if a little dull. I liked Olga, though. I could see her as a possible tv companion with some fleshing out.

If you like reading the Doctor's adventures, then this shouldn't disappoint you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plague of the Cybermen 14 Jun 2013
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
"I'm the Doctor. But you can all call me "the Doctor" ...

A new Doctor Who adventure is always approached with some excitement, and a little trepidation. This one, which features the Cybermen (best villains ever) promises much.

In a quiet village under the shadow of the castle, people are dying - of a plague, or so they think. And others, who have been taken by the Plague Warriors, are found with limbs and organs torn from them. When the mysterious Doctor arrives in their midst, they are surprised but soon accept his offer of help. But what the Doctor finds does not make him happy - for there is evidence of others being there who have anything but the best of intentions for the population.

This is a good Doctor Who story; fairly standard fare, no surprises, and that's not a bad thing - a good Cybermen story with plenty of action, lots of Doctor witticisms and a story that would translate well onto the small screen - that's what the diehard Doctor Who fans like me always enjoy. Great stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delete! Upgrade! But beware of the tombs... 27 Feb 2014
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Justin Richards perfectly captures the eleventh Doctor in this story, Plague of the Cybermen. He also knows his classic Doctor Who, reprising the Patrick Troughton Doctor Who story, Tomb of the Cybermen. The story tells of a spaceship crashing into the outskirts of a small village, leaving a terrible radiation leak which stops things from growing. The Doctor and Olga, a school teacher from the village, investigate and the Doctor discovers that the spaceship is a colony ship carrying Cybermen as its cargo. To save the village, the Doctor enlists help...
The story is fast-pacing and worthy to be included amongst some of the other great novels released by BBC Books and Virgin Publishing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who 4 Feb 2014
By Pat g
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Only ever watched the TV programs or films first book to read , so far very good. I shall be getting more, Why has it taken so long to read a Dr Who book??!
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5.0 out of 5 stars blobby good book /: a few mistakes 20 Dec 2013
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Is good but can get much better €?$,^~ can you make more books? These are quite good!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 28 July 2013
By jamie
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As a huge fan of doctor who i feel the author really captures the theme of the show perfectly. The plot is very well laid out and i recommend this to all doctor who fans of all ages as you will really enjoy it.
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