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Doctor Who: Prisoner of the Daleks: The Monster Collection Edition [Kindle Edition]

Trevor Baxendale
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Smashing stuff -- Doctor Who Magazine, October 2009

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The Doctor and a group of bounty hunters battle the Daleks - from the bestselling BBC Books Doctor Who fiction range

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate Doctor Who novel. Simply essential 14 Nov 2009
By R. Wood TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
No other race of beings have caused the Doctor as much pain as the Daleks. If they're not torturing him physically and emotionally, they're spreading their horror and destruction throughout the whole of creation, utterly relentless and unforgiving in their pursuit of total domination. No matter how many times they're defeated, they always return and survive to plague the Time Lord, his loved ones and the universe forever and ever. He lost his people and home world of Gallifrey to them in the Time War, he lost both his soul mate Rose Tyler and his best mate/big sister Donna Noble fighting them...

They are unquestionably his greatest enemies. Because as the Doctor himself has said, "They survive. They ALWAYS survive, while I lose everything."

In the 2009 series of Doctor Who novels, we have Prisoner of the Daleks by Trevor Baxendale. Taking place after the tragic Journey's End, this is set in the twilight year of the Tenth Doctor. For the first time in a long time, he is truly alone with no companion, friends or family to comfort him. With Davros, Caan and the Dalek race presently presumed completely destroyed, the Doctor finds himself trapped in a moment of history before the Time War. The Dalek Empire is rapidly growing in power, locked in fierce war with the human race. Before long, the Doctor finds himself caught-up in the conflict with a pack of Dalek bounty hunters...and a terrifying, insidious scheme that threatens to unravel everything the Doctor ever knew.

Hands down, Prisoner of the Daleks is the greatest Doctor Who novel I have ever read. There have been a lot of cracking tales in this series of hardbacks but Baxendale has delivered here in a way no other author has, and it's not just because the Daleks are here to whet fans' appetites.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU ARE A PRISONER OF THE DALEKS! 12 April 2009
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A new doctor who novel. telling a story not seen on tv. featuring the tenth doctor on his own. characterised perfectly well enough for you to have no problem imagining david tennant saying the dialogue. complete in 251 pages. and suitable for readers of all ages.

the story involves the doctor finding himself in a time somewhen before the time war, with humans and daleks in the middle of an intergalactic war. he finds himself stranded with a group of humans who hunt daleks for a living. and they find themselves caught up in a dalek plot that places the future of the space time continuum at risk. literally.

long term fans may find the style of this familiar as it contains a lot of the elements that dalek creator terry nation would have in his stories. a group of tough humans and a humanoid alien. desolate planets. space battles. humans becoming prisoners of the daleks. cunning dalek plans. dalek spaceships. lots of explosions. and a chilling coda that suggests the daleks arent gone for good.

this book contains all of those, and yet it's done so well it's never cliched and that's all part of the charm. the human and humanoid characters are all quite well rounded and have believable motivations. it also brings in the moral questions that the show would often raise, not least whether killing or torturing daleks makes you any better than them.

all of this makes it a real page turner. and the daleks are also done very well. they do some very nasty things that are well in keeping with their character. and in a nice touch the book uses a different typeset for their dialogue.

those familiar with terry nations work will also spot a sneaky reference to a planet from his other show blake's 7. which was a nice touch.

a hugely enjoyable read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Doctor Who book out there - bar none! 23 Nov 2010
By Sam Woodward TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Length: 1:49 Mins
How could any Doctor Who fan not like a story about the Tenth Doctor joining forces with a small but ruthless crew of Dalek hunters as he once again takes on his most iconic & deadly foe? Somehow he has arrived just before the Time War began, so has an opportunity to do a lot of good. But as you can tell from the title, things don't exactly go smoothly...

It has all the usual elements of a good Who story - seemingly unstoppable enemies, sonic screwdrivering aplenty, quirky lines & the Doctor preaching morality to his allies as they go about killing & torturing the creatures who slaughtered their families. Yet it doesn't seem clichéd or repetitive at all. It's actually very compelling & adds a lot of background to the Daleks, while remaining completely faithful to the Whoniverse. For instance, we are told that at full power, a Daleks' gun can atomise a human instantly but instead they use just enough energy to kill them over a couple of seconds, inflaming the nervous system & inflicting the maximum amount of pain on their victims. Social workers they ain't. However, its main strength has to be the continual battle of wits between The Doctor & his plunger-bearing foes as they lay subtle traps for each other like chess grandmasters, where you're never quite sure who's fooling who. Forget sci-fi shows from times gone by where supposedly intelligent characters do incredibly daft things to enable the hero to win - here the Daleks represent a believable threat.

Trevor Baxendale's writing is superb. I've tried a few Doctor Who audiobooks & much as I hate to say it, most seem to be derivative cash-ins, nowhere near up to the standard of the TV series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiring Dalek Tale
From the synopsis that I read of this story, this sounded like a story unlike many other Doctor Who books in the BBC Books line. Read more
Published 4 months ago by G. K. Griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Doctor Who novels
This is a great Dalek tale, one of the best that is not based upon a televised story. The plot isn’t particularly original – the Daleks are being typical Daleks and the Doctor is... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alaran
2.0 out of 5 stars Alright for kids
This book was fine. Pretty entertaining kids run around. I just got carried away and has rather expected more. If this is doctor who, then it's a bit dull.
Published 5 months ago by Whittso
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissible Dalek Adventure On Audio
This novel by Author Trevor Baxendale is a Dalek novel for BBC books which has been adapted for audio & narrated by voice of the Daleks & execute producer of Big Finish Productions... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Timelord007
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This would be by far the best Dalek story on Tv ever, but of course it's not. IUt is the best doctor who novel i have read, and i don't say that lightly. Read more
Published 8 months ago by harry saunders
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining story
Very fast paced story, believable characters and Daleks with good dialogue and with real motivation. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Wild Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Dr who novel!
I really enjoyed this book. You could really imagine 10 saying a lot of the dialogue, and the plot genuinely kept you guessing... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Casper
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent listen for a long journey
This 5 cd set lasts five hours and is brilliantly read by Nicholas Briggs - the voice of the Daleks himself. It is an exciting story and I enjoyed every bit of it. Thanks.
Published 13 months ago by Rosie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Exterminator
This book is almost definitely the best doctor who book ever written. It has tons of previously unknown facts about Daleks and it introduces an epic new character Dalek x who I... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Matthew Quilt
5.0 out of 5 stars More adult feel but still fun and interesting
Like other books in the series this has some great alien planets - I liked the ruins especially. The characters are all adults which gives the book a different, more mature feel... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mr. M. Jones
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