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Doctor Who: Shakedown: The Monster Collection Edition (Doctor Who (BBC Paperback))

Doctor Who: Shakedown: The Monster Collection Edition (Doctor Who (BBC Paperback)) [Kindle Edition]

Terrance Dicks
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The Doctor Who Monster Collection: Eight thrilling adventures, eight iconic monsters. You're going to need a bigger sofa...

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For thousands of years the Sontarans and the Rutans have fought a brutal war across the galaxy. Now the Sontarans have a secret plan to destroy the Rutan race – a secret plan the Doctor is racing against time to uncover.

Only one Rutan spy knows the Sontarans’ plan. As he is chased through the galaxy in a desperate bid for his life, he reaches the planet Sentarion – where Professor Bernice Summerfield’s research into the history of the Sontaran-Rutan war is turning into an explosive reality…

An adventure featuring the Seventh Doctor, as played by Sylvester McCoy

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1662 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Digital (6 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HDG74CG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,814 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Sontaran Anniversary Reissue 16 Aug 2014
By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Doctor Who: Shakedown (The Monster Collection Edition, Reissue).
Based on: Shakedown: Return of the Sontarans
Doctor: Seventh Doctor
Companion(s): Benny, Roz, Chris
Main enemy: Sontarans,
Main setting:
Megerra, 2376
Sentarion, 2376
Space Station Alpha, 2376
Tiger Moth, 2376
Publisher: Virgin Books
Writer: Terrance Dicks
Release number: 45
Format: Paperback Book, 304 Pages

Trivia.1)The Doctor has grey eyes.
2)The Doctor is known as "the Infamous General Smith" by the Sontarans because of his actions in the first third of the story.
3)The Doctor holds a Master of Arts with the University of Antares.
4)Lentas are grown on the planet Jekkar.
5)Vragg is a Sontaran beverage.
6)Chris and Roz pose as Pinkerton Agency members or "Pinks".
7)Bernice spends much of her time on the planet Sentarion doing research for the Doctor.
8)The Sontaran Military Code requires the death penalty for every infraction.
9)The Pinkerton Agency (aka the Pinks), also known as The Eye That Never Sleeps, is an infamous spy organisation that flourished as far back as the 19th century.
10)The Great Mother is the repository of the Rutan gestalt intelligence.
11)The Time Lords seem to support the Rutans in their war with the Sontarans.
12)The middle section of this novel novelises the Reeltime Pictures video production Shakedown: Return of the Sontarans & includes photographs from that production, The novel version also intentionally ties into Lords of the Storm, published that same month.
13)The novel as a whole provides what is basically a three-part adventure; before, during and after Shakedown: Return of the Sontarans.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Shakedown 16 Aug 2014
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
“He wondered what had happened to mild, gentle, womanly women. Like Ace – and Leela.”

This is a re-release of a novel first published in 1999, released again now as part of the Doctor Who – Monsters collection of stories featuring several of the Doctors in individual stories with various monsters – Zygons, Cybermen, Daleks and in this case Sontarans (and Rutans).

The Doctor (Seventh) is up to his mysterious ways again, and has sent Roz and Chris after a serial killer who is able to change his shape – killing, changing shape and skipping planets, Roz and Chris are having a tough time trying to chase him down. Meanwhile, Benny has been sent to the University at Sentarion City, where she blends in as a scholar and tries to find information on a mysterious secret that the Doctor has sent her to look for. But her search leads her into more danger than she had anticipated and she soon finds herself in dire trouble. The Doctor has been interfering with the Sontarans’ takeover of a planet, and finds himself in jail with a smuggler. But it’s all okay; the Doctor has a plan – doesn’t he? What could possibly go wrong?

This is a really great story, and I was surprised to remind myself that it was written by Terrance Dicks (who, let’s face it tends to dial down the suspense and deep characterisation of a great novel in favour of shorter novels full of action).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Two monsters for the price of one 13 Mar 2014
By Alaran
‘Shakedown’ was originally a straight to video spin-off from the world of Doctor Who. This novel, by the same author as the filmed script, is an extended version of that story. The novel is split into three sections with the middle part being a novelisation of the video release. The parts either side fill out a story around the Sontaran boarding of the solar yacht the Tiger Moth and give a fuller more complex reason for it. Strangely this novel has the task of inserting the Doctor into a story that originally he couldn’t be in. This means that the Doctor is often a background figure. But this works alright with the Seventh Doctor as it is more characteristic of him than the Doctor’s other incarnations.

This novel covers a subject that the programme has never focussed upon, the conflict between the Sontarans and the Rutons. Being partially responsible for the creation of both sets of aliens alongside Robert Holmes, Terrance Dicks knows both species really well and provides some insight into their war.

There are quite a lot of characters to focus upon in the novel. The characters from the original video (many played by actors who had previously been in Doctor Who) all receive a reasonable amount of attention with Lisa Deranne and Kurt featuring across the novel in all three of its sections. This fleshes their characters out more, particularly in the case of Kurt who we now get some background on. The main Sontaran of the story, Commander Steg, receives a similar treatment. In a race of clones he is quite a distinctive personality.

On top of this the Doctor has three companions. Bernice Summerfield gets to investigate alone for the Doctor within her particular area of expertise. Dicks shows a good understanding of this character in his portrayal.
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