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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Sontarens again 23 Mar 2014
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A cracking good read. I have the video it was based on ,worth watching again. Apparently This was not enough words to be accepted. Apart from saying I enjoyed the book, what else do they want me to say?- I had a nice cup of coffee and a chocolate biscuit half way through.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 4 July 2014
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This series of books are a fantastic read - more please
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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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By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Shakedown started life in 1995 as a direct-to-video adventure made by Dreamwatch Media, starring various familiar faces from Doctor Who and Blake's 7. The story featured the Sontarans and was written by veteran Doctor Who script-editor and writer Terrance Dicks. For rights reasons the character of the Doctor couldn't be included in the video but when Virgin decided to commission Dicks to adapt the story in book form in late 1995 this was no longer a problem - as Virgin did have the rights to use the character.

Dicks elected to put the events seen in the video into the middle of the book - with a new plot featuring the Doctor and his companions at the beginning and end - and the new material is by far the most interesting part of the book. This sees the Doctor, Benny, Chris and Roz searching for a Rutan spy who has been masquerading as a Sontaran. The Doctor and his companions are seperated and each has to tackle their own sub-plot. There's some nice stuff here, particularly the Mega-City section, featuring the educated Ogron, Garshak.

Terrance Dicks has always been a very good storyteller, so whilst his original Doctor Who books aren't the deepest or the most experimental, he certainly knows how to entertain - and Shakedown has this in spades, with plenty of humour, action and drama.

Shakedown is a great page-turner from one of the series' key figures and it's good to have it back in print.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who at Its Worst 21 July 2014
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This is one of the worst Doctor Who novels I've ever read. I purchased it as part of the re-issued Monster Collection and it's the weakest book in the series. The main problem is that it's a Doctor Who novel without the Doctor. The Seventh Doctor is basically relegated to a cameo at the beginning and end of the novel. The primary focus of the story is on the crew of the Tiger Moth, a motley band of bland personalities who seem to exist merely to be killed off one by one by the Sontarans and Rutans. None of these characters are individually strong enough to carry the story. In fact I don't think there's an interesting or likeable character in this entire novel.

The plotting is pretty terrible. The reader is ahead of the story the entire time (especially the reveal of the Rutan's "secret") so waiting for the Doctor to appear at the end and wrap everything up gets rather frustrating. At 300 pages the novel is also incredibly overwritten, especially considering how little actually happens. Most of the time it feels like Dicks is just killing time and padding the novel with unnecessary scenes and exposition in order to bulk up the page count. Staggeringly bad.

If you're looking for a good Seventh Doctor story, check out ILLEGAL ALIEN instead.
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag of a story 29 May 2014
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Shakedown has a lot going on and is a very rollicking tale stretching across great distances. However it also shows what it is; a cobbled together novel based on a much shorter Doctor-less story. Enjoyable but somewhat disjointed.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Adaption of an unofficial story 14 May 2014
By jeremy cartner - Published on
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This is a re-print of the New Adventure by the great Terrence Dicks which is unique in the range as it is an adaption of an unofficial video spin off of the same name. As recounted in his introduction the original version didn't actually include the Doctor due to rights reasons so a way to include him had to be found. The final story cleverly acts as a prelude, the story as seen in the video and an epilogue. This makes for a rewarding reading experience because you are in fact getting the ultimate writers cut. A great book when it was first published which still holds up today.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Classic Doctor Who, but not the usual tale 11 May 2014
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The story here doesn't contain as much of the Doctor as one might expect, although when he is absent his companions are still carrying out his orders. The context is the ongoing war between the Sontarans and their enemies the Rutans. As it is explained in the intro, the novel is based on a video "spinoff" that didn't even feature the Doctor (7th incarnation). The novel filled in the gaps and brought the story into the world of the Doctor. Dicks has a long list of Doctor Who novelizations under his belt, so he manages the project quite well. It is a good mystery story, and for those fans of the classic Doctor series it is fun, if a bit different. I only gave it 4 stars, but in truth, I became a true fan of the Doctor only after the series returned with the Ninth Doctor (although I am old enough to remember the earlier series, especially from the 4th Dr. on,) so I am still adjusting to the earlier works. I might find myself appreciating it more later on. I did enjoy it over all.
4.0 out of 5 stars How I miss the New Adventures 17 April 2014
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Personally there was never a better time to be a Doctor Who fan than during the "Wilderness Years". It was a sad day when the show was cancelled but from its ashes came The New Adventures of Doctor Who by Virgin Publishing and it was amazing. The show grew up with me. Characters felt real. They could love, curse, kill. It had become a darker universe but I was hooked. I fell in love with Paul Cornell's Professor Bernice "Surprise" Summerfield the moment I met her and to this day remains my favorite companikn. These were good times and even if Shakedown was not the best in the NA run it was fun just to sit down and read it all over again. It was like revisiting with old friends who time and circumstances sent in opposite directions.

Do read Shakedown. It's a fun read with not one but two classic Who monsters. When you finish seek out the rest in this series. It is worth it.
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