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Doctor Who: Short Trips and Side Steps [Paperback]

Jacqueline Rayner , Stephen Cole
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6 Mar 2000 Doctor Who
This collection of short stories is written by the Doctor Who series' most popular authors, also featuring debuts from some budding new writers. Tales of all eight Doctors are featured here, from the Fifth Doctor and Peri in the Wild West to the Sixth Doctor in Leisureworld on the planet Krennos; from the First Doctor in an eerie, apparently haunted house to the Seventh Doctor in Birmingham balti house! Among the best-known previous authors are Paul Magrs, Trevor Baxendale, Steve Lyons and Justin Richards.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (6 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563555998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563555995
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jacqueline Rayner is happy to write thousands upon thousands of words of fiction, but has just spent over an hour trying to think of something to say about herself for this biography. She has written books about Doctor Who, Merlin and other TV series, and even some books that aren't connected to TV series at all. She lives in Essex with her husband and twin sons, and spends a lot of time thinking of ways to raise money for

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3.0 out of 5 stars Some diamonds shining amongst the coals .... 30 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Some interesting ideas expressed in the stories, the "shorts" being for the most part amusing looks at the Doctor. "Nothing at the End of the Lane" had me flicking through to read the subsequent parts, but it's "vrs" that gets my vote .... ;-)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting spins on the Doctor 19 April 2000
A variable mixture, this collection includes some 'canonical' stories and some wildly speculative ones, which are for the most part better written and more interesting. If you're after classical Who, go for a missing adventure instead.
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2.0 out of 5 stars For "Side Steps" read "Giant Leaps!" 9 May 2000
By A Customer
I had hoped that the opening story of this book "The Longest Story In The World" was setting the standard of the passages to follow. Unfortunately there were only a few of the collection that I enjoyed and what followed almost had me sending the book back to the publisher demanding a real Doctor Who book or face action under the Trade Descriptions Act.
The second story is the clichéd and contrived "A Town Called Eternity." "The Not-So-Sinister-Sponge" seems the work of an infant with a planet made of butterscotch mountains, liquorice trees and rivers of jam which brought back the nightmare embarrassment of the Kandyman. Again I double checked the title of the series. "Countdown To TV Action" is assumedly intending to be in the style of a child's comic strip but it lacks the wit to carry it off as a true spoof and really just comes across as rather silly. By this time I considered digging out my old Doctor Who annuals for a more thought provoking read. But I ploughed on and found that many of the stories that followed were very mediocre. Perhaps I've been spoiled by the excellent 8th Doctor series, but there is a definite lack of originality in many of the offerings in this 3rd trips outing. You don't care about the characters and 'alternative reality' themes have substituted imagination.
There are exceptions, notably many of the short gems such as "The Android Maker of Calderon IV" and "Do You Love Anyone Enough?" which put some of the lengthier offerings to shame. "Nothing At The End Of The Lane" is the sort of intelligent 'alternative' style that works.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's Been (Sur)Real! 7 Jun 2001
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This collection of short stories turns a lot of conventions on its head by ignoring them. The Doctor from the two movies staring Peter Cushing is just as real as the others. The Ninth Doctor has a history. The Fourth Doctor and Romana have a thing going on. The Doctor can be presented as a parody of himself. The wildly separated stories present views not only of the Doctor from television, but the Doctor from the future and parallel Doctors. There are enough views of all the different Doctors that not every story will be equally enjoyable to all people. (Thus four rather than five stars.) However, every long-term fan of Doctor Who will find enough in this book to hold their attention and keep them coming back for more. It's worth getting. Just bear in mind that you'll be disappointed a few times.
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