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Doctor Who: The Glamour Chase [Kindle Edition]

Gary Russell
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'Why are you here? I mean - who are you, exactly?'

An archaeological dig in 1936 unearths relics of another time... And - as the Doctor, Amy and Rory realise - another place. Another planet. But if Enola Porter, noted adventuress, has really found evidence of an alien civilisation, how come she isn't famous? Why has Rory never heard of her? Added to that, since Amy's been travelling with him for a while now, why does she now think the Doctor is from Mars?

As the ancient spaceship reactivates, the Doctor discovers that nothing and no one can be trusted. The things that seem most real could actually be literal fabrications - and very deadly indeed. Who can the Doctor believe when no one is what they seem? And how can he defeat an enemy who can bend matter itself to their will? For the Doctor, Amy and Rory - and all of humanity - the buried secrets of the past are very much a threat to the present...

A thrilling, all-new adventure featuring the Doctor, Amy and Rory, as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the spectacular hit series from BBC Television.

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An ancient spaceship and deadly illusions force the Doctor and Amy to doubt reality itself

About the Author

Gary Russell is one of the script editing team for Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, and the author of many novels and reference books in the Doctor Who range. A former editor of Doctor Who Magazine, he also was the producer of Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish Productions for eight years. He lives in Cardiff.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still good old Doctor Who 27 July 2010
I really enjoyed this book, it was written well and the plot just flowed just right, the ending I wasn't expecting either. Matt Smith's Doctor is really well shown in the story and I recommond it to any Doctor Who fan, who likes to be thrilled and yet laugh with it too :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They're coming 6 Nov. 2013
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An original Doctor Who novel. Which tells an all new story for the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory, never before presented in any other format.

It runs for two hundred and forty three pages. It's divided into a prologue and eighteen chapters. As usual with this range, it is suitable for readers of all ages. And the three leads are perfectly characterised, with dialogue you can imagine them saying on tv.

The story is set during the Eleventh Doctor's first tv season. Somewhere just past the middle.

The prologue details how a young girl once encountered the Doctor. And the result. You could be forgiven for thinking this is another re-telling of his first meeting with Amy. But there's the feeling that there is more to it than that.

After this, the TARDIS crew don't appear till gone page forty. As we get scenes involving alien spaceships and other aliens who are hunting them. Ancient Britons. Then a well characterised moment featuring a world war one veteran and his lady love finding something terrible in the countryside.

When the TARDIS finally arrives, it's in Britain in 1936. There's an archaeological dig near a manor house. A man who lives at the latter has been traumatised and warns of someone coming. Plus one of the servants seems to have their own agenda.

Why has the TARDIS brought the Doctor here?

And what lurks beneath the mound?

The pre Doctor pages are enough to keep you hooked. And then this does get rather good. It does take a while for events to really kick in, and spends a long time building setting. But the setting feels very convincingly like the period it's supposed to be. Events do then happen at just the right point to keep the plot moving along.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Glamour Chase 15 Nov. 2014
By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER
This novel, first published in 2010, features the Eleventh Doctor (as played on tv by Matt Smith), who is travelling with Amy and Rory.

The novel starts out with what sounds like a rehash of the Doctor and his first meeting with Amy, but once you get further along in the book it becomes clear what is actually happening. A good device for the start of the novel, as we don’t even get to have the Doctor in the action of the book for quite a way. After the prologue, there is further action with a failing space-travelling ship which seems doomed. The crew tries to save themselves by putting themselves in stasis. We follow what happens to the ship next. And then the Doctor, with Amy and Rory arrives in England in a village in 1936, where the locals are involved in an archaeological dig. But what have they found, and why is the atmosphere in the village so strange to the time travellers?

This is a pretty good Doctor Who novel; Gary Russell is an accomplished writer of Doctor Who material, as well as Torchwood and Sarah Jane Adventures. The setup is good, and the story races along well to a good conclusion. The only quibble I had with it was that there seemed to be a little too much ‘witty’ talk from the Doctor at the expense of moving the narrative along. Apart from that, a really good read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric start, but tails off. 28 Sept. 2012
By Alaran
A quiet English village cut off from the rest of the world, an alien masquerading as a leading figure of the community, an archaeological dig shrouded in mystery and danger - sound at all familiar?

Well, there are no Daemons but there are two potentially interesting alien spieces concerned with the village of Little Cadthorpe. Both could have been better. The Tahnn are seriously under used whereas the Weave are just a bit too silly to buy into the idea of them. Their conflict is reminiscent of the Sontaran/Ruton war but then, unfortunately, fails to go that way. Instead we get the Glamour chase itself which seems a little muddled.

I'm not sure what the nature of the 'Glamour' is or exactly what it is. A weapon? A healing source? A psychic field? An entertainment system? Appearing both scientific and magical, it is never adequately explained despite being the subject of the title. This is a shame because it makes the motivations of the characters a little vague if you don't know quite what it is everyone is after. In some ways that doesn't matter too much if you just accept it and enjoy the 'chase'.

What stands out about this novel is the extra thought put into the characterisation of Rory who was not that well developed in the TV series at the time this book was published. If anything he is the more proactive of the characters, even more so than the Doctor. This is nice to see for a change but it does seem to be a bit at the Doctor's expense. The Doctor has a lot less to do than normal and it is his 'silly' side that is given more time in the novel.

In my opinion it is one of the better books to be released in Matt Smith's first year but it is focussed more on Rory and other characters than the Doctor or Amy. If you want a book more closely related to the first Eleventh Doctor TV series it is probably best to go for one of the others released in this year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good read throughly enjoyed this book
Published 1 month ago by paula mifsud
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Fairly run of the mill story, helped by its focus on Rory and some fascinating new alien races.
Published 2 months ago by Ian Scales
4.0 out of 5 stars Particularly mysterious
Plenty of occurances here that differ significantly from the normal situations in this series. It isn't until chapter 4 that the Doctor appears, and by then there have been several... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mr. M. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who The Glamour Chase
'Why are you here? I mean - who are you, exactly?'

An archaeological dig in 1936 unearths relics of another time... Read more
Published on 14 April 2013 by kk
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay, a must for every Whovian.
I thought Doctor Who: The Glamour Chase was an okay read, and it's a must for every Whovian. One thing I will say is that the book is way too long, it tells a story that could have... Read more
Published on 6 Aug. 2012 by JGamer
1.0 out of 5 stars A Rory fest
He's clever, he has hidden depths of warmth and compassion, he can diagnose medical conditions, he always has the answers to any problem, he can interface with alien technology... Read more
Published on 20 Feb. 2012 by Someone Else
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best new Dr Who Adventure
The way the author portrayed the characters didn't gel with me in this one.
Also the alien being that existed as wool that could shape itself to look like anyone didn't really... Read more
Published on 14 July 2011 by Sean Curtin
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
this book rocks lots of twists nice aleins and excellent use of a english villege


something isnt right as rory said someone just walked over my... Read more
Published on 11 April 2011 by chace
5.0 out of 5 stars The glamour chase
I am a fan of Gary Russell's writing, and this is a truly outstanding example of his work. The storytelling is such compulsive reading that I simply could not put this book down! Read more
Published on 6 Mar. 2011 by Lilli de la Field
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