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Doctor Who: The Sontaran Games [Paperback]

Jacqueline Rayner
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26 Feb 2009 DOCTOR WHO (Book 86)

Every time the lights go out, someone dies...

The TARDIS lands at an academy for top athletes, all hoping to be chosen for the forthcoming Globe Games. But is one of them driven enough to resort to murder? The Doctor discovers that the students have been hushing up unexplained deaths.

Teaming up with a young swimmer called Emma, the Doctor begins to investigate - but he doesn't expect to find a squad of Sontarans invading the academy!

As the Sontarans begin their own lethal version of the Globe Games, the Doctor and Emma must find out what's really going on. But the Doctor is captured and forced to take part in the Sontaran Games. Can even a Time Lord survive this deadly contest?

Featuring the Doctor as played by David Tennant in the acclaimed Doctor Who series from BBC Television.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (26 Feb 2009)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1846076439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846076435
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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

About Quick Reads:

"I've been lucky enough to write two Quick Reads, Doctor Who: The Sontaran Games in 2009 and Doctor Who: Magic of the Angels in 2012. Quick Reads is a wonderful initiative providing short, easy-to-read books for people who struggle to find the time for longer works or find them daunting. They aim to open up the world of words for those who've forgotten or never knew how much fun reading can be.

"I have a special reason to love Quick Reads. A few years ago, during a particularly bad bout of ill health, I found myself too unwell to read. This lasted for several months, and as someone who has spent almost every spare second reading for as long as I can remember, it was incredibly frustrating. Then one day my husband came home with a copy of Chickenfeed, a Quick Read by one of my favourite authors, Minette Walters. Slowly, page by page in my sick bed, I managed to get through it. The realisation that reading wasn't lost to me after all is something I'll always be grateful to Quick Reads for."

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The Doctor battles the Sontarans in a deadly contest - the latest in the bestselling Doctor Who Quick Reads

About the Author

Jacqueline Rayner has written six Doctor Who novels, as well as other science-fiction and children's books. A member of Doctor Who Magazine's 'Time Team', she and three friends have been watching all the Doctor Who programmes ever made in order and are recording their reactions. This has so far taken them over nine years! She lives in Essex with her husband and twin sons.

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4.0 out of 5 stars sontaran olympiad 22 Feb 2009
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This year's doctor who quick reads novel. If you've not heard of quick reads, then a brief word of explanation. every year several very short books - about one hundred pages of short chapters and large print - are issued on national quick reads day. the aim of these is to get those who don't normally read to try it. since they're short and easy reads they're good things to try if you don't usually have the time or inclination for anything longer or more challenging.

but that doesn't mean those who do can't enjoy them as well.

the range is now in it's fourth year and a doctor who book has been included in the range every year.

this one involves the doctor arriving at a sports training facility to find there have been several mysterious deaths there. he befriends some of the students at the place and they find that it has been taken over by sontarans, aliens familiar to anyone who saw the 2008 season of the show on tv. the sontarans put the doctor and the students through some dangerous tests. can they survive? and what is the sontarans true purpose in being there?

This is definitely a book you can get into quickly and the prose is clear enough such that you won't find it a difficult read. story wise it's not bad. the supporting characters do have a reasonable amount of depth to them, and the plot does develop nicely. There are a few decent revelations to come along the way.

Nothing special, but if you want a good quick read, or a good quick doctor who story, or both, then it's well worth getting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars soo good 5 Jan 2014
By Megan
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book although I wish it was not a quick read (as I wish it was a normal length book)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 6 July 2013
By Colin
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This was really disappointing. I read another Doctor Who title by the same author which was definitely a 5 star, but this only scraped two because of the price.

Stilted writing with only one good twist and it really doesn't slot into the genre. A lot of out of character moments and plots.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cleverly written 28 April 2013
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This is a good book, but quite short, i enjoyed the fact that it bought in already known aliens rather that inventing new ones. The continuing theme throughout was good and the plot clear.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who; The Sontaran Games 5 Mar 2013
By Phil
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It tells of the Doctor having to take part in olympic style games to save the day, reconmended to Doctor Who fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool... 20 Jan 2013
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A fun read on a short adventure with the good Doctor... Probably would have been happier with my purchase had I realised it was a novella & not a novel...
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3.0 out of 5 stars worst quick read 10 Jan 2010
By B. Joan
according to me this is the worst doctor who quick read so far, it doesn't contain much action and the story was verry predictable, i think the sontarans have had a good run, but it's time for them to die out and hopefully they can be replaced by other, cooler species like the ice warriors
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By Kim
This was an ok read. I found the language was very simplistic but that was intentional because it is in the quick read initiative to get people reading. I was not bothered by that because the story was good although it did not have a lot of depth. The only thing that bothered me was the portrayal of the Doctor, he seemed to be really weak and didn't have a clue on how to solve the situation. The supporting characters seemed to have a bigger role in trying to defeat the aliens and the Doctor was unsure. This would not be bad if the book was unconnected to anything, but the book is written tto complement the tv programme and I felt that it contradicted the Doctors personality and strengths on the programme.
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