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Doctor Who: The Story of Martha Hardcover – 26 Dec 2008

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Random House UK; First Printing edition (26 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846075610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846075612
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 11.9 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The full story of Martha Jones' 'lost year' helping defeat the Master - from the bestselling BBC Books Doctor Who fiction range

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The full story of Martha Jones' 'lost year' helping defeat the Master - the latest in the bestselling Doctor Who fiction range from BBC Books

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By V. J. Edwards on 25 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book, enough to read it twice in quick succession. This is all the more impressive as I really don't particularly like the character of Martha Jones and would mark her lowest of the "new Who" companions.
Starting and ending with Martha's arrival back in Britain, different segments of the story have been written by different authors and I think this is a strength. I found it really interesting to fill in some of the gaps of her year abroad whilst the Master ruled and was particularly gripped by her visit to Japan. Thoroughly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By justin on 14 Jan. 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
The Master..Rules the earth.Ruthless and evil...Martha Jones..having to leave The Doctor in The Master's power..and seeing her world murdered by his allies The Toclafane..travels the world in order to save it and The Doctor..Telling stories of The Doctor and how he saves lives and other worlds...Suffering herself..but with so much determination...and love in her heart for The Doctor...In this story you can really feel Martha's struggle against the odds..She feels unworthy of the mammoth task The Doctor has set her..but she can't fail him or herself..She meets people that inspire her..from a young girl called Aleesha to Alister Gordon Lethbridge-Stuart Son..You feel her fear as she is persued by Griffin one of The Master's henchmen..But staying ahead of him for most of the story..You feel shocked when her perseption filter fails because of The Master's Archangel Network when she reaches Japan..but her stories help her through..The stories themselves were pretty good..full of hope..Once you read this book it adds stength and body to the TV episode Last Of The Timelords...This book is an Excellent one...and I really enjoyed it...and I feel sure that other Doctor Who fans will also...I would give this a high recommendation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Mar. 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book is set in the year that the Master ruled over Earth, and Martha was separated from the Doctor (as shown in the tv series – 2007 episodes The Sound of Drums, followed by Last of the Time Lords).

The Master has trapped the Doctor and Jack Harkness; giving Martha his vortex manipulator Jack makes her leave. Earth is being decimated by the Toclafane. For a year, she’s alone. At the end of that year, Martha returns to England. But what has happened during the year? These are the stories that tell us.

What happens after that is not told in this book; for that you would have to go to the tv series and watch Last of the Time Lords (or look it up on Wikipedia). At the end of this book Martha has just met Tom Milligan, a name that is important to the resolution of this thread of story in Last of the Time Lords.

This is a nice interlude, and for those familiar, or not with the tv series it offers a chance to see Martha in this time without the Doctor but very focussed on saving him. It also offers a chance to see the full character of Martha as a very well-rounded person and dedicated companion, driven by circumstance to save the Doctor and her world. Great stuff.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Chitty on 22 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
When the Doctor and Martha return to Earth and discover that the Toclafane are attacking the population and the Master is ruling the planet they both decide they must do something. But when the Master ages the Doctor into a fragile old man Martha finds herself the only one in any position to stop the Master - and with the Doctors advice she heads off on a quest to bring the stories of the Doctor to the world.

This is the story of what happened during the year that Martha Jones travelled the globe telling stories of the Doctor, the difficulty she has and the kindness of people that are willing to listen.

The Story of Martha is something of a mix - not quite a traditional novel but not a short story collection either. What we have is a linking narrative written by Dan Abnett detailing Martha's journey from place to place, while mixed between these are the stories she tells while travelling, all written by different writers. Overall the result is great - the sections are long enough to give a good story but not overlong to stretch it out unnecessarily either.

All the writers here have a very good grasp of the characters, even when only in short stories. The one thing that I found most pleasing was the consistency between them all - this could easily have read like a book from one person, not six. Dan Abnett has the most page time and he does a good job of delivering a self contained story from Martha's point of view that has to fit in with what was already established in the series. All in all this is a great novel and is a quick read that is thoroughly enjoyable. An unexpected highlight of the year so far!
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For a year, while the Master ruled over Earth, Martha Jones travelled the world telling people stories about the Doctor - how he has saved them before, and how he will save them again. This is that story. It tells of Martha's travels - from her arrival on Earth as the Toclafane attacked and decimated the population through to her return to Britain to face the Master. But it's more than that. This is also a collection of the stories she tells - the stories of adventures she had with the Doctor that we haven't heard about before. The stories that inspired and saved the world!
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