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Doctor Who - Winner Takes All (New Series Adventure 3) [Hardcover]

Jacqueline Rayner
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19 May 2005 DOCTOR WHO (Book 128)

Rose and the Doctor return to present-day Earth, and become intrigued by the latest craze - the video game, Death to Mantodeans. Is it as harmless as it seems? And why are so many local people going on holiday and never returning? Meanwhile, on another world, an alien war is raging. The Quevvils need to find a new means of attacking the ruthless Mantodeans.

Searching the galaxy for cunning, warlike but gullible allies, they find the ideal soldiers on Earth. Will Rose be able to save her family and friends from the alien threat? And can the Doctor play the game to the end and win?

Featuring the Ninth Doctor and Rose as played by Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper in the hit science fiction series from BBC Television


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; First Edition edition (19 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563486279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563486275
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 11.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 436,189 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 http://letsdoitforme.blogspot.com/

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A gripping sci-fi adventure from the bestselling BBC Books' Doctor Who fiction range

About the Author

Jacqueline Rayner made a wish that she could combine her degree in Ancient History with her profession as a writer, and The Stone Rose was the result. She has written several other Doctor Who novels including Winner Takes All. Other major interests include vegetarianism, girls' comics, cats and Golden Age crime fiction.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Feels Like an Episode 26 Jun 2005
Format:Hardcover
Winner Takes All is a fast, enjoyable read, that feels like an episode from the wonderful new series. Jacqueline Rayner has done a great job of capturing Rose and the Doctor, as well as Mickey and Jackie, which is amazing when you consider she must have written it months before a single episode aired.
The story is straight forward enough; a video game, Death to Mantodeans has become the rage of Rose's old neighborhood. Alas, this game isn't just harmless fun, but a horrfying life and death struggle with insectoid aliens, who have a taste for human flesh, and some very nasty, king-size porcupines. Not to worry though, the Doctor will soon sort it out.
I've read two of the novels based on the new series, The Clockwise Man and Winner Takes All, and even though I think The Clockwise Man is the better, more satisfying story, this one is still a lot of fun. These books are just the thing to hold me over until the Christmas Special. More please, and bring on the Captain Jack stories!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable, but by no means terrible. 20 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback
Although I love all things Doctor Who, I’m the first to admit that not all of it is A+ material, but a franchise that boasts over a thousand individual releases is bound to throw up the odd duffer here or there. Fortunately, 'Winner Takes All' isn’t one of them – it may not be an evergreen classic, but it has its moments.

It’s a Ninth Doctor adventure (that’ll be Christopher Eccleston, for those of you keeping track at home), which is a pleasure in itself, since he only lasted one season on TV and, though well written by Jacqueline Rayner, is really nothing to set the world on fire. The plot is your standard science fiction fare – a new games console is being handed out for free on the streets of London, a game pitting one group of aliens against another. As soon as I reached that point, I’d figured out the basics of the plot, and I’m sure you can too. Admittedly, Rayner makes the journey to the inevitable conclusion an interesting one, throwing in plenty of plot twists and the how-will-they-ever-escape-this-time scenarios that are such a stalwart of the Whovian experience but, guessing how it was all going to end up really took the wind out of this novel’s sails.

On the plus side, the characterisation of the Doctor and Rose are spot on, considering she must have written the story before the series even aired. Mickey and Rose’s mum, Jackie are a bit more off-model, but then they didn’t really come into their own until later in the run, so that can be forgiven. Characters invented just for this book are a largely forgettable lot, with the exception of the main (non-alien) threat, Darren Pye, who is a thoroughly objectionable piece of work that you hope gets his comeuppance before the story is through.

In all, it’s a good book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 27 Oct 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I found this quite a good story. Not the best doctor who novel i have ever read but good. The one thing i didn't like was the Quevvils (aliens) who were stealing people. I thought they could of thought of a better monster than a porcupine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Winner Takes All 15 April 2013
By kk
Format:Hardcover
Rose and the Doctor return to present-day Earth, and become intrigued by the latest craze - the video game, Death to Mantodeans. Is it as harmless as it seems? And why are so many local people going on holiday and never returning? Meanwhile, on another world, an alien war is raging. The Quevvils need to find a new means of attacking the ruthless Mantodeans.

Searching the galaxy for cunning, warlike but gullible allies, they find the ideal soldiers on Earth. Will Rose be able to save her family and friends from the alien threat? And can the Doctor play the game to the end and win?

Featuring the Ninth Doctor and Rose as played by Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper in the hit science fiction series from BBC Television
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simple and enjoyable 2 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover
A straight and simple plot line, a collection of recognisable characters and quite straightforward new ones make it an enjoyable and fast moving book. Good cliffhangers.
There were several details not described - such as why the two aliens were at war in the first place, but they aren't important to the story so they aren't missed until you look back afterwards.
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By Ellen
Format:Hardcover
I mean it. Shes brilliant. She is the ONLY (only!) writer of Doctor Who books that I think has properly captured the spirits of the Doctor and Rose. All of her books have a great storyline and her books are the only Dr Who ones that I have managed to read to the end. I literally couldnt put it down. The Stone Rose was exactly the same, even if the Doctor was different she brought his soul onto paper brilliantly. I can't wait till I get the Last Dodo!!!!!

Ellen
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Piece Of Writing 2 Sep 2005
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Format:Hardcover
I think (like I said in the title) that this is a really good piece of writing! Jacqueline Rayner writes really well, keeping the Doctor and Rose completely in character almost all the time. It has an interesting plot line, although the story is again, based on Earth. It also brings Mickey and Jackie back into the story and the slight bickering between Mickey and the Doctor helps to bring more humour into the story.
There is a part that some people might find slightly confusing. One of the main characters in this particular story is a boy called Robert. To help himself in tricky situations, he likes to imagine that he's somewhere else, and someone else. He pretends that he's a hero of a story or something like that to help him forget his own life. I hope I've made that clear, but I rather liked that because it shows the range of different reactions people have when they're facing something frightening.
All in all, a great read, worth buying!
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3.0 out of 5 stars deadly games
A doctor who novel featuring the ninth doctor and his companion rose. Two hundred and fifty pages [approx] long, the time travellers pop back to rose's home to visit her mother,... Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2007 by Paul Tapner
1.0 out of 5 stars well, my first real let down in the world of who.
I have all the fifteen ninth and tenth doctor books, and im reading them in order. The clockwise man was a little slow to start with but definitely got better towards the end, the... Read more
Published on 27 May 2007 by big mad doctor who guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Of all the 3 novels published to tie in with the new television series of Doctor Who, Winner Takes All best captures the spirit of the series. Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2005 by Ben
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good.
I really enjoyed reading this book; it was very much Doctor Who. Like the new tv series, it had an emotional centre which gave it depth. Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2005 by E. R. Welsby
1.0 out of 5 stars A Dismal Effort
Winner Takes all is the 3rd - and by far the least - of the new 9th Doctor and Rose novels. Not only is the storyline concerning aliens using a fake computer game to recruit human... Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2005 by Jane Aland
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable enough
If you like the new series, then you will enjoy this novel.
The interplay of the Ninth Doctor and Rose is well-captured, as are the soap opera elements of Rose's domestic... Read more
Published on 16 May 2005 by Darren Allen
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