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Doctor Who - Sting of the Zygons (New Series Adventure 13) Hardcover – 19 Apr 2007


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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; First Edition edition (19 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846072255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846072253
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 443,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's hunt and be hunted for the Doctor and Martha in turn-of-the-century Cumbria - from the bestselling series of Doctor Who novels

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It's hunt and be hunted for the Doctor and Martha in turn-of-the-century Cumbria – the latest in the bestselling series of Doctor Who novels.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Mar. 2009
Format: Hardcover
An original doctor who novel, featuring the tenth doctor and his companion martha jones. Like all in this range it's an all new story not seen on tv, it's complete in 248 pages, and it can be read by readers of all ages.

this one was published in 2007 and was one of the first batch to feature martha. at the time of the writing the writers wouldn't have seen too much of the character on the screen, but looking at it now that we have the characterisation is fine and recognisable. and the same goes for the tenth doctor.

the story has the doctor and martha land in the lake district in 1909, where the locals are on the hunt for a monster. the monster turns out to be a creature that belongs to a group of zygons. an enemy of the doctor who only appeared once on screen in 1975 they are nonetheless fondly remembered because they were a very successful creation.

what are the zygons up to? and can the doctor stop them?

as a book this does rise above the average by virtue of having a well realised setting and some decent supporting characters. it also doesn't shy away from the realities of the prejudice and attitudes that coloured people like martha faced at the time. added to which the zygon agenda is not immediately apparent, and this is intriguing enough to keep you turning pages. since they're also able to shape shift that does lead to some good surprises with people turning out to be not whom they seem.

nothing special but not a bad read and a little above average for this range
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Aug. 2014
Format: Paperback
Doctor Who: Sting Of The Zygons: The Monster Collectors Edition.

Product Info.
Paperback Novel
224 Pages.
Author: Stephen Cole.
Doctor: Tenth Doctor
Companion: Martha Jones
Main enemy: The Zygons
Main setting: Lake District, 1909
Publisher: BBC Books
Release number: 13

Trivia.
1)This novel was reprinted & released as an ebook by BBC Books on 6 March 2014 as part of The Monster Collection Edition.
2)The story was released as an audiobook on 2x CD read by Reggie Yates.
3)The Tenth Doctor would encounter the Zygons once again in England in 1562 in the company of two of his other incarnations, the War Doctor & the Eleventh Doctor. (TV: The Day of the Doctor).

What's The Story.
The TARDIS lands the Doctor & Martha Jones in the Lake District in 1909, where a small village has been terrorised by a giant, scaly monster.

The search is on for the elusive "Beast of Westmorland" as explorers, naturalists & hunters from across the country are descending on the fells even King Edward VII himself is on his way to join the search, with a knighthood for whoever finds the Beast.

But there is a more sinister presence at work in the Lakes than a mere monster on the rampage & the Doctor is soon embroiled in the plans of an old & terrifying enemy as the hunters become the hunted, a desperate battle of wits begins with the future of the entire world at stake...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 17 Aug. 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
"I didn't think anything could kill a Skarasen."

I've always enjoyed stories with the Zygons - I have very fond memories of watching the wonderful 1975 story with Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor in Terror of the Zygons - the Loch Ness monster was a bit rubbish, but the Zygons themselves, their weird squishy spaceship, the psychological terror exhibited by Sarah Jane, Harry dashing about and the Brigadier shooting things - well, how could you not love a story like that?

This novel was first published in 2007 and has now been republished as part of the 2014 Monster Collection Editions of stories, which feature classic and new Doctor Who aliens - Zygons, Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans etc.

The story has the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Martha landing in the Lake District in 1909, where the `Beast of Westmorland' is terrorising the locals. But the Doctor knows that there's more to fear from the Zygons than from the Skarasen; but how does he stop all of them at once, especially when the Zygons are able to use their body print technologies to imitate the humans?

This is a really good story; reminiscent of the classic Doctor stories, with the Zygons; and a nice mix of the bizarre and the historical, with the upper class Englishmen dashing about trying to hunt down the Beast for their King. The Doctor and Martha are characterised well, and the other characters are developed nicely for their roles in the story. Overall, a really good read, and a really good Doctor Who story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By big mad doctor who guy on 4 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Steve Cole is a great story writer. The only thing ive ever read that i dont like thats been penned by him is the Land Of The Dead. Its one weak story next to a collection of brilliant stuff. And Sting of the Zygons is his most exciting and cool and creepy book yet. A real entertaining read that is cool and funny yet dark and creepy inplaces. The zygons i think are very well written in this story. And the skarasens are horrible! Well good story, a whole league better than winner takes all and the stone rose.
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