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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Sept. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Doctor Who: The Taking Of Chelsea 426 (Novel).

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Hardback Novel
256 Pages
Author: David Llewellyn
Doctor: Tenth Doctor

What's The Story.
The Chelsea Flower Show is hardly the most exciting or dangerous event in the calendar, or so Doctor thinks. But this is Chelsea 426, a city-sized future colony floating on the clouds of Saturn & the flowers are much more than they seem.

As the Doctor investigates, a familiar foe arrives & the stakes suddenly get much higher, The Sontarans have plans of their own & they're not here to arrange flowers.

Timelord Thoughts.
Author David Llewellyn delivers a cracking Doctor Who novel here & characterizes the quirkiness & loneliness of Tenth Doctor whom is travelling alone here & his passion for adventure, the only minor niggle is the overuse of the Doctors catchphrases Molto bene!" & "Allons-y!" Do become quite tiresome & annoying.

This novel does has a Second Doctor feel to it & one could imagine Patrick Troughtons incarnation in this story that features the Sontarans who are extremely well written here who are in conflict battling against the Rutans, Llewellyn makes the Sontarans dangerous advisories & doesn't write them in a completely negative way & it was interesting to read of the difference of opinions with the characters General Kade & Colonel Sarg, as Kade sees the bigger picture in these event's compared to Sargs lesser optimistic view of the outcome.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Nov. 2012
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An original Doctor Who novel, which tells an all new story for the Timelord never before presented in any other medium.

As with all this range, it's suitable for all ages, it runs for just under two hundred and fifty pages [two hundred and forty one in this case] and is divided into twenty one chapters plus a prologue. It features the Tenth Doctor, travelling without any companions. And his dialogue is perfectly written and well in keeping with the character as portrayed on tv.

It sees him visit Chelsea 426, an artificial world the size of a city which is orbiting Saturn. It's a place that is about to host a very important flower show. But some of the residents are acting very strangely.

When the colony erupts into chaos as a result of strange influences, things then get even worse. The Sontarans show up. And they have their own methods of dealing with the problems...

The Sontarans don't show till over a third of the way in. Before that it does take a while before anything major happens, as the narrative takes it's time to establish the setting and the supporting characters. But all the set up is very readable. The setting is an interesting one. The cast are the right mix of ordinary and eccentric individuals. And the former are decently characterised so they do feel like three dimensional creations. The Doctor's appearance in the narrative is a gentle one and it keeps him a strong presence by not letting you into too many of his thought processes.

The Sontarans do add extra life to proceedings at just the right point thanks to a clash of personalities and style and method between some. This also adds very good characterisation.

With more surprises and twists and some good set pieces to follow, it keeps going nicely and remains very readable throughout.

This is a well above average entry in this range and well worth getting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 17 Feb. 2010
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One of the better recent tie-in Tenth Doctor novels; this is in part due to its inclusion of the brilliantly simple aliens the Sontarans, and their under-used nemesis the gelatinous shape-changing Rutan host. Bearing in mind the target audience the novel is perfectly paced and suitably light-hearted; The Doctor is again travelling alone, but is this time aided by twins Vienna and Jake, who prove to be as resourceful and intelligent as any former companions, and who ultimately enable the Time Lord to save the day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. K. Griffiths on 19 Feb. 2014
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Two real reasons why I bought this book, firstly the rather enigmatic title and secondly it features Sontarans which always guarantees a good story. The story was very well paced with a good balance between character development and the eventual action. The book would be suitable for most ages and reading abilities.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P.A.G on 11 Oct. 2009
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This book was a very enjoyable book. This is the fourth novel to be realeased in 209. The Doctor gets three new one of companions young than 18. Much like the Sarah Jane Adventures. The Book also has Sontarans in it they first appeared in 1973 doctor who episode the Time Warrior. Which is also referenced. The rutans though dont make a full appeaernece but do have a virus which the sontarans want to get rid of. The Only Problem with this book is that is very slow paced at thge beginning. But on the other hand it gets very fast at the end.
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