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Monsters (Doctor Who: Short Trips) Hardcover – 7 Oct 2004

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (7 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844351106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844351107
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 13.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,359,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 21 May 2005
Format: Hardcover
11 short Doctor Who stories based around the theme of 'monsters':
Highlights are 'From Eternity', concerning an entity of a truly epic scale and it's unintentional destruction of entire species; 'Last Rites' where the 7th Doctor and Ace come up again a giant swarm of rats on a mined-out planet; and 'Trapped!', a simple but incredibly effective tale of the 6th Doctor and Peri combating a vampire.
Reasonable if unspectacular material comes in the form of 'The Touch of the Nurazh', where the 3rd Doctor and Jo get into a very typical traditional adventure with the Master and alien mind-parasites at a convalescent home; 'Flashpoint', where the 5th Doctor teams up with Liz Shaw to investigate an alien trapped in a marble bust of Nero; 'Categorical Imperative' finds all 8 Doctor's queuing up to kill a future mass-murderer as a child; 'Screamager' has Victoria and the 2nd Doctor encountering a Banshee in 14th Century Ireland; and 'The Colour of Monsters' is a basic but well-told take of an innocent young girl's encounter with an alien.
The only real misfires are opener 'Best Seller', a bland tale about the 8th Doctor encountering hysteria surrounding a book launch whipped up by dull aliens; These Things Take Time', a boring non-story about the 7th Doctor, Ace and Hex failing to get into an adventure, which fails completely to have anything even approaching a monster in it; and 'Not So Much a Programme More A Way of Life' a misjudged and obvious comedy featuring the 5th Doctor battling a group of aliens who brainwash humanity with a new TV science fiction series.
All in all a reasonable hit rate, and some varied stories - this is a marked improvement on Ian Farington's dire Past Tense anthology.
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Format: Hardcover
"Monsters" is the ninth book in the Short Trips range and is for the most part an enjoyable read. It does however get off to a bit of a non start with the very dull 8th Doctor and Charley story "Best Seller" followed by "From Eternity" featuring an unspecified Doctor interrogating a god like creature which I have to admit I struggled to get my head round on first reading.

Things do improve however with "Last Rites" a very enjoyable story about the 7th Doctor and Ace's experience on a spaceport on a seemingly dead world. The 3rd Doctor and Jo story "Touch Of The Nurazh" is a fairly standard story featuring the Master but is still very enjoyable and almost features a regeneration. "Flashpoint" and "These Things Take Time" are both average efforts followed by the excellent 4th Doctor and Sarah story "Categorical Imperative". This is followed by the best story of the collection, "Trapped" a very dark Sixth Doctor and Peri story in which the Doctor takes on a vampire ending with the Doctor questioning what he has become since his regeneration. The next story "Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life" is too long and too boring and is certainly the low point of the collection. The remaining stories "Sreamager" and "The Colour Of Monsters" are both pretty good reads and round of the collection nicely.

"Monsters" is let down by a few poor stories but for the most part is another excellent entry into the Short Trips range.
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