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The Sycorax (Doctor Who Files 4) Hardcover – 31 Aug 2006


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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Childrens Books (Penguin Character Books Ltd) (31 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405902485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405902489
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 711,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jacqueline Rayner is the author of several best-selling Doctor Who titles (her book 'The Stone Rose' holds the record for the highest sales of any Doctor Who novel), as well as other fiction and non-fiction, much of it TV-related. She lives in Essex with her husband and twin sons, and writes a regular column for Doctor Who Magazine about family life.


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By sarah soan on 20 May 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Brilliant just what my son wanted fantastic condition it ideal for story night with my little boy he loves them
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Darth Vader on 28 Sept. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Okay, if you, like me, thought that the Doctor Who files would be fact packed, full of fun, and most importantly enjoyable, you were sadly very wrong. The brutal truth is that it has been written as if to a four year old and seems to tell us everything we already knew. Also, I was mislead into thinking that it would include a comic strip, but was instead a (very) short story, with no pictures, and also seems too babyish.

The cover is hardback, and is rather like 'Alex Rider - The Gadgets' (I have reviewed this as well)is. This was obviously done to disguise the short book, which is surprisingly tiny.

Jacqueline Rayner, and any others who wrote the Doctor Who files, are not however to be branded as bad writers. The other Doctor Who novels (Feast Of The Drowned, The Stone Rose, The Resurrection Casket, The Deviant Strain, The Monsters Inside, Winner Takes All, Only Human, The Clockwork Man, The Art Of Destruction, The Nightmare Of Black Island, I am a Dalek, The Price of Paridise and The Stealers Of Dreams) are far more enjoyable.

All in all, the Doctor Who files are not to be reccomended, although some may enjoy them. This one is saved by the fact that we know barely anything about the Sycorax, and it tells us quite a lot about its subject.
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