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4.0 out of 5 stars Very silly, very entertaining
In this 5th Ninth Doctor novel the Doctor, Rose and Jack are thrown into another adventure when a Neanderthal appears on modern day Earth (no - not 'Stig of the dump'!). The TARDIS crew are split-up very early on, with the Doctor and Rose investigating a group of scientists in the past, where Rose suffers the indignities of getting married to a caveman and in the novels...
Published on 23 Sept. 2005 by Jane Aland

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3.0 out of 5 stars Who's Who?
When the TARDIS picked up an indication of temporal disturbances on Earth in the twentieth century, the Doctor is concerned about the primitive nature of the device. He found that its destination was early 21st century Bromley and with Rose and Captain Jack, he lands in Bromley's town centre. While the two guys use their technology to track down the disturbance, Rose uses...
Published on 23 Oct. 2005 by JA Fairhurst


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3.0 out of 5 stars Who's Who?, 23 Oct. 2005
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JA Fairhurst "johnfair" (Edgeley, Stockport) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Only Human (New Series Adventure 5) (Hardcover)
When the TARDIS picked up an indication of temporal disturbances on Earth in the twentieth century, the Doctor is concerned about the primitive nature of the device. He found that its destination was early 21st century Bromley and with Rose and Captain Jack, he lands in Bromley's town centre. While the two guys use their technology to track down the disturbance, Rose uses a more direct method of information gathering.
The trio find their mysterious time traveller in a local hospital and rescue him to take him home. But his presence only raised more questions for no Neanderthal man could know anything of time travel. The Doctor's attempt to take him home failed nearly fatally.
With Rose, the Doctor travelled back to that delicate time when H Sapiens Sapiens was displacing H Sapiens Neanderthalis only to find a whole research team from the far future studying this period. But there was something strange (alright, even stranger) going on.
Like all the Ninth Doctor series of books, we get a good feel of the three main characters as represented in the TV series. Gareth Roberts has produced a fast moving book fully in line with the broadcast episodes while retaining the books remit to provide a strong story - I doubt the Hy-Bractors bloody rampage would have been broadcast in just that way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A tough one to judge. A LOW three stars. More like 2 1/2 out of 5 :), 20 Feb. 2009
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T. Milnthorpe "pipkiin3" (W-S-M) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Only Human (New Series Adventure 5) (Hardcover)
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was the first book of Doctor Who I've read (and I only read it less than a month ago). But I am torn. On the one hand, I can't say the book is awful, but there are elements that bring it down.
First thing - the writing, although not bad, feels like it was written by a scriptwriter rather than a novelist. The dialogue is better and more involving than the descriptive sections. Somehow, reading Doctor Who is still fun, despite this fact and I think its because you feel the writer is enjoying this.
Unlike other TV-based books (such as LOST), the characterisations are more consistent (if not terribly revealing beyond the boundaries that we see in the show)and the prose has a greater sense of heart and soul. Well, a little more. The prose is still somewhat stiff in places. Significant improvements are made with the latest books. I've read two old books with Rose and a new one with Donna ("Shining Darkness"), the writing and storytelling of the latter succeeds all previous efforts.
The story of "Only Human" is hit and miss. It meanders all over the place as various characters go off in different directions. Jack and Das are poorly served, left to wallow in a sub-plot that keeps getting in the way of the main action. These pages would have been better off edited together, or left until the end.
There are various plot-holes towards the end - and end which is too daft for even Doctor Who. I can't say much more without spoiling the book.
Overall: The writing, plot and the structure of the novel is bearable, but very inconsistent at times, as is the characterisation of a few minor figures important to the plot. The ending is too silly, you wonder if the author struggled with finding a decent climax to finish with. Yet despite these things, it has a warm hearted approach and it is easy to see that the author loves The Doctor. It is much more fun to read than I anticipated.
Try the newer novels, they're much better.
It ONLY JUST gets a 3/5 from me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Only Human, 6 Sept. 2013
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The core of this story is that of a group from way in the future who travel way back to the past and muck about with the accepted history of Earth. When a young Neanderthal man finds his way to 2005, the Doctor, Rose and Jack must try to put things to right. So far, so good.

I found this story problematic though. Firstly, Jack is separated from the Doctor and Rose and plays virtually no part in the story at all. The premise on which Das, the Neaderthal is not able to return to his own time is overplayed to the point of parody as he finds a new life in the modern world. Really didn't gel I didn't think. Meanwhile, back in 28,000 BC or thereabouts, there's a world where they go hunting on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and get Wednesday off, and they have marriage ceremonies which include the Great Fish of Matrimony. Sorry, don't buy it.

The futuristic part of the story is good. The mad scientist part of the story is good. The Neanderthal part of the story is bad. Pity, really. Even the characterisations of the Doctor and Rose don't win the story back to being all that great - I didn't feel that the Doctor was really true to his Ninth Doctor self; he seemed more like the David Tennant Tenth Doctor. This story was picked to be representative of the Ninth Doctor in the 50th anniversary celebration series of novelisation; I am sure there must have been better stories out there for the purpose.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very silly, very entertaining, 23 Sept. 2005
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Jane Aland (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Only Human (New Series Adventure 5) (Hardcover)
In this 5th Ninth Doctor novel the Doctor, Rose and Jack are thrown into another adventure when a Neanderthal appears on modern day Earth (no - not 'Stig of the dump'!). The TARDIS crew are split-up very early on, with the Doctor and Rose investigating a group of scientists in the past, where Rose suffers the indignities of getting married to a caveman and in the novels most outrageous sequence re-enacts an infamous scene of comedy gore from the movie Re-Animator. In terms of plotting Captain Jack is given the short end of the stick, being virtually written out of the main storyline while he stays in the modern day looking after Neanderthal Das, but this does lead to some great comedy moments. A very light-hearted romp, Only Human derives much of it's comedy from the 'fish out of water' misunderstandings of both the Neanderthal in modern life, and the scientists stranded at the dawn of civilisation. Very silly, Only Human is nevertheless one of the more ambitious of the 'juvenile' Ninth Doctor novels, and a very entertaining read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the last neanderthal, 28 Jun. 2007
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Only Human (New Series Adventure 5) (Hardcover)
Another novel adventure for the ninth doctor and rose, this time with captain jack along for the ride. Finding a neanderthal man has been brought through time from his era to the present day, the doctor leaves jack to introduce him to twenty first century life whilst he and rose take a trip back to ancient times to find what caused. They come across time travellers, one of whom is up to no good.

By the time the batch of books this one is part of came out, the writers had seen the new tv series and thus knew exactly what the characters were like. And in the hands of a skilled writer such as gareth roberts, who wrote many of the best books for the old doctor who book ranges, you thus are in for a treat.

The Jack and neanderthal in present day plotline is a neat sub section, and the main adventures of the doctor and rose are throughly readable stuff, with some very funny moments of dialogue and a few serious moral dilemmas that force the reader to think about them on the way. One of the best of this range and well worth getting
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4.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly good little treat., 9 Jan. 2006
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Mrs. Angela Clark (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Only Human (New Series Adventure 5) (Hardcover)
This is the very first Doctor Who book I have ever read and it was suprisingly good. The quality of the writing is excellent and the characterisation is very good also - you could easily see this as an episode in the series.
It is short enough to be a guilty pleasure on a Saturday afternoon for when you don't want to read something too heavy - a bit like watching Doctor Who really! As I have only recently become incredibly interested in Doctor Who, I really enjoyed it - not sure how it would compare if you put it in the context of the whole genre though, but I liked it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting ideas but problems with the plot, 19 Feb. 2013
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This is one of the better Ninth Doctor novels. It has a good mixture of pace. The author produces some quite exciting, racey action scenes but also knows when to slow things down to allow for emotion, humour and even some social commentary.

There are some nice ideas thrown up by this book. These essentially revolve around the relationship between humans and Neanderthals and their attitudes towards each other. It is nice to see that the Neanderthals are not portrayed as intellectually stunted but merely as different kind of `human'. Likewise, the humans are not made out to be genocidal killers. Instead the author paints a convincing picture of two groups who fail to understand their similarities due to their differences. It is an interesting look at this very early form of racism.

The main story is a little weak, however. The motives of the main villain, Chantal, are a little obscure and I can't really see what she hopes to achieve by replacing humans with the genetically designed Hy-Bractors. It feels more like an excuse to set a story in a primeval setting. It also feels a bit like the Hy-Bractors have only been included so that there is a monster. The story doesn't benefit much from them.

The sub-plot, although minor, is of much more interest. Das' outlook on modern life is quite revealing, exposing much of what would seem idiocies of today's civilisation. Jack's good hearted frustration with Das adds to this. It is a pity more wasn't made of their activities. The sub-plot does feel a bit cut off from the main action and could have been integrated more.

The Doctor isn't badly characterised but there are less foibles and eccentricities to latch onto with the Ninth Doctor and sometimes the author side-lines him a bit. Jack is cut off from the main action completely though and most of his role is absorbed into the story of Das. It is almost as if he has been deliberately separated to let the Doctor/Rose dynamic take centre stage. Das is a well-conceived character. He is particularly sympathetic and endearing. It is a pity he didn't have more to do. Rose is very close to her TV persona and Roberts captures perfectly the various aspects of her character. As the bad guy Chantal works quite well. Rather than being out-and-out evil she is more of an amoral character in the vein of the Rani.

A worthwhile read but there is a lack of Jack and the Doctor.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting ideas but problems with the plot, 19 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who Only Human (Paperback)
This is one of the better Ninth Doctor novels. It has a good mixture of pace. The author produces some quite exciting, racey action scenes but also knows when to slow things down to allow for emotion, humour and even some social commentary.

There are some nice ideas thrown up by this book. These essentially revolve around the relationship between humans and Neanderthals and their attitudes towards each other. It is nice to see that the Neanderthals are not portrayed as intellectually stunted but merely as different kind of `human'. Likewise, the humans are not made out to be genocidal killers. Instead the author paints a convincing picture of two groups who fail to understand their similarities due to their differences. It is an interesting look at this very early form of racism.

The main story is a little weak, however. The motives of the main villain, Chantal, are a little obscure and I can't really see what she hopes to achieve by replacing humans with the genetically designed Hy-Bractors. It feels more like an excuse to set a story in a primeval setting. It also feels a bit like the Hy-Bractors have only been included so that there is a monster. The story doesn't benefit much from them.

The sub-plot, although minor, is of much more interest. Das' outlook on modern life is quite revealing, exposing much of what would seem idiocies of today's civilisation. Jack's good hearted frustration with Das adds to this. It is a pity more wasn't made of their activities. The sub-plot does feel a bit cut off from the main action and could have been integrated more.

The Doctor isn't badly characterised but there are less foibles and eccentricities to latch onto with the Ninth Doctor and sometimes the author side-lines him a bit. Jack is cut off from the main action completely though and most of his role is absorbed into the story of Das. It is almost as if he has been deliberately separated to let the Doctor/Rose dynamic take centre stage. Das is a well-conceived character. He is particularly sympathetic and endearing. It is a pity he didn't have more to do. Rose is very close to her TV persona and Roberts captures perfectly the various aspects of her character. As the bad guy Chantal works quite well. Rather than being out-and-out evil she is more of an amoral character in the vein of the Rani.

A worthwhile read but there is a lack of Jack and the Doctor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny but not at all perfect, 5 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Doctor Who - Only Human (New Series Adventure 5) (Hardcover)
A very good read, written with verve and pace. The books has some super ideas that deserve to be pondered often. Central to the text is the idea of `what is a human.' A few answers are offered, albeit without any depth.
The weakest part of the book is clearly the characterisation. Captain Jack is the most similar to the portrayal on TV: brash, venal and utterly repellent. Rose is more thoughtful than the Billie Piper version we are used to. The main villains are certainly villainous, but they always seem to lack subtlety. The monstrous Hy-bractors are more-or-less seven-feet-tall versions of the Tasmanian Devil from Looney Toons. They roar, rip and tear -- but nothing else.
Interestingly, no-one in this series of books has quite managed to capture Christopher Eccelestone's portrayal of the Doctor. This Doctor is certainly funny and clever, but he has none of the brilliance or complexity. He is merely played for laughs. What a loss.
Talking of laughs, the book contains a series of diary entries by both Captain Jack and the Neanderthal boy, Das. They are screamingly funny. Unfortunately, though, being so funny they completely wreck the tension in the plot, and untimately detract from the overall effect.
In summary: read it and enjoy it, but not the best in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best kind of Doctor Who story, 3 July 2012
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Only Human (New Series Adventure 5) (Hardcover)
A good short read for an afternoon or a great book for kids, this Doctor Who story goes right back to series one and features Rose, Christopher Ecclestone's Doctor and Captain Jack.

We open with a strange diary entry from 7 year old Chantal in the year 438,533. Humans are obviously still around, but language has shifted. Chantal speaks of 'wrong-feelings' and genetically re-engineering her cat.

From this unsettling entry we are hurtled into far more familiar territory, the carnage of people in fancy dress in a present day nightclub, a brawl begun over one bloke looking at another's girlfriend the wrong way and the thug who bites off more than he can chew when he picks a fight with a caveman. Except this one really is a caveman, well, a Neanderthal to be precise, a long long way from his own time.

Cue the TARDIS, and Rose, the Doctor and Jack just about to go on holiday to Kegron Pluva when a flashing warning light indicates a temporal disturbance and, as usual, the holiday is derailed for high adventure in 2005AD and 29,185BC involving Neanderthals, Homo Sapiens, humans from the 437th century and some lethal genetic engineering. The very best of Doctor Who, excellent witty characterisation and great imagination.
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