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4.0 out of 5 stars under the volcano
an original novel featuring the tenth doctor who, as played on screen by david tennant, and his companion rose tyler, played on tv by billie piper. as usual with this range: it presents an original story not done on tv, runs for roughly 255 pages, characterises the two lead characters perfectly, and can be read by readers of all ages.

and it seems to have...
Published on 6 Nov 2008 by Paul Tapner

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Gold Death
This 5th in the BBC's range of 10th Doctor novels does it's best to justify its medium by offering even more alien mayhem than the current TV series could afford to show on screen, as the Doctor and Rose land in near-future Africa and find themselves caught in the middle of an alien war. The African setting makes a nice change, and the book is certainly busy enough to...
Published on 17 Dec 2006 by Jane Aland


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3.0 out of 5 stars The Gold Death, 17 Dec 2006
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Jane Aland (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who - The Art of Destruction (New Series Adventure 11) (Hardcover)
This 5th in the BBC's range of 10th Doctor novels does it's best to justify its medium by offering even more alien mayhem than the current TV series could afford to show on screen, as the Doctor and Rose land in near-future Africa and find themselves caught in the middle of an alien war. The African setting makes a nice change, and the book is certainly busy enough to keep younger readers interested, but older readers might find this a rather too arch, as the novel turns into an over the top battle between the Doctor and some unfortunately phallic worms. At best `The Art of Destruction' can be enjoyed as a tongue-in-cheek comedy romp, but it never quite gels together into anything more satisfying. A fun but very disposable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars under the volcano, 6 Nov 2008
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who - The Art of Destruction (New Series Adventure 11) (Hardcover)
an original novel featuring the tenth doctor who, as played on screen by david tennant, and his companion rose tyler, played on tv by billie piper. as usual with this range: it presents an original story not done on tv, runs for roughly 255 pages, characterises the two lead characters perfectly, and can be read by readers of all ages.

and it seems to have polarised their opionion, to judge by the other reviews.

the story involves the tardis arriving in africa in the near future, and the doctor and rose dealing with alien infestation in an area near a volcano.

since you can't do anything to change the format and the main characters in these books, the art of lifting them above average is in the detail and the characterisation. the setting of africa is quite well realised, and the supporting characters aren't bad, all the human ones having decent motivation.

even though it does become a bit of a predictable runaround plot wise as it goes on, the alien characters are also quite original, and have a good motivation that is not something i've seen done in any who novels before.

so this is good enough to rate as a bit better than average. It's not great literature, but for an entertaining new doctor who story, it's alright
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, exotic and surprising., 26 Sep 2009
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Mr. M. Jones "Jonesmz" (Chester, England) - See all my reviews
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Not my favourite author, but I was delighted and surprised plenty of times! Aliens who were genuinely exotic, in shape, actions, motivations and technology, a plot with many different elements which kept you guessing who could be relied upon, interesting distinct characters and accurate doctor and Rose. Fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you very much!, 1 Jan 2014
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I was pleasantly surprised to find that the book was autographed by the author. No damage to the spine at all, no page folding or even dog-eared pages. Great price, quick delivery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!, 27 July 2012
I've read this book twice now and it's a great read! Suitable for kids whilst still entertaining for adults, this book is an all rounder any day :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good storyline, 10 Sep 2010
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Really good strong story read by the excellent don warrington. Excellent focus on biological piracy and exploitation of natural resources
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great golems!, 4 Dec 2006
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I loved this book. It's got lots of action, excitement and humour and the plot races along with all the twists you'd expect. Stephen Cole manages to capture the Doctor and Rose perfectly. It's a great book for adults or kids. I couldn't put it down and definitely think they should put Faltato on TV! An awesome read for all fans!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Another disappointment from Stephen Cole, 5 Aug 2007
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Why do people employ this man to write? Aside from 'The Feast Of The Drowned' I've not read or heard a single decent story by this man. The plot is a joke, the characters are paper thin, the excitement is nowhere and the thought of giant worms and gold golems fighting each other may sound fun but he manages to make even that feel lumpy and wooden. The running around by all the characters is always the sign of an author in desperate need of help but the chasing around that goes on here beggars belief. The sadness of watching Rose being turned into a golem, the savage and desperate hunt for a cure and the eventual success are all botched by the writing.

Quite frankly you'd be better off reading a cereal box than giving this one a go.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 22 Oct 2014
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well used but ok
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who The Art of Destruction, 15 April 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Art of Destruction (New Series Adventure 11) (Hardcover)
The TARDIS lands in 22nd century Africa in the shadow of a dormant volcano. Agri-teams are growing new foodstuffs in the baking soil to help feed the world's starving millions, but the Doctor and Rose have detected an alien signal somewhere close by. When a nightmare force starts surging along the dark volcanic tunnels, the Doctor realises an ancient trap has been sprung. But who was it meant for? And what is the secret of the eerie statues that stand at the heart of the volcano? Dragged into a centuries-old conflict, Rose and the Doctor are soon elevating survival to an art form as ancient, alien hands practice arts of destruction all around them.

Featuring the Tenth Doctor and Rose as played by David Tennant and Billie Piper in the hit Doctor Who series from BBC Television.
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