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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2013
My first thoughts when reading the introduction were that William Hartnell's Doctor just wouldn't work with a squad of space marines, and to be fair the first couple of chapters did nothing to dispel this. However, once it got into it's stride it became quite entertaining with Hartnell's character taking much more of a back seat manipulating events rather than the in your face, abrupt and crotchety character portrayed on screen. This works well as this attitude just wouldn't be believable up against a bunch of squaddies, and expands on an area of the character which can often be overlooked with Hartnell.

It's great to see Ben and Polly portrayed pretty well as they are an oft overlooked pairing, and while I times I thought some of their actions seem a little out of character it's an unusual Tardis team that fits well with the situation rather than what might have been an easier a more obvious grouping of the Second Doctor, Jamie and Victoria / Zoe.

All in all a good start to the Anniversary year.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 29 November 2003
There is very little to this book at all. A group of soldiers on a training exercise make an assault on an asteroid interior. They find the bodies of some aliens and three travellers - the Doctor, Ben and Polly. Predictably the asteroid and the exercise are not what they seem and something begins to affect the soldiers.
This is a dreary book which comes across as part of a video game. The characters are dreary, the story is dreary, the writing is tedious. Why do people persist with the delusion that if you present a group of hard-nosed grunts, armed to teeth, and brimming with all sorts of technology (with lots of technobabble) that this makes for good storytelling? There isn't enough material for a short story, never mind a novel. It just plods along, never really drawing the reader in. There was nothing entertaining about this book at all - it was nothing more than an overblown comic strip inspired by too many shoot-em-up computer games.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 August 2013
After reading the last of the gadrene, which is for kids, I read this which is quite an intricately woven story and very interesting. It would have had 5 stars but the traitors rationale was too unbelievable and the neural network chapter rather repetitive and confusing.
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Good read
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 April 2013
Deep in the heart of a hollowed-out moon the First Doctor finds a chilling secret: ten alien corpses, frozen in time at the moment of their death. They are the empire's most wanted terrorists, and their discovery could end a war devastating the galaxy. But is the same force that killed them still lurking in the dark? And what are its plans for the people of Earth?

An adventure featuring the First Doctor as played by William Hartnell and his companions Ben and Polly
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 June 2013
what can i say great book had me hooked from the first page,was nice to follow the adventures of the first doctor
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2013
The first doctor Polly and Ben are at their best here a great read. Just lose yourself in the imagery..
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 November 2002
Ten little aliens fleshes out the characters of Polly, Ben and Docter One very well. The relationship and tensions between the two companions is especially well drawn.
The storyline moves along nicely, with soldiers disappearing one by one as the plot unfolds.
It's good to see the characters of the soldiers also properly fleshed out, rather than have them treated as cardboard cutouts, present only to fulfil the needs of the plot.
My one gripe with this story is the overdone descriptions of blood, guts and gore _ too much splatter.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2013
Unreadable. How something so poor could have been chosen in the 50th year of the Doctor is unbelievable. (A better choice might have been to simply re-release Terrance Dick's first Dalek novel.) Shockingly bad - but not as bad as the judgement of those who chose it.
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2 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 29 April 2009
Terrance Dicks is known for his simple and accessible prose, memorable characters, and engaging scripts. So why then is this latest effort such a disappointment? Is Terrance merely attempting to keep up with the new crop of Doctor Who writers; with their convoluted plotlines, numerous forgettable characters and obsession with Sci-fi jargon? If he is then he's succeeding; but not in a good way.

This book is a travesty; it is like a bad B-movie from the 70s or 80s. Basically a bunch of soldiers who go out on a (never properly explained) mission are all but entirely wiped-out by unknown forces. The troopers that survive are the uninteresting ones. Typically, The Doctor appears and is immediately suspected of being the killer; what do they think he killed them with, his flute? After winning them round with a complete lack of the wit and charm his TV version was famed for...well nothing much else happens really. Waste of time and money.
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