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on 20 October 2014
Laylora provides..and this place provided alot of problems for The Doctor and Rose..Laylora appears to be a paradise..but its not as simple as that..as they discover.The Witiku are prawling the planet..The Doctor and Rose meet other humans that arrive on Laylora..lead by A Professor and her right hand man Major Kendle..Together they discover something about the planet and The Witiku....This story was Excellent and fast paced and keeps you glued..The characters of The Professor and Rez are brilliant..Rose shows her fighting spirit and The Doctor shows all his cleaverness...The all round plot and story works very well and in the end you understand about Laylora and The Professor and Rez...In a word Excellent..Doctor Who fans will love this novel.
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on 1 June 2016
This book relies on what is an intriguing and novel concept but is portrayed quite simplistically throughout. Although this provides an advantage of not bogging the plot down with quasi-scientific jargon it also means the situation lacks credulity.

It’s the idea of a planet where the ecosystem is supposed to be in such a harmonised balance that any alteration to it causes the planet to react with extreme measures to restore the equilibrium. It’s never made absolutely clear whether the world is supposed to be sentient in any way. It seems that rather than self-awareness it is more a reaction of nature. How any evolutionary processes or development can take place with such a static ecosystem that rejects any change is quite a mystery.

The storyline is very much based on the idea of explorers searching for a mythical paradise, which upon discovering they intend to exploit and thus stop it being the paradise they sought. The idea of the planet fighting back against its exploitation has similar connotations to ‘Planet of Evil’.

Although there are several good characters it seems much of their development has been curtailed at the expense of pushing the plot along at a pace to ramp up excitement. It is a shame that there isn’t more focus on the personal journeys of individuals. It is Professor Shurlough who, perhaps, suffers the most. She is clearly supposed to go through some form of personal revelation so that she is a changed person in some way by the book’s close. However, there is such a lack of attention bestowed upon her development that her almost turn-around doesn’t seem believable.

Likewise, Rez is in a similar situation, making his ultimate decision less heartfelt and meaningful than it could have been. There is also some sort of love story between two of the crew members but it is often so subtle and underplayed that its inclusion seems pointless.

The earlier stages of the book also suggest some type of unrequited love sub plot between Rez and Kaylen. This is further complicated by the arrival of Rose and her connections to Rez which starts to lead to a jealous love triangle type scenario. However, this also seems to be forgotten as the action progresses.

Overall it’s a reasonable story which requires a bit more attention and space to grow. It feels a bit too rushed to live up to its potential.
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on 15 April 2013
Laylora, the Paradise Planet. A world of breath-taking beauty, where peace-loving aboriginals live in harmony with their environment. Or do they? The Doctor and Rose arrive to find that the once-perfect eco-system is showing signs of failing. The paradise planet has become a death trap as terrifying creatures from ancient legends appear and stalk the land Is there a connection between the human explorers who have crash-landed and the savage monsters?

What secret lies at the heart of the natives ancient ceremonies? And what price might one human have to pay to save the only home he has ever known? When a planet itself becomes sick, can there be a cure? The Doctor and Rose find themselves in a race against time to find out.

Featuring the Doctor and Rose as played by David Tennant and Billie Piper in the hit series from BBC Television.
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on 29 June 2014
Brilliant, just can't get enough of this author, the book is another great one just buy it and see it
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on 7 October 2009
This is a fairly good book, with plenty of action, locations that are quite simple and easy to visualise, a limited group of characters making it easier to follow the action, and an intriguing mystery that only gets explained fully at the end. I felt a bit let down by the basic premise, that a planet has sentience. It became an accepted premise that led to the action, but was never really explained, but if you suspend your imagination about that, it was a good adventure.
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on 2 January 2016
Excellent, would recommend to others.
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on 14 September 2007
The perfect gift for a Dr Who addict. Aimed at the 9 - 11 year age group, although it can be enjoyed by anyone. The books are slightly different to the TV program, being much more mystery, who-done-it rather than, being in imposible situations and escaping.

The Price Of Paradise finds the Dr and Rose on the perfect planet, after following an S.O.S from a crashing spaceship. Full of edge of your seat suspence, this book will leave you guessing right up to the last page. A good present for an 9-12 year old for a birthday or Christmas.
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on 22 October 2014
well used but ok
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another novel adventure for the tenth doctor who, with his companion rose tyler. like all these it's an original story that runs for approx 248 pages of fairly large print and can be read by all ages. and feels like a story that could have been done on tv.

in this story the doctor and rose visit a strange alien world where the natives live peacefully at one with the planet. but all is not well here as the planet seems to be turning against them, and when a spaceship containing humans on an expedition to the place crash lands more trouble ensues.

can the doctor and rose find out what's causing the trouble and make it a paradise once again?

these books all follow a rather similar pattern in style and page count so with each it's a case of if there's anything to make it stand out. and this does. the planet setting is very well created and the prose really makes you feel like you're in the middle of a lush jungle. all the supporting characters are quite well drawn and have convincing motivations and you can feel for them as a result. the doctor and rose are perfectly characterised and you can imagine billie piper and david tennant saying their lines.

an entertaining read, and a slightly above average entry in this series.
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on 25 May 2009
Back cover blurb:
Laylora, the Paradise Planet, is a world of breath-taking beauty, where peace-loving Aboriginals supposedly live in harmony with their environment. Years ago, a human called Rez arrived on the planet as a baby in an escape pod, and was adopted by the native people. The Doctor and Rose arrive to answer a distress signal from a group of scientists, whose ship was shot down, only to find that the once-perfect eco-system is showing signs of failing. Natural disasters are becoming more frequent, and creatures from ancient legends are appearing and attacking people. The Doctor realises that the planet is a perfect equation: When left alone it is a paradise, but when alien objects visit the planet, the equation becomes unbalanced, and the planet causes disasters to try to repair itself. The Doctor realises that to restore paradise, not only will the scientists have to leave, but so will Rez.
Colin Brake's style of writing is both thoughtful and engaging; the twelfth original Tenth Doctor novel from BBC Books is topical, but avoids being too serious or po-faced. It does take a while to get into but once you do you'll have to keep going until you've finished.
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