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4.0 out of 5 stars The Zygons Get Reissued!
Doctor Who: Sting Of The Zygons: The Monster Collectors Edition.

Product Info.
Paperback Novel
224 Pages.
Author: Stephen Cole.
Doctor: Tenth Doctor
Companion: Martha Jones
Main enemy: The Zygons
Main setting: Lake District, 1909
Publisher: BBC Books
Release number: 13

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3.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Zygons...
This seventh in BBC Books series of 10th Doctor novels finds the Doctor and Martha in 1909, battling the shape-shifting alien Zygons and their cybernetic slave creatures the Skarasen. Long-term Doctor Who fans will delight in the return of the Tom Baker-era Zygons, though despite one twist concerning the use of their shape-shifting powers it's fair to say that author...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Zygons Get Reissued!, 18 Aug 2014
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Timelord007 (The Tardis) - See all my reviews
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Doctor Who: Sting Of The Zygons: The Monster Collectors Edition.

Product Info.
Paperback Novel
224 Pages.
Author: Stephen Cole.
Doctor: Tenth Doctor
Companion: Martha Jones
Main enemy: The Zygons
Main setting: Lake District, 1909
Publisher: BBC Books
Release number: 13

Trivia.
1)This novel was reprinted & released as an ebook by BBC Books on 6 March 2014 as part of The Monster Collection Edition.
2)The story was released as an audiobook on 2x CD read by Reggie Yates.
3)The Tenth Doctor would encounter the Zygons once again in England in 1562 in the company of two of his other incarnations, the War Doctor & the Eleventh Doctor. (TV: The Day of the Doctor).

What's The Story.
The TARDIS lands the Doctor & Martha Jones in the Lake District in 1909, where a small village has been terrorised by a giant, scaly monster.

The search is on for the elusive "Beast of Westmorland" as explorers, naturalists & hunters from across the country are descending on the fells even King Edward VII himself is on his way to join the search, with a knighthood for whoever finds the Beast.

But there is a more sinister presence at work in the Lakes than a mere monster on the rampage & the Doctor is soon embroiled in the plans of an old & terrifying enemy as the hunters become the hunted, a desperate battle of wits begins with the future of the entire world at stake...

Timelord Thoughts.
Author Stephen Cole brings an old menace back to terrorize the Tenth Doctor & Martha in this well written fast paced novel titled Sting Of The Zygons, Cole has written the two main characters of The Tenth Doctor & Martha Jones extremely well while the plot moves along quite quickly, with just enough danger to keep the readers interest in turning those pages.

Writer Stephen Cole has written many great Doctor Who novels & audiobooks & writes well for all incarnations of the Doctor, here he gets to write for the Tenth & writes well as this book captures David Tennants portrayal of the Doctor & his quirky mannerisms superbly, & as for his companion Martha Jones, Cole writes this character particularly well as a strongly fiercely independent woman who can certainly hold her own in the face of danger capturing the essence of Martha extremely well in this novel.

With a strong plot & good characterization Sting Of The Zygons is a fast paced scary Tenth Doctor adventure & is a very entertaining read & one of the better novels in this current reissued Monsters Collection range.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars the deadly sting, 10 Mar 2009
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Sting of the Zygons (New Series Adventure 13) (Hardcover)
An original doctor who novel, featuring the tenth doctor and his companion martha jones. Like all in this range it's an all new story not seen on tv, it's complete in 248 pages, and it can be read by readers of all ages.

this one was published in 2007 and was one of the first batch to feature martha. at the time of the writing the writers wouldn't have seen too much of the character on the screen, but looking at it now that we have the characterisation is fine and recognisable. and the same goes for the tenth doctor.

the story has the doctor and martha land in the lake district in 1909, where the locals are on the hunt for a monster. the monster turns out to be a creature that belongs to a group of zygons. an enemy of the doctor who only appeared once on screen in 1975 they are nonetheless fondly remembered because they were a very successful creation.

what are the zygons up to? and can the doctor stop them?

as a book this does rise above the average by virtue of having a well realised setting and some decent supporting characters. it also doesn't shy away from the realities of the prejudice and attitudes that coloured people like martha faced at the time. added to which the zygon agenda is not immediately apparent, and this is intriguing enough to keep you turning pages. since they're also able to shape shift that does lead to some good surprises with people turning out to be not whom they seem.

nothing special but not a bad read and a little above average for this range
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sting of the zygons is brilliant stuff...., 4 Sep 2007
Steve Cole is a great story writer. The only thing ive ever read that i dont like thats been penned by him is the Land Of The Dead. Its one weak story next to a collection of brilliant stuff. And Sting of the Zygons is his most exciting and cool and creepy book yet. A real entertaining read that is cool and funny yet dark and creepy inplaces. The zygons i think are very well written in this story. And the skarasens are horrible! Well good story, a whole league better than winner takes all and the stone rose.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sting of the Zygons, 17 Aug 2014
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"I didn't think anything could kill a Skarasen."

I've always enjoyed stories with the Zygons - I have very fond memories of watching the wonderful 1975 story with Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor in Terror of the Zygons - the Loch Ness monster was a bit rubbish, but the Zygons themselves, their weird squishy spaceship, the psychological terror exhibited by Sarah Jane, Harry dashing about and the Brigadier shooting things - well, how could you not love a story like that?

This novel was first published in 2007 and has now been republished as part of the 2014 Monster Collection Editions of stories, which feature classic and new Doctor Who aliens - Zygons, Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans etc.

The story has the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Martha landing in the Lake District in 1909, where the `Beast of Westmorland' is terrorising the locals. But the Doctor knows that there's more to fear from the Zygons than from the Skarasen; but how does he stop all of them at once, especially when the Zygons are able to use their body print technologies to imitate the humans?

This is a really good story; reminiscent of the classic Doctor stories, with the Zygons; and a nice mix of the bizarre and the historical, with the upper class Englishmen dashing about trying to hunt down the Beast for their King. The Doctor and Martha are characterised well, and the other characters are developed nicely for their roles in the story. Overall, a really good read, and a really good Doctor Who story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Zygons..., 16 April 2007
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Jane Aland (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Sting of the Zygons (New Series Adventure 13) (Hardcover)
This seventh in BBC Books series of 10th Doctor novels finds the Doctor and Martha in 1909, battling the shape-shifting alien Zygons and their cybernetic slave creatures the Skarasen. Long-term Doctor Who fans will delight in the return of the Tom Baker-era Zygons, though despite one twist concerning the use of their shape-shifting powers it's fair to say that author Stephen Cole really doesn't bring that many new ideas to the fore, with this being a fairly predictable retread of 'Terror of the Zygons'. This novel is stuffed with plenty of action scenes that will excite younger readers (who, let's face it, are the target audience for these new BBC novels) but beyond that there are precious little interesting concepts or themes to engage any older readers. A fast-paced fun alien action adventure - 'Sting of the Zygons' is a professional but slightly hollow read. By no means a failiure, but neither is this one of the better of the new series novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sting in the tale, 21 May 2009
This review is from: Doctor Who - Sting of the Zygons (New Series Adventure 13) (Hardcover)
Stephen Cole's latest original Doctor Who story, featuring the Tenth Doctor and medical student Martha Jones, sees the return of arguably the TV series' best realised and most grotesque villains; the pear-shaped shape-shifting Zygons. This time the aliens are operating in the Lake District in the early Twentieth Century, and the King himself is offering a reward to whoever can catch the gigantic beast that is terrorising the area. Whilst the story is basically a retread of the 1975 TV story, Stephen Cole brings wit, style and imagination to his rendering, and although pretty predictable for adults, this is perfect for its target audience - children from 8-15.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Stink of the Zygons, 2 April 2008
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J. W. Taylor "1970's kid" (Manchester) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Sting of the Zygons (New Series Adventure 13) (Hardcover)
I really cannot abide Stephen Cole. On the plus side - at least I finished this novel - mostly due to sheer grit and fortitude. I love the Zygons. They're disgusting to look at and scared me out of my socks as a kid but this novel is not a fitting tribute. Basically a re-working of the original TV serial with more action and an intensely annoying habit of referring to the Doctors' sonic screwdriver as "the sonic". Kids usually hate being treated as kids and this novel practically treats you like a foetus. Read a "Who" a novel by Justin Richards - buy this to complete the set.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Loch Ness Monster in the Lake District?, 13 Mar 2014
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This book might be exactly what you would expect or hope from a Zygon story. This has both positive and negative aspects. Instead of Loch Ness the Zygons and their ship are hiding out in the Lake District. They are still infiltrating the surrounding area by posing as important personages and working towards a plan to remove and replace some world leaders. There is also a Skaresen on the rampage once more and Brelarn is, to all intents and purposes, practically Broton. Overall the story is really not that dissimilar from ‘Terror of the Zygons’. This doesn’t overly matter, however. In this case familiarity probably works to the novel’s advantage. The Zygons certainly haven’t been overused across various Doctor Who media and they are faithfully reproduced here. Broton was also a good adversary for the Doctor so it doesn’t matter too much that Brelarn is so similar to him. In some ways the story may be a bit of a re-hash but it is well written and a lot of fun.

Despite the connections to the past the story feels very much like it belongs to the televised series that featured the Tenth Doctor and Martha. It seems to be reasonably early on in their travels together but their relationship is clearly established and grasped well by the author. The Tenth Doctor is well characterised and the portrayal of Martha very good. Influenced by the series there is more talk about her coming from the colonies or ‘Freedonia’ as she attempts to gain acceptance in Edwardian England for being a black, female medic. She gains this acceptance easily from the more likeable characters and it is only the more obnoxious ones that she has a problem with. She spends a fair proportion of the novel teamed up with the young, adventurous boy, Ian, and the eccentric, somewhat Wodehouse like character, Victor. These almost become her companions and allow Martha to get on with solving a lot of the story’s issues without the aid of the Doctor.

Interestingly, this novel features a threat to the monarch of the United Kingdom, Edward VII (it is also his soldiers that partially fill in the for UNIT role), and a plan for world domination through him. This echoes the events of ‘The Day of the Doctor’ several years after this novel was originally published.

There is inevitably a lot of trying to work out who are Zygons in the book. A good effort is made to keep the reader guessing and surprise them. It also makes the novel quite enjoyable.

Even before their successful return for the fiftieth anniversary, the Zygons were already popular enough, good enough and unique enough to earn a place in this Monster Collection series of re-releases.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Sting of the Zygons, 19 April 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who - Sting of the Zygons (New Series Adventure 13) (Hardcover)
The TARDIS lands the Doctor and Martha in the Lake District in 1909, where a small village has been terrorised by a giant, scaly monster. The search is on for the elusive 'Beast of Westmorland', and explorers, naturalists and hunters from across the country are descending on the fells. King Edward VII himself is on his way to join the search, with a knighthood for whoever finds the Beast.

But there is a more sinister presence at work in the Lakes than a mere monster on the rampage, and the Doctor is soon embroiled in the plans of an old and terrifying enemy. And as the hunters become the hunted, a desperate battle of wits begins - with the future of the entire world at stake...

Featuring the Tenth Doctor and Martha as played by David Tennant and Freema Agyeman in the acclaimed Doctor Who series from BBC Television.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good points but not perfect, 30 Dec 2009
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Sting of the Zygons (New Series Adventure 13) (Hardcover)
Good points: lively doctor, Martha fighting against racism, original setting (Edwardian big game hunters in the Lake District), likeable characters, well defined aliens with twists in tactics and motivations.
Bad points - lots of characters with fairly equal parts which frequently swap which party they are in, making the whole a little taxing to follow if you don't read it all in one go.
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