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Doctor Who: Judgement Of The Judoon
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This Tenth Doctor adventure has undertones, to me, of Bladerunner, Indiana Jones and Austin Powers - dark cities, evil gangsters named Uncle, albino bad guys, running around corridoors, pickpockets - it's all go in New Memphis, that's for sure. I had figured out where Nikki's father was, and who The Widow was long before, apparently, anyone else in New Memphis did. This story really just comes across as a slightly schlocky gangster and detective story that happens to have the Doctor involved in it - it really is not a "Doctor Who" story at all. Vaguely disappointing. Just makes 3 stars from me.
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An original Doctor Who novel, telling an all new story not done before in any other medium.

It runs for two hundred and forty seven pages, and is divided into nineteen chapters plus a prologue.

It's suitable for readers of all ages.

It features the Tenth Doctor, travelling on his own with no companion. And his dialogue is well written and you can imagine David Tennant saying the lines quite easily.

It is a somewhat restrained and moody version of the Doctor, though, the narrative allowing no chance for any humour or witticisms.

The story sees him visiting a spaceport which is supposed to be a fantastic new operation, but which is running into a lot of teething troubles [obvious parallels with the latest terminal at Heathrow, which was going through similar when this came out]. The Doctor finds himself caught up in the middle of a mob war.

Also in town are ruthless alien law enforcers the Judoon. On the track of an assassin.

And a young private detective is trying to find her missing father.

Many diverse people's lives are about to cross, and some will never be the same again as a result...

This one does hit the ground running, and manage to slightly confound some expectations the prologue may give you. There's a rich cast of characters who are well written, and the plot does allow for them to all grow and change very nicely over the course of the story.

About midway through you might start to wonder where it's going but things do turn out to be very well worked out, with some decent surprises in the final third.

The Doctor may not have as much to do as some might like, because the other supporting characters have a great share of the action as well, but that's the only minor complaint about a book that's a good read and an above average entry in this range.
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VINE VOICEon 14 January 2010
As part of the trilogy of Doctor Who novels featuring the Slitheen, the Judoon and the Daleks, this book easily comes second to Prisoner of the Daleks. Colin Brake has done some serious study of the Judoon and captures their clumsiness in serving justice and thereby creates an interesting read with the Doctor allying himself with the Judoon Commander.
We see a different side to the Judoon as the character is developed and his relationship with Nikki, the private detective, is built upon at an acceptable pace. The adventure starts on Terminal 13, winds it way through the undercity, which is full of crooks, deceit and colourful people, before returning back to Terminal 13 for the finale.
This book, alongside Prisoner of the Daleks, is highly recommended for a good read, whether the reader is a Doctor Who fan or not!
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on 4 May 2012
This is a step outside the normal format for this series. The doctor drops into a seedy future city built around a spaceport and plays detective with a tough Judoon and a young female private eye, within a battle between two rival crime bosses. I guessed some of the twists before they were revealed but it was still great to see not just a different setting but a different type of story, and still an effective Doctor Who story.
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on 27 August 2009
One of the best i have read upto now, really gets going straight away, and with one of my fav villians, The Judoon. Great humour too. If i could give 10 stars, i would.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Doctor and the Judoon hunt an invisible assassin in Colin Brake's latest original Doctor Who novels from BBC Books. The brilliantly named 'Elvis the King Spaceport' has grown into the sprawling city-state of New Memphis - an urban jungle, where organized crime is rife. However, the launch of the new Terminal 13 hasn't gone as smoothly as hoped; cue the arrival of the Tenth Doctor; the Time Lord discovers that the new terminal has been locked down by the anti-social rhinoceros-headed Judoon, first seen in the TV episode 'Smith and Jones'. The notorious 'Invisible Assassin' is at work again, and the Judoon sent to catch him will stop at nothing to complete their mission. Together with new one-off companion, a teenage private-eye named Nikki, and the ruthless Judoon Commander, the Doctor discovers that things are even more complicated and dangerous than he first realised.

Colin Brake's second Tenth Doctor novel, after 2006's well received 'The Price of Paradise', is a scintillating action-packed thriller. Like 'The Slitheen Excursion' it features The Doctor travelling alone after the departure of his companion Donna at the end of the fourth series of the revamped TV show. Also like that novel, the Doctor picks up a temporary companion, the determined and feisty Nikki; the pair are well-matched, while The remorseless Judoon with their monosyllabic shouting and leather skirts are pretty one-dimensional; although Brake invests the Judoon Commander with some humanity and they do provide The Doctor with plenty of opportunities to display his tenth incarnation's trademark flippancy with serious and dark undertones.
Well plotted and paced, as you'd expect from a seasoned TV script-writer, Judgement of the Judoon is a thoroughly enjoyable and welcome addition to the current range of stand-alone books.
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on 20 October 2014
a must read for any one who loves drwho
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