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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy holidays in the ancient world
Simon Guerrier's latest original Doctor Who novel sees the Timelord travelling alone once more; however it isn't long before he picks up a new companion in the form of Classics student June.
The story opens in modern-day Athens, where June arrives at the Acropolis where she has a holiday job, just in time to help a beleaguered Doctor prevent an alien attempt to blow...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Aliens in Athens
An original Doctor Who novel, presenting an all new story not depicted before in any other format.

It features the Tenth Doctor, travelling on his own without a permanent companion.

It runs for for two hundred and thirty seven pages. It's divided into twenty four chapters plus a prologue.

The Doctor is perfectly characterised and you can...
Published on 17 Jun 2012 by Paul Tapner


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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy holidays in the ancient world, 9 May 2009
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Slitheen Excursion (Hardcover)
Simon Guerrier's latest original Doctor Who novel sees the Timelord travelling alone once more; however it isn't long before he picks up a new companion in the form of Classics student June.
The story opens in modern-day Athens, where June arrives at the Acropolis where she has a holiday job, just in time to help a beleaguered Doctor prevent an alien attempt to blow the ancient monument up. It isn't made clear why they should want to do this until the end of the book, but it provides an excuse for The Doctor to join forces with June and whisk her off to Ancient Greece, where he promptly goes into a trance-like state. While he temporarily recovers in order to save June from being mauled by a lioness, The Timelord continues to remain cataleptic, while June is taken-in by some locals and makes a shocking discovery once she reaches their home...
Yes, the nefarious Slitheen family have made a welcome return; posing as gods and acting as inter-galactic travel agents, the family are once more out to expolit and hunt; their two favourite pursuits. The travellers quickly get caught-up in events, and are soon fighting for their lives in the gladiatorial arena. However, this murderous scheme is just the tip of the iceberg and the family have an even more devious plan in mind; one that will test The Doctor and June to their very limits...

Guerrier's prose is always engaging and never strays too far into technobabble. His version of The Tenth Doctor marries well with David Tennant's excitable yet damaged television portrayal, and he clearly had fun with the never far from comic Slitheen family. Student 'June' sometimes feels like a bit of a rent-a-companion, but until the TV series casts a more permanent associate for The Doctor, it doesn't matter too much. Overall this is another smashing entry in the BBC Books strand; light, accessible, occasionally informative and always fun.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Aliens in Athens, 17 Jun 2012
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Slitheen Excursion (Hardcover)
An original Doctor Who novel, presenting an all new story not depicted before in any other format.

It features the Tenth Doctor, travelling on his own without a permanent companion.

It runs for for two hundred and thirty seven pages. It's divided into twenty four chapters plus a prologue.

The Doctor is perfectly characterised and you can easily imagine David Tennant saying all the dialogue.

It's also perfectly suitable for readers of all ages.

The story sees a British girl called June encounter the Doctor whilst she's on holiday in Athens. Whilst he's encountered his old enemies the Slitheen, who are attempting to blow up an ancient monument. June and the Doctor are forced to travel back into the distant past to investigate what the aliens are up to. Which turns out to be running tours for aliens. But people are getting hurt as a result. As is the web of time. Can June and the Doctor put things to rights?

This has an excellent first third. The settings do come vividly to life. June is a fairly ordinary person. But that also makes her quite a strong character, so she's a good foil for the Doctor. And since a lot of the action is seen through her eyes that makes it for an interestinly differet look at the Doctor.

It does though sag somewhat in the middle with little action, lots of characters with made up names, and there's so much going on that that it simply doesn't grab as much as it did earlier.

Everything does come together well enough in the final third, though. Allowing for a few nice suprises at the end and a decent finale.

If the middle section of the book was as strong as what comes before and after this would rate four stars. But whilst it's not the best in the range it is still a slightly above average entry, and worth a look.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Original but not the best, 11 Jun 2012
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The setting and characters in the book are fabulous - modern and ancient Greece lifestyle, attitude and activities are nicely summarised. The characters, both friendly and enemy, human and alien, are fleshed out nicely and feel more real and less stereotyped than other books in the series,which makes more interesting reading, especially when an on/off love story develops. The thing that let it down for me was the extreme nature and scale of the events which just seem so outlandish that they felt ridiculous, especially the mile long ladder and the Doctor's gymnastics. The battles were daft too - they stop and start at will. Original, but not the best in the series so far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Polished, quickfire Tenth Doctor runaround, 12 July 2011
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One of the best Tenth Doctor novels, for sure. The Doctor and surprised new companion June get diverted from a trip back to Ancient Athens and bump into a family of Slitheen who are out to make some money from changing Earth's history.

The Slitheen here are more sinister than their TV representation, with the emphasis on their greed and hunting, and their menacing claws. There are no human body suits and giveaway farting, but that doesn't prevent the occasional more comic moment. The writing of the Doctor's character suits David Tennant's portrayal nicely, though sadly one book is not long enough to give the companion June anything more than a one-dimensional character.

It's tightly written, pausing only briefly for the occasional moral moment but otherwise sticking firmly to the action. There are plenty of twists and turns at the end that might get a little confusing for younger kids, but overall this is one of the most accomplished Doctor Who novels of the last few years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars doctor who the slitheen excursion, 8 Feb 2011
I am 12 and i am ahugefan of dr who. thibnk this is the best book so far with the dr who books and cant wait to read another
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic Dr Who read, 9 Aug 2009
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I know these books are really aimed at teenagers but at 27 I always get them the day they come out & this one didnt disappoint. They can often be harder to get into when they are the Dr on his own as you have to warm to the new "assistant" for the book, but this is a great read for fans of all ages.
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