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Doctor Who: The Silurian Gift (Quick Reads 2013)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Latest Doctor Who quick reads novel. Quick reads are a range of books designed to get those who don't read very often - or at all - to try to get into the habit. They're short self contained books that run for around one hundred pages. Have clear prose. And large print.

Most year's releases of quick reads have seen a Doctor Who story amongst them, and this is the latest.

It features the Eleventh Doctor. Travelling on his own.

It runs for ninety nine pages and is divided into fourteen chapters.

The story sees the Doctor investigating when a businessman announces that he has the answer to the world energy crisis. A new source of energy called Fire-Ice. The Doctor travels amongst a party of visitors who go to a south pole refinery where it's being produced.

He finds that something is stalking the place. For a species that the Doctor has met before are nearby. And a battle for the future of the planet is about to commence.

As with the usual Silurian stories, this one has a lot of moral questions for the characters to consider. Nobody on either side of the conflict is necessarily in the wrong. But the choices they make might just be. And the Doctor is caught up in the middle of it, trying to find a solution that will please both sides.

This uses the medium of the printed word very well, because it includes a few creatures and some big set pieces that might be beyond the budget or the visuals of the tv show. These are done very well. There are some moments and appearances that will please Doctor Who fans.

As with many solo Doctor stories, he picks up a temporary companion for the duration of it. This is Lizzie, a girl who has her own reasons for being there. And who works well as a character because she allows the story to put all the moral issues across.

It's a short and easy read. It features Silurians. A perfectly characterised Eleventh Doctor. And it's a cheap purchase also. So it's well worth a look. Whether you read a lot. Or hardly ever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2013
An effortlessly fun offering for the fiftieth anniversary year. As part of the `Quick Reads' project this is quite short and light and easily read in under an hour. However, it still manages to be a rough approximation of the format of modern TV episodes whilst practically ticking every box concerning Silurians.

The plot is essentially a base under siege story, the setting being in Antarctica (which has been done several times already in Doctor Who media). All that this entails is present and although not very original it does have a feeling of comfortable familiarity that can be enjoyed.

The Silurians are physically those seen in the more recent Eleventh Doctor stories but in many ways they behave faithful to the Malcolm Hulke original versions. Most satisfying is that this novel includes Myrkas and Sea Devils which have failed to make it back in the programme's revival. This does mean much of what takes place is too similar to what we have seen before. There is certainly an influence of `Warriors of the Deep' which shares many of the same aspects.

There is an inclusion of a very atypical female role to act as a temporary assistant. The story doesn't really need this aspect however. It is probably a good choice to omit Clara considering the current TV storyline but the inclusion of Lizzie fails to cover Clara's absence, instead emphasising the lack of her presence by bringing attention to it.

For this book to accomplish all it has in such a brief amount of text is quite impressive and at the price of merely a pound it has to be worth buying for any Doctor Who fan. It also gives some hope that the Sea Devils might return to the TV series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 6 March 2013
The Silurian Gift is the latest Doctor Who novel in the series of Quick Reads and is as good as the other stories in the series. A fast moving story which is written in clear, large print and easy on the eyes. It is also suitable as a book to read to children or to grab a chapter when there are a few minutes spare. The story, written by Mike Tucker, is about a megalomaniac who has discovered a Silurian base and is exploiting them by offering their Fire Ice to Mankind as an alternate source of energy. Enter the Doctor...
But, fans of classic Doctor Who will recall that the Silurians have underwater cousins and genetically engineered pets! So...
For a mere pound coin, this book is worth every penny and I can't wait to see who the alien foe might be in 2014... the Ice Warriors from Mars, perhaps?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2013
Worth a read for 90p! Certainly not my favourite Doc Who book, but considering its limited length a decent story.
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on 3 January 2015
Fire Ice..A new energy..Businessman Rick Pelham takes credit for creating it..But The Doctor has his doupts...He meets Rick on the helecoptor journey onto a base in the antartic..and also meets a young woman called Lizzie..with secrets of her own..Once The Doctor is there..he finds out the deverstating truth about The Fire Ice...Infact it was created by The Silurians as a generous gift to help humanity...With the help of Lizzie and Silurian scientist Oclar..they find out that Oclars daughter Partock has altered the structure of The Fire Ice to wipeout humanity and with the help of The Sea Devils leader General Veldac..and his milatary and The Myrkas..She is determined to compleate her mission..The Doctor is on his own in this one..but he shows cunning and cleaverness...He doesn't want to destroy either Silurians,Sea Devils or Myrkas and there is still the struggle of the Silurians and humans to dominate planet Earth for him to contend with and Lizzie wanting to blow up the base...The Doctor has alot to deal with...I thought the story flowed very well and was very fast paced..The chapter endings were excellent..on the edge of your seat stuff...Matt Smiths Doctor was very well written..and you could hear him say the dialouge....One of the best short stories of Doctor Who I have EVER read...definatally recommend this to all Doctor Who fans..A brilliant read.
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on 11 April 2013
'My new Fire-Ice will solve all the problems of the planet!'

The world is on the brink of crisis. As fuel runs short, society begins to break down. One man seems to have the answer. But is it too good to be true?

The Doctor arrives at an old oil refinery near the South Pole, concerned by claims about this new form of energy. He soon discovers something huge and terrifying is stalking the refinery. It brings death and destruction in its wake.

The battle has begun for planet Earth.

A thrilling, all-new adventure, featuring The Doctor as played by Matt Smith in the spectacular hit series from BBC Television.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2013
Fantastic read. Really enjoyed the book, brilliant writing. Good gripping story and great if you don't want to read a large read.
A must for any Dr Who fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2013
For a £1 its a brillant buy and I was extremely happy to have brought it. I throughly enjoyed the story and the charcters.
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on 3 March 2013
This book really gripped me and was full of imagination. It was fun and enjoyable because I love doctor who so I wouldn't recommend it unless you like doctor who and know what it is about. Although it is still a fantastic read and only took me around two hours of solid reading so is nice and short but still packed full of fun! I give this book ten out of ten!!!!!!!!!!
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on 11 April 2015
I read this book about a month ago and I really didn't expect it to be good! But it was so good I managed to read it all in one day! It was absolutely amazing! The first book I read of Mike Tucker was the crawling terror and that book wasn't amazing but this one! Wow. Who knew you could fit this much into 99 pages? We'll i certainly didn't. I loved this book.
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