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5.0 out of 5 stars Celebration of the Cybermen
The Cybermen often seem to work better when they're an insidious menace rather than invading the Earth with armies and space armadas, and for much of this story the Cybermen remain an eerie, disturbing threat in the background. Richards utilises them brilliantly, bringing them fully into the story with perfect timing. True, there are certainly similarities with `The Next...
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3.0 out of 5 stars cybermen lost their shine
this book was a little dull dont get me wrong was aprecative of some new who books wissh the beeb would keep them up
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5.0 out of 5 stars Celebration of the Cybermen, 6 May 2013
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The Cybermen often seem to work better when they're an insidious menace rather than invading the Earth with armies and space armadas, and for much of this story the Cybermen remain an eerie, disturbing threat in the background. Richards utilises them brilliantly, bringing them fully into the story with perfect timing. True, there are certainly similarities with `The Next Doctor' and `Closing Time' (Cybermen do tend to accidently crash their ships a fair bit) and there is a lot of heavy borrowing from the classic `Tomb of the Cybermen', but that is not necessarily a bad thing (a repeat of Cybermen slowly breaking through the membrane that covers their tombs is still effective and enjoyable). Occasionally the Cybermen are portrayed a little too much like zombies. However, this is easily done due to the similarities between the two and it does allow for some quite memorable and effective scenes.

It seems reasonable to assume that this book takes place, at least for the Doctor, sometime between `The Angels take Manhattan' and `The Bells of St. John', so there is no Clara. The companion role is fulfilled by Olga who, as an older, more mature `companion', seems to work quite well with the often childish attributes of the Eleventh Doctor. The Doctor himself is portrayed a little generically at times and one of the Doctor's other incarnations could easily have fitted into various scenes. This is often the more toned down and contemplative version of the Eleventh Doctor rather than `the mad a man with a box' act.
The book is quite light on other characters, many just making up the numbers, and most aren't particularly memorable. Humans augmented by cyber technology aren't that original now and this story offers no expansion of or different insight into such things. There are some good, almost Asimov-like moments of self-realisation though.

The vague love story forms a fairly indistinctive sub plot. Although it adds a bit of depth to the characters and their community it also feels a little superfluous.

The general plot itself lacks some originality but this is a solid Cybermen romp with said monsters doing what they do best. Richards delivers a tried and tested formula but does it exceptionally well. Many of the best Cybermen elements from across the show's history are present and Cybermen catch phrase type lines from both the Troughton and the modern era are included. This book is an ideal celebration of the Cybermen during the fiftieth anniversary.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plague of the Cybermen, 14 Jun. 2013
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"I'm the Doctor. But you can all call me "the Doctor" ...

A new Doctor Who adventure is always approached with some excitement, and a little trepidation. This one, which features the Cybermen (best villains ever) promises much.

In a quiet village under the shadow of the castle, people are dying - of a plague, or so they think. And others, who have been taken by the Plague Warriors, are found with limbs and organs torn from them. When the mysterious Doctor arrives in their midst, they are surprised but soon accept his offer of help. But what the Doctor finds does not make him happy - for there is evidence of others being there who have anything but the best of intentions for the population.

This is a good Doctor Who story; fairly standard fare, no surprises, and that's not a bad thing - a good Cybermen story with plenty of action, lots of Doctor witticisms and a story that would translate well onto the small screen - that's what the diehard Doctor Who fans like me always enjoy. Great stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent locations and characters, dull monsters and some bad staging of battles., 22 Feb. 2015
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Mr. M. Jones "Jonesmz" (Chester, England) - See all my reviews
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I found plenty to like in this one, although a couple of areas grated a little too.
The best part were the locations. It took me right back to the days of pseudo-medieval Dungeons and Dragons, with a small village, tavern, ruined church with intact tower, creepy graveyard, and via a muddy track out of the village, an impregnable castle, and below the whole lot a network of tunnels! There is also the alien parts - a mad scientist laboratory and a crashed spaceship. There is plenty of running around exploring the locations too. The characters are few, well defined and hard to confuse, with links and back stories when pressed, and there is humour and romance among them as well as action.
The downside was the aliens - no surprise that they are cybermen, but they are dull and seemingly impossible to defeat so encounters with them are inevitably deadly with little pleasure. There were also a couple of instances where a fight is ruined by bad choreography, such as where a plodding cyberman has rocks thrown at him as he lumbers down a narrow corridor, as the heroes dig their way through a rockpile. The scene takes ages with lots of rocks being thrown yet in reality (!) should only have taken a couple of seconds and a couple of rocks. It smacked of bad writing and was impossible to visualise which was frustrating.
Overall, I did enjoy it for its positives but it could be improved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delete! Upgrade! But beware of the tombs..., 27 Feb. 2014
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Justin Richards perfectly captures the eleventh Doctor in this story, Plague of the Cybermen. He also knows his classic Doctor Who, reprising the Patrick Troughton Doctor Who story, Tomb of the Cybermen. The story tells of a spaceship crashing into the outskirts of a small village, leaving a terrible radiation leak which stops things from growing. The Doctor and Olga, a school teacher from the village, investigate and the Doctor discovers that the spaceship is a colony ship carrying Cybermen as its cargo. To save the village, the Doctor enlists help...
The story is fast-pacing and worthy to be included amongst some of the other great novels released by BBC Books and Virgin Publishing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 20 Sept. 2014
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what an adventure for the doctor who. In my opinion the cybermen is the one that I fear the most not the darkles or the weeping angles. What a blast. Sometimes I wonder how the doctor defeats these cybermen. When you look see them(cybermen) in front of you you're dead. They don't care who you are. Cybermen just say "Delete!" and you know that you're dead. Luckily there not even real. But I have to say the doctor who is as good as the Sherlock series. Just amazing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good., 17 April 2013
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Justin is very good at capturing the relevant Doctor's character in all the books he has written for the series, and this is no different. Matt Smith's Doctor leaps off the page in every scene he's in, with only the rare occasion where it seems reminiscent of the Tom Baker from the Douglas Adams years.

The story is a simple affair which sees the Doctor curing an apparent plague and fighting off a group of crashed Cybermen. Some scenes of the frozen Cybermen were very much in the vein of Tomb of the Cybermen, and worked well in the context of this story. The atmosphere is created well, and the cast of characters are fine if a little dull. I liked Olga, though. I could see her as a possible tv companion with some fleshing out.

If you like reading the Doctor's adventures, then this shouldn't disappoint you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who, 4 Feb. 2014
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Only ever watched the TV programs or films first book to read , so far very good. I shall be getting more, Why has it taken so long to read a Dr Who book??!
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5.0 out of 5 stars blobby good book /: a few mistakes, 20 Dec. 2013
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Is good but can get much better €?$,^~ can you make more books? These are quite good!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 28 July 2013
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As a huge fan of doctor who i feel the author really captures the theme of the show perfectly. The plot is very well laid out and i recommend this to all doctor who fans of all ages as you will really enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The plague of The Cybermen is brilliant and keeps you In suspense all through the book, 8 Aug. 2014
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The plague of The Cybermen is brilliant and keeps you In suspense all through the book, until a cyber ship is mentioned, the book is fantastic. Yours Julie Summers.
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