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on 22 July 2013
I really enjoyed this short story. Not having watched any of the orginal Dr Who, it was a good way for me to get aquainted with the 4th Dr before the big 50th anniversary. It seemed a little on the shorter side compared to the first 3 books but it did not seem rushed and it still managed to contain enough action and suspense to satisfy me. I wont say too much because I don't want to spoil anything but there is a bit of a twist in there that I did really enjoy.
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on 31 March 2015
This short story is more like a story outline idea for something that is going to be written properly later, than an end product. It basically contains one idea that you know early on, and little else. The characterisation, if you can call it that, is cartoon and does not evoke the show or the fourth doctor. You are left feeling, is that it? I honestly think I could write a better fourth doctor story / book myself. This is a waste of your money.
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on 30 May 2013
I really enjoyed Philip Reeve's 4th Doctor story. I think he captures the essence of the Doctor and Leela perfectly - when I read the story I could see Tom and Louise acting it out in my imagination... and I loved the K9 Cameo! The story's excellent too, as good as anything from the 4th Doctor series and true to Philip Reeve, very inventive. I wonder if we can persuade him to write some more!?
Enjoy!
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on 12 June 2013
Very enjoyable 4th Doctor story with knowing nods to stories from the era, in particular Face of Evil. Could have done with more of the Doctor himself, but hey it 's a short story. Leela was just as I remember her from the show and the Target books. This was clearly written by a fan and someone who loves the show. My hat and multicoloured scarf are off to you, Mr Reeve!
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Not bad, but this doesn't hold a candle to the Second Doctor's story. A nice shout to Matt Smith's Doctor, and a few concessions to Tom Baker's "quirks" (scarf, K9), but I found the book to be a tad short, and not quite as interesting as previous novellas. Philip Reeve did do an admirable job of creating a huge labyrinthine city... much like in Mortal Engines!
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on 23 November 2013
Reeve has managed to bring the grinning loon that is the Fourth Doctor to life in this short story though his need to reference the Eleventh Doctor wasn't really needed as I thought the precursor events were much more Sixth Doctor.
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on 30 April 2013
A lovely written piece that ties up the nuances of time travel and takes a loving poke at Dr Who of that time. The gravel pit reference is just superb and triggers into life that period of Dr Who. 5 stars
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Another enjoyable romp back to a previous age, the characterisation of the Fourth Doctor whilst slewed toward the more eccentric levels were still recognizably that of Tom Baker's portrayal.
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on 24 April 2013
This is so far my favourite of the digital shorts written for the 50th anniversary. A more complex story packed into a quick read and a highly imaginative yarn. Thumbs up!
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on 4 December 2013
Pretty faithful to Tom Baker and Louise Jameson, but the story is a bit facile and the resolution is just too `And with a single bound they were free!'
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