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Doctor Who: EarthWorld Mass Market Paperback – 5 Mar 2001

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; 1st edition (5 Mar. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563538279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563538271
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,640,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection: Eleven classic adventures. Eleven brilliant writers. One incredible Doctor. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jacqueline Rayner has written six Doctor Who novels, as well as other science-fiction and children's books. A member of Doctor Who Magazine's 'Time Team', she and three friends have been watching all the Doctor Who programmes ever made in order and are recording their reactions. This has so far taken them over nine years! She lives in Essex with her husband and twin sons. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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In the foreword to this book the author herself admits that she is not proud of her writing on this project, and rightfully so. The book is not written particularly well, but it is not terrible, I've read far worse. The prose is readable, but is neither compelling or impressive. The companion characters are not very likable, and the Doctor is not himself. As this book was part of a story arch, this cannot be blamed on the author, although this fact does not improve the experience for the reader in any way. My rating is based on poor story, characters and style.
On a more personal note, to me this edition's worst crime is its failure to stand alone as an independant story. I'm sure this was fine when reading the book as part of the original series, but as a part of the 50th Anniversary series - where it is an isolated story - this makes no sense. The book's start contains references to previous events which are not properly explained and it does not have a satisfyingly complete ending. I cannot imagine why the book was selected for this series, it's totally inappropriate. The idea surely is to provide a representative example of the Eighth Doctor for his character, yet due to his memory loss in this story we are still none-the-wiser at the end. The whole venture feels kind of pointless. At least the cover looks good alongside the rest of the books on the shelf, so I guess that's something.
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 24 Aug. 2013
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This is the representative story for the Eighth Doctor in this 50th anniversary year of novel offerings. The story was first published in 2001, and features the Eighth Doctor with Fitz and Anji. The Doctor is still having some troubles with his memories; when the Tardis lands on what appears to be Earth, the three Tardis travellers are surprised to find themselves being chased by a caveman - all does not appear to be what they might have first thought. Meanwhile, Fitz has found himself acting out a role as an expert on twentieth-century culture, while Anji and the Doctor have teamed up with some apparent terrorists. Confused? Well, the storyline is slightly wacky, and I found the `humour' sometimes a bit off base. Much of the action is through the narrative of Anji or Fitz, so the Doctor is not really terribly `present' for much of the story, which is a shame. Good, not great; and definitely not what I would have considered the best example of a representative Eighth Doctor 50th anniversary story.
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As the year winds on, it's increasingly obvious that whoever is behind this 50th anniversary series of reprints featuring a novel for each incarnation of the Doctor, really hasn't thought it through. Why else would the novel featuring the Eighth Doctor, the version most people will know least about by dint of his being on TV only once, be one from a sequence in which he's amnesiac and doesn't really know who he is? Still, at least it's a bouncy affair, and the companions Fitz and Anji are almost strong enough to cover the fact that the Doctor himself is almost by default as generic as he's ever been. Not bad. Not good. Baffling selection.
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A vague parody of 'Westworld', this book is quite frivolous, often just plain silly. The vague promise of dinosaurs isn't really delivered as they become an insignificant part of the story, mainly seen in the background. Even a car crash with a triceratops is just mentioned in passing, the event not even described. Instead there is a ridiculous fight with Elvis, dubious android doubles and some farce with the Knights of the Round Table.

The only aspect that appears to be taken seriously is Anji dealing with the death of her boyfriend in a previous book. Even though this is a subject that requires addressing in this particular period of Eighth Doctor novels it simply feels out of place within this, otherwise, light-hearted adventure. Even so, the method of covering this is done quite imaginatively through a series of emails that will never be sent.

For most of the novel the Doctor is rather annoying. Anji and Fitz are treated a lot more caringly and this is really a novel that is based around the companions. The way Anji is trying to come to terms with the Doctor, the Tardis and all that they encapsulate whilst dealing with the death of Dave is handled quite well. Fitz's internal wonderings provide a more amusing aspect to contrast with this.
The story itself lacks some structure though and often the plot takes a back seat to the crazy things happening. As such the revelations at the end are difficult to care about, let alone arouse excitement.

It's a strange choice for this fiftieth anniversary series of re-releases. It doesn't really showcase the Eighth Doctor and isn't particularly typical of or important in the Eighth Doctor books. Jacqueline Rayner's column in DWM is more entertaining and humorous than this novel.
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By A Customer on 24 Feb. 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jaqueline Rayner's 'Earthworld' marks the beginning of the next phase of the Eighth Doctor stories and sees the Doctor teaming with Fitz and new companion Anji on the planet New Jupiter where the Earthworld theme park is about to open. But people are dying there, and the androids seem to be the only people who could be responsible.
I'd enjoyed the stranded on Earth arc that dominated the books prior to this title, and this novel continues their trend of providing solid entertainment. Earthworld is an excellent read with some good writing and plotting. The story itself serves as Anji's introduction to the time and space travel game as much of the focus is on her. Introducing new companions into these books has never been an easy task for the range, but Jaq Rayner really builds on what was established about Anji in Escape Velocity to make her into a really interesting character. Her thoughts about her boyfriend Dave who died in the previous novel dominate her thoughts, and although the idea of using a diary type device to show this characters thoughts about something has been done before in Who fiction (with Bernice in the NA's mainly), there is a different spin on this with Anji sending Dave e-mails throughout the novel. I'm not quite sure I like the Doctor's current characterisation much - he's the Doctor but he doesn't remember much about specific details - but hopefully he'll regain his memory in time. Fitz works really well in this book as he confronts what he discovered about himself in the Ancestor Cell and finds a new purpose in his travels.
Overall, Earthworld is an excellent book. It's got some good humourous scenes in it, particularly the one where Fitz Fortune and an android Elvis duel each other, and some good advancement of character with Anji. Highly recommended.
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