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- Print Length: 43 pages
- Publisher: Puffin (23 Aug. 2013)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BLVO8WS
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
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Doctor Who: Spore: Eighth Doctor (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts Book 8) Kindle Edition
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You'll find more on Alex on my Blog ([...] I write about what I like so the same writers do tend to come up. I found out about Alex because I read his brother's books. Alex and Simon share a website & Forum. So I come to this book as a Alex Scarrow fan and a Doctor Who fan.
Alex is the author of the Young Adult series TimeRiders. I'm a huge fan of the series, who cares if I'm not a YA, I'm 45. Anyone that likes Dr Who would probably find Time Riders very entertaining. You can read more in the articles TimeRiders Series So far (books 1-6), TimeRiders Book 7 and Interview with Alex Scarrow. Book 8 in the series TimeRiders: Mayan Prophecy is out now.
Set in the present day, the Doctor sets down in the desert a few hundred metres off the Highway, near one of those one-diner kind of towns that are near nowhere. Though I guess we aren't too far from Roswell... as the Doctor recollects,
Something is here and the Doctor knows it is here. Something he has prior knowledge of, something that will destroy all life on Earth because it is here 50 years too early...
This is the Eighth Doctor, travelling alone. Though he does pick up a friend along the way, as he is prone to do. So there is less random energy one might expect from Doctors Ten or Eleven. Less seriousness, interspersed with glee that you might find with Doctor Nine.
The Doctor is more matter of fact and open, similar to how he was in the film when talking to Grace.Read more ›
Set in Nevada (although the setting isn't really relevant to the plot or enjoyment of the work), this story is concerned with the arrival of a genetically engineered pathogen intent on liquefying the Earth. In many ways it behaves a bit like the idea of nanobots rather than a virus. As it is engineered to be semi-intelligent it manages to fulfil the role of giving the Doctor a villain to converse with but also means that the author doesn't have to use vital space to create a character for his villain. It is a clever technique for a short story such as this.
However, there is a lack of characterisation overall. Other than the Doctor only really a couple of characters appear, both of which are very basic stereotypes (Evelyn Chan providing the typical female companion role which isn't really needed in this story. The Doctor himself is a very bland version. Admittedly though there is not that much to work with considering the Eighth Doctor only made one televised appearance. Even so, this version of the Eighth Doctor is quite satisfying as he solves any problems and resolves any encounters merely by using knowledge and intelligence; without the use of techno-wizardry or sonic screwdrivers.
It is a solid story and a worthy addition to this series. It isn't much of a celebration of the Eighth Doctor though.
They all have the same problem, in that they are far too short and the stories tend not to take this into account.
There is often a very good set up, with lots of clever ideas, but then no time to explore them and the ending seems perfunctory.
If you only have 40ish pages then the story shouldn't have ambitions to be a novel and it should work better within it's limits.
So the rating I'm giving are just a comparison within this series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This short - chapter Eight of 12 DOCTORS, 12 STORIES - is easily one of the finest ever moments in Whovian literature. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Greggorio!
A very creepy story..I thought..The Doctor is alone..ends up the the Navada Desert in the present day..saying he has been sent by U.N.I.T. Read morePublished 21 months ago by justin
I just felt this story was too familiar. The small American town where `something bad' had happened, the cardboard military personnel who immediately trust some stranger without... Read morePublished on 4 Dec. 2013 by Number Six
Cracking read which leaves you wondering what could Scarrow do with a full length Dr Who book? I think it would be a stunning read. Read morePublished on 27 Oct. 2013 by Smally
Quite a good story this time and brings the 8th doctor to the fore and has his character to lifePublished on 8 Sept. 2013 by John Telfer
another great novella in this series featuring a doctor that had only one visual adventure,very well written good characters and leaves you asking will dr chan meet the doctor... Read morePublished on 8 Sept. 2013 by Amazon Customer
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