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Doctor Who: Spore: Eighth Doctor (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts Book 8) by [Scarrow, Alex]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2051 KB
  • Print Length: 43 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (23 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BLVO8WS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
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About the Author:

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.

Spore:

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.
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Some of the best Doctor Who stories of the year have turned up in this series of slim novellas aimed at the same audience as the TV Show. This is the best, but it's a neat tale with an X-Files feel that follows on nicely from the Eighth Doctor's sole television outing. A small town has been wiped out by a virus that will threaten all life on Earth if a certain time traveller doesn't intervene. It's grisly in places, but to excellent effect.
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This is a very compact story that is structured perfectly to fit the style of this type of novella. Unfortunately this makes the plot quite predictable. Although there might be a lack of surprise of revelation for the reader the storyline is still relatively enjoyable. There is a pace and flair to the writing that encourages a reading in one sitting. Mixed with what might be considered a fairly standard Doctor Who plot this is a good addition to this 50th anniversary range.

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.
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...when Doctor Who literature was truly excellent and ground breaking in its own way. Very emotive of the eighth doctor in both the novels and his tv appearance. It is, definitely, a very short story. I think it took me about ten minutes to read. Granted I read fast, but just as I was enjoying it, it finished. Can see how it would work longer and would sit so easily alongside the EDAs.
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The Eighth Doctor goes to Roswell to defeat an alien terraforming spore. In all the stories featuring the Eighth Doctor he seems to exude a knowing melancholy and I have to give Alex Scarrow credit for capturing this facet of the Doctor's personality.
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None of this series of books would get many stars if they were judged alone.
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.
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