Doctor Who: The Eyeless Hardcover – 26 Dec 2008
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"well-paced and exciting... a good reading of a great novel" (www.doctorwhoreviews.co.uk) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
In this compelling novel from the bestselling Doctor Who range, the Doctor battles a mysterious weapon on a barren, war-torn planet - and this time he's all on his own.See all Product Description
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The book starts abruptly - there is never, unless I blinked and missed it, any exposition as to how the Doctor knew about this planet and the potentially destructive Fortress and still active weapon. There is never any justification for his having turned up there, nor any reason for him to think, as he obviously does, that nobody else will be there.
I really really could not like Alsa, who plays such a part in the story - I'd prefer to think the Doctor would not have been so accommodating to her psycopathic nature and nasty temperament. As a character, I found her intensely annoying; and the fact that she faces no consequences for her behaviour and betrayals really bugged me.
The other characters, we never really got to hear their stories - what made Jennver the way she was? And Jeffip? And Dela? And who really was Gyll? Maybe some more time spent on theirr backstories would have helped me to be more empathetic towards them. As it was, they largely felt just like plot devices - there, but expendable.
And The Eyeless? Really? All the words in the universe to think of to call some aliens, and The Eyeless? That's the best Mr Parkin could think of?
All in all, a bit of a mishmash - good bits, and bad bits. The Doctor, as played by David Tennant, is well portrayed here - cheeky, irreverent, serious and slightly angry and sad all in one trainer-shod Timelord. But overall, left me thinking it could have been much better than it ultimately turned out to be.
No allowances are made for a child audience. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that a child could not read this but it has not been lobotomised like so many of the earlier NSAs. Take the setting, which is beautifully realised in the first six pages and detailed on a huge scale so you can easily visualise this alien metropolis. Parkin then spends the first third of the book taking the audience on a trip through this ruined paradise, painting a shocking picture of poverty and plenty sitting side by side. Take the guest characters who reveal new shades every time we meet them. Some of whom are bumped off unpredictably to further the plot. Or even the pace of the book which enjoys several breathers to flesh out this world some more.Read more ›
This is one of those rare occasions where the Doctor is not just travelling time and space with no objective. In this story he has a specific mission – to destroy the Fortress before anyone else can ever use it. This means that for most of the time the Tenth Doctor is in a more serious mood than usual. The author successfully captures this side of Tennant’s performance.
In the Doctor’s personal timeline this book is set during the onscreen period of David Tennant’s final year. Thus the Doctor is currently travelling without a companion after Donna’s fate. Unlike most of the books published during this period the Doctor is not given an ‘honorary’ companion figure for the duration of the story. The Doctor spend a good proportion of this story alone and when not so he is with a changing assortment of people that even includes collaborating with one of the Eyeless for a brief time. In some ways this works well as it allows the author to slip in some personal introspection for the Doctor. Some of this involves having no one else to explain things to but the circumstance of Arcopolis and the Fortress are cause to remind him of the Time War.Read more ›
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Interesting story for the 10th Doctor, for the first time he is on his own. No companion. Wasn't sure how the story would pan out, but, I found it a very good, gripping story, and... Read morePublished on 29 April 2014 by Amazon Customer
The novel had a lovely dark feeling to it, it felt a little like an indiana jones story but with more doctor who. Read morePublished on 28 Oct. 2013 by harry saunders
Delivered promptly and was an amazingly low price. I don't read this series myself, but my Dr Who-loving daughter loves them.Published on 22 Nov. 2012 by Tania
The best thing about this book is the mystery. There are a variety of monsters - ghosts, glass men, kid gangs, adults - but their intentions are not revealed too soon and even the... Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 2012 by Mr. M. Jones
This is one of my favorite's in the Doctor Who books, every page just kept me hooked as the story strolled along with thrills and tension, I would love to see this as an episode,... Read morePublished on 19 May 2009 by Amazon Customer
I was very disappointed in this novel by Lance Parkin. For the first 120 pages, the story was made up of words with absolutely no direction. Read morePublished on 19 May 2009 by Bryan
Lance Parkin, one of Doctor Who's best writers, does a brilliant job of balancing the adult tone of previous BBC books with the slightly 'lighter', more kid-friendly recent novels,... Read morePublished on 5 April 2009 by S Bruce
The last of the Timelords is alone once more. Donna has returned to Chiswick; all memories of her time with The Doctor removed permanently. Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 2009 by Captain Pugwash
Having finished reading The Eyeless, one word ran through my mind - Amazing. Read more