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- Publisher: Puffin (23 Jan. 2013)
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- Average Customer Review: 66 customer reviews
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Doctor Who: A Big Hand For The Doctor: First Doctor - 50th Anniversary (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The major flaw is in the characterisation. The Doctor is at best a basic generic version. He is certainly nothing like the First Doctor. Susan hardly has much of a role at all and lacks any type of character. The Soul Pirates, although in theory potentially worthwhile adversaries, come across merely as fairy tale type trolls or ogres. It is a shame that more effort wasn't put into them. Finally all the other humans are non-speaking entities with no real role in the story other than as faceless victims.
There are also a few allusions to other books and TV shows. These are generally implemented in a clumsy and unsubtle fashion which makes them feel more anachronistic rather than nostalgic. The idea that the First Doctor knows of his later incarnations, especially the eleventh, also feels out of place.
This short story might have been better featuring a different Doctor. It really doesn't seem to fit the First and it is a shame that this look at the Doctor before `An Unearthly Child' has been wasted.
This is an insult to Doctor Who. It's the 50th anniversary for gods sake! We as fans, and Doctor Who as a show deserve better than this - did no-one read this before publishing? - its awful!
This is a great concept that has not hit the ground running. However, I hope that the series gets better as the idea is great.
Whoever the main antagonist in this book is, it sure as hell isn't the first doctor. I could never imagine William Hartnell leaping across tall buildings, rushing about or crushing doors with his bare hands (even with a bionic-super-strength-cyborg-hand, which is far-fetched anyway).
Then there's the overused references to the future. Fake tan, Blakes 7, Hogwarts. You can only do the whole "That doesn't happen for another X number of years" thing a few times before it becomes tiresome. Eoin Colfer overused it, and in my opinion made the 'Doctor' sound like a complete halfwit.
The soul pirates remind me of the giants from the BFG. "Igby kill white-hair!" - are these really all the Doctor has to fight against in this novel?
I've never read any of Colfer's 'Artimes Fowl' books before, and judging by this abomination of an attempt at writing a Doctor Who story, I cannot say
I want to.
Here's hoping Michael Scott's attempt at writing for the Second Doctor is much better than this, or I can't see myself carrying on with this series...
The First Doctor played by William Hartnell was a grand-fatherly figure who looked out for his companions, but who also was a little bit grumpy, and arrogant. This did not come across here at all, and instead had the Doctor as an action hero - something he was not. Also, with the Doctor now having had a fake hand for his first incarnation, surely the hand wouldn't have regenerated when the Doctor did? This is something Colfer did not think about.
But the worst part of this, and the biggest insult to fans of Doctor Who, was when the Doctor wished that he was the "tall one with the Dickie Bow" as apparently the Doctor knows who he is going to become. But as we have seen in the Three Doctors, Five Doctors, Two Doctors and the Time Crash Special, the younger Doctors do NOT know who the older one is.
Colfer needed to have done his research. Poor effort.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Doctor Who and I love Eoin Colfer books so was very pleased with this pairing. The story was in true DW style and was exciting and entertaining. Read morePublished 10 months ago by TinTiger
Eoin continues to touch my funny bone .though this is definitely a doctor book,it is still a classic coffer as well. I wanted it to continue for so much longer. Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2013 by peter duesbury
Oh dear! I can see why a writer would want to push the boundaries and get the Doctor `out of his comfort zone', but this goes too far. Read morePublished on 4 Dec. 2013 by Number Six
Very enjoyable. Felt like a tale more at home in Matt Smith's era rather than William Hartnells. In a way though, I quite like the idea that the first Doctor would also have that... Read morePublished on 27 Nov. 2013 by Justin Webb
I didn't expect a long story for £1.99 and wasn't shocked to find a short story; however I was stunned to find a very short story.Published on 15 Nov. 2013 by Waylander101
While this isn't one Eoin's best (I highly recommend his artemis fowl line of books) it certainly doesn't deserve the hate that people give it. Read morePublished on 6 Oct. 2013 by Alex
Having read a lot of bad reviews about this story I was a bit sceptical, but it's not that bad.
True, it doesn't feel like a first Doctor story but it is still an enjoyable... Read more
This is an ok story, but it doesn't really work as a Doctor Who adventure and doesn't really fit in either, and demonstrates Colfer's lack of knowledge when it comes to The Doctor... Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2013 by Amazon Customer
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