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Doctor Who: The Forgotten Army Hardcover – 22 Apr 2010

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (22 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184607987X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846079870
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.4 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 482,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Aliens emerge from the frozen wastes to enslave the populace of 21st century New York

About the Author

Brian Minchin is a script editor for Doctor Who. He has written short stories and comic strips for Torchwood Magazine, as well as a Torchwood audiobook, The Sin Eaters, narrated by Gareth David-Lloyd.


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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Jun. 2013
Format: Hardcover
A Doctor Who novel, which tells an all new story for the Eleventh Doctor and Amy that hasn't been presented previously in any other medium.

The book runs for two hundred and forty eight pages, and is divided into a prologue and twenty three chapters.

It's suitable for readers of all ages.

The two lead characters are perfectly well characterised, with dialogue that you can imagine the two stars saying. Since this was one of the first batch of Eleventh Doctor novels, and written before his first episodes were aired, that's a good achievement.

The story sees a mammoth being exhibited at a museum in New York. Which happens to come to life. The Doctor and Amy get involved, and find this is just a prelude. To alien invasion. New York becomes a battlegound where the Doctor and Amy, plus a few friends, have a fight on their hands to save the human race.

This hits the ground running with the whole mammoth set piece, which takes up a good few opening pages and keeps them turning very nicely as the pace of the book doesn't let up for a moment. This, coupled with some good supporting characters, makes for a good opening.

The reader is still hooked after that, thanks to some nice continuity references and a few unanswered questions. When the main threat does come along a little suspension of disbelief is required, but there are enough surprises in regards to it to make the level of threat more than you might expect.

Whilst it gets into more standard territory for this range after that, with the Doctor and allies caught up in the middle of chaos trying desperately to save the day, the writing is strong enough to keep the attention all the way.

A very readable entry in this range. Some may find certain plot aspects a bit too silly for their liking. But if you can as mentioned suspend your disbelief and just go with it, then this is an entertaining time passer.
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For some reason this book feels as if it is re-counting Amy’s first adventure in the Tardis, as if it is intended to come directly after ‘The Eleventh Hour’. This doesn’t seem to fit with the events of ‘The Beast Below’ and it might just be the case that being one of the first batch of Eleventh Doctor novels it was written before the first Eleventh Doctor series was aired. It might also explain why the characterisation of Amy is way off, rarely feeling like her onscreen counterpart. The characterisation of the Eleventh Doctor isn’t particularly good either.
Both in theme and tone, the novel also feels like it is aimed at a younger audience than usual for the current series of BBC Doctor Who books. Virtually every aspect of the story is fairly immature. There are several characters that are mainly stereotypical caricatures and it seems like quite a superficial, naïve reflection of American culture. The humour is definitely aimed at quite young readers, being hinged on the kind that involves a policeman being stripped to his underpants ad then dressed as a pink fairy by the aliens he is facing. It is usually too silly to be entertaining.
The Vykoids are essentially ‘joke’ monsters that are played for laughs. They are treated and portrayed as frivolous and silly throughout the novel. As they are never really taken seriously by either the author or his characters they never feel like a credible threat. However, this does, match the tone of the novel whose humour is generally just too childish and, eventually, irritating.
Having events are set in New York easily allows for the inclusion of Trinity Wells, who virtually became a stalwart of the Russell T. Davies era. She is used a little more here but her inclusion involves nothing more than what we’re used to seeing her do.
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This book has lots of plot twists, funny moments, and it captures the Doctor and Amy Pond very well. It even takes things from the TV series - the Doctor saying "bow ties are cool", him calling Amy "Pond", references to meeting Amy as a child in 1996, references to The Eleventh Hour, shouting Geronimo...the list goes on. Anyone who likes the TV series should get this book. It makes a great read between episodes and series.

Also, try out these books:
"Doctor Who": Apollo 23
"Doctor Who": Night of the Humans
Doctor Who - Series 5, Volume 1 [DVD] [2010]
"Doctor Who": The Tardis Handbook
Doctor Who Matt Smith The Eleventh Doctor's Crash Figure Set

Enjoy!
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This book is insanely silly, brilliantly characterised, fast-moving and utterly divisive. To my mind this is by far the best of the three 11th Doctor books released so far. I accept, though, that many people will find it TOO silly, TOO mad, TOO rampantly daft to suspend your disbelief.

That's the Marmite effect.

It's also got the target audience in raptures. The one thing missing from the new season of Doctor Who on TV was an acknowledgement that children will be watching in their millions. It's all been a bit 'mature'. "The Forgotten Army" changes all that and reminds me why I loved the programme as a 10 year old boy in the first place!

Get reading everyone, and enjoy being 10 again!
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