Doctor Who: The Forgotten Army Hardcover – 22 Apr 2010
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'll keep this short because I didn't like it at all.
I'm a life long Doctor Who fan and I like my Doctor Who dark, scary, original and imaginative. This wasn't. Read more
The characterisation from the TV series is entirely accurate, hence the two stars, it's just personally I cannot stand it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Glump
This is the biggest load of tosh I've ever read. I am a Doctor Who fan, and have enjoyed all the other books I've read.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is funny, exciting, and tense. Although it takes a while to get back into the action, it uses all the phrases e.g bow ties are cool etc. Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2013 by Fan13
There are some obvious influences here that are difficult to keep put of mind while reading. The first section is 'Night at the museum' where you follow a large animal, ridden by... Read morePublished on 13 May 2013 by Mr. M. Jones
'Let me tell you a story. Long ago, in the frozen Arctic wastes, an alien army landed. Only now, 10,000 years later, it isn't a story. And the army is ready to attack. Read morePublished on 14 April 2013 by kk