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4.4 out of 5 stars
4.4 out of 5 stars

TOP 500 REVIEWERon 26 September 2011
This Tenth Doctor adventure has undertones, to me, of Bladerunner, Indiana Jones and Austin Powers - dark cities, evil gangsters named Uncle, albino bad guys, running around corridoors, pickpockets - it's all go in New Memphis, that's for sure. I had figured out where Nikki's father was, and who The Widow was long before, apparently, anyone else in New Memphis did. This story really just comes across as a slightly schlocky gangster and detective story that happens to have the Doctor involved in it - it really is not a "Doctor Who" story at all. Vaguely disappointing. Just makes 3 stars from me.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 13 March 2012
An original Doctor Who novel, telling an all new story not done before in any other medium.

It runs for two hundred and forty seven pages, and is divided into nineteen chapters plus a prologue.

It's suitable for readers of all ages.

It features the Tenth Doctor, travelling on his own with no companion. And his dialogue is well written and you can imagine David Tennant saying the lines quite easily.

It is a somewhat restrained and moody version of the Doctor, though, the narrative allowing no chance for any humour or witticisms.

The story sees him visiting a spaceport which is supposed to be a fantastic new operation, but which is running into a lot of teething troubles [obvious parallels with the latest terminal at Heathrow, which was going through similar when this came out]. The Doctor finds himself caught up in the middle of a mob war.

Also in town are ruthless alien law enforcers the Judoon. On the track of an assassin.

And a young private detective is trying to find her missing father.

Many diverse people's lives are about to cross, and some will never be the same again as a result...

This one does hit the ground running, and manage to slightly confound some expectations the prologue may give you. There's a rich cast of characters who are well written, and the plot does allow for them to all grow and change very nicely over the course of the story.

About midway through you might start to wonder where it's going but things do turn out to be very well worked out, with some decent surprises in the final third.

The Doctor may not have as much to do as some might like, because the other supporting characters have a great share of the action as well, but that's the only minor complaint about a book that's a good read and an above average entry in this range.
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on 20 July 2016
This isn’t a novel that out and out focuses on the Judoon as a species. Although there is a squadron of Judoon in it, behaving to remit and performing much as they did in ‘Smith and Jones’, this is more of a story of an individual Judoon Commander, Rok Ma, who ostensibly ends up being one of the Doctor’s companions.

The story is set in a busy spaceport which is experiencing many of the sort of problems that a modern day airport does: delays, refurbishments, missing luggage, etc. It also has to contend with the city of New Memphis’ two lead crime lords, Uncle and the Widow, and the nefarious schemes either might be running through the spaceport. As these crime lords struggle for supremacy the Doctor becomes involved in one of their schemes.

This is a novel from the period where the Tenth Doctor is travelling alone in the programme. This novel gives him two ‘honorary’ companions to assist him. The young Nikki is an endearing and likeable character but she is very much modern companion material. It feels slightly as if she has been included and characterised this way as almost a safeguard in case some of the audience expect that type of character.

However, it is Rok Ma that really sells the novel. As a ‘companion’ to the Doctor, even if it is for just the one story/novel, he is quite original and radically different. The Doctor has had companions before that aren’t human (or look like humans), but they have, with the exception of K-9 and Kamelion, been outside of the programme itself. It’s a shame considering modern effects that the programme doesn’t try an alien looking companion.

Rok Ma slowly emerges as an individual rather than just a generic Judoon stereotype. In some ways his treatment is similar to that of Captain Tybo from the Sarah Jane Adventures story ‘Prisoner of the Judoon’.

He also works really well with the Doctor. There are the initial teething problems between them but they work through their differences for the common good and learn something from each other. Admittedly it does follow the clichéd pattern of a lot of cop team up movies, but it does it well with a good sense of fun. The Judoon Commander’s relationship with Nikki is also thoroughly enjoyable and has a pleasant outcome.

The twists in the plot are reasonably predictable but it is these relationships that give the novel sparkle. It’s a fun read and a good development of an onscreen alien.
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VINE VOICEon 14 January 2010
As part of the trilogy of Doctor Who novels featuring the Slitheen, the Judoon and the Daleks, this book easily comes second to Prisoner of the Daleks. Colin Brake has done some serious study of the Judoon and captures their clumsiness in serving justice and thereby creates an interesting read with the Doctor allying himself with the Judoon Commander.
We see a different side to the Judoon as the character is developed and his relationship with Nikki, the private detective, is built upon at an acceptable pace. The adventure starts on Terminal 13, winds it way through the undercity, which is full of crooks, deceit and colourful people, before returning back to Terminal 13 for the finale.
This book, alongside Prisoner of the Daleks, is highly recommended for a good read, whether the reader is a Doctor Who fan or not!
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on 4 May 2012
This is a step outside the normal format for this series. The doctor drops into a seedy future city built around a spaceport and plays detective with a tough Judoon and a young female private eye, within a battle between two rival crime bosses. I guessed some of the twists before they were revealed but it was still great to see not just a different setting but a different type of story, and still an effective Doctor Who story.
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on 27 August 2009
One of the best i have read upto now, really gets going straight away, and with one of my fav villians, The Judoon. Great humour too. If i could give 10 stars, i would.
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on 29 January 2017
as good as the advert said, and arrived earlier than promised, great, definitely use these guys again
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on 20 October 2014
a must read for any one who loves drwho
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on 3 March 2016
Love anything to do with Doctor Who
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