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Doctor Who: Ten Little Aliens: 50th Anniversary Edition by [Cole, Stephen]
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Book Description

The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection: Eleven classic adventures. Eleven brilliant writers. One incredible Doctor.

About the Author

Stephen Cole liked books, and so went to the University of East Anglia to read more of them. Later on he started writing them too, with more TV and film tie-ins than he cares to admit to along the way. He has been the voice of a Dalek and an editor of fiction and non-fiction book titles for various publishers, including the Doctor Who novels The Feast of the Drowned and The Art of Destruction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1200 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Digital; Reprint edition (3 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #266,745 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is the 50th anniversary collection story of the First Doctor. This story, first published in 2002, has the First Doctor, with Polly and Ben arrive in the Tardis in a place that appears to have no oxygen, just a pressurised atmosphere. Donning spacesuits, the trio step out of the Tardis.

But before we meet up with the Doctor and his companions, we have been reading of a group of Anti-Terror Elite trainees, gearing up for their last combat training mission. They're a ragtag bunch - from all over Earth and Earth satellite and colony planets, they all have their own chips on their shoulders, and their own secrets. And none of them are particularly likeable. Led by the tough Marshal Haunt, who has her own secrets, the team are to land on an asteroid which has been set up as a mission zone with killer droids. There they face their final test. But when they meet up with the Doctor, Ben and Polly, that's just the first of things that start to go horribly wrong.

I've never read Ten Little Indians, by Agatha Christie, so I'm afraid any reference to her work in relation to this book sailed straight over my head. But perhaps that's to my advantage, because I had no preconceptions about the story at all. I approached it merely as a Doctor Who story, which involved a team of space grunts on a mission. That's not a bad premise for any sci-fi story, and if it has the good Doctor involved as well, that's got to be a good thing.

Stephen Cole seems to be quite a prolific author, and has written a number of Doctor Who books as well as other books. Interestingly, when I looked him up on Wikipedia, and searched on the original printing of this novel, the cover showed an image of the Schirr, which I thought was good to have available.
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This was my first experience of reading a Doctor Who story - I had always been afraid that my imagination wouldn't be up to the task. Happily I have been proved wrong with this story. This was also my first experience of the first incarnation of the doctor and it was interesting to encounter a doctor who was constrained by age. The story was suitably creepy and the latter section was interesting with its 'choose you own adventure' format. I'm glad I picked this up.
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For the most part, this is quite an enjoyable read. It is well written and there are enough peculiarities in its structure to prevent it being a fairly basic plot. Towards the latter stages this book suddenly adopts and adventure gamebook style. This is more a novelty than anything else and the reader really has little choice. It does serve as a great artifice for relating part of the story that could have easily developed into a fairly mediocre run around.

Part of the attraction of this book is that it features Ben and Polly, two quite neglected companions of the Doctor. Most of their televised stories have been eradicated in the BBC archives purge and they haven't featured as heavily in any extraneous media as other companions. This book, therefore, seems an odd choice to represent the First Doctor's tenure (especially as Ben and Polly are more commonly associated with the Second Doctor). On the other hand, it is a pleasant surprise that during the fiftieth anniversary Ben and Polly should get more attention. Either way, from what I have seen of Ben and Polly, the author seems to have captured them quite well and suitably utilised them.

However, the Doctor sometimes feels a bit wrong. The syntax of is speech is reasonably accurate and several of his mannerisms are apparent. But the style of this story often feels like it needs a more energetic incarnation of the Doctor. The Doctor is, therefore, often sidelined into the background.

The other characters are all well realised and believable, even if at times a bit stereotypically militaristic. Their back stories possess just enough intrigue and many experience some form of personal revelation.
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The rather obvious, but fun, allusion to an Agatha Christie story in the title of this book gives you a major clue to what is going to happen after ten alien bodies are found..... but then, more interestingly, that thing keeps happening.

Sadly that mystery isn't really as interesting in the end as one hopes and there is an almost clichéd traitor figure who is so obvious that the intended surprise reveal to the reader doesn't really work. However it does fool the Doctor.

One could be annoyed by the Doctor's lapse here but this story is set right at the end of the first Doctor's incarnation, and he does refer obliquely to his coming death, so you have to imagine that he may be at the end of his powers, or distracted, or both, so one make allowances for his lapse.

One also makes allowances for a main monster that appears very similar to the later Weeping Angels but the key word here is "later" as the Weeping Angels' appearance postdates the first edition of this book.

Once those allowances are made it's not a bad tale with a lot to commend it. Polly and Ben are written particularly well and get doing a fair amount, there is a great deal of very familiar splitting up and running down dark corridors.

There some things that people will divide people. There is a lot of gore flecked violence that you couldn't have put on screen during the first Doctor's era, and there is an attempt to play with the flow of the narrative in the penultimate channel which could irritate some, but if it does don't worry as it doesn't last long...
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