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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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In the future, the Earth-empire is at war with rebelling Schirr fighters. Read more
The First Doctor and companions Ben and Polly find themselves stranded on an asteroid come starship in this Agatha Christie meets Starship Troopers adventure. Read morePublished on 5 Dec. 2013 by Waylander101
This was my first ever Dr Who novel, and I was really excited to read it. There were a lot of characters to get to know and I found the biographies at the start quite interesting... Read morePublished on 20 Sept. 2013 by Christopher Morris
After reading the last of the gadrene, which is for kids, I read this which is quite an intricately woven story and very interesting. Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2013 by A D Pinto
what can i say great book had me hooked from the first page,was nice to follow the adventures of the first doctorPublished on 4 Jun. 2013 by Amazon Customer
Unreadable. How something so poor could have been chosen in the 50th year of the Doctor is unbelievable. Read morePublished on 10 May 2013 by Torchy
Deep in the heart of a hollowed-out moon the First Doctor finds a chilling secret: ten alien corpses, frozen in time at the moment of their death. Read morePublished on 11 April 2013 by kk
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