Doctor Who: The Story of Martha Hardcover – 26 Dec 2008
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The full story of Martha Jones' 'lost year' helping defeat the Master - from the bestselling BBC Books Doctor Who fiction range
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The full story of Martha Jones' 'lost year' helping defeat the Master - the latest in the bestselling Doctor Who fiction range from BBC Books
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Starting and ending with Martha's arrival back in Britain, different segments of the story have been written by different authors and I think this is a strength. I found it really interesting to fill in some of the gaps of her year abroad whilst the Master ruled and was particularly gripped by her visit to Japan. Thoroughly recommended.
Enjoyable enough and sort of fills a gap. However it lost a star by more or less finishing in mid sentence. It was as if the author realised that it was long enough and just stopped, when the story was only half told.
The Master has trapped the Doctor and Jack Harkness; giving Martha his vortex manipulator Jack makes her leave. Earth is being decimated by the Toclafane. For a year, she’s alone. At the end of that year, Martha returns to England. But what has happened during the year? These are the stories that tell us.
What happens after that is not told in this book; for that you would have to go to the tv series and watch Last of the Time Lords (or look it up on Wikipedia). At the end of this book Martha has just met Tom Milligan, a name that is important to the resolution of this thread of story in Last of the Time Lords.
This is a nice interlude, and for those familiar, or not with the tv series it offers a chance to see Martha in this time without the Doctor but very focussed on saving him. It also offers a chance to see the full character of Martha as a very well-rounded person and dedicated companion, driven by circumstance to save the Doctor and her world. Great stuff.
I say by all means get this book because it's pretty fantastic (admittedly I enjoyed the actual story of martha rather than the stories she tells the prisoners of earth) Plus it makes watching Last Of The Timelords 10 x Better and more intense!
This one is slightly different from the others in the range in that it is not entirely an all new story. It tells the tale of Martha's year. Mentioned at the start of the final episode of the third season of the new show, the Doctor's companion Martha Jones spent a year travelling round the world after the master took over it. Telling tales about the exploits of the Doctor.
The book begins by reprising the opening to that tv episode, showing Martha arriving back in Britain one year after she last saw the Doctor.
In flashback, we then get the story of that year. Told in relatively short chapters. And whenever it gets to the point where she's about to tell a tale of the Doctor, the book gives us the tale as well. Thus there are four short stories telling a hitherto untold adventure for the Doctor and Martha in the middle of all the other chapters.
Whilst capably written and readable, the Martha sections aren't desperately interesting. Because nothing really happens that we don't already know about. She travels the world. Evades the Master's people. And tells people about the Doctor. She is given a foe for the course of this journey who is a mildly interesting character. But who never really amounts to much.
Things do get different in the final quarter when the book reveals what led to an event that was mentioned in the tv episode, but it's nothing that has any major bearing on the plot.
Simply the trouble with this is that we know how the story ends, and yet there's not really much extra detail in the meantime.Read more ›
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For a year, while the Master ruled over Earth, Martha Jones travelled the world telling people stories about the Doctor - how he has saved them before, and how he will save them... Read morePublished on 19 April 2013 by kk
I love the character of Martha Jones, because she is smarter and better looking than most assistants, and because she finally gave the Doctor a name (Doctor Smith), which he uses... Read morePublished on 2 Oct. 2011 by Mr. M. Jones
I've read and listened to many of the Doctor Who stories and hoped that this would fill in the gap of what Martha did during the year that the Doctor et al were prisoners of the... Read morePublished on 6 Mar. 2011 by Rosie
I love the Doctor Who Novels, and when I heard about this one I was really excited. We were going to get to hear about the Year That Never Was, learn about Martha's struggles,... Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2009 by Titch
When the Doctor and Martha return to Earth and discover that the Toclafane are attacking the population and the Master is ruling the planet they both decide they must do something. Read morePublished on 22 April 2009 by MarkC