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Doctor Who: The Story of Martha Hardcover – 26 Dec 2008

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Random House UK; First Printing edition (26 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846075610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846075612
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.1 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 392,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book, enough to read it twice in quick succession. This is all the more impressive as I really don't particularly like the character of Martha Jones and would mark her lowest of the "new Who" companions.
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.
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The Master..Rules the earth.Ruthless and evil...Martha Jones..having to leave The Doctor in The Master's power..and seeing her world murdered by his allies The Toclafane..travels the world in order to save it and The Doctor..Telling stories of The Doctor and how he saves lives and other worlds...Suffering herself..but with so much determination...and love in her heart for The Doctor...In this story you can really feel Martha's struggle against the odds..She feels unworthy of the mammoth task The Doctor has set her..but she can't fail him or herself..She meets people that inspire her..from a young girl called Aleesha to Alister Gordon Lethbridge-Stuart Son..You feel her fear as she is persued by Griffin one of The Master's henchmen..But staying ahead of him for most of the story..You feel shocked when her perseption filter fails because of The Master's Archangel Network when she reaches Japan..but her stories help her through..The stories themselves were pretty good..full of hope..Once you read this book it adds stength and body to the TV episode Last Of The Timelords...This book is an Excellent one...and I really enjoyed it...and I feel sure that other Doctor Who fans will also...I would give this a high recommendation.
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Three stars may be a bit harsh, but it's not really a four.

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.
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Mar. 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book is set in the year that the Master ruled over Earth, and Martha was separated from the Doctor (as shown in the tv series – 2007 episodes The Sound of Drums, followed by Last of the Time Lords).

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.
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I really enjoyed this book, I think it's unlike many of the New Series novels, and the reason it's not been recieved as ultimatley fantastic is that it's so different to the other novels that its unnerving at times. There hasn't really been a novel that has relied on continuity so much, and a novel that has the abillity to end on a dark note because we all ready know the ending.
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!
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Nov. 2011
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An original Doctor Who novel. Like the others in this range it runs for 238 pages [approx] and is suitable for readers of all ages. And manages spot on characterisation of the main characters.

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.
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