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Doctor Who: The Nameless City: Second Doctor (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts Book 2) by [Scott, Michael]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1988 KB
  • Print Length: 52 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Children's Books (23 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B54TZAG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #226,758 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Colfer's first Doctor story was a fast and simple affair. There is something grander at work here. A wider scope and a brave attempt to segway Lovecraft-esque creatures into the world of Troughton's Doctor. It's not a stunningly great story but it's entertaining and makes you long for more adventures of the first slightly daft timelord to wear a dickie bow. It'll be interesting to see what they've got in store for Pertwee come the end of the month.
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A vast improvement on the previous offering for this part of the fiftieth anniversary celebration, `The Nameless City' is a fast paced, action adventure that manages to include plenty of ideas and concepts to contemplate and speculate on. It is a substantial achievement to be able to do this within such a small word count.

The author has successfully grasped many aspects that define the Second Doctor. It feels very much as if Patrick Troughton had performed this. The more determined and fiercely loyal side to Jamie, as opposed to some of the more comical aspects of the character, is also captured perfectly. This is Jamie at his best as a companion and it is a very strong story for this character; no doubt benefitting from the fact that it is a rare occurrence for an adventure to feature only Jamie and the Doctor.

The Archons prove to be quite interesting villains and their home convincingly portrayed. They are a species and a home world that would never have been able to be satisfactorily reproduced within the program during Trougton's tenure. As something similar in background to the Racnoss or the Vampires, there is definitely scope for the Archons to be used again and in greater detail.

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It is also a novel idea and an enjoyable fan indulgence to have the Master appear in a Second Doctor story. His manipulation of Jamie is sublime and worthy of Roger Delgado.

To achieve so much, so well in such a short story is a quite a success and it is a promising outlook for the next nine adventures.
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The first book in this series, "A big hand for the Doctor" didn't quite cut the mustard, but this one is an improvement. In this, a good deed by Jamie sends he an the Doctor to the far reaches of the galaxy, where a sinister plot is at hand to use the TARDIS to control time. A believable and human story which allows Jamie his moment of glory.
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Part of a series of stories being released through the months of 2013 to celebrate 50 years of the peregrinations of one rogue tume lord and his second-hand unpredictable TARDIS, romping through history in an effort to avert the unstoppable progression from entropy to total chaos.
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This is so much better than the first book; actually, this is where the 50th anniversary celebrations start. Michael Scott delves us into a rich plot where the Doctor is sent to the beginning of time, to a place where the Time Lords were not the race that we know and the Doctor is lulled in by the Necromonicon.
He paints a wonderful character of the Second Doctor and his assistant Jamie. This Doctor is quirky, eccentric, quick and clumsy. It is easy to picture Patrick Troughton as the tale spins along at a great pace.
This is far more like one of the new tv productions. It whips along and takes you on a great ride. Recommended.
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Just finished the second e-short and enjoyed it hugely. The characterisation of the Second Doctor and Jamie was good, and as a Lovecraft fan I liked the use of the Necronomicon and other elements. And the story was a real page-turner, well told. And, best of all, it was a huge step-up in quality for me from last month's First Doctor story by another author, which almost put me off the range completely. Now viewing the coming releases with renewed vigour. Thoroughly recommended.
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Having vowed to collect every novel in this range, i am happy to do so, The first in this range 'A Big Hand for The Doctor' was a wonderful excursion with the 1st incarnation of the famous Timelord, wacy but fun. Then Nameless City is a much darker story but nonetheless more enjoyable.

Partnering with his Scots companion James Robert McCrimmon(not sure where the chronological tv comapnions fit in this as they dont appear) Second Doctor faces an evil from the dawn of time who harbour a gruge against the Timelords. Less than an hours read these books come out monthly under the banner of each Doctor and perfect for kids to enjoy. 10/10
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I could hear the Dr and Jamie in the text. They are bold characters in a pacey story that moves well. Written well, my only reservation is it was way too short. I have never read a book in a day before
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