- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: BBC Books; Quick Reads edition edition (1 Feb. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849905584
- ISBN-13: 978-1849905589
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 0.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Doctor Who: The Silurian Gift (Quick Reads 2013) Paperback – Special Edition, 1 Feb 2013
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A Quick Reads series book: the Doctor encounters a deadly ancient force in the South Pole!
About the Author
Mike Tucker has written (or co-written) ten Doctor Who books, as well as a number of Merlin novels and non-fiction titles. He is also a designer of visual effects who has worked on the show off and on for over twenty years. Mike shares his workshop at Ealing Studios with several Daleks.
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Most year's releases of quick reads have seen a Doctor Who story amongst them, and this is the latest.
It features the Eleventh Doctor. Travelling on his own.
It runs for ninety nine pages and is divided into fourteen chapters.
The story sees the Doctor investigating when a businessman announces that he has the answer to the world energy crisis. A new source of energy called Fire-Ice. The Doctor travels amongst a party of visitors who go to a south pole refinery where it's being produced.
He finds that something is stalking the place. For a species that the Doctor has met before are nearby. And a battle for the future of the planet is about to commence.
As with the usual Silurian stories, this one has a lot of moral questions for the characters to consider. Nobody on either side of the conflict is necessarily in the wrong. But the choices they make might just be. And the Doctor is caught up in the middle of it, trying to find a solution that will please both sides.
This uses the medium of the printed word very well, because it includes a few creatures and some big set pieces that might be beyond the budget or the visuals of the tv show. These are done very well. There are some moments and appearances that will please Doctor Who fans.
As with many solo Doctor stories, he picks up a temporary companion for the duration of it. This is Lizzie, a girl who has her own reasons for being there. And who works well as a character because she allows the story to put all the moral issues across.
It's a short and easy read. It features Silurians. A perfectly characterised Eleventh Doctor. And it's a cheap purchase also. So it's well worth a look. Whether you read a lot. Or hardly ever.
But, fans of classic Doctor Who will recall that the Silurians have underwater cousins and genetically engineered pets! So...
For a mere pound coin, this book is worth every penny and I can't wait to see who the alien foe might be in 2014... the Ice Warriors from Mars, perhaps?
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