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Doctor Who: Made of Steel (Doctor Who: Quick Reads Book 2) Kindle Edition
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I was also happy to learn that Terrance Dicks has returned to writing Doctor Who stories, as he is a big name in the classic series and wrote the brilliant 20th Anniversary story "The Five Doctors"
This book deals with the after-effects of the 2006 story "Doomsday". Only a small group of Cybermen remain on Earth. They are trying to bring themselves back to power by stealing technology from the Earth's military forces. It's the job of the 10th Doctor and Martha to stop them.
Firstly, the good points. Devoted fans of Doctor Who will know that in the TV series, Martha never met the Cybermen. It is therefore nice to see how she interacts with them in this book. It is also nice to see how people reacted to her vanishing from the Royal Hope hospital and left her friends questioning where she had gone.
Terrance Dicks has also introduced a couple of new characters that the Doctor interacts with. The military have two main characters. Whilst we don't explore them in great depth, they help to keep the pace and story going.
Now on to the bad points, the reason I picked this story up was because of the Cybermen being incorporated into the BBC Books range. Whilst it is great to see them here, they are largely kept in the background in this book. Due to this, I felt no sense of urgency or danger coming from them. The Cybermen are also portrayed as scavengers here, having to scrimp and scrape from Earth's technology.Read more ›
As an English teacher I am well aware of the barrage of criticism aimed at the literacy levels of many of today's children. What you have here is a superb range of stories that waste little time on preamble but plunge the reader instantly into the story and then keep them hooked right to the end; ideal for kids with short attention spans and those who struggle to wade through a full-length novel.
The new series of Doctor Who has thrown up a range of publications that even rival the golden era of the Target novelisations; the 'Quick Reads' range are just one example of these. Following on from 'I am a Dalek' these two entries in the series once again pit The Doctor and Martha against the remorseless men from Mondas, and the brutal space police with rhinocerid heads. Both novellas deliver fast-paced yet intelligent tales that reflect the current TV series and which are perfect for people who 'don't really like reading'.
With that in mind, yes it is short, but then it is meant to be and i felt that I was reading a 10th Doctor and Martha story. It reminded me somewhat of the 'Short Trips' books that have previously been published for the preceding Doctors. The author has clearly watched enough of Tennant's episodes to know who he's writing about and how to write him.
So far, I've found the story easy to follow, easy to read and it has left me wanting to know what's about to happen.. and that in my mind, is a brilliant foundation for a good book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant book by a brilliant author Terrance dicks is was the best writer for doctor whoPublished 12 months ago by BobHellier
Delivered quickly and in good condition. I bought because I am fan of Doctor Who books. They are easy, fun reads and this was exactly that. Would recommend for Doctor Who fansPublished 15 months ago by Rebecca Hindle
An easy read adventure with the Doctor against the Cybermen.Published 15 months ago by C. Etherington
Totally pointless. Seems to start in one place, jump to another and then randomly somewhere else. Definitely not recommend for anyonePublished 24 months ago by chrismacc
I found the book very interesting, but not like I thought it would be. I would recommend this book to anyone who like's Doctor WhoPublished on 10 Mar. 2014 by tony dennis