- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: BBC Books; First Edition edition (19 May 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0563486279
- ISBN-13: 978-0563486275
- Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 3.2 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 897,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Doctor Who - Winner Takes All (New Series Adventure 3) Hardcover – 19 May 2005
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A gripping sci-fi adventure from the bestselling BBC Books' Doctor Who fiction range
Rose and the Doctor return to present-day Earth, and become intrigued by the latest craze the video game, Death to Mantodeans. Is it as harmless as it seems? And why are so many local people going on holiday and never returning? Meanwhile, on another world, an alien war is raging. The Quevvils need to find a new means of attacking the ruthless Mantodeans. Searching the galaxy for cunning, warlike but gullible allies, they find the ideal soldiers on Earth. Will Rose be able to save her family and friends from the alien threat? And can the Doctor play the game to the end and win? Featuring the Doctor and Rose as played by Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper in the hit series from BBC TelevisionSee all Product description
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The story of the alien Mantodean vs Quevvil war was easily the least interesting part of everything - a pretty big problem given that it's the main focus. It's hardly terrible though, just a little generic, and while I'm sure the idea of aliens using human video games to win their wars was a pretty fresh one when first published in 2005, more than ten years later, I've seen that idea used a couple of times now. However, the Doctor, Rose, Jackie, Mickey and several other characters introduced here are extremely well written and characterized, and this does help keep you invested in the story. If it were up to me, I'd give this three and a half stars, but seeing as I can only do three or four, to give it three stars seems a little mean. However, if you're as much a fan of the 2005 series as I am, and enjoy Christopher Eccleston's Doctor, then I'd recommend checking this one out. Although if you're not quite as sold on it, then this one may be worth a pass.
The action starts rolling very slowly and even then the focus is ALL on the main characters - which as a Nine-fan I liked for a while... But I didn't expect it would be at the cost of ANY characterization on the side of the new species. We don't even learn the reason of their war (which I'm pretty sure the Doctor would have tried to end for good aside just from saving the humans...) Besides the soul of this series lies within travelling and learning of new people and worlds and yet all we get is the drama of the trapped humans - which is delivered okay, but there could have been so much more.
The main characters are fine though and act (mostly) as they would on the show, but it's just not enough to carry this one with all its missed oppurtunities.
Searching the galaxy for cunning, warlike but gullible allies, they find the ideal soldiers on Earth. Will Rose be able to save her family and friends from the alien threat? And can the Doctor play the game to the end and win?
Featuring the Ninth Doctor and Rose as played by Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper in the hit science fiction series from BBC Television
There were several details not described - such as why the two aliens were at war in the first place, but they aren't important to the story so they aren't missed until you look back afterwards.
There is a part that some people might find slightly confusing. One of the main characters in this particular story is a boy called Robert. To help himself in tricky situations, he likes to imagine that he's somewhere else, and someone else. He pretends that he's a hero of a story or something like that to help him forget his own life. I hope I've made that clear, but I rather liked that because it shows the range of different reactions people have when they're facing something frightening.
All in all, a great read, worth buying!
On the whole this was a good read, and I do recommend it; it may not be one of the best Doctor Who books, but it is very enjoyable.
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