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Doctor Who: Sting of the Zygons: The Monster Collection Edition Paperback – 6 Mar 2014

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; Monster Collection ed. edition (6 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849907544
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849907545
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 1.5 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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The Doctor Who Monster Collection: Eight thrilling adventures, Eight iconic monsters. You're going to need a bigger sofa...

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It's hunt and be hunted for the Doctor and Martha in turn-of-the-century Cumbria – the latest in the bestselling series of Doctor Who novels. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Mar. 2009
Format: Hardcover
An original doctor who novel, featuring the tenth doctor and his companion martha jones. Like all in this range it's an all new story not seen on tv, it's complete in 248 pages, and it can be read by readers of all ages.

this one was published in 2007 and was one of the first batch to feature martha. at the time of the writing the writers wouldn't have seen too much of the character on the screen, but looking at it now that we have the characterisation is fine and recognisable. and the same goes for the tenth doctor.

the story has the doctor and martha land in the lake district in 1909, where the locals are on the hunt for a monster. the monster turns out to be a creature that belongs to a group of zygons. an enemy of the doctor who only appeared once on screen in 1975 they are nonetheless fondly remembered because they were a very successful creation.

what are the zygons up to? and can the doctor stop them?

as a book this does rise above the average by virtue of having a well realised setting and some decent supporting characters. it also doesn't shy away from the realities of the prejudice and attitudes that coloured people like martha faced at the time. added to which the zygon agenda is not immediately apparent, and this is intriguing enough to keep you turning pages. since they're also able to shape shift that does lead to some good surprises with people turning out to be not whom they seem.

nothing special but not a bad read and a little above average for this range
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 17 Aug. 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
"I didn't think anything could kill a Skarasen."

I've always enjoyed stories with the Zygons - I have very fond memories of watching the wonderful 1975 story with Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor in Terror of the Zygons - the Loch Ness monster was a bit rubbish, but the Zygons themselves, their weird squishy spaceship, the psychological terror exhibited by Sarah Jane, Harry dashing about and the Brigadier shooting things - well, how could you not love a story like that?

This novel was first published in 2007 and has now been republished as part of the 2014 Monster Collection Editions of stories, which feature classic and new Doctor Who aliens - Zygons, Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans etc.

The story has the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Martha landing in the Lake District in 1909, where the `Beast of Westmorland' is terrorising the locals. But the Doctor knows that there's more to fear from the Zygons than from the Skarasen; but how does he stop all of them at once, especially when the Zygons are able to use their body print technologies to imitate the humans?

This is a really good story; reminiscent of the classic Doctor stories, with the Zygons; and a nice mix of the bizarre and the historical, with the upper class Englishmen dashing about trying to hunt down the Beast for their King. The Doctor and Martha are characterised well, and the other characters are developed nicely for their roles in the story. Overall, a really good read, and a really good Doctor Who story.
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 5 Oct. 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"I didn't think anything could kill a Skarasen."

I've always enjoyed stories with the Zygons - I have very fond memories of watching the wonderful 1975 story with Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor in Terror of the Zygons - the Loch Ness monster was a bit rubbish, but the Zygons themselves, their weird squishy spaceship, the psychological terror exhibited by Sarah Jane, Harry dashing about and the Brigadier shooting things - well, how could you not love a story like that?

This story has the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Martha landing in the Lake District in 1909, where the `Beast of Westmorland' is terrorising the locals. But the Doctor knows that there's more to fear from the Zygons than from the Skarasen; but how does he stop all of them at once, especially when the Zygons are able to use their body print technologies to imitate the humans?

This is a really good story; reminiscent of the classic Doctor stories, with the Zygons; and a nice mix of the bizarre and the historical, with the upper class Englishmen dashing about trying to hunt down the Beast for their King. The Doctor and Martha are characterised well, and the other characters are developed nicely for their roles in the story. Overall, a really good read, and a really good Doctor Who story.
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Format: Audio CD
Steve Cole is a great story writer. The only thing ive ever read that i dont like thats been penned by him is the Land Of The Dead. Its one weak story next to a collection of brilliant stuff. And Sting of the Zygons is his most exciting and cool and creepy book yet. A real entertaining read that is cool and funny yet dark and creepy inplaces. The zygons i think are very well written in this story. And the skarasens are horrible! Well good story, a whole league better than winner takes all and the stone rose.
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Format: Hardcover
Stephen Cole's latest original Doctor Who story, featuring the Tenth Doctor and medical student Martha Jones, sees the return of arguably the TV series' best realised and most grotesque villains; the pear-shaped shape-shifting Zygons. This time the aliens are operating in the Lake District in the early Twentieth Century, and the King himself is offering a reward to whoever can catch the gigantic beast that is terrorising the area. Whilst the story is basically a retread of the 1975 TV story, Stephen Cole brings wit, style and imagination to his rendering, and although pretty predictable for adults, this is perfect for its target audience - children from 8-15.
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