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on 12 November 1999
If, like me, you actually liked Paul McGann's Doctor and thought he had a rough ride with the critics, then you probably agree that a series with Paul would have been very good indeed. In fact, this story would have been an excellent one for him to do, and would have given him something to get his teeth into. There were some very interesting ideas, especially surrounding the type 103 & 105 TARDISes (read the book and you'll see what I mean) and the individual background chapters for each of the characters gave an insight into their involvment. However there are some flaws, an annoying one being that the acronym for UNISYC is never explained (although some people might be able to make an educated guess - but I'm not one of them!) and the crater on earth is never properly explained either, so what impact did it have on the story? The book rambles in places and there are loose ends not explained, whereas the Doctor's interest in Laika the space dog is totally lost on me. However, that said, it is still a good read and certainly a must have for the collection. My recommendation is to read it and draw your own conclusions.
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on 21 November 2012
Alien Bodies is an 8th Doctor adventure and the first to really push the series forward. Whereas previous books dealt with one off stories Alien Bodies starts an overlying arc featuring Faction Paradox and Dark Sam.

Alien Bodies basically details an auction of a relic, an object of great power which can be used to win wars. Various bidders have been invited and the Doctor gatecrashes the auction only to discover the true nature of the relic. The auction is set in the in the Doctors future and the Time Lords and their technology have changed dramatically allowing for some rather "out there" ideas from Lawrence Miles which make more and more sense as the novel goes on.

Lawrence Miles has put a lot of effort into this book. Everything has been fully thought out, characters are given plenty to do, and most are given their own chapters which serve as back stories to explain there interest in the relic. The book flows naturally, never loses pace and is an interesting right to the end.

Alien Bodies is about 30 pages longer than a standard Eighth Doctor novel with far smaller writing. The novel also features some pretty complicated themes and will challenge your views on current Time Lord technology. Therefore this book may not be suitable for the younger/casual fan as the technobabble can get pretty wild.

In short Alien Bodies is an absolutely fantastic novel. It has a good story, with good characters, and it advances the storyline. Recommended to any Doctor Who fan who likes to be challenged.
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on 20 January 1999
As with Lawrence Miles' last book, "Down", the text is dense and humorous. However, it is sometimes a struggle to get through and that is the only flaw in this otherwise excellent novel. As an aspiring writer myself, my advice has been to cut down on all unnecessary and non-functional prose whenever possible and not artistically negligent, however Miles has seemingly done the opposite resulting in very lengthy chapters of character description, much of which is hardly vital to the plot and rather tedious to read through. The storyline however, is one of the most well-thought-out for some time in the Doctor Who range, unfortunately I can't give too much away without spoiling things for you so I'll limit myself to saying that an auction is being held on Earth involving a renegade Time Lord, a mad UNIT colonel and a lifeform who exists only in other people's minds. Another old enemy also rear (or rather rotate) their heads half-way through, although they are not essential to the plot and merely act a further force to make the Doctor's life more difficult. The ending is ingenious, and the epilogue deeply touching, coming as it does at the end of a mostly light-hearted novel. Worthy of high recommendation, but perhaps could have been even better with a further re-write.
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on 17 May 2001
One of the best DW books that I have ever had the pleasure to read. This novel is the first to feature plot strands that will be picked up later on in the series. One thing which was very enjoyable about this story was that it was hunorous. Lawrence Miles carefully manages to include quite a strong element of wit without detracting from the importance of this novel. And very important it is too, as it is the first novel it what will be an ongoing stroy arc later on. The characters are all well explored and detailed. The plot is great. And at points, the humour is so superb it's almost dangerous. Not one for a newcomer as you do need to have quite a good backgroung on DW to understand what is going on at times, but if you are an established fan then get it straight away.
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on 12 August 2000
One of the best thought-out plots there is in the BBC Eighth Doctor range. A menagerie of different characters of every possible background. Easy to read whilst still being intelligent. Very interesting revelations. An inspired ending. A wonderful fleshing out of Sam's character. Not over continuity-conscious. Ingenious introduction of - and I don't think I give anything away by revealing their name - the Faction Paradox, who will feature heavily in the books to come. And, I've probably missed out about the same number again of other must-buy points! Who could ask for more? A must read, if not for its introduction to later books drawing on some of its revelations, then for it's sheer brilliance as a self-contained novel!
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on 23 January 1999
Lawrence Miles, the author of Alien Bodies, simply dazzles you with his sheer imagination, as soon as you pick up the book. The plot itself is of breathtaking proportions. The number of elements - all carefully interlinked - crammed into the novel (without actually distracting from the main theme)is amazing. The wealth of characters alone, is testament to the author's genius. Add to that the witty dialouge, and you have one jolly spiffing book. Well, that's enough from me. My advice to you is - read it, and prepare to have you gob smacked.
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on 5 June 2002
Words cannot describe how much i enjoyed this book. It introduces the events that will later be set in motion in "Interference". The Eighth doctor is brilliantly characterised here and so is Sam. I really enjoyed the seeing the Krotons again. Everyone in the book was well explored and characterised. Despite the importance of this book, it is surprisingly light-hearted and very funny. I raise my glass to Mr Miles for giving us this superb novel.
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on 12 October 2001
I cannot recommend this Who adventure enough. It is the best written novel I have read from a science-fiction TV series spin off, let alone just the Doctor Who books. Great characterisation, plot and sci-fi concepts. Miles uses Doctor Who background material to good effect. He expands the series while remaing part of the continuity. Just read it. Miles is a genius (well, a good writer). I laughed, I cried, I gasped with surprise.
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on 2 May 2002
Miles is the kind of guy who should be writing Who. His ideas are wildly original and his humor is remaniscent of Douglas Adams. He needs to reign himself in a bit however. There is simply too much going on. The doctor takes a back seat to the numerous supporting characters, never a good idea. His characters need more depth (Homuncullette was rather foolish for a time lord) and his stories less depth.
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on 21 February 2000
This is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the best Doctor Who book I have ever read. It excellently blends plenty of shocks with a few comedic elements, especially in the chapter called Mr Qixotl's story. Set in an alien bar, it reminds me of the Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy. There is also the air of mystery surrounding the proceedings and the fascinating peeks at the circumstances of a future Time Lord war.
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