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This year's doctor who quick reads novel. If you've not heard of quick reads, then a brief word of explanation. every year several very short books - about one hundred pages of short chapters and large print - are issued on national quick reads day. the aim of these is to get those who don't normally read to try it. since they're short and easy reads they're good things to try if you don't usually have the time or inclination for anything longer or more challenging.

but that doesn't mean those who do can't enjoy them as well.

the range is now in it's fourth year and a doctor who book has been included in the range every year.

this one involves the doctor arriving at a sports training facility to find there have been several mysterious deaths there. he befriends some of the students at the place and they find that it has been taken over by sontarans, aliens familiar to anyone who saw the 2008 season of the show on tv. the sontarans put the doctor and the students through some dangerous tests. can they survive? and what is the sontarans true purpose in being there?

This is definitely a book you can get into quickly and the prose is clear enough such that you won't find it a difficult read. story wise it's not bad. the supporting characters do have a reasonable amount of depth to them, and the plot does develop nicely. There are a few decent revelations to come along the way.

Nothing special, but if you want a good quick read, or a good quick doctor who story, or both, then it's well worth getting.
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on 20 July 2016
This is a very simple , straightforward but well written , entertaining book. The main action doesn't start until page 130 and its only 159 pages long. It lacks an intelligent enemy. There are some good characters. It reads well with dialogue you can imagine in an episode. I just hope they give us some longer adult aimed books in the future. It cost as much as a hardback and its short so not very good value.
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VINE VOICEon 15 September 2009
The latest in the 'quick reads' series, and like its predecessors, is a fast pacing book which can be easily read in a day or as an aide to reading, the latter being primarily the reason for this series of books.
The Doctor is the Doctor, the Sontarans are the Sontarans and the supporting cast are just that - there for support and someone for the Doctor to talk to and show off his cleverness and knowledge.
There is no real depth to the story - in fact the swimming pool mentioned in the text probably has more depth - but the short chapters mean you can read a chapter, go away for half an hour, come back and read another chapter and keep the same pace throughout the day, reading the final chapter just before turning out the light at bedtime. Alternatively, the book can be read to children at bedtime and so send them off into the dreamland worlds of Doctor Who - just make sure they know there is a sofa near by for them to hide behind, if need be!
All in all, a book well worth the money, and a fun read to boot!
Now, where did I put that sonic screwdriver...
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on 12 August 2015
In my role as a learning disability support worker I bought this book for a client of mine with a frontal lobe brain injury. The simplified syntax and vocabulary of the book helped him to keep him engaged with the narrative flow of the story, and so to persist with the task of reading.
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on 6 July 2013
This was really disappointing. I read another Doctor Who title by the same author which was definitely a 5 star, but this only scraped two because of the price.

Stilted writing with only one good twist and it really doesn't slot into the genre. A lot of out of character moments and plots.
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on 20 January 2013
A fun read on a short adventure with the good Doctor... Probably would have been happier with my purchase had I realised it was a novella & not a novel...
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on 19 February 2015
doctorwho 10 out of 10
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on 5 March 2013
It tells of the Doctor having to take part in olympic style games to save the day, reconmended to Doctor Who fans.
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on 17 April 2015
Delivered quickly and in good condition. Enjoyed the book very much. It was a quick read so good if you wanted something to read in a day.
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on 11 September 2015
It was great
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