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A Doctor Who novel, which tells an all new story for the Eleventh Doctor and Amy that hasn't been presented previously in any other medium.

The book runs for two hundred and forty eight pages, and is divided into a prologue and twenty three chapters.

It's suitable for readers of all ages.

The two lead characters are perfectly well characterised, with dialogue that you can imagine the two stars saying. Since this was one of the first batch of Eleventh Doctor novels, and written before his first episodes were aired, that's a good achievement.

The story sees a mammoth being exhibited at a museum in New York. Which happens to come to life. The Doctor and Amy get involved, and find this is just a prelude. To alien invasion. New York becomes a battlegound where the Doctor and Amy, plus a few friends, have a fight on their hands to save the human race.

This hits the ground running with the whole mammoth set piece, which takes up a good few opening pages and keeps them turning very nicely as the pace of the book doesn't let up for a moment. This, coupled with some good supporting characters, makes for a good opening.

The reader is still hooked after that, thanks to some nice continuity references and a few unanswered questions. When the main threat does come along a little suspension of disbelief is required, but there are enough surprises in regards to it to make the level of threat more than you might expect.

Whilst it gets into more standard territory for this range after that, with the Doctor and allies caught up in the middle of chaos trying desperately to save the day, the writing is strong enough to keep the attention all the way.

A very readable entry in this range. Some may find certain plot aspects a bit too silly for their liking. But if you can as mentioned suspend your disbelief and just go with it, then this is an entertaining time passer.
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on 3 May 2016
For some reason this book feels as if it is re-counting Amy’s first adventure in the Tardis, as if it is intended to come directly after ‘The Eleventh Hour’. This doesn’t seem to fit with the events of ‘The Beast Below’ and it might just be the case that being one of the first batch of Eleventh Doctor novels it was written before the first Eleventh Doctor series was aired. It might also explain why the characterisation of Amy is way off, rarely feeling like her onscreen counterpart. The characterisation of the Eleventh Doctor isn’t particularly good either.
Both in theme and tone, the novel also feels like it is aimed at a younger audience than usual for the current series of BBC Doctor Who books. Virtually every aspect of the story is fairly immature. There are several characters that are mainly stereotypical caricatures and it seems like quite a superficial, naïve reflection of American culture. The humour is definitely aimed at quite young readers, being hinged on the kind that involves a policeman being stripped to his underpants ad then dressed as a pink fairy by the aliens he is facing. It is usually too silly to be entertaining.
The Vykoids are essentially ‘joke’ monsters that are played for laughs. They are treated and portrayed as frivolous and silly throughout the novel. As they are never really taken seriously by either the author or his characters they never feel like a credible threat. However, this does, match the tone of the novel whose humour is generally just too childish and, eventually, irritating.
Having events are set in New York easily allows for the inclusion of Trinity Wells, who virtually became a stalwart of the Russell T. Davies era. She is used a little more here but her inclusion involves nothing more than what we’re used to seeing her do. Her inclusion is noteworthy in that it reveals that this story reflects a transitionary period, this book probably being written between the tenures of the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors. It is also nice to see her appear in a Doctor Who novel.
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VINE VOICEon 10 June 2010
It should have been the greatest day in Sam Horwitz's life. He was about to reveal the New York Natural History Museum's latest exhibit to the world: a Polar Woolly Mammoth. But this perfectly preserved specimen from a species thought to be extinct for 10,000 years suddenly begins to show disturbing signs of life.

Brian Minchin's first `Doctor Who' novel is an exciting romp with some nice comedy villains in the Vykoids. I say comedy villains because these bad boys are only seven centimetres tall. However, their tenacity and technological expertise make for tricky adversaries for the Doctor and Amy as the diminutive invaders take control of the city.

At times, I felt that the events taking place in this story veered toward the ridiculous, but there is a neat plot twist that explains how the Vykoids are able to do what they do. The characterisations of the Doctor and Amy are excellent, but I thought their introduction to New York was a little cumbersome with the Doctor spouting some nonsense about burgers and some people really being aliens. No doubt this was intended to add some humour to the book's opening, but I don't think it worked particularly well.

Overall, `The Forgotten Army' is a good read and once the story's main thrust kicks in, it keeps you entertained and turning the pages.
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on 17 July 2015
I'll keep this short because I didn't like it at all.

I'm a life long Doctor Who fan and I like my Doctor Who dark, scary, original and imaginative. This wasn't. It was quite the opposite. It's pretty terrible.

It isn't particularly well written and apart from the main two characters, most of the characters are one dimensional, walking talking cliches. It didn't have me on the edge of my seat and it isn't a page turner.

I wanted to throw this book out of a window.

But the main problem with 'The Forgotten Army' is the plot. It's completely unrealistic. Childishly so.
In any book, especially Sci-Fi, you can get away with a lot. But at the end of the day a plot has to be realistic within itself or the reader will just won't buy it. And I have seen CCB puppet shows with a more realistic plot than this. It went from the sublime to the ridiculous.

I won't give any examples because I don't want to even relive what I've just read.

Bizarrely enough the finale was okay. If only the rest of the book was written in the same manner.

So basically two good things about this book. The ending and the fact that it was only 248 short pages long.

I don't think I've given a 1 star for a long time but here you go.
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on 14 April 2013
'Let me tell you a story. Long ago, in the frozen Arctic wastes, an alien army landed. Only now, 10,000 years later, it isn't a story. And the army is ready to attack.'

New York - one of the greatest cities on 21st century Earth... But what's going on in the Museum? And is that really a Woolly Mammoth rampaging down Broadway? An ordinary day becomes a time of terror, as the Doctor and Amy meet a new and deadly enemy. The vicious Army of the Vykoid are armed to the teeth and determined to enslave the human race. Even though they're only seven centimetres high.

With the Vykoid army swarming across Manhattan and sealing it from the world with a powerful alien force field, Amy has just 24 hours to find the Doctor and save the city. If she doesn't, the people of Manhattan will be taken to work in the doomed asteroid mines of the Vykoid home planet. But as time starts to run out, who can she trust? And how far will she have to go to free New York from the Forgotten Army?

A thrilling, science fiction adventure featuring the Eleventh Doctor and Amy, as played by Matt Smith and Karen Gillan in the spectacular hit Doctor Who series from BBC Television
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on 13 May 2013
There are some obvious influences here that are difficult to keep put of mind while reading. The first section is 'Night at the museum' where you follow a large animal, ridden by the heroes as it races around the museum after closing. After that come 'small soldiers' when the tiny army takes over with ingenuity and in this case speed. After that there are scenes in various locations where I guess it would be useful to know the locations, such as inside the Statue of Liberty. Although the use of the small soldiers with their time freeze was inventive and interesting, there was much that was illogical, such as how you can hollow out a robot and still have it function perfectly, and whether parents would let their young children out to wander around the war zone. Combined with Amy's character being bossy and always trying to prove she is best it began to get irritating.
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on 18 August 2013
This book is funny, exciting, and tense. Although it takes a while to get back into the action, it uses all the phrases e.g bow ties are cool etc. Overall it is a very good book worth the money and you should buy it. P.s don't give up reading it after the mammoth bit - it takes a while for the rest of it to kick in. :)
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on 11 August 2010
The book started good - got the characters spot-on, some good laughs, and a nice idea to start with. But over the course of the events the whole thing just became too weird - and I don't mean weird in a good "Doctor-Who-weird" sense, but more the "what the heck..." weird. Somehow the threat didn't seem so threatening, and the silly side of it became a little too prominent (dressing policemen up with tiaras etc) for my liking. Plus: I do like a strong companion, but this is the 3rd time now - in 3 books - that Amy has to get through a big part of the story on her own, and the second time she had to rescue the Doctor. Maybe it was the same in the earlier (2005-) books, and I just didn't really notice, but with this Doctor and this companion it's beginning to annoy me a bit. I did finish the book, but the last 100 pages I really had to convince myself to not just put it back onto the shelf.
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on 29 January 2017
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on 8 February 2016
My son thinks it's great, so I will take his word for it.
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