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Sting of the Zygons
on 17 August 2014
"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.