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the deadly sting
on 10 March 2009
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