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on 22 March 2013
A vast improvement on the previous offering for this part of the fiftieth anniversary celebration, `The Nameless City' is a fast paced, action adventure that manages to include plenty of ideas and concepts to contemplate and speculate on. It is a substantial achievement to be able to do this within such a small word count.

The author has successfully grasped many aspects that define the Second Doctor. It feels very much as if Patrick Troughton had performed this. The more determined and fiercely loyal side to Jamie, as opposed to some of the more comical aspects of the character, is also captured perfectly. This is Jamie at his best as a companion and it is a very strong story for this character; no doubt benefitting from the fact that it is a rare occurrence for an adventure to feature only Jamie and the Doctor.

The Archons prove to be quite interesting villains and their home convincingly portrayed. They are a species and a home world that would never have been able to be satisfactorily reproduced within the program during Trougton's tenure. As something similar in background to the Racnoss or the Vampires, there is definitely scope for the Archons to be used again and in greater detail.

It is also a novel idea and an enjoyable fan indulgence to have the Master appear in a Second Doctor story. His manipulation of Jamie is sublime and worthy of Roger Delgado.

To achieve so much, so well in such a short story is a quite a success and it is a promising outlook for the next nine adventures.
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on 23 February 2013
After last month's appalling attempt to rewrite the First Doctor as a superhero cyborg, I was rather put off this series of short ebooks. That book seemed less concerned with celebrating the history of the character and introducing his previous iterations to a new generation readers than it was with scrapping everything and starting from scratch. Thankfully, Michael Scott appears not only to know the Second Doctor, but also to like him. This is a short, sweet novelette, accessible to kids without being childish. This is what I thought such a series should be - finding out how other Doctors would have worked in the fast-paced forty-five minute format we know today. And it works brilliantly. The Second Doctor here is Troughton through and through, the scruffy cosmic hobo, and his highlander companion Jamie McCrimmon is easily recognisable. There's a guest slot from an unnamed foe who fans will recognise and newer readers will be able to take a fair guess at the identity of, and a huge dose of Lovecraftian homage as the Doctor and Jamie are thrown against an ancient enemy. The cosmic horror this suggests is toned down, but the tropes are well used, and the tentacled, clawed THINGS of Lovecraft's fictional universe suit the Second Doctor's era very well. Scott zips the reader through the adventure, plucking out the best loved elements of Troughton's era on the show, and makes excellent use of them. For older fans, this is a welcome return for the Second Doctor and Jamie, and younger readers are going to love them.
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on 11 March 2013
Having vowed to collect every novel in this range, i am happy to do so, The first in this range 'A Big Hand for The Doctor' was a wonderful excursion with the 1st incarnation of the famous Timelord, wacy but fun. Then Nameless City is a much darker story but nonetheless more enjoyable.

Partnering with his Scots companion James Robert McCrimmon(not sure where the chronological tv comapnions fit in this as they dont appear) Second Doctor faces an evil from the dawn of time who harbour a gruge against the Timelords. Less than an hours read these books come out monthly under the banner of each Doctor and perfect for kids to enjoy. 10/10
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on 27 February 2013
Very enjoyable modern episode style story of the Second Doctor and Jamie, and a huge improvement on Eoin Colfer's disappointing effort. Like Russell T Davies, Michael Scott has regenerated (sorry, I couldn't resist) this series and I now look forward to the Third Doctor story; whereas if this had not been up to scratch, my journey through time and e-books would have been short-lived. Perhaps Mr Colfer should have been saved for Colin Baker's story, then its poor quality would have somehow seemed fitting. In the Nameless City, we get a classic Doctor Who set up, a fast exciting pace, an amusing cameo, a proper enemy, respect for the characters and a satisfying resolution. Who could ask for more?
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on 17 March 2013
After Colfer's disappointing first Doctor story, I didn't have high hopes for this one. However, I'm glad to say that Michael Scott's offering is a far more enjoyable read, at times feeling like a genuine 2nd Doctor story with nice nods to Lovecraft. It gets the 2nd Doctor exactly right, and there's a decent story that doesn't feel rushed or too thin, with a nice layer of atmospheric horror to boot that doesn't forget its main audience is for children, however it's written well enough that adult fans should enjoy it too. Especially since there are nice, subtle references to a certain classic villain...

In short, a very enjoyable light read that gives me hope for future stories.
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on 8 March 2013
This is so much better than the first book; actually, this is where the 50th anniversary celebrations start. Michael Scott delves us into a rich plot where the Doctor is sent to the beginning of time, to a place where the Time Lords were not the race that we know and the Doctor is lulled in by the Necromonicon.
He paints a wonderful character of the Second Doctor and his assistant Jamie. This Doctor is quirky, eccentric, quick and clumsy. It is easy to picture Patrick Troughton as the tale spins along at a great pace.
This is far more like one of the new tv productions. It whips along and takes you on a great ride. Recommended.
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on 5 September 2013
None of this series of books would get many stars if they were judged alone.
They all have the same problem, in that they are far too short and the stories tend not to take this into account.

There is often a very good set up, with lots of clever ideas, but then no time to explore them and the ending seems perfunctory.

If you only have 40ish pages then the story shouldn't have ambitions to be a novel and it should work better within it's limits.

So the rating I'm giving are just a comparison within this series.
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on 10 March 2013
Scott captures the voice and mannerisms of the Second Doctor, and of Jamie, perfectly. Maybe thats only because he's filched them from various episodes, but who cares, after the terrible start to this series this book is a little gem, its a pleasure, it will make you go 'Oooooooooooo' and put a smile on your face not once but several times. The plot is fine, a nice little romp, and the 'surpise cameo guest villian appearance' is as cheeky a bit of wish-fulfilment as I've ever come across, thrown into the enjoyable mix just to make that little bit sweeter.
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on 13 March 2013
Colfer's first Doctor story was a fast and simple affair. There is something grander at work here. A wider scope and a brave attempt to segway Lovecraft-esque creatures into the world of Troughton's Doctor. It's not a stunningly great story but it's entertaining and makes you long for more adventures of the first slightly daft timelord to wear a dickie bow. It'll be interesting to see what they've got in store for Pertwee come the end of the month.
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on 28 February 2013
Just finished the second e-short and enjoyed it hugely. The characterisation of the Second Doctor and Jamie was good, and as a Lovecraft fan I liked the use of the Necronomicon and other elements. And the story was a real page-turner, well told. And, best of all, it was a huge step-up in quality for me from last month's First Doctor story by another author, which almost put me off the range completely. Now viewing the coming releases with renewed vigour. Thoroughly recommended.
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