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on 24 June 2017
Good short book but I'd infinitely prefer a long version of it with some more 'meat' to it other than that very exciting for a wee book
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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.

*SPOILERS*
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 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 4 May 2013
The first book in this series, "A big hand for the Doctor" didn't quite cut the mustard, but this one is an improvement. In this, a good deed by Jamie sends he an the Doctor to the far reaches of the galaxy, where a sinister plot is at hand to use the TARDIS to control time. A believable and human story which allows Jamie his moment of glory.
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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 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 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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on 23 February 2013
This story summons up all sorts of images and maybe a nod or two to Lovecraft? I'm not as well read as some but I do enjoy a good Doctor Who story, these short ones are proving to be a good way to help celebrate the Time Lords birthday. Always appreciate The Doctor and good old Jamie.
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on 26 April 2013
Part of a series of stories being released through the months of 2013 to celebrate 50 years of the peregrinations of one rogue tume lord and his second-hand unpredictable TARDIS, romping through history in an effort to avert the unstoppable progression from entropy to total chaos.
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