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Doctor Who: The Beast of Babylon: Ninth Doctor (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts Book 9) Kindle Edition

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Length: 54 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 2110 KB
  • Print Length: 54 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (September 23, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 23, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C150EVM
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Charlie Higson is an acclaimed comedy writer, producer, actor, and genuine James Bond aficionado. He is the author of the adult thrillers, Full Whack and King of the Ants; the internationally best-selling Young Bond series: SilverFin, Blood Fever, Double or Die, Hurricane Gold, and By Royal Command; and the YA apocalyptic thriller: The Enemy, which he wrote to frighten his ten-year-old son. He lives in London. Follow him on Twitter at: twitter.com/monstroso

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I feel this story is one of the better ones in the 50th anniversary series. While the Doctor didn't have his very strong Nine voice yet, it makes sense given when this takes place in Nine's timeline, which was definitely a great idea (trying not to spoil the surprise here!)

The companion that joins the Doctor is very atypical of what the Doctor usually takes with him and causes some problems and surprises in addition to the typical helping a companion does. I liked her.

The enemy was definitely different but wasn't as well developed as it could have been and is why I deducted one star from my review. I never really felt scared or a sense of impending doom in this part of the story which is a shame. A bit more terror would have made this story perfect.
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The Ninth Doctor: The Beast of Babylon features a new, all-powerful but only semi-sentient enemy, the Starman. Doctor Who faces one, finds a Companion, and then learns of a second Starman, perhaps created by his own ineptitude. To find the Starman, the Doctor and his companion, Ali, go to ancient Babylon, under the rule of Hammurabi. The priests there have warned of an approaching enemy, but is it the Starman or the Doctor himself.

The story is clever, intertwining myth and science-fiction seamlessly. Ali's appearance isn't described until halfway into the story, although the rhetorical meaning behind this is to make it a surprise to the reader as it is to the Babylonians. Rose Tyler also makes an appearance. ****1/4
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Ever wonder what happened in the moment between the Doctor asking Rose to go with him the first time and when he added that the TARDIS also travels in time? You'll find the possible story here. True to form of the 9th Doctor, edgy, and brusque this captures a bit of who he was. A nice interlude with one of my favorite Doctors. Ali is a bit of a strange character and not your typical companion but a wild addition.
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This is fine work by Charlie Higson, in this ninth entry in this 50th Anniversary series of short stories. A very crisp, well paced, fast moving tale that manages to cover just enough ground to be a very interesting story addition to the Doctor that we have had the least amount of time with: The Ninth Doctor as portrayed by Christopher Eccleston. Higson captures Eccleston spot on here, even including a slight bit of the off kilter state the Doctor is usually in soon after a regeneration. This tale takes place between the very final moments of the new series first episode, "Rose" and the final moments of, well, the first new series episode, "Rose". You'll understand when you read it. The Doctor's companion for this story is a welcome difference from the usual, and the way that Higson slowly reveals that this companion, Ali is, well,.........NO SPOILERS! This is the first of this series I have read, and I heartily recommend it. It's a story that you'll want to revisit for more than one read.
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Pretty good story. Felt very much like watching an episode to me, which was a plus. I also liked that it established a bit of time between 9 asking Rose to come with him, and him coming back to tell her it's also a time machine. Especially after the 50th I feel like he has to have had some adventures without her to fill in all those photos and such that conspiracy theorist guy had. The little space between, "It can go anywhere in the universe" and "Did I mention it also travels in time?" Seems like the perfect spot to do it. It helps to show us that the Doctor really did want to travel with her and how lonely he really was. All in all a fun little story to add some depth to the Doctor's invitation to Rose
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If you want a great short shot of the 9th Doctor (portrayed by the brave Christopher Eccelston) this is a winner! The Doctor, Starmen, and Hammurabi's Babylon-- intrigued yet? Set in the few seconds the Doctor was gone at the end of the episode "Rose" and as Rose told Jackie, "It's a time machine. I could go travelling around suns and planets and all the way out to the edge of the universe, and by the time I get back, yeah, ten seconds would have passed. Just ten seconds." So how about spending 10 seconds or an hour with the 9th Doctor.
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This story aligns perfectly with everything else. Maybe it was meant this way but after watching The Day of the Doctor, somehow this story adds just a little more.

It is explained why the Doctor takes humans for companions. And what he will do to save someone. And what he won't do.

The story fits into the method of the Doctor well, but leaves the reader yearning for more.

And like any Doctor story, you know it truly never ends.
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These books are great. I've only just started collecting Doctor Who books, but they are all very intriguing and lots of fun. I liked this story because it explains what happened in between the few seconds between The Doctor asking Rose to accompany him, she rejecting him, he disappears for a few seconds, then returns and asks her again. The time in between seems like a few seconds, but for The Doctor it was almost a lifetime! Very good read.
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