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

Charlie Higson
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Book Description

Eleven Doctors, eleven months, eleven stories: a year-long celebration of Doctor Who! The most exciting names in children's fiction each create their own unique adventure about the time-travelling Time Lord.

When a girl called Ali pockets a silver orb that falls from the sky, little does she realize it's her ticket to seeing the universe! Desperate to retrieve the mysterious object, the Ninth Doctor agrees to let her join him on a dangerous trip to ancient Babylon. Together they must join forces to stop a giant Starman from destroying Earth before it's too late!

Author Charlie Higson puts his own unique spin on the Doctor's amazing adventures through time and space.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1931 KB
  • Print Length: 54 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (September 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C150EVM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,312 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable - one of the better stories in the series September 26, 2013
By C. Gold
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars The moment between September 23, 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A story worthy of the character November 3, 2014
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It's easy to overlook the 9th Doctor, having only been around for one series and preceding the iconic 10th Doctor, and given the sparsity of material on him it can be difficult to pin down a familiar characterization of him, a unique "voice" that distinguishes him from the rest. The Doctor in The Beast of Babylon still doesn't ring unmistakably "true," but Charlie Higson does manage to etch in some good character quirks, specifically a sort of in-text explanation for Christopher Eccleston's awkward, seemingly forced cheerfulness, repeatedly describing him as grinning, but a grin that's almost a snarl, or a grin that's a little off and a little alien. Every bit of this characterization for this sadly neglected Doctor is precious.

The story itself is necessarily compressed, getting just 50 pages, but the basic premise is pitch-perfect and easily good enough to endure in the mythos: sometimes when stars collapse they form black holes, or white dwarfs, or red dwarfs, or wormholes, and sometimes they form Starmen, godlike creatures with only primitive consciousness who wander across the dimensions obliviously causing havoc where they tread. This is a simple but iconic sci-fi concept (in describing their appearance Higson even gives a little tip in the direction of Lovecraft), and Higson ties it all, in the classic Doctor Who tradition, to human history and lore.

The companion character spins her wheels at her introduction, trying just a little too hard to justify herself as companion material, but she's given some interesting texture to redeem her later in the story.

So far I've read seven or eight of these 50th Anniversary novellas, and this one stands out as contributing pieces that could endure in the wider lore of the show. If Higson ever writes more for the character, I'll look forward to it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good story September 25, 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars "Fantastic" Short Story! April 3, 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars All of the DR Who books are great January 29, 2014
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If you are a fan of Doctor Who or not, I strongly recommend all of the books based on the TV series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The story of what happened between visits to Rose! January 7, 2014
By Carl
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This was a really good story that not only gives a great insight into the 9th Doctor but also into what happened in between asking Rose to join him and when she finally accepted. Really well written and Ali was a surprise to say the least--she was never really described until the end, which made it all, well, FANTASTIC!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The 9th hour December 13, 2013
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The 9th was the first in my life. He made me fell in love with the Doctor. Unfortunately, I did not feel the 9th presence in this story. It did not catch my attention. Overall, I would recommend to read it if you are a huge Doctor fan.
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