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Doctor Who: Alien Bodies Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; 8th edition (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563405775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563405771
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,476,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Battaglia on November 17, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ten years out from its publication, this has been regarded as one of the best Eight Doctor adventures and while I haven't read enough of them to get a feel for what the "best" might be, this one is the closest they came so far to replicating the feel of the old Virgin New Adventures. Reading the stories in order, this one comes across as remarkably different in both tone and approach, trying to push the boundaries of the range and the character as far as it can (as far as anyone can with the BBC looking over your shoulder, I imagine). Right from the opening, a somber bit where the Third Doctor plans a funeral for the first true astronaut, you know you're going to be in for something different. The Doctor stumbles into an auction with a strange array of bidders, who are fighting over an object that means a great deal to him personally, something that forces him to confront his own eventual mortality. Miles crafts a novel that plays with the mythology of the show but isn't afraid to introduce new ideas and elements into that mix and that is probably where the book succeeds the best. Putting aside the central concept of the book (which I can't reveal without spoiling, rest assured it was something the series hadn't even attempted to tackle before this), Miles whips out interesting ideas on nearly every page, with far-future Time Lords, entities that exist solely as concepts, the whole Faction Paradox crew, living TARDISes and so on until the book feels nearly ready to burst. He plays these against the backdrop of the auction, letting the various personalities clash as everyone tries to decide what they want and how they're going to get it. Even Sam, who for most of the books has languished as an annoyance, gets her own mystery, as Miles dangles the possibilities of "Dark Sam" before the reader.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is a major turning point in the 8th Doctor novels. It lays down the groundwork for some huge and far reaching story arcs later on. But a good thing about this novel is that it is very enjoyable and funny as well. I dont know if it was intended to be funny, but some parts of this story I thought were hilarious. I think it is good that a novel as important as this one can also find the time to be light hearted without detracting from the serious issues at stake. But I would only advise reading this if you have a fairly good backgroung knowledge on Dr Who. If you're new to the series then this is not good book to start on because after several chapters you'll be completely lost. But if you know your stuff when it comes to Dr Who then I would most definitely recommend this novel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the best Doctor WHO novel in the BBC's eighth Doctor series. You'll regret it if you miss this book: you'll miss a good look into Gallifrey's distant future (and the Doctor's), you'll miss the Type 103 TARDIS, Gallifrey's war in the future, an auction influencing the destiny of several time-dwelling species, and you'll miss the return of the all-powerful KROTONS.
Admittedly, I haven't liked Lawrence Miles' previous novels (I really disliked "Christmas on a Rational Planet"), but this novel is completely engrossing. The internet polls for Doctor WHO novels rank this novel as the BEST in the series so far.
Incidentally, the copy that Amazon sent me has 313 pages, not 288 as listed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Alien Bodies is highly recommended. It breaks new ground in the field of Gallifreyan mythos, whilst still remaininga highly entertaining read. It contains a number of references to other books, and tangential glimpses at the future of the Doctor's homeworld. Other story references do not intrude, but, if you spot them, can be very entertaining. Some of the revelations, and their implications, are dazzling. Well worth reaing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nathan A. Hawks on June 22, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lawrence Miles presents a scary, flavorful, unpredictable story full of character development and lore. This is simply a must-read for anyone exploring the Eighth Doctor.

If you've ever wondered what kinds of powers it'd take to challenge the all-powerful Time Lords, Alien Bodies satisfies that craving without a single cop-out, and best of all, without resorting to simplicity. Anyone who's ever thought about the difficulties in portraying factions and characters with god-like power, will be awed. You never feel these factions are cookie-cutter, or vague. Their key exposition is not ever smeared in an air of "you wouldn't understand." To the contrary, Miles never once falters in his steps as he puts these powers in your face.

Boiled down to its nugget of formula, Alien Bodies is a whodunnit driven by shadowy puppet masters. But that nugget is well-hidden behind amazing characters - not one archetype is played straight here. Bonus fun for anyone who enjoys it when the Doctor is operating frightened, vastly outclassed, and without a plan.

I have only one complaint: Miles seemed committed to devoting one chapter for each supporting character, explaining what led that character to this story - and one of those characters was too alien, and too incidental, for me to care about. But even that chapter lent insight to the story, and, aside from representing the book's only mistake in pacing, it had a unique flavor and wound up earning a "bravo" from me.

Lastly, I must mention the stakes. Doctor Who stories are supposed to threaten, and stories about god-like powers should march doom right up the bridge of your nose. As the stakes start being revealed in the prose, you will feel that doom, and you'll feel its impact on the characters. You will be haunted for the rest of the book as it sinks in that these events represent the beginning of an arc that must be pursued through later Eighth Doctor Adventures.

Must-read.
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