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Doctor Who: 11 Doctors, 11 stories (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection) Paperback – January 21, 2014


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Product Details

  • Series: Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection
  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: PENGUIN GROUP (UK); Anv edition (January 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141348941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141348940
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) is the New York Times best-selling author
of the blockbuster Artemis Fowl series as well as Airman; Half Moon
Investigations; The Supernaturalist; Eoin Colfer's Legend of... books;
The Wish List; Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He was born in
Wexford on the southeast coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four
brothers were brought up by his father (an elementary school teacher,
historian and artist of note) and mother (a drama teacher). He first
developed an interest in writing in primary (elementary) school with
gripping Viking stories inspired by history that he was learning in
school at the time.

Eoin got his degree from Dublin University and qualified as a primary
school teacher, returning to work in Wexford. He married in 1991 and he
and his wife spent about 4 years between 1992 and 1996 working in Saudi
Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. His first book, Benny and Omar, was published
in 1998, based on his experiences in Tunisia; it has since been
translated into many languages; a sequel followed in 1999. In 2001, the
first Artemis Fowl book was published worldwide to much success -
shortly thereafter he left teaching to concentrate fully on his writing.
To this day, Eoin has written 6 Artemis Fowl books which have sold over
12 million copies worldwide.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hillel Kaminsky on February 23, 2014
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This is a book of short stories by 11 different authors, each tackling a different Doctor. The stories vary in quality, with the one real standout written by Neil Gaiman, the author who penned, “The Doctor’s Wife” and “Nightmare in Silver.” He has a terrific understanding of Matt Smith’s Doctor and the dialogue seems genuine and appropriate.

The other stories (First through Tenth Doctor) are all OK, but are not as well written, as they do not capture the full essence and idiosyncrasies of their particular Doctor.

Nonetheless, I don't think a Whovian can go wrong by picking up this book.

I noticed another reviewer had a bad experience regarding the condition of the book. My copy also had dog eared corners and looked a bit beaten up. This is an unusual experience for me with Amazon.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Haugh VINE VOICE on February 17, 2014
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I have been a fan of Doctor Who since the mid-‘80’s. I suppose I am an obsessive fan in my own way; however, my fandom has centered almost entirely on the program as transmitted on TV. Though I like to read nonfiction books about the show and the occasional novelization of an episode, I have no real interest in things like comics and fan fiction. And yet, in the excitement of the 50th anniversary of the show last year, I decided to take a look at this collection of short stories. As I expected, it is a mixed bad.

Overall, most of the stories were a pleasant enough read. On the other hand, for someone who has watched every extant episode of the TV show multiple times, each story had problems as well. The First Doctor story (“A Big Hand for the Doctor”), for example, is one of the best in the book. It has a clever plot and the personalities of the Doctor and Susan come across as being close to their TV-counterparts. Unfortunately, the plot requires some athletics from the Doctor that the William Hartnell character could never have pulled off. Many of the best stories in the book—“The Roots of Evil” (4th Doctor), “The Ripple Effect” (7th Doctor), “Spore” (8th Doctor), “Nothing O’Clock” (11th Doctor)—are like this: clever plots, good characterizations, but something at some point that doesn’t ring quite true.

Of course, any time you have a collection of anything by different authors, the quality is going to vary widely. At its worst, you have stories here that have uninteresting plots (“The Spear of Destiny” (3rd Doctor)), plots that are too derivative (“The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage” (10th Doctor)), or characters that don’t seem to belong to the series at all (“The Beast of Babylon (9th Doctor)).
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My high hopes were greatly rewarded with this collection -- I absolutely loved it (apart from 2 stories toward the middle which I found vaguely unsatisfying for, among other things, putting odd American-ish neologisms in the Doctor's mouth with no accommodating irony.)

Though not a slavish fan, I've seen and enjoyed many episodes -- particularly from the Tom Baker years. So I understand this was and is a program for children that has, historically, required enormous willing suspension of disbelief ... But I feel like the authors working in this volume embraced the spirit of adventure, danger, and wonder -- and sharp, immediate storytelling. And that no willing suspension was going to be needed. The stories were funny, surprising, engrossing, a bit scary, and enthralling.

I especially loved: Charlie Higson's, Derek Landy's, Marcus Sedgwick's, Michael Scott's, Alex Scarrow's, and Patrick Ness' story set in the small seashore New England community during WWII.
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By Matthew Lincoln on August 3, 2014
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When I first saw this book I was completely unsure about how this would go. I have read other Dr. Who books and have felt that something was always missing, like unique details about each Doctor the feel of each Doctor and how most sort of say it's about a particular Doctor but the story ends up being a sort of Mishmash of Doctors. having said this this is book is not like those at all. each writer captures the individual nature of each Doctor perfectly and sets them in a scene true to that particular Doctor.If you have read other Dr. Who books and were disappointed you will not be disappointed with this book, each story could just as easily have been an episode on the different televisions shows. Great Book
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I bought this as a way to celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who. I really wanted to enjoy some classic Who, but the old episodes are just very hard to watch. This book gives you classic Doctor stories with Modern writing! Each story is around 50 pages or so and most of them are very good! My favorites included the 1st, 10th, and 11th Doctors. If you like Doctor Who, you can't go wrong buying this book. It is a good way to get you Who fix in while waiting for new episodes.
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By Elizabeth on February 15, 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. It's a must for any Dr. Who fan. I've only seen the new series, but this book got me excited to go back and watch the old Doctors. Especially the 4th! Obviously some of the stories are stronger and more enjoyable than others, but overall I'm very happy with it.
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11 good stories. They provided entertainment and will provide others with entertainment now that it has been shared.
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