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Doctor Who: The Beast of Babylon: Ninth Doctor (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts Book 9) by [Higson, Charlie]
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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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By C. Gold on September 26, 2013
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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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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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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 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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Loved this episode. Who would have thought the Doctor would the Doctor would find an excellent friend in such a mighty warrior. Well she is an alien. But will the warrior be strong enough to help the Doctor defeat a beast that can eat through time?
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I loved this. I missed Nine and Rose so much. I'm hoping that this might become a tv episode sometime in the future, although I doubt it happens because the episodes with Nine are over. I would love to see Ali's powers in action.
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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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This adventure captures the Ninth Doctor's personality well. It shows his excitement in finding happiness for the first time since the Time War that is brought out in Ali, and is implied to have been brought out by Rose. Charlie Higson was able to bring out the Ninth Doctor's personality with perfection, and it would be good to see him make another adventure of Doctor Who.
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