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Doctor Who: The Slitheen Excursion (Doctor Who (BBC)) Mass Market Paperback – September 24, 2013
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About the Author
Simon Guerrier is co-author of Whographica and The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who for BBC Books, and has written countless Doctor Who books, comics, audio plays and documentaries. In 2016, Simon was a guest on Front Row and The Infinite Monkey Cage on Radio 4, and with his brother Thomas, makes films and documentaries - most recently John Ruskin's Eurythmic Girls.
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While overall, I found "The Slitheen Excursion" one of the finest of the Doctor Ten series -- it's sharp, it's funny, it's fun, it's well-researched, and author Simon Guerrier has created one of the best companions for Ten since Donna in vacationing university student June (who I'd actually love to see again), the problem I had with this book was the preponderance of misused words -- constant uses of your in place of you're (or reversed), a merman alien who slithered on his "fishy tale" (big oops there) and when June "laughed out loud at the site of the TARDIS" (as in, she was beholding it -- sight -- not reaching the site where it stood). Every time I'd run into one of these mistakes I found it very jarring, and it increases my worries about publishing houses that rely on spellcheck programs over a line editor they can't afford to pay.
But other than those errors, it's really a good book, and I'm glad they're still printing them for us; and for a while, anyway, we'll have Doctor Ten to enjoy.
The doctor was unrecognizable (so much so that I checked the cover twice to make sure that this was indeed the 10th doctor), the supporting character June a total bore and the rest of the characters one-dimensional, interchangeable and acting completely illogical.
This gets two stars instead of one because it started out fairly good, describing June's first encounter with The Doctor (which is why I bought the book). The story is for the most part told from June's point of view, which isn't a bad thing in itself as long as the story focuses on The Doctor. Instead we see her running around a lot with no real purpose.
I'm sorry to say that I didn't finish the book, so I can't comment on the plot, except that up to the point where I got, it was all over the place.
I greatly enjoyed 'Prisoner of the Daleks' and 'The Nightmare on Black Island' and I recommend those instead of this one. I will not be reading any more books from this writer.