OmNot to say that the Doctor and his companions are unjustified additions here In fact Cole hands the two companions their regular role in adventures proving comparatively familiar yes through which to view the adventure There s plenty interesting going on with the first too as his inevitable regeneration trudges closer It s all very cleverly done but not particularly naturalThe good news however is this is really the only major flaw in the story and in a story that tries to do so many things this is perhaps little less than miraculousIt s a meticulously constructed having not read And Then There Was None I m not able to comment on it s similarity to it novel in all respects Cole takes his time to build up the setting into an atmospheric and vocative letting us get to know the characters whilst cranking up the atmosphere Plot and characterisation happens in a very careful and deliberate fashion information drip fed to usIt s a real genre buster this one a military sci fi story that dips it s toes uickly into other ponds There is the obvious Alien similarities and the story is a slowly unfolding mystery Traces of haunted house can be detected under verything and some of the concepts that happen later belong to cyberpunk than anything lse It s a big and xtremely careful constructed thing that at times becomes a little too much for it s own good That s ven before you consider the choose your own adventure section of the bookWhen such a tantalizing mystery is set up the author always leaves themselves with the a potential problem can the answer to the mystery match the mystery itself In this case luckily the answer is a resounding yes The plot threads come together gratifyingly well and Cole is dab hand when it come to misdirectionTen Little Aliens has plenty of flaws there s no doubt But it s an imaginative creative and complex story with a tight plot and some great characterisation Cole s prose is well paced and atmospheric and the narrative voice remains consistent whilst varying nough to give a good feel of ach differing character Ten Little Aliens may do some wrong but it does far far right FIRST BOOK OF 2015 WOWMy only ualm is that I felt like the Doctor was of a side character than a protagonist but with so many characters to focus on it was bound to happen also I got confused with the whole neural network part like how was I meant to read it Fun read great for fans of Doctor Who WellI ve recently become addicted to Doctor Who It happened over Christmas break I watched the new series all 6 and a 12 seasons in just under two months I ve also watched a few of the classic pisodes but not many I ll admit However now that it s the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who I decided to read the BBC Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection So of course I started with the first in the collection Ten Little Aliens written by Stephen ColeThis fanfiction admit it that s what it really isit just has permission to published centers around the First Doctor and his companions Polly and Ben They nd up on this big asteroid years and years in their future with a bunch of military Elite officers a group of Schirr the bad guys and Morpheain Constructs which are ven worse bad guys who are working with the normal bad guys to get bodies that just happen to be in the shape of statue angelsThis book is a confused jungle of characters and plot twists but Stephen Cole does a good job of keeping his readers just nough in the know to hook them While reading this book you feel li. E moment of violent bloody death The bodies are those of the mpire's most wanted terrorists and their discovery could nd a war of attrition devastating the galaxy But is the same force that slaughtered them still lurking in the dark tunnels of the training ground And what.
This book was insanely clever it perhaps had the most interesting structure of any novel I ve read in a while The characters were interesting and the story cleverly twisted just about very who dunnit plot device that The Shadow Reader everxistedBut there was a major problem it just wasn t Doctor Who The whole thing was clearly well thought out but I felt that it went too much against the philosophy of the show particularly back in the First Doctor Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies era I get that these novels are meant to push thenvelope but this just pushed it a little too far It could have worked for just about any other sci fi franchise but it just didn t work for the First Doctor and his companions Three stars is generous I thought the book changed point of view too much It took a while for The Doctor his companions to actually be involved in the story I completely skipped over the neural network chapter because I found in confusing and uncomfortable to read The book did pick up at the nd so I gave it three stars but I would have given it 25 if I could have This was my first DW book so I was hoping for Doctor and less space army I wouldn t say that this is a book to completely pass over but just know going in that it s focused on the space army than it is on the Doctor his companions m a fan of Stephen Cole s recent books but this is xperimental stuff which shows a talent still coming together The story brings Ben Polly and the First Doctor to an asteroid where a bunch of human soldiers are mounting a special operation against the alien Schirr things go wrong it it becomes clear that they have collectively fallen into a trap laid by the aliens and their collaborators The chapters mostly take their titles from Agatha Christie novels which is a bit misleading the real reference in the title is to James Cameron s Aliens where there are clear resonances The core plot is competently done but there are a number of things that don t work First Cole makes Ben a racist and then this vanishes the moment Polly reproves him for it This is too big an issue to be dealt with so casually Second there is a long section where the narrative is divided up between characters choose your own adventure style I simply didn t have the The Power Of A Choice energy to play that game and just skipped to the next section Finally it may have just been my lownergy levels but I found ten supporting character too many to keep track ofHaving said that Cole does a decent characterisation of the fading First Doctor and a very good Polly But I wouldn t recommend this to non fans I probably should have known better when I read Stephen Cole s foreword where he shockingly admitsI wanted to write a story that combined Agatha Christie and Starship TroopersStephen Cole watched Starship Troopers was deeply inspired by Starship Troopers and sat and wrote an homage to cinematic masterpieceStarship Troopers Ten Little Aliens begins with a clusterfck of characters which somehow doesn t include the TARDIS team We re introduced to ssentially the most important characters to the story a ragtag team of Spaceship Soldiersor Planetship Suad rsor ma This isn t xactly a Dr Who bookMeet Haunt Shade and co Space marines The book starts very much as a military space opera as we follow ten soldiers on a training mission to a hollowed out moon Soon their paths cross with the first Doctor and his two companions Polly and Ben who have also somehow found their onto the space rock What follows is deeply routed in the personalities and history and the society they come fr. Far out in space on the ragged dges of Earth's bloated The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right empire anlite unit of soldiers is on a training mission But deep in the heart of the hollowed out planetoid that forms their battleground a chilling secret waits to be discovered ten alien corpses frozen in time at th.
Ke one of the gang just trying to get down to the ultimate mystery who s in control It also contains a little section that includes a choose your own adventure section which makes you feel slightly in control when really Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling everything you already know is about to be proved WRONGOverall it was a good read but I don t think I ll read it again The First Doctor just isn t livelynough for me Stephen Cole s Ten Little Aliens is disappointing not so much because of what it is but because of what it is not That s a little bit unfair of course but you have to understand what the novel has been set up as admittedly than 10 years after its original publication Ten Little A Here rendered into prose is one of the most ungainly and awkward m nage trois you re Monsieur Pain ever likely to witnessWe have here The First Doctor capturedntirely through Hmmms and the steepling of his fingersThen we have what are ssentially the marines from Aliens punchy and surly packed with kickass attitude and healthy disrespect for authorityAnd on top of that we have various feints and allusions to the oeuvre of Dame Agatha ChristieThree disparate lements which would be fine by themselves but forced together like this never remotely coalesce to a smooth piece Clearly Cole is most intrigued by the space soldiers lavishing them with gung ho care and gun toting attention although never uite giving them distinct nough personalities But they completely fail to mesh with the uptight reserved safe BBC persona of The First Doctor with Cole never really managing to convince that they re part of the same universe let alone the same adventure As for Agatha Christie her influence is very swiftly buried by the other lements leaving only the chapter titles and a few nods to the plot of And Then There Were None It s a bit of a mess then with a gang of villains who are too indistinct and not that scary with one notable xception I m not saying that Stephen Moffat sought inspiration from a then out of the print 2001 novel but in this book s Stone Angels we have a concept that s good but with a bit of tinkering could be one of the great monsters of Doctor Who Believing in magic is asy the reaction of a cowardly mind to Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. explain away any phenomenon that vexes the intellect But FINDING magic in the realities ofxistenceseeking out some hidden truth to cling to from very painful xperience we ndurethat is never asy That takes courageWhen the Doctor Ben and Polly land the Tardis on a hollowed out moon they find a unit of soldiers completing a military Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, exercisebut IS it just anxercise They find ten mutilated alien bodies and they are all stranded on this moon When members of the unit start to disappear as well as one by one the bodies of the slaughtered aliens disappear as well they turn to the Doctor s keen mind to discover the truth of what is happening This was my first book that I read involving the first Doctor and I was not only impressed I was cstatic Although being a relatively new fan to the Doctor Who series I have watched a few pisode serials involving the first Doctor and was very xcited to see him portrayed in a story I was not disappointed in the least Not only was this a fantastic Doctor Who story but it was just a fantastic story in general In a forward before the book started the author discussed his love for Agatha Christie books which I found to be very apparent while reading the story The mystery lying behind the erie occurrences on the moon made for a very thrilling reading xperience. Are its plans for the people of Earth When the Doctor arrives on the planetoid with Ben and Polly he soon scents a net tightening about them And as the soldiers begin to disappear one by one paranoia spreads; is the real nemy out there in the darkness or somewhere among the.
Steve ColeStephen Cole born 1971 is an English author of children's books and science fiction He was also in charge of BBC Worldwide's merchandising of the BBC Television series Doctor Who between 1997 and 1999 this was a role which found him deciding on which stories should be released on video commissioning and editing a range of fiction and non fiction titles producing audiobooks and acting as executive producer on the Big Finish Productions range of Doctor Who audio dramas