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Tories a year long celebration of Doctor Who The most exciting names in children's fiction each create their own uniue adventure about the time travelling Time Lord This was probably my favourite of the 50th anniversary short stories With the Eighth Doctor being my favourite Doctor that's no surprise What makes it even better is that Alex Scarrow is one of my favourite authorsI loved the fact that this book was set in America especially with how disastrous the TV movie is considered to be which was a pretty brave choice I thought that the twist on the alien virus was pretty cool and I really enjoyed it Despite the short length I felt fully immersed in the book I also liked the not a companion companion and the characterisation of the Doctor though in that it did come across that Scarrow had only watched the TV movie rather than listening to any of the audio novels that the Eighth Doctor is known for which probably would have made this short story even better The Book of Revelation really enjoyed it Despite the short length I felt fully immersed in the book I also liked the not a companion companion and the characterisation of the Doctor though in that it did come across that Scarrow had only watched the TV movie Classics Devotional Bible rather than listening to any of the audio novels that the Eighth Doctor is known for which probably would have made this short story even better

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Spore (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts, #8)

In a small town in the Nevada desert an alien pathogen has reduced the entire population to a seething mass of black slime When the Eighth Doctor arrives he realise If you've read my previous reviews on this series you'll know my view that Tom Baker and possibly Patrick Troughton aside there has been a lot of pretty good writing let down by both the length of these novellas and a feeling they weren't written for any specific Doctor at allStep forward Alex Scarrow and the Paul McGann incarnation of the Doctor Scarrow probably benefits from the lack of screen time as although there have been books and radio plays about this Doctor than just about any other those who have read andor listened to them will probably not be disappointed but nor will those who only saw the god awful feature length 'movie'What Scarrow has done with this is write a good old fashioned Doctor story Is it the Eighth Doctor? Who knows apologies for the pun Personally I'd chose your favourite imagine him doing it and have fun A couple of references to Edwardian dress aside and it could be any of themMy reviews of other works in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E Shorts series1 A Big Hand for the Doctor2 The Nameless City3 The Spear of Destiny4 The Roots of Evil5 Tip of the Tongue6 Something Borrowed7 The Ripple Effect9 The Beast of Babylon Sharks reduced the entire population to a seething mass of black slime When the Eighth Doctor arrives he Inside Las Vegas realise If you've وجدان زنو read my previous How To Fart - Louder, Longer, and Stronger...without soiling your undies! Also learn how to fart on command, fart more often, and increase the smell. reviews on this series you'll know my view that Tom Baker and possibly Patrick Troughton aside there has been a lot of pretty good writing let down by both the length of these novellas and a feeling they weren't written for any specific Doctor at allStep forward Alex Scarrow and the Paul McGann incarnation of the Doctor Scarrow probably benefits from the lack of screen time as although there have been books and BITE (A Mate Of His Own radio plays about this Doctor than just about any other those who have Home Alone read andor listened to them will probably not be disappointed but nor will those who only saw the god awful feature length 'movie'What Scarrow has done with this is write a good old fashioned Doctor story Is it the Eighth Doctor? Who knows apologies for the pun Personally I'd chose your favourite imagine him doing it and have fun A couple of Dr. Grass references to Edwardian dress aside and it could be any of themMy Deadly Fallout (Red Stone Security, reviews of other works in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E Shorts series1 A Big Hand for the Doctor2 The Nameless City3 The Spear of Destiny4 The Roots of Evil5 Tip of the Tongue6 Something Borrowed7 The Ripple Effect9 The Beast of Babylon

Alex Scarrow Ô 3 read

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10 thoughts on “Spore (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts, #8)

  1. says:

    This is the eighth book of the 50th Anniversary short stories' event featuring the 11 doctors with 11 different companions Now it's the turn of the Eighth Doctor and he has a totally new companion for this short story Captain Evelyn ChanThe GoodIt's an interesting story a rather simple with a typical plot However it's engaging to read and it adds a peculiar variation in the theme of viruses from outer spaceA new companion Captain Evelyn Chan When you meet her and she starts to interact with the Eighth Doctor you know that she is a new companion and a really interesting oneNew villain The Spore Some kind of outer space virus with particular phases of developmentThere is a reference to UNIT that it's cool and really helpful to keep advancing the plot without delaysThe BadThe climax is solved uite easy and you lack of full disclosure of how it was solved You'll understand if you decide to read itThe OddThe Eighth Doctor only has one canonical appearance which is the Doctor Who TV Movie In there he only had as companion Dr Grace Holloway I understand that the rights to use the character of Grace Holloway have been rather messy so no wonder that Alex Scarrow the author chose instead to create a new companion Since the rest of apperances of the Eighth Doctor had been on novels comics and audio dramas it's really tricky to set when this short story happened Specially since at least in novels he always had some companion with him and he started this short story alone There are a couple of times on comics and audio dramas reporting him without companion But I don't dare to get that far in this case to locate the moment of the adventure


  2. says:

    One of the better stories just a bit on the predictable side


  3. says:

    If you've read my previous reviews on this series you'll know my view that Tom Baker and possibly Patrick Troughton aside there has been a lot of pretty good writing let down by both the length of these novellas and a feeling they weren't written for any specific Doctor at allStep forward Alex Scarrow and the Paul McGann incarnation of the Doctor Scarrow probably benefits from the lack of screen time as although there have been books and radio plays about this Doctor than just about any other those who have read andor listened to them will probably not be disappointed but nor will those who only saw the god awful feature length 'movie'What Scarrow has done with this is write a good old fashioned Doctor story Is it the Eighth Doctor? Who knows apologies for the pun Personally I'd chose your favourite imagine him doing it and have fun A couple of references to Edwardian dress aside and it could be any of themMy reviews of other works in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E Shorts series1 A Big Hand for the Doctor2 The Nameless City3 The Spear of Destiny4 The Roots of Evil5 Tip of the Tongue6 Something Borrowed7 The Ripple Effect9 The Beast of Babylon


  4. says:

    Spore the Eight Doctor story in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary series is well it's a perfectly passable story The writing is decent the plot okay there's some nice bits about Gallifreyan history the brand new supporting character created by Scarrow considering Eight rather lacks TV canon travel companions making up a new stand in was uite okay by me wasn't particularly remarkable or memorable but neither was she awfulThree stars because once again I just cannot find a short story satisfying enough it wasn't a bad effort but I didn't really connect with it on any level at all


  5. says:

    Simple but entertaining read More of a 3 star as it was predictable but Eight is adorable so that alone gives the short story another star


  6. says:

    There’s a sleight of hand you need to pull off to make a Doctor Who story work It’s the same trick you need for James Bond certainly the film incarnation and Indiana Jones in fact it’s a crucial element of all invincible hero stories Even though the readers’ or viewers’ minds tells them that all will be okay at the end – that this is The Doctor or James Bond or Indiana Jones and there’s no way this adventure is going to conclude with them pushing up daisies and being uietly mourned – the viewer or reader must still be convinced that what is unfolding in front of them is real peril We have to believe for the length of the tale that somehow – incredibly and impossibly – everything could go wrong and the narrative will lead to our hero dying Yes it’s absurd; yes it’s willing suspension of disbelief – but it’s something we need And as much as I liked this tale as much as I found a great deal to enjoy within its digital pages I never had that sense of peril The Doctor was always in control never that far away from being on top of things and so the story lacked that adrenalin fizz which would have made it greatPaul McGann’s Doctor was sure to be the hardest to capture given that his sole TV appearance was in one not very good episode Yes he’s done sterling work in audio plays since but for most people he’s the half human Doctor in that TV movie which went nowhere Why if you’re introducing a new Doctor would you have a substantial part of the running time focused on Sylvester McCoy? And I ask that as someone who really likes Sylvester McCoy And since when are Daleks the height of justice in the universe? Apologies I seem to have lost my chain of thought please give me a moment Thank you Alex Scarrow does a fine job in conjuring the dapper English alien abroad Adjectives which sprang to mind as I read were polite and unflappable; genial and friendly; both reassuring and other worldly This is a Doctor I don’t know as well as the others but I liked himIt’s a modern tale and one which owes a lot to Hollywood even the title recalls ‘Alien’ and ‘Species’ An alien spore arrives in Arizona and starts to terra form all around it destroying any organic matter it encounters This is a gooey and nasty villain that really made this reader suirm I’d go as far as to say I’d like to see it in the new TV show If only the Doctor didn’t get the measure of it so swiftly and glide serenely through the tale A good story then one of the best of this series but s story which could have been excellent – a really great little chiller


  7. says:

    This was probably my favourite of the 50th anniversary short stories With the Eighth Doctor being my favourite Doctor that's no surprise What makes it even better is that Alex Scarrow is one of my favourite authorsI loved the fact that this book was set in America especially with how disastrous the TV movie is considered to be which was a pretty brave choice I thought that the twist on the alien virus was pretty cool and I really enjoyed it Despite the short length I felt fully immersed in the book I also liked the not a companion companion and the characterisation of the Doctor though in that it did come across that Scarrow had only watched the TV movie rather than listening to any of the audio novels that the Eighth Doctor is known for which probably would have made this short story even better


  8. says:

    Spore in the eighth Doctor e book and features him trying to save the world from a spore that has landed on the Earth determined to turn all organic matter into some sort of soup The story was set in the Nevada desert in the US and features a single story companion in the shape of one of the military bods who were trying to isolate this infection to just one small area without much success it has to be said until the Doctor turns up that is This is a tried and tested story format for science fiction stories and it works well here as well I would say that the portrayal of the Doctor is pretty good and he does seem like his eighth persona here rather a generic Doctor which is nice


  9. says:

    Nice story nice horror And the Doctor's head gets invaded by a tentacle I liked it Very YA in style not surprisingly it's written by a YA author but it doesn't shy away from anything The Eighth Doctor's voice is spot on Also nice to see a companion with an Asian sounding name and not having any attention drawn to her race I always appreciate representation and especially when it's written very naturally


  10. says:

    Spore is a short story written by Alex Scarrow and is a part of the year long celebration for the fiftieth anniversary for Doctor Who 2013 This short story is the first installment of what would eventually be twelve parts – one for each Doctor Spore focuses on the Eighth Doctor Paul McGannAs an aside apart from the first few doctors that I knew very little about I was looking forward to reading about this Doctor in particular Canonically there is very little known about this Doctor besides the ill fated film in which he was regenerated from and the mini episode The Night of the Doctor where he forced his next regeneration So with so little source material to drawn upon I wonder how Scarrow would fair with the Eighth DoctorFor the most part I really enjoyed this installment It was a simple story with a typical plot but it was interesting and very engaging to read The new companion interaction with the Doctor was very fascinating and has enough appeal to bond uickly with One tiny uibble is that the story was a tad predictable and the ending was easily seen Although the Eighth Doctor is one with the least resources I felt that Scarrow did an excellent job of keeping the Doctor in characterAll in all Spore was a well written short story albeit a tad predictable I was really glad to know this particular Doctor and I was glad that he was in character – a wonderful addition to the Doctor Who mythos and worthy for this celebratory collection