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Doctor Who: Apollo 23 Hardcover – May 4 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Random House UK (May 4 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184607200X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846072000
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.3 x 20.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #462,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Justin Richards is a well known author of chldren's fiction, including the novels The Parliament of Blood, The Chaos Code and The Skeleton Clock. He also collaborates with Jack Higgins on thrillers for young adult readers. Author of a good number of Doctor Who books, Justin acts as Creative Consultant to BBC Books.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Rococo Science, Fun Read July 20 2010
By Kevin L. Nenstiel - Published on
Format: Hardcover
First the good news: this story is much more complex, sweeping, and ambitious than the back-cover synopsis would lead you to believe. It thrusts the Doctor and Amy into a contemporary conspiracy that seems remarkably realistic, minus the rococo science, of course. It uses the characters fairly, in the way we've gotten used to. And it's rollicking, high-speed science fiction fun.

When the Doctor and Amy stop by a mall for lunch, they don't expect to find a NASA astronaut stumbling around the food court. Since he's tracking very real moon dust around, they decide to investigate. But they don't expect to find a massive base on the far side of the moon. They even less expect to find scientists experimenting on prisoners. And who gains from these bizarre psychological treatments?

Justin Richards manages to seamlessly integrate impossible technology, globe-spanning secrets, and a creepy invasion of Earth by the most disgusting aliens since the Sontarans. He captures the smart, rapid banter between the Doctor and Amy that has become a hallmark of the series. And while a few secrets and surprises are eye-rollingly obvious, none of them stand in the way of readers' enjoyment.

Now the bad news: not much original happens in this story. Hypercritical readers will spot how much is stolen from stories we already know. I spotted elements cribbed from DW TV episodes, and not just recent ones: though I saw many David Tennant stories, some reached as far back as Tom Baker and Peter Davison. And not just DW, either. I saw Star Trek, Farscape, and even crumbs from Joss Whedon's leftovers.

You have to decide how much this matters to you. I managed to enjoy this novel just fine, but to do so, I had to suspend a little judgment. Jaded DW hipsters may resent this blatant recycling. But if you can just sit back, not demand more than the book is prepared to give, and treasure it as it is, this is a fun weekend read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dark Side of the Moon June 18 2010
By Foggy Tewsday - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Of the first three `Doctor Who' novels to feature the eleventh Doctor, `Apollo 23' is, for me, the most disappointing. This is somewhat surprising given the body of work that its author, Justin Richards, has behind him.

Things start off promisingly enough with an astronaut suddenly materializing in a shopping mall. We soon discover that moments before he appeared, he was on the moon. A woman and her dog are going about their business when they are suddenly transported to the moon. A man walking in a park asphyxiates, his body littered with moon dust.

With something of a nod to second Doctor story, The Seeds of Death, a teleportation system operating from a moon base has been set up. Clearly, the system is malfunctioning, but I have to report that, regrettably, it's not the Ice Warriors who are responsible. No, the alien invaders here are not that interesting.

This novel is well written and the Doctor and Amy's characters are in keeping with their television personas. But the story is quite dull and, at times, predictable. I'm always loath to describe scientific elements in a story as dodgy - I'm no scientist, so what do I know? However, I do think that some of the story's resolutions connected with its mind control aspect were a little too convenient.

If you haven't read any `Doctor Who' novels before, I would not advise you to start with this one. The other two eleventh Doctor novels currently available at the time of writing this review, The Forgotten Army and Night Of The Humans, carry more humor and excitement. Also highly enjoyable are tenth doctor stories The Stone Rose and Beautiful Chaos. `Apollo 23' is, I think, one for the completists.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Story, Worthy of TV Episode May 20 2012
By Matthew Corcoran - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I thought this was a solid story. I read a bunch of the paperbacks back in the 80s and 90s. Some were good and some hit and miss. This is the 3rd of the new series that I've read. It was a solid story all around with some nice philosophical questions thrown in.
The story would make a fine TV episode and I don't think that can be said about too many of these.
Definitely recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read! Oct. 21 2012
By G. GEBAUER - Published on
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My 11 year daughter read this book and this is her review - This book was full of suspense and made you want to know what happens next. A real page turner!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny from a Texan perspective June 13 2011
By tardiskid - Published on
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The book is defiantly a page turner, but it's quite obvious someone who has never been to Texas wrote it. The book mainly takes place between a US Army base in Texas and the moon. The base is described as a desert such as one might find is Arizona. There are really no deserts like that in Texas. Just really dry farmland. Then later on the author states the base is near Houston. Houston is in a forest area of Texas called "The Piney Woods". It was pretty comical, but other than that the book is pretty good. If you like Doctor Who it's a good purchase.