‘Ten Little Aliens’

COLE, Stephen. Ten Little Aliens. 2002.

‘Deep in the heart of a hollowed-out moon the First Doctor finds a chilling secret: ten alien corpses, frozen in time at the moment of their death. […] But is the same force that killed them still lurking in the dark? And what are its plans for the people of Earth?’

BBC Books – The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection (2013)

BBC Books – The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection (2013)

It’s been a year since I last reviewed a Doctor Who novel. But after reading some new Doctors, I’ve gone back to the beginning, to the first regeneration of the time lord (again, it’s just a species; I’m not using capital letters).

Although the original TV show was a bit slow and had a low budget–if any–, the book format allows the mind to give it the right pace and imagine unlimited details. It’s also nice to enjoy new stories with classic characters.

Satisfied as I may sound, there were two bits I didn’t enjoy that much. Firstly, the author decided to add some pages with the background of the ten characters in this story. I’m sure it was a great document for him while writing, but the reader can’t absorb that amount of information in chapter one.

Also, there’s this part close to the end that resembles a Choose Your Own Adventure. It is an effective way to convey the confusion the characters are experiencing. However, at that point of the story I don’t want to be confused and have to check all pages several times to make sure I’m not missing anything.

What struck me as a surprise was the very graphic details about some deaths. I wouldn’t expect explicit violence in Doctor Who, a family show. But again, this is a different format, one that kids won’t explore yet.

The book as whole–in spite of the two annoying bits–is ok. On the other side, it lacks interest if you’re not into Doctor Who.

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