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The Daleks are advancing, their empire constantly expanding into Earth's space. The Earth forces are resisting the Daleks in every way they can. But the battles rage on across countless solar systems. And now the future of our galaxy hangs in the balance... The Doctor finds himself stranded on board a starship near the frontline with a group of ruthless bounty hunters. Eart The Daleks are advancing, their empire constantly expanding into Earth's space. The Earth forces are resisting the Daleks in every way they can. But the battles rage on across countless solar systems. And now the future of our galaxy hangs in the balance... The Doctor finds himself stranded on board a starship near the frontline with a group of ruthless bounty hunters. Earth Command will pay them for every Dalek they kill, every eye stalk they bring back as proof. With the Doctor's help, the bounty hunters achieve the ultimate prize: a Dalek prisoner - intact, powerless, and ready for interrogation. But where the Daleks are involved, nothing is what it seems, and no one is safe. Before long the tables will be turned, and how will the Doctor survive when he becomes a prisoner of the Daleks? Featuring the tenth Doctor as played by David Tennant in the hit BBC Television Doctor Who series.


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The Daleks are advancing, their empire constantly expanding into Earth's space. The Earth forces are resisting the Daleks in every way they can. But the battles rage on across countless solar systems. And now the future of our galaxy hangs in the balance... The Doctor finds himself stranded on board a starship near the frontline with a group of ruthless bounty hunters. Eart The Daleks are advancing, their empire constantly expanding into Earth's space. The Earth forces are resisting the Daleks in every way they can. But the battles rage on across countless solar systems. And now the future of our galaxy hangs in the balance... The Doctor finds himself stranded on board a starship near the frontline with a group of ruthless bounty hunters. Earth Command will pay them for every Dalek they kill, every eye stalk they bring back as proof. With the Doctor's help, the bounty hunters achieve the ultimate prize: a Dalek prisoner - intact, powerless, and ready for interrogation. But where the Daleks are involved, nothing is what it seems, and no one is safe. Before long the tables will be turned, and how will the Doctor survive when he becomes a prisoner of the Daleks? Featuring the tenth Doctor as played by David Tennant in the hit BBC Television Doctor Who series.

30 review for Doctor Who: Prisoner of the Daleks

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    One of the best Tenth Doctor novels! Set during the year of specials The Doctor travelling alone finds himself stranded on board a starship with of bounty hunters. Between them they manage to capture a Dalek prisoner, but even one solo Dalek should not be taken lightly! There’s so much to enjoy from this novel. The characteristics of Tennant’s Doctor is perfectly captured, especially as he first arrives on the planet. As he’s traveling along the crew of the Wayfarer become the temporary companions f One of the best Tenth Doctor novels! Set during the year of specials The Doctor travelling alone finds himself stranded on board a starship with of bounty hunters. Between them they manage to capture a Dalek prisoner, but even one solo Dalek should not be taken lightly! There’s so much to enjoy from this novel. The characteristics of Tennant’s Doctor is perfectly captured, especially as he first arrives on the planet. As he’s traveling along the crew of the Wayfarer become the temporary companions for this story, all the crew are great interesting additions but it’s Bowman who stands out. The exchanges between The Doctor and the Dalek are chillingly riveting, I love how calculating and cunning the Time Lords deadliest enemy are in this story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Corey Dutson

    THIS is a Doctor Who novel! This is exactly what I've been talking about. Finally, I have found a new series novel that shows the harder side of The Doctor. This book shows him vulnerable, shows him dark, shows him terrified, and shows him victorious. This book shows how dangerous The Doctor really is to his enemies, and how unforgiving he can be. About damned time someone went and wrote one like this. THIS is a Doctor Who novel! This is exactly what I've been talking about. Finally, I have found a new series novel that shows the harder side of The Doctor. This book shows him vulnerable, shows him dark, shows him terrified, and shows him victorious. This book shows how dangerous The Doctor really is to his enemies, and how unforgiving he can be. About damned time someone went and wrote one like this.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*

    "You're all going to burn and no matter how much you try to come back, or which of you remain, I'm always going to be there to stop you. So just remember; there's a storm coming!" I loved this book. Loved it, loved it, loved it! And not just because it was a fantastic representation of the 10th Doctor, but because like all great Doctor Who stories; it was a story with roots we could all either relate to, or learn something from. Ideas regarding torture, justice, guerilla warfare, and violence all "You're all going to burn and no matter how much you try to come back, or which of you remain, I'm always going to be there to stop you. So just remember; there's a storm coming!" I loved this book. Loved it, loved it, loved it! And not just because it was a fantastic representation of the 10th Doctor, but because like all great Doctor Who stories; it was a story with roots we could all either relate to, or learn something from. Ideas regarding torture, justice, guerilla warfare, and violence all seep through this book, making you question your ideals and morals with each page. Just because a creature or person is your enemy does that give you the right to torture it? Is there ever a justification for that? Should violence be met with more violence? Or is there a better way? A way which doesn't involve us losing our humanity? Powerful questions, and there are no simple answers, unfortunately. But it was amazing to read a book that addressed these issues, made me think, made me feel, and entertained me all at the same time. Just a wonderful story. :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    I'm probably one of the few who doesn't know what Doctor Who is about. But I still bought this book, because I don't have enough other books with me and because it was on sale. And I thought that this could help me to see whether I'd like the series. The book comes with just the tenth Doctor and besides that all new characters. I really liked the Doctor, he's a nice character, and I loved the way the other characters were brought to life. I have no clue about Daleks (I still don't) but that didn' I'm probably one of the few who doesn't know what Doctor Who is about. But I still bought this book, because I don't have enough other books with me and because it was on sale. And I thought that this could help me to see whether I'd like the series. The book comes with just the tenth Doctor and besides that all new characters. I really liked the Doctor, he's a nice character, and I loved the way the other characters were brought to life. I have no clue about Daleks (I still don't) but that didn't stop this book from being exciting, a very nice and interesting read with the right amount of humour. Basically, it was a good book for which you didn't have to know the series. The advantages of being introduced to new characters! Trevor Baxendale is an interesting writer who managed to fascinate me despite the fact that I had no clue what I was reading about. He's also very good with building up tension. That was really good. I can't give this book more than 3 stars though, because of a certain lack of understanding, which probably wouldn't have been there if I'd known the series. But still: a very good book and I don't think anyone will be disappointed if they read it. PS: Since reading this book I've started watching the series. Never regretted it, never will.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Robert Collins

    This was first time I read this book but on 20th (unlucky day as it's famous for been Hitler's birthday) my mother of aged aged 75 died Which rather spoilt this book. The Doctor is on his own with load of nasty Dalek oh S**t ! My mother loved Doctor Who & she be so pleased that Jodie is now the Doctor. I detect this book to my mother. I since then have read it a second time it was lot better the first time. This was first time I read this book but on 20th (unlucky day as it's famous for been Hitler's birthday) my mother of aged aged 75 died Which rather spoilt this book. The Doctor is on his own with load of nasty Dalek oh S**t ! My mother loved Doctor Who & she be so pleased that Jodie is now the Doctor. I detect this book to my mother. I since then have read it a second time it was lot better the first time.

  6. 5 out of 5

    David Monroe

    This features the Tenth Doctor post-Journey's End, travelling on his own, encountering Dalek bounty hunters in a separate time track that comes from Gauda Prime, one that he shouldn't be on since it crosses the Daleks timeline. Timey-Wimey. The Doctor and the hunters are captured (hey, it's in the title) and find themselves at the mercy of the very fascinating and dangerous 'Dalek X'. This features the Tenth Doctor post-Journey's End, travelling on his own, encountering Dalek bounty hunters in a separate time track that comes from Gauda Prime, one that he shouldn't be on since it crosses the Daleks timeline. Timey-Wimey. The Doctor and the hunters are captured (hey, it's in the title) and find themselves at the mercy of the very fascinating and dangerous 'Dalek X'.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kimberley doruyter

    i know why this one wasn't an episode, the ending is too cheezie. i know why this one wasn't an episode, the ending is too cheezie.

  8. 4 out of 5

    E.C. Elliot

    This book was pretty good. The only thing that I didn't like was the profanity. This book was pretty good. The only thing that I didn't like was the profanity.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    I saw this book had good reviews so gave it ago. Often the books in this series are simplistic but Baxendale avoids this totally. Set somewhere after series 4 and before The End of Time, the Tenth Doctor is travelling alone in the TARDIS when it jumps a time track. The Doctor finds himself in the middle of a war between the human empire and his greatest enemies, the daleks. Along with a group of ruthless bounty hunters he must stop the daleks from developing time travel and changing history. Thi I saw this book had good reviews so gave it ago. Often the books in this series are simplistic but Baxendale avoids this totally. Set somewhere after series 4 and before The End of Time, the Tenth Doctor is travelling alone in the TARDIS when it jumps a time track. The Doctor finds himself in the middle of a war between the human empire and his greatest enemies, the daleks. Along with a group of ruthless bounty hunters he must stop the daleks from developing time travel and changing history. This book does many things right that other books in the series sometimes fail to do. The Tenth Doctor is capture wonderfully, the speech is really written for him. The daleks manage to be as daunting as if they were on screen, especially Dalek X (and idea I love). There's a strong supporting cast, a great story and lots of humour despite the darkness of the plot (A dalek saying "WHERE DID YOU LAST HAVE IT?" in reference to the TARDIS key is hilarious, as is the "Large Chronon Collider"). Fans of Doctor Who will love this and it's got to be one of the best novels featuring the Tenth Doctor, if not the best. Plus there's loads of daleks being properly scary and it doesn't mess with their chronology.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Robert Davis

    This is a Classic Masterpiece of Doctor Who fiction. Mr. Baxendale has succeeded in creating a story that fits perfectly into the Doctor Who universe. It is very easy to visualize the plot as a true DW episode, it reads as if it were an actual on screen story. What's better, it seems authentic; the Doctor's dialogue, the action, the plot and the supporting characters all seem as if they were written for the screen. The plot is classic DW. The Doctor is captured, the Doctor escapes, he (and his co This is a Classic Masterpiece of Doctor Who fiction. Mr. Baxendale has succeeded in creating a story that fits perfectly into the Doctor Who universe. It is very easy to visualize the plot as a true DW episode, it reads as if it were an actual on screen story. What's better, it seems authentic; the Doctor's dialogue, the action, the plot and the supporting characters all seem as if they were written for the screen. The plot is classic DW. The Doctor is captured, the Doctor escapes, he (and his companions) are then recaptured and placed in seemingly dire straits, and just when all seems hopeless, the Doctor tricks his foes and defeats them in spectacular fashion. Truthfully, I do not think the new series of DW is as enjoyable as the original. But, this book is a true classic. It's regrettable that is wasn't made into a proper episode, because it practically begs to be on screen.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    It was good to read a Dalek book where the Daleks are actually scary.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bel

    This was a really fun read. I already was a little familiar with Baxendale's stuff going into it and was happy to see that this held up well to the standards set for me by Doctor Who: Something Inside. The plot was good, and the references to the show - especially the Hartnell era - made me happy. It wasn't like Evil of the Daleks or Fear of the Daleks(those are really truly original, creative Dalek stories) but it wasn't like some of the episodes where I'm just bored to death of the Daleks. Lik This was a really fun read. I already was a little familiar with Baxendale's stuff going into it and was happy to see that this held up well to the standards set for me by Doctor Who: Something Inside. The plot was good, and the references to the show - especially the Hartnell era - made me happy. It wasn't like Evil of the Daleks or Fear of the Daleks(those are really truly original, creative Dalek stories) but it wasn't like some of the episodes where I'm just bored to death of the Daleks. Like, they WERE scary, Baxendale DID write them well, just not in a new way. Also, his writing, while good for inducing tension and fright, relies pretty heavily on gimmicks to characterize people, which cheapened that side of it a little bit. Overall good though! I like seeing 10 here after losing Donna and how that effected him/his decision-making.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Callum Shephard

    Prior to the airing of Asylum of the Daleks lead writer Steven Moffat announced his intention to make the daleks scary again. In his eyes they had become “the most readily defeatable enemies in the universe” and lacked the fear factor of when he was a child. While an admirable goal, they’ve already been made scary in recent stories. Case and point – Prisoner of the Daleks. Catapulted back in time the tenth Doctor finds himself in the middle of the First Earth Empire’s desperate with the daleks. S Prior to the airing of Asylum of the Daleks lead writer Steven Moffat announced his intention to make the daleks scary again. In his eyes they had become “the most readily defeatable enemies in the universe” and lacked the fear factor of when he was a child. While an admirable goal, they’ve already been made scary in recent stories. Case and point – Prisoner of the Daleks. Catapulted back in time the tenth Doctor finds himself in the middle of the First Earth Empire’s desperate with the daleks. Separated from the TARDIS and most of his resources he finds himself working with a group of desperate bounty hunters struggling to survive in the conflict. But when the bounty hunters achieve their ultimate goal of capturing a dalek alive their situation only becomes more dangerous. Only the Doctor seems to understand that a dalek is never truly harmless and it’s not long before the tables are turned upon them… The book’s biggest strength is it manages to show the daleks as frightening on both a galactic and personal scale. Whenever the war is spoken of it is presented as meatgrinder of attrition and brief glimpses show it to be devastating entire worlds. Worse still is the daleks understand how fear can work in their favour and ruthlessly exploit it to win battles before they even begin. We also find out that when prisoners are taken alive it is far from any mercy, even for those with seemingly no worth as captives. Yet in spite of this the book does its best to avoid showing the galactic setting in favour of a much more controlled environment. For many chapters the only dalek present is the captive onboard the bounty hunters’ ship and it’s all the stronger for it. Author Trevor Baxendale goes out of his way to detail how dangerous just one dalek is through how people respond to it. With the Doctor heightening the suspense in his constant attempts to caution the bounty hunters and how the hunters themselves react to it; what they lower themselves to because of their hatred. It’s made very clear that the war has left its scars on them with half the fear factor of the daleks not being what they are capable of in war but what they turn survivors of their atrocities into. “War is hell” stories are something rarely shown so well in Doctor Who and the fact it is done so well with aliens resembling giant pepper pots is a credit to Baxendale’s skills. Better still is how he writes the atmosphere for each scene; giving aspects which add to the increasingly grim tone but never manage to push it to the point where it induces apathy in the reader. The conflict between the heroes is always meaningful rather than used to create pointless angst and never feels like it’s going against established personalities. Plus the bounty hunters don’t quite manage to cross the line into being morally no better than the daleks even after effectively committing a war crime. They’re closer to what you’d expect from a Blake’s 7 story than Doctor Who; driven to desperation but do not have the mistake of being written as the villains and expecting us to still side with them. In other words it dodges a lot of errors committed by Marvel: Civil War. Unfortunately all this is in the first half and there’s a visible decline in quality when the book moves towards away from this an endgame. It really jumps off the deep end when the Doctor all but yells “THIS IS A TRAP!” when tricking a dalek to commit to a plan of his; making the villains which had seemed so effective act like gullible morons. The other problem is the Doctor’ mood. Despite acting perfectly fine early on acts too lighthearted during his darkest hour. The tenth Doctor was even more renowned for making jokes than the fourth, but it would be rare for him to make them in as desperate situation as he ends up in. It never manages to be completely bad but it’s just this sudden drop from it being an outstandingly Doctor Who novel to just an enjoyable one. It honestly would not have surprised me if the one half of the novel had been ghostwritten by someone else. The voice acting for the audio adaptation is what makes it worth buying over the novel. Nicholas Briggs, long time audio director, writer and current voice of the daleks, shows versatility with each character and after a while it’s easy to even ignore that David Tennant is not playing the Doctor. While it has its flaws and a weak final act it’s still worth getting. At its best it’s of a quality par with Midnight and at its worst it’s still better than Evolution of the Daleks. Seek this one out if you’re looking for a decent audiobook.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Whyte

    http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/1389696.html I have been listening to the massive 5-CD audiobook of this Tenth Doctor novel, as read by Nicholas Briggs, and enjoyed it very much. I think I saw another review somewhere pointing out that we have not really had a good Tenth Doctor story with Daleks on TV (bar perhaps Doomsday which they shared with the Cybermen; the New York two-parter was possibly the weakest of all Tenth Doctor stories, and the climax to Season Four certainly the most self-indulgent http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/1389696.html I have been listening to the massive 5-CD audiobook of this Tenth Doctor novel, as read by Nicholas Briggs, and enjoyed it very much. I think I saw another review somewhere pointing out that we have not really had a good Tenth Doctor story with Daleks on TV (bar perhaps Doomsday which they shared with the Cybermen; the New York two-parter was possibly the weakest of all Tenth Doctor stories, and the climax to Season Four certainly the most self-indulgent of all RTD's finales). So I felt that Prisoner of the Daleks filled a void. Once again, we have Ten, post-Journey's End, travelling still on his own, encountering Dalek bounty hunters in a separate time track (one of them comes from Gauda Prime, which made me smile). It's an exotic crew, who first suspect and then cooperate with the Doctor; an early success against the Daleks turns into a debacle with the survivors captured (given the title of the book, this is hardly a spoiler) at the mercy of a particularly memorably nasty individual, nicknamed 'Dalek X'. Baxendale captured the Tenth Doctor and the other characters well, and Briggs uses his talent for different voices to the maximum. Looking back at other work of Baxendale's which I have read, I always felt he was pretty good but not always terribly even in execution; I think it comes together well in Prisoner of the Daleks.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tardis Engineer

    I've given this 5 stars and I think, given that this is a Dr Who library resource, it's quite safe to do this. Up against the likes of Dickens or or JK Jerome, I'm not sure. But that's a debate for elsewhere. Loads to discuss, but in the main this book is highly readable, most enjoyable and takes the reader on a wee bit of a journey with The Doctor. There's quite a bit happens in the book but the author has said (in DWM 406) that he deliberately ramped up the cruelty levels of the Daleks. That mak I've given this 5 stars and I think, given that this is a Dr Who library resource, it's quite safe to do this. Up against the likes of Dickens or or JK Jerome, I'm not sure. But that's a debate for elsewhere. Loads to discuss, but in the main this book is highly readable, most enjoyable and takes the reader on a wee bit of a journey with The Doctor. There's quite a bit happens in the book but the author has said (in DWM 406) that he deliberately ramped up the cruelty levels of the Daleks. That makes it all the more interesting when the crew capture and torture a Dalek and whe find The Doctor sympathising with the Dalek. All in all, a great read and highly, highly recommended.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    If you are a fan of David Tennent as the Doctor this is a book for you! Although Martha and Donna are not in the story there is enough mention of things and sayings involving them that your heart will melt into the fond memories. The new characters introduced will sear themselves into your heart and the ending proves as always there is always winners to any Doctor Who story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anna Kļaviņa

    3,5 A bit dark for a Doctor Who, oh... and the Daleks are scary in this story. 3,5 A bit dark for a Doctor Who, oh... and the Daleks are scary in this story.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lamilla

    This is a travelling audiobook. Find out more at http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/1... This is a travelling audiobook. Find out more at http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/1...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Wayland Smith

    Towards the end of David Tennant's run, the Doctor was traveling by himself, fleeing his foretold destiny. On tv, this resulted in a series of specials with no companion, or a new one each time. It also gave us several books of varying quality. This was one of the better ones. Baxendale clearly gets Dr. Who, and understands one of the Doctor's worst enemies: the Daleks. The TARDIS suffers a technical issue (what else is new?) and jumps to a section of time the Doctor isn't supposed to be in. The Towards the end of David Tennant's run, the Doctor was traveling by himself, fleeing his foretold destiny. On tv, this resulted in a series of specials with no companion, or a new one each time. It also gave us several books of varying quality. This was one of the better ones. Baxendale clearly gets Dr. Who, and understands one of the Doctor's worst enemies: the Daleks. The TARDIS suffers a technical issue (what else is new?) and jumps to a section of time the Doctor isn't supposed to be in. The First Earth Empire is at war with the Daleks, and has hired bounty hunters who they reward with every eye-stalk they bring in. The solo Doctor ends up on the Wayfarer, working with a crew of these hunters as he tries to get back to the TARDIS, which he was separated from. Hunting Daleks is a dangerous profession, and this crew is hardened and at times outright vicious. They decide to go after a larger prize: a live Dalek. Naturally, the Doctor's warnings go unheeded and things go from bad to worse. Daleks are to be avoided or killed, any middle ground is just a bad plan. Baxendale captures the essence of Tennant's Doctor perfectly. He makes the Daleks actually frightening, which a lot of writers, book and tv both, don't manage. It's a dark story, but he works in some humor that fits the situations. Donna and Martha are gone, but not forgotten, as they mentioned in the book. A really good Dr. Who story that could work on the screen. I don't say that about many of the books.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Peter Davies

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Really enjoyed this book. Trevor Baxendale did a fantastic job with his portrayal of David Tennants 10th Doctor. You gotta love a story where the doctor is up against his old enemy the Daleks. In this story the Doctor meets some humans and a female of an unknown species on an abandoned planet after they save him from being trapped in a locked chamber on Hurala. They are then taken to Planet of Ghosts 👻 which personally I would love to visit. But under the surface of the planet the Daleks have cr Really enjoyed this book. Trevor Baxendale did a fantastic job with his portrayal of David Tennants 10th Doctor. You gotta love a story where the doctor is up against his old enemy the Daleks. In this story the Doctor meets some humans and a female of an unknown species on an abandoned planet after they save him from being trapped in a locked chamber on Hurala. They are then taken to Planet of Ghosts 👻 which personally I would love to visit. But under the surface of the planet the Daleks have created a prison for human slaves to find a fissure in the time vortex. Of course which the Doctor there it doesn’t happen. The Inquisitor General Dalek is tricked by the Doctor to take him and his new friends back to Hurala to get his TARDIS.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Susan Ferguson

    Good read. The Tardis lands on a planet in error. Something apparently draws it there and it puts the Doctor in the wrong time and place. He decides to explore around since he's there on Hurala and see what's what. He ends up being captured in a cell and unable to get out. The difficulty is brought to life by the presence of a skeleton. A group of Dalek bounty hunters is in need of fuel and lands on the planet because it was a fueling station and hope to find some fuel remaining. When they land, Good read. The Tardis lands on a planet in error. Something apparently draws it there and it puts the Doctor in the wrong time and place. He decides to explore around since he's there on Hurala and see what's what. He ends up being captured in a cell and unable to get out. The difficulty is brought to life by the presence of a skeleton. A group of Dalek bounty hunters is in need of fuel and lands on the planet because it was a fueling station and hope to find some fuel remaining. When they land, they discover the Doctor tapping Morse SOS and free him. But the Daleks are lying in wait and they are captured.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Helen Hnin

    This book was amazing! Usually, these books feel like they're aimed at teenagers. (It's not a bad thing.) But this book was gritty and dark in a very realistic way that made me connect with the characters a lot more. Before this, I didn't really care for Daleks. They're monotonously evil and that's it. After this though, I think I might hate the Daleks a bit more. This book was amazing! Usually, these books feel like they're aimed at teenagers. (It's not a bad thing.) But this book was gritty and dark in a very realistic way that made me connect with the characters a lot more. Before this, I didn't really care for Daleks. They're monotonously evil and that's it. After this though, I think I might hate the Daleks a bit more.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Adam Duclos

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I read this via the audiobook, and I gave it an extra star because the reader was the guy who voices the Daleks on the TV show, and he does a really great Tennant impression when he does the voice of the tenth doctor, and all the other voices were really well done and completely distinct as well. The story itself though was a tad shaky, mostly because the Doctor just didn't seem to be himself. Of course he was separated from the Tardis, and of course his sonic screwdriver was useless for most of I read this via the audiobook, and I gave it an extra star because the reader was the guy who voices the Daleks on the TV show, and he does a really great Tennant impression when he does the voice of the tenth doctor, and all the other voices were really well done and completely distinct as well. The story itself though was a tad shaky, mostly because the Doctor just didn't seem to be himself. Of course he was separated from the Tardis, and of course his sonic screwdriver was useless for most of the book... that is par for the course for the second string Doctor Who books. However, none of his normal diplomacy and cheerfulness was evident. In fact, he was terribly abrasive and smug the whole time, calling the people he was with stupid, not really helping at all, and even getting beaten up a few times. Then a few side characters die for no real reason, and the Doctor ends up saving the two last survivors at the end with his time machine, but none of the others, and those two hook up. Right. As for the Daleks, they are written oddly as well. First, they are fairly advanced, but don't have time travel yet and aren't near the point where they can challenge the Time Lords in the Time War. Still, at the beginning of the book they are almost completely immune to normal weapons, and at the beginning of the story the good guy humans can only temporarily damage one, despite the fact that they supposedly make their living as Dalek bounty hunters. However, they seem terribly weak against non weapons... The Doctor takes one out with a medical stasis device, Cuttin' Edge (dumb name) takes out maybe 5 or 10 of them with a chain and by knocking them down some stairs, and some old hand held construction equipment easily take out a couple more. Oh, and I guess they have a tender underbelly because of their float devices. Right! Second, the Daleks are terrible at math... they need humans to work their mines, so they motivate them by killing them? Hey, that eventually equals zero humans, silly Daleks, and they'll all be dead in a day if you don't give them so food, water, and sleep. Also, no explanation is given for why, when they're mining the molten core of the planet, they need humans to pick up rocks and carry them across a room. Granted, this sort of thing happens all the time on TV and the Movies, but a book is the perfect place to either do something that makes more sense or to at least offer a rationale for it. I mean, the author went out of his way to show that a few of the Daleks had special attachments on them (a cutter, torture stuff) so there isn't any reason they couldn't have had a bulldozer attachment too. All in all, a decent book, brought up by a great reader and the fact that it's a Doctor Who book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Derek Allen

    Okay I have to admit that I have never really paid attention to Doctor Who, I've never watched more than one disjointed episode on television, and so with The Gallifrey One, convention about to start in LA, I thought I would commemorate it by reading this book. Oh my goodness this was one of the best science fiction novels I have ever listen to. the doctor does not fool around of course he sounds pompous and witty and sometimes like a child or even a fool. this story was full of so much dread and Okay I have to admit that I have never really paid attention to Doctor Who, I've never watched more than one disjointed episode on television, and so with The Gallifrey One, convention about to start in LA, I thought I would commemorate it by reading this book. Oh my goodness this was one of the best science fiction novels I have ever listen to. the doctor does not fool around of course he sounds pompous and witty and sometimes like a child or even a fool. this story was full of so much dread and so much excitement that I could not stop listening to it. Honestly I have always wondered why Doctor Who fans are so afraid of the Daleks. I have never understood the reason for being afraid of a garbage can with a laser gun until I read this book I did not truly understand the Menace of what they represent, they are one of the most frightening creatures I have ever come across in science fiction there wanted to dominate the human race in the timezone in which the doctor meets them is incredible only the British could come up with something so harrowing. I promise this is going to be just the beginning of my new affair with Doctor Who if all of the "Doctor" books are this good, I've got another series to read and I'm already hooked from book one.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn

    Prisoner of the Daleks: The personality of the characters and the plot of the story make this book entertaining. This book features the Tenth Doctor, played in the show as David Tennant. He becomes stranded on a planet at the edge of the universe, eventually saved by Dalek hunters. The Doctor then goes on a mission with the crew that saved him to help defeat the Daleks and avenge their friend’s death. The Doctor and his new friends get captured by Daleks along the way and must escape from the Da Prisoner of the Daleks: The personality of the characters and the plot of the story make this book entertaining. This book features the Tenth Doctor, played in the show as David Tennant. He becomes stranded on a planet at the edge of the universe, eventually saved by Dalek hunters. The Doctor then goes on a mission with the crew that saved him to help defeat the Daleks and avenge their friend’s death. The Doctor and his new friends get captured by Daleks along the way and must escape from the Daleks before they destroy time. My favorite character in this book is the Doctor. I believe the author’s portrayal of the tenth doctor is accurate to the television show. One quote said by the Doctor that I enjoyed was: "You're all going to burn and no matter how much you try to come back, or which of you remain, I'm always going to be there to stop you. So just remember; there's a storm coming!" The author also portrays the Daleks accurately, as controlling and believing they are superior. Even as a Dalek was close to death, he says, “Daleks are the supreme beings!” This is a way to show how the Daleks think of themselves. This is how Trevor Baxendale’s development of plot and portrayal of characters contribute to the story and make it enjoyable to read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Manley

    One of my favourite Doctor Who stories ever. Brilliant from beginning, middle to end. Though never get attached I have found to any character in any Doctor Who books. It's a rule. With PotD the plot is brilliant, even with the Daleks returned yet again. I mean when I think of the Daleks in (yet another) story I sigh and think..what more can they do...and yet it works! It's beautiful, its powerful..there's cliffhangers, characters you love and then there's Daleks..Boo to the Daleks!! I love Tennant One of my favourite Doctor Who stories ever. Brilliant from beginning, middle to end. Though never get attached I have found to any character in any Doctor Who books. It's a rule. With PotD the plot is brilliant, even with the Daleks returned yet again. I mean when I think of the Daleks in (yet another) story I sigh and think..what more can they do...and yet it works! It's beautiful, its powerful..there's cliffhangers, characters you love and then there's Daleks..Boo to the Daleks!! I love Tennant's Doctor is written beautifully with all the sophisticated, suave and charming hero the Tenth Doctor usually comes across as on screen. PotD is usually one of the first Doctor Who books I always recommend to anyone who loves them.. Just read it!!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Leila P

    The book was exciting! Baxendale has written the Tenth Doctor very well, I could hear Tennant's voice when I read the book. Also, I can't stand Dalek voices (they grate my ears like nails on chalkboard), so I tolerated them in written form much better. It was illogilal, though, that the Doctor travels happily around the galaxy without his blue box and nobody has any trouble understanding each other. The TARDIS translation field doesn't reach other stars, surely... It was also sad when the only in The book was exciting! Baxendale has written the Tenth Doctor very well, I could hear Tennant's voice when I read the book. Also, I can't stand Dalek voices (they grate my ears like nails on chalkboard), so I tolerated them in written form much better. It was illogilal, though, that the Doctor travels happily around the galaxy without his blue box and nobody has any trouble understanding each other. The TARDIS translation field doesn't reach other stars, surely... It was also sad when the only interesting female character was killed so soon, I loved her! And why are feline humanoids always female? C'mon, that's so clichéd! If Bowman had been a woman and Koral a male, it would have been much more fresh and interesting.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    The BEST NuWho Novel, Maybe the All Time Winner This story is one that people often say they wish had been filmed. It is an Incredibly compelling read so much so that you won't be able to put it down. The 10th Doctor is on his own but that doesn't mean there are no other characters to play off of. And the Daleks; seriously I have always found them laughable on TV but written here they are truly terrifying. WARNING this may not be the best book for young kids due to the brutality of the Daleks aga The BEST NuWho Novel, Maybe the All Time Winner This story is one that people often say they wish had been filmed. It is an Incredibly compelling read so much so that you won't be able to put it down. The 10th Doctor is on his own but that doesn't mean there are no other characters to play off of. And the Daleks; seriously I have always found them laughable on TV but written here they are truly terrifying. WARNING this may not be the best book for young kids due to the brutality of the Daleks against the Doctor part way through. They torture him just to measure his capacity for pain and it is written so well that you can feel the Doctor crumbling. It is the only DW Novel that I have reread if that tells you anything. Great book, seriously!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Roy Noon

    Enjoyable adventure with the 10th Doctor, though I could see flashes of no 7 in the dialogue and storyline. it has the wonderful line "she had been consumed by rage and fear in the reception area" which, on reflection warrants giving the book another star. Also, some surprises with the "companion" characters when.... #spoilers sweetie Enjoyable adventure with the 10th Doctor, though I could see flashes of no 7 in the dialogue and storyline. it has the wonderful line "she had been consumed by rage and fear in the reception area" which, on reflection warrants giving the book another star. Also, some surprises with the "companion" characters when.... #spoilers sweetie

  30. 4 out of 5

    David Siddle

    Outstanding. Probably the best Nu-Who novel of the series so far. Brilliant characterisation and strong story line. Excellent supporting characters. Highly recommended for any fan of David Tennant's Doctor or Doctor Who fans in general Outstanding. Probably the best Nu-Who novel of the series so far. Brilliant characterisation and strong story line. Excellent supporting characters. Highly recommended for any fan of David Tennant's Doctor or Doctor Who fans in general

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