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Equipped with space suits, golf clubs and a flag, the Doctor and Rose are planning to live it up, Apollo mission-style, on the Moon. But the TARDIS has other plans, landing them instead in a village on the south coast of England; a picture-postcard sort of place where nothing much happens. Until now... An archaeological dig has turned up a Roman mosaic, circa AD 70, depict Equipped with space suits, golf clubs and a flag, the Doctor and Rose are planning to live it up, Apollo mission-style, on the Moon. But the TARDIS has other plans, landing them instead in a village on the south coast of England; a picture-postcard sort of place where nothing much happens. Until now... An archaeological dig has turned up a Roman mosaic, circa AD 70, depicting mythical scenes, grapes and a Dalek. A few days later a young woman, rushing for work, is knocked over and killed by a bus, then comes back to life. It's not long before all hell breaks loose, and the Doctor and Rose must use all their courage and cunning against an alien enemy and a not-quite-alien accomplice who are intent on destroying humanity. Featuring the Doctor and Rose as played by David Tennant and Billie Piper in the hit Doctor Who series from BBC Television.


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Equipped with space suits, golf clubs and a flag, the Doctor and Rose are planning to live it up, Apollo mission-style, on the Moon. But the TARDIS has other plans, landing them instead in a village on the south coast of England; a picture-postcard sort of place where nothing much happens. Until now... An archaeological dig has turned up a Roman mosaic, circa AD 70, depict Equipped with space suits, golf clubs and a flag, the Doctor and Rose are planning to live it up, Apollo mission-style, on the Moon. But the TARDIS has other plans, landing them instead in a village on the south coast of England; a picture-postcard sort of place where nothing much happens. Until now... An archaeological dig has turned up a Roman mosaic, circa AD 70, depicting mythical scenes, grapes and a Dalek. A few days later a young woman, rushing for work, is knocked over and killed by a bus, then comes back to life. It's not long before all hell breaks loose, and the Doctor and Rose must use all their courage and cunning against an alien enemy and a not-quite-alien accomplice who are intent on destroying humanity. Featuring the Doctor and Rose as played by David Tennant and Billie Piper in the hit Doctor Who series from BBC Television.

30 review for Doctor Who: I Am a Dalek

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alejandro

    A quick awesome read with Daleks!!! WHO The Doctor: The Tenth Doctor Companion: Rose Tyler WHERE & WHEN England, 2006 WHAT The Tenth Doctor plans to take Rose to the Moon (Earth’s moon) and fooling around a bit, like planting a Women’s Institute flag in some non-explored area to give a shock for future astronauts. Rose is excited since she will become the first woman in the Moon. Both of them are already in full space suits with oxigen tanks, helmets, all the deal... ...However, the TARDIS A quick awesome read with Daleks!!! WHO The Doctor: The Tenth Doctor Companion: Rose Tyler WHERE & WHEN England, 2006 WHAT The Tenth Doctor plans to take Rose to the Moon (Earth’s moon) and fooling around a bit, like planting a Women’s Institute flag in some non-explored area to give a shock for future astronauts. Rose is excited since she will become the first woman in the Moon. Both of them are already in full space suits with oxigen tanks, helmets, all the deal... ...However, the TARDIS has other plans... ...and they land in a cute little seaside town in England. Didn’t catch your name. Just the Doctor. The. Doctor. The Doctor and Rose are awkwardly, standing in the middle of a pub, fully dressed with space suits, wondering what the heck happened. The Doctor goes back to the TARDIS to check out what happened and suddenly... ...the TARDIS dissapeared with the Doctor aboard... ...but leaving Rose behind, in the pub, in full space suit. It’s all that’s left of the most terrifying thing in the universe. The Doctor meets Frank Openshaw, an arqueologist who is working in a nearby digging site, where certain familiar salt shaker-like metallic thing appears to be buried there. Due a Roman Empire’s mosaic, on the site, picturing the inert Dalek, it seems that it has been there since 70 AD. There’s an old saying... dates from about 4000: Never turn your back on a dead Dalek. Meanwhile, Rose, after pulling off the now-useless space suit. She meets Kate Yates, a young woman, under unusual circumstances and one thing is clear... ...they need The Doctor! Those are just humans. Any passing evil being from space can have a go at them. That’s easy. As a trivia fact, this is the first time that the regeneration of the Tenth Doctor has to deal with the Daleks, before than any TV episode or Prose novels, using this particular Doctor. This is an exciting quick reading where The Tenth Doctor and Rose have to face a familiar deadly cunning threat with an unexpected complication, with the future of Earth at risk. A charming reading showing the value of getting to know the relevant elements in the life of others and how priceless is when The Doctor considers you as a friend.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kate Willis

    Hello. I am a nerd. I splurged and bought ebooks during quarantine (due to library lockdown) and this was one of the lucky winners. It was so, so good. From the moment the Doctor and Rose jumped out of the TARDIS, they were fully in character, utterly in love (even if they don’t know it), completely hilarious, and out to save the world. This book had just the feeling of one of my favorite episodes and was written so well that I could read lines in the characters’ voices. The author did an amazing Hello. I am a nerd. I splurged and bought ebooks during quarantine (due to library lockdown) and this was one of the lucky winners. It was so, so good. From the moment the Doctor and Rose jumped out of the TARDIS, they were fully in character, utterly in love (even if they don’t know it), completely hilarious, and out to save the world. This book had just the feeling of one of my favorite episodes and was written so well that I could read lines in the characters’ voices. The author did an amazing job weaving strands of story together, and I gawked a few times at particularly beautiful phrases. ;) (The milk bottle. Seriously, the MILK BOTTLE.) I mentioned in my “pre-review” that I bawled like a baby, and I’m not exaggerating. XD I actually had a bit of a headache afterward, but I also didn’t mind. Some of my favorite episodes (and apparently books) of this show are the ones that remind me that humanity is beautiful, completely unique, and full of potential. And that little epilogue was pretty sweet, and so like the Doctor. ;) Just a note, there was some various language through including a blasphemy, usage of b***hy, h***, and smarta**e. There were also a couple mentions of a well-endowed side character and an off-color phone conversation in the back of a scene. Since the story centers around a Dalek, there are some descriptions of violence, but the main one that could be disturbing was a car accident. Best quotes: The Doctor turned to face her. His features were alive with wonder and excitement. Not for the first time, Rose felt it was as if he was seeing through her eyes, and she wondered if that was one of the reasons he needed somebody to travel with. ‘Yeah, it’s all the TARDIS’s fault. It’s got all these emergency systems. I turned them all off years ago. They kept going off and I couldn’t hear myself think. Must have come back on. Altogether, this was a ton of fun. I just might have to try more by this author. ;)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jim C

    This is a quick read book that is based on the television series. This one has the Tenth Doctor and Rose as the main characters. In this one, the Doctor and Rose arrive on present day Earth to the news that a discovery has been found in an archaeological dig. This discovery is a defunct Dalak but this still worries the Doctor. This was a very quick read and it was enjoyable. The main idea of the book was streamlined as the author quickly established the plot without much of an explanation to some This is a quick read book that is based on the television series. This one has the Tenth Doctor and Rose as the main characters. In this one, the Doctor and Rose arrive on present day Earth to the news that a discovery has been found in an archaeological dig. This discovery is a defunct Dalak but this still worries the Doctor. This was a very quick read and it was enjoyable. The main idea of the book was streamlined as the author quickly established the plot without much of an explanation to some details. One expects this in these quick read books. As for the portrayals of the main characters, I believe Rose was pulled off better than the Tenth Doctor. His portrayal was a little off but not enough to be disconcerting. The highlight of this book was the final act. It was a touching final act and it shows how humans differ from the war loving race of the Daleks. I am enjoying these quick read books from this universe including this one. I don't expect high brow literature from these offerings. I want to be brought back down memory lane with the characters and have a nice adventure in this world. This book provides that.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    The first Doctor Who story in the ‘Quick Reads’ range. It’s a great action packed adventure which is helped by the short page count. A very enjoyable story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Glenn

    I love a good Dalek story, and this one starts out pretty interesting and exciting, but it spirals into a desperation move by the end. The Doctor is pretty good and the story gives Rose a lot to do but the ending becomes somewhat predictable. The book benefits from its length which keeps it from trying to pace or pad itself out to a conclusion. It a good afternoon read if you want a Doctor Who story and want to kill some time.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rob Twinem

    Doctor Who reinvented itself in the early 2000's being centred in the City of Cardiff and using the locality for many of it's location shots. "I am a Dalek" is a young adult short story that sees the Doctor and his trusty assistant Rose once again fighting his nemesis the evil Dalek with that familiar cry "exterminate" The tardis has landed in a village in the south of England where an archaeologist dig has just uncovered, along with some ancient relics, a rusty old Dalek. There is the usual st Doctor Who reinvented itself in the early 2000's being centred in the City of Cardiff and using the locality for many of it's location shots. "I am a Dalek" is a young adult short story that sees the Doctor and his trusty assistant Rose once again fighting his nemesis the evil Dalek with that familiar cry "exterminate" The tardis has landed in a village in the south of England where an archaeologist dig has just uncovered, along with some ancient relics, a rusty old Dalek. There is the usual standoff with our flamboyant hero (in this instant played by the excellent David Tennat) rushing around before emerging victorious and exiting into netherspace presumably to fight his arch enemy at another time and in another dimension. This is classed as a short read and not only is it a great introduction to Doctor Who but a good teaching tool to improve and encourage reading amongst the young in a time and a world dominated by facebook and twitter....that's the real enemy Doctor not the Daleks! 

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emily Ross

    The Doctor and Rose are diverted from their visit to the moon and land in Twyford where a dig has just unearthed a dead Dalek. At the same time, a young woman named Kate is involved in a car accident on her way to the bus. I really liked the idea of the Dalek factor and I imagine it to have similar reasoning to the Dalek puppets shown in the main series. I really liked how it gave the Daleks reasoning and motivation. The plot is pretty solid and moves really quickly. The characters are easy to und The Doctor and Rose are diverted from their visit to the moon and land in Twyford where a dig has just unearthed a dead Dalek. At the same time, a young woman named Kate is involved in a car accident on her way to the bus. I really liked the idea of the Dalek factor and I imagine it to have similar reasoning to the Dalek puppets shown in the main series. I really liked how it gave the Daleks reasoning and motivation. The plot is pretty solid and moves really quickly. The characters are easy to understand and it was a pretty good Quick Read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mathangi

    This is my first Doctor who novel, and I'm glad to report that it was a quick, satisfying and pleasurable read. The Doctor and Rose get ready for a trip to the moon but the TARDIS has other plans. She diverts them to a sleepy, old village in the UK and sure enough, there is threat to humanity lurking there, dormant. In other words, just a typical day at work for the Doctor and his companion. And the threat to humanity I mentioned? It's a dalek. again. I swear they are like cockroaches: impossible t This is my first Doctor who novel, and I'm glad to report that it was a quick, satisfying and pleasurable read. The Doctor and Rose get ready for a trip to the moon but the TARDIS has other plans. She diverts them to a sleepy, old village in the UK and sure enough, there is threat to humanity lurking there, dormant. In other words, just a typical day at work for the Doctor and his companion. And the threat to humanity I mentioned? It's a dalek. again. I swear they are like cockroaches: impossible to exterminate completely (see what I did there?) The plot thickens when Rose witnesses Kate, a perfectly ordinary young woman, die and come back to life instantly but with abilities. What follows is a chain of events that leads to the dalek being awakened and wreaking havoc. In the end, it is upto the Doctor to save the day. Except....he doesn't. Not directly, anyway. With Rose's initiative, he and Rose give Kate the necessary nudge to help the human part of her mind take over, and in the end she sends the dalek packing all by herself. This is why I love the Doctor - he makes heroes out of ordinary people, and never fails to remind us that the everyday, mundane, human things we do and take granted for are important.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Akkisuitok

    On the one hand, this little novella is a pretty accurate try at "a DW episode, just in novella format". On the other hand, it's also an accurate representation of a BAD DW episode. I think Daleks are very hard to write well, because at this point they've been so overused that you have to come up with a pretty original plot, or the other elements of the story have to be really good. Neither is the case here. It's, all in all, just an extremely generic set-up that includes very generic plot trope On the one hand, this little novella is a pretty accurate try at "a DW episode, just in novella format". On the other hand, it's also an accurate representation of a BAD DW episode. I think Daleks are very hard to write well, because at this point they've been so overused that you have to come up with a pretty original plot, or the other elements of the story have to be really good. Neither is the case here. It's, all in all, just an extremely generic set-up that includes very generic plot tropes of a DW episode. The plot makes very little sense and it features two one-off characters who are forgettable. The only thing that stuck out for me were some instances of clunky (and slightly sexist) dialogue writing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anka Räubertochter

    Nice enough read but I enjoyed other Doctor Who quick reads more

  11. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    Source: I own this book. Title: I Am A Dalek Series: Doctor Who Quick Reads #1 Author: Gareth Roberts Overall rating: 4 stars. This is a quick little adventure between the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler, as they prepare to go play golf on the moon, the TARDIS, as always, has other plans and lands in a small coastal village in England where a mysterious object has just been dug up at an archeological site. Not just any object though, a dalek. And when Rose meets Kate, a girl who got hit by a Source: I own this book. Title: I Am A Dalek Series: Doctor Who Quick Reads #1 Author: Gareth Roberts Overall rating: 4 stars. This is a quick little adventure between the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler, as they prepare to go play golf on the moon, the TARDIS, as always, has other plans and lands in a small coastal village in England where a mysterious object has just been dug up at an archeological site. Not just any object though, a dalek. And when Rose meets Kate, a girl who got hit by a car and walks away untouched, is it possible that the two are connected in some way? And can Rose, Kate and the Doctor stop the dalek? I got this book years ago during my Doctor Who phase and I haven't read it in over four years, I remember it being a quick, fun and very real to the story kind of book and that it is. This book has a special place in my heart and I don't really have a lot more to say about it other than it means a lot to me and it's very good for fans of the tenth doctor.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Kelley

    Others have mentioned that this is one of the Quick Reads novels geared at reluctant readers. Those reluctant readers need a solid story to keep them hooked, and I Am A Dalek did not disappoint. The action moves quickly, the story is solid but not complex, and the character motivations are easy to understand. From a Who point of view, I liked the idea of a Dalek Factor. It holds up under what we discover in "Asylum of the Daleks," about the Daleks being about to turn living flesh into Daleks. Th Others have mentioned that this is one of the Quick Reads novels geared at reluctant readers. Those reluctant readers need a solid story to keep them hooked, and I Am A Dalek did not disappoint. The action moves quickly, the story is solid but not complex, and the character motivations are easy to understand. From a Who point of view, I liked the idea of a Dalek Factor. It holds up under what we discover in "Asylum of the Daleks," about the Daleks being about to turn living flesh into Daleks. The story continuity for Rose and the Doctor was there as well. Events in "Parting of the Ways" are referenced, which I did find interesting since she seemed to forget what happened when he took the time vortex out of her. Ah well, we'll say she's remembered--not a big deal. Over all, if you're looking for a quick Doctor Who story that won't let you down as an adult fan, or that would get a younger fan reading, I recommend this book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jon

    Pretty disappointing overall. This pretty much played out like a episode novelization, but a poor one that didn't add any additional detail that wasn't in the episode itself. Maybe this was not originally destined to be a novel, but there was no advantage taken by the unlimited novel special effects budget. Pretty disappointing overall. This pretty much played out like a episode novelization, but a poor one that didn't add any additional detail that wasn't in the episode itself. Maybe this was not originally destined to be a novel, but there was no advantage taken by the unlimited novel special effects budget.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dr.

    Absolutely Brilliant I loved it but I have one complaint........ 1.) It is way to short. I love it, I wish there was more. Young whovians will adore this. The part about the hair colours were kind of confusing, but then again when has the docter ever not be confusing? Enjoy the book!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    This book marks the start of my reading many short books to try and keep up with my reading challenge whilst tackling the beast that is The Complete Fiction of H P Lovecraft. And it was a fairly mediocre start. I Am A Dalek has some of those classic doctor who moments but, unfortunately, some heavily convoluted writing prevents it from reaching it's full potential. It essentially tells the story of a lone dalek and it attempts to do what lone daleks tend to do; escape, exterminate and rebuild th This book marks the start of my reading many short books to try and keep up with my reading challenge whilst tackling the beast that is The Complete Fiction of H P Lovecraft. And it was a fairly mediocre start. I Am A Dalek has some of those classic doctor who moments but, unfortunately, some heavily convoluted writing prevents it from reaching it's full potential. It essentially tells the story of a lone dalek and it attempts to do what lone daleks tend to do; escape, exterminate and rebuild the dalek race. However, whilst this side of the plot is fairly well done and fairly standard (it wouldn't at all seem out of place on screen) the other side of the plot, which features a human embued with dalek energy, leaves a little to be desired. It feels convoluted and convenient and doesn't entirely play by the rules of science fiction in my book. Ultimately, it's too easy. The characterisation for the Doctor and Rose is fantastic for the most part. There are only a few Doctor moments that stand out as seeming out of character which I'm sure will stand out to any fans of the show. I Am A Dalek is a short, fun story that, for the most part, stands up amongst the myriad of other Doctor Who books out there. However, convoluted and predictable writing does bring down the plot somewhat in the book's finale. Ultimately, a fun daleks story that is worth a look for anyone in the mood.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Sigsworth

    This is not a book I would normally read. However having read some Quick Reads previously I wanted to read this for research. Quick Reads are short books which can introduce the reader to a new author or help people who need it to develop their reading skills. I have found they are handy if I am between books and want something to read in my dinner hour. I have found that these were popular with young readers who had a high standard of reading ability but were also fans of the TV series. I have This is not a book I would normally read. However having read some Quick Reads previously I wanted to read this for research. Quick Reads are short books which can introduce the reader to a new author or help people who need it to develop their reading skills. I have found they are handy if I am between books and want something to read in my dinner hour. I have found that these were popular with young readers who had a high standard of reading ability but were also fans of the TV series. I have to say this one written by Gareth Roberts is excellent and I can see it all playing out in my head. Having read this Quick Read I am going to try a longer Doctor Who novel some time.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty

    I borrowed this book from my local library. The Doctor and Rose plan to go to the moon, but the TARDIS has other plans and takes them to England, where they come face to face with an old foe. I enjoyed this Quick Read. I could read the words as though they were spoken by David and Billie themselves. I could also definitely see this being a two part series finale back in 2006. I cannot wait to read more Doctor Who Quick Reads.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Obviously no Shakespeare or Dickens but amazingly capturing Rose and the tenth Doctor (my favourite one) this book lets you travel back in time and revisit this dynamic duo. The five stars thus are mainly for the good description of my beloved Doctor though the story is nice and a good little thingy for relaxation. Loved every bit of it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kimberley

    Pretty much what you'd expect: Definitely a quick read, very short and quite fast paced with not a lot of detail or set up. Entertaining for an hour or so. As a longer book it could have had some lovely character moments but the format/length means a lot of potential is brushed over very superficially. Still some good glimpses though. Nice for a snappy bit of light reading. Pretty much what you'd expect: Definitely a quick read, very short and quite fast paced with not a lot of detail or set up. Entertaining for an hour or so. As a longer book it could have had some lovely character moments but the format/length means a lot of potential is brushed over very superficially. Still some good glimpses though. Nice for a snappy bit of light reading.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stina

    Great quick read if you want a short not in depth story, the tv show is always going to be better compared to a short 100 page book but this lived up to what I exasperated. Rose and the doctor on yet another adventure with the dalek.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shadowsword

    way too short. under an hour. sad ending

  22. 4 out of 5

    Letizia

    Like it, however short

  23. 5 out of 5

    K. Counihan

    Good Fast Read Fun fast story about a baby Dalek found and accidentally activated. Even the little ones can have quite the temper tantrums.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ofir Levy

    It was good, a nice quick read

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

    It's a cute little romp through the world of 10. Quickreads is correct, I knocked this out in about 30 minutes. It's a cute little romp through the world of 10. Quickreads is correct, I knocked this out in about 30 minutes.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ngaio

    2.5 stars

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jayden Goodrem

    This is a good little read I recommend you read it very interestingly done. Roberts definitely has a style of the doctor that is slightly unique, but refreshing.

  28. 5 out of 5

    julia

    Very entertaining action-packed quick read. I really enjoyed the aspects of the Doctor's character that we see in this. Very entertaining action-packed quick read. I really enjoyed the aspects of the Doctor's character that we see in this.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Halley Hopson

    4 stars! This was a really fun, short, action packed Dalek story with Ten and Rose and it was perfectly in character for both of them which I very much appreciate!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amber Smoke

    Booktube-a-thon read 2# Right, this isn't a bad book. It's just not very good considering the characters it has adopted from a television series that was not written as a series of novels or shorter stories before hand. The Doctor and Rose are slightly out of character in this book. Their actions are in character but it's the dialogue that wasn't working for me. Maybe I should treat this book as something separate to the television show but I honestly can't help comparing it. My first point is, Booktube-a-thon read 2# Right, this isn't a bad book. It's just not very good considering the characters it has adopted from a television series that was not written as a series of novels or shorter stories before hand. The Doctor and Rose are slightly out of character in this book. Their actions are in character but it's the dialogue that wasn't working for me. Maybe I should treat this book as something separate to the television show but I honestly can't help comparing it. My first point is, since when has the Docter ever described something as a 'balls-up'. As far as I know, the Doctor doesn't use terms like this and while I may seem petty and as if I'm nit picking, I'm pretty certain that the tenth Doctor has never used terms like that and so it's out of character. I think that the emotion of the dialogue and the life of it that the actors deliver on television is very hard to represent in words in a book and whilst some novels make a good job of it, such as some full length Doctor who novels, this one doesn't. It is only a small book of 104 pages but it's not in anyway a quality book where the writing has been thought through. It's simplistic and doesn't offer much in the way of creating tension and the like. The story was imaginative though so I have to give Gareth Roberts some credit for creating a short story featuring a Dalek that was original. However, I still wouldn't recommend this really. Yes it's a quick read but to a Doctor who fan, it would probably be a bit...unsatisfying. 2 stars :/

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