the deadly sting An original doctor who novel, featuring the tenth doctor and his companion martha jones. Like all in this range it’s an all new story not seen on tv, it’s complete in 248 pages, and it can be read by readers of all ages.this one was published in 2007 and was one of the first batch to feature martha. at the time of the writing the writers wouldn’t have seen too much of the character on the screen, but looking at it now that we have the characterisation is fine and recognisable. and the same goes for the tenth doctor.the story has the doctor and martha land in the lake district in 1909, where the locals are on the hunt for a monster. the monster turns out to be a creature that belongs to a group of zygons. an enemy of the doctor who only appeared once on screen in 1975 they are nonetheless fondly remembered because they were a very successful creation.what are the zygons up to? and can the doctor stop them?as a book this does rise above the average by virtue of having a well realised setting and some decent supporting characters. it also doesn’t shy away from the realities of the prejudice and attitudes that coloured people like martha faced at the time. added to which the zygon agenda is not immediately apparent, and this is intriguing enough to keep you turning pages. since they’re also able to shape shift that does lead to some good surprises with people turning out to be not whom they seem.nothing special but not a bad read and a little above average for this range
Sting of the zygons is brilliant stuff…. Steve Cole is a great story writer. The only thing ive ever read that i dont like thats been penned by him is the Land Of The Dead. Its one weak story next to a collection of brilliant stuff. And Sting of the Zygons is his most exciting and cool and creepy book yet. A real entertaining read that is cool and funny yet dark and creepy inplaces. The zygons i think are very well written in this story. And the skarasens are horrible! Well good story, a whole league better than winner takes all and the stone rose.
Return of the Zygons… This seventh in BBC Books series of 10th Doctor novels finds the Doctor and Martha in 1909, battling the shape-shifting alien Zygons and their cybernetic slave creatures the Skarasen. Long-term Doctor Who fans will delight in the return of the Tom Baker-era Zygons, though despite one twist concerning the use of their shape-shifting powers it’s fair to say that author Stephen Cole really doesn’t bring that many new ideas to the fore, with this being a fairly predictable retread of ‘Terror of the Zygons’. This novel is stuffed with plenty of action scenes that will excite younger readers (who, let’s face it, are the target audience for these new BBC novels) but beyond that there are precious little interesting concepts or themes to engage any older readers. A fast-paced fun alien action adventure – ‘Sting of the Zygons’ is a professional but slightly hollow read. By no means a failiure, but neither is this one of the better of the new series novels.
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