Apollo 23 (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures, Book 37)


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The book has lots of really neat touches, like the Doctor's child-like glee at getting to ride in an Apollo spacecraft, and something which feels like the author using descriptive flannel turns out to be a vitally important detail.


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It catches the Doctor just right, I particularly like the line about "I've got a different ridiculous plan to defeat you". Amy is also nicely done, as are the rest of the characters. The creepy bits are suitably creepy, and the atmosphere or lack thereof on the moon is well rendered. Definitely worth reading. Everything about this one is pretty engaging; the quantum system that seems like it's going to be the point of the book turns out to be somewhat incidental, it's an Amy without Rory story, and those can be refreshing, the pacing is good, and it's newer Eleventh Doctor, so we're still in super-cocky territory.

The way that information people's thoughts and memories is transmitted in-book is a little far-fetched and weird, but hey - it's Who. Good villain, good supporting cast. It was outrageously far fetched and fun. I was hooked from the first page and raced through it in more or less one sitting. I grabbed some Doctor Who books at random in my local library - this was one of them - and it's happily turned out to be one of my better decisions! Fabulous stuff!! Really enjoyed. Justin Richards is a terrific Doctor Who author!! May 15, Rachel rated it really liked it.

So far I have enjoyed every single book I've read by Justin Richards and this one follows suit. The story is enjoyable and very interesting. There are quite a few moments from this story that I would have loved to have seen on screen, such as the saga of the psychic paper and just some of the banter between the Doctor and Amy. The four-star review comes almost solely from Amy's rant about the military. As a member of a military family, this rant was extremely uneducated and insulting. That aside, So far I have enjoyed every single book I've read by Justin Richards and this one follows suit. That aside, this book was on par with the characters and was a rather unique story.

Oct 26, Ian rated it really liked it Shelves: sci-fi. That being said, it was really my only problem with the book, and it was a very minor annoyance. Apollo 23 is a straightforward, fun sci-fi adventure with the Doctor and Amy. The story starts out strong, with an intriguing mystery and simple but effective imagery. The Doctor and Amy, after a run-in with parking garage authorities and a traumatic vandalism of psychic paper, head for the moon on the strength of the conclusions drawn by the Doctor from a rather conveniently placed and trusting forensic pathologist.

On the moon! The big trope- the quantum displacement system- is interesting, especially as it is treated as a complicated but perfectly viable bit of 20th century technology, despite how glaringly obvious it is to the reader that it is way out in sci-fi dreamland. As the Doctor attempts to repair the systems that caused several deaths and the displacement of the aforementioned astronaut, other dark forces are at work.

The concept of a Clockwork Orange -like mind experiment occurring in space is terrifying in its implications for the cast: who can you trust? This is undermined somewhat, however, by the actual aliens that turn up in the end. A few technical aspects of the plot were both inventive and predictable at the same time. If information is stored in water, how long before someone figures out to drink it?

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I have to say, I was really intrigued by the description of the quantum displacement system allowing people to walk across a scorching desert in Texas and end up on the cold wasteland of the moon; it was a truly imaginative bit of imagery. Amy is likewise simple but effective. The supporting characters are typical of Doctor Who adventures; two-dimensional but well rendered for the limited amount of space they are allotted.

Also, some of the American accents New Yorkers especially were very overdone.

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Shelves: doctor-who , librarybook , books. This is my first book of the year and it's already nearly the end of January! That's not a very promising start at all. My first book was a Doctor Who novel featuring the Doctor in his shiny new Eleventh incarnation. I wasn't sure how I'd enjoy it, primarily because I'm not overly sure how much I like Eleven compared to Ten.

I thought this was a good one to start with because the author has written quite a few Doctor Who novels already and I've quite enjoyed the ones of his that I've read so far This is my first book of the year and it's already nearly the end of January! I thought this was a good one to start with because the author has written quite a few Doctor Who novels already and I've quite enjoyed the ones of his that I've read so far. In this, there's a sudden appearance of an astronaut in the middle of an English shopping centre and a woman with her dog appears on the moon.

The Doctor and Amy go up to the moon to find out what's going on. The random appearances of the astronaut and woman are never really explained and are mentioned solely as a reason to get the Doctor and Amy onto the Moon for the rest of the story. I found the story itself to be a bit disappointing, especially considering the author.

It seemed to be rather formulaic in some respects, but also as though it was a mishmash of several ideas, all rammed together to fill out a book. It seemed to be rather lacking in oomph, which is possibly why it took me nearly a month to read it. The characterisations seemed rather lacking too. The Doctor didn't seem particularly Elevenish - actually, I purposely tried to see if I could picture Ten instead and found that I could, so perhaps Justin Richards is better at writing Ten than Eleven.

Amy also seemed to be rather nondescript and could have been pretty much anybody. I also thought that a lot of the secondary characters were rather flat too. The whole book just seemed to be missing a spark, almost as though the writer had lost interest in what he was writing.

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On the whole it was rather disappointing. Feb 18, Femm rated it liked it Shelves: adventure , science-fiction , Reading Challenge Read a book with a number in the title. May 05, Ally Atherton rated it liked it Shelves: books-inweeks. It is a long time since I have read a Doctor Who book,in fact I spent my childhood years reading the old Target books which were based on actual TV episodes.

I was always a bit of a nerd and all I ever wanted for Birthdays or for Christmas was Dr Who books or a dog. I never got my dog! I loved reading those Target books and I think they were partly responsible for my wanting to write and to become a proper writer one day. This is one of the newer breed of Dr Who books which are not based on episo It is a long time since I have read a Doctor Who book,in fact I spent my childhood years reading the old Target books which were based on actual TV episodes.

This is one of the newer breed of Dr Who books which are not based on episodes of the show but include the main characters and I was given a box set of these a few weeks ago. In Apollo 23 the Doctor stumbles upon a secret millitary base on the dark side of the moon which has a direct link to the Earth via some kind of a transmat beam.

A spaceman appears in central London and a woman in a red dress is found dead on the moon and something strange is happening on the Moon Base. Add a mad scientist, a plot to steal people's minds and plenty of running along corridors and you have yourself an average Dr Who romp.

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Really I don't think this book is aimed at a 41 year old bloke but more at a younger or family audience so I don't think my review accounts for much. For me it's average fair. The story is average, the plot is average, the characters are average and the front cover is average!

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I quite liked the aliens which made an appearance towards the end because they were silly and sometimes silly is good fun and it was nice to rekindle my childhood a little by reading a Doctor who book again. Even if I am old and bloated now and I am not being kicked around like an old can. Readers also enjoyed. Science Fiction. About Justin Richards. Justin Richards. Justin Richards is a British writer. He has also written for television, contributing to Five's soap opera Family Affairs.

He is also the author of a series of crime novels for children about the Invisible Detective, and novels for older children. Other books in the series. Doctor Who: New Series Adventures 1 - 10 of 69 books. Books by Justin Richards. Trivia About Doctor Who: Apoll No trivia or quizzes yet. Welcome back. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Doctor Who Book C Sci Fi Adventure Which of these Doctor Who books are actually good?

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