Eleven Doctors, eleven months, eleven stories: a year-long celebration of Doctor Who! The most exciting names in children's fiction each create their own unique adventure about the time-travelling Time Lord. When a girl called Ali pockets a silver orb that falls from the sky, little does she realize it's her ticket to seeing the universe! Desperate to retrieve the mysterious object, the Ninth Doctor agrees to let her join him on a dangerous trip to ancient Babylon. Together they must join forces to stop a giant Starman from destroying Earth before it's too late! Author Charlie Higson puts his own unique spin on the Doctor's amazing adventures through time and space.
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If you want a great short shot of the 9th Doctor (portrayed by the brave Christopher Eccelston) this is a winner! The Doctor, Starmen, and Hammurabi's Babylon-- intrigued yet? Set in the few seconds the Doctor was gone at the end of the episode "Rose" and as Rose told Jackie, "It's a time machine. I could go travelling around suns and planets and all the way out to the edge of the universe, and by the time I get back, yeah, ten seconds would have passed. Just ten seconds." So how about spending 10 seconds or an hour with the 9th Doctor.
I feel this story is one of the better ones in the 50th anniversary series. While the Doctor didn't have his very strong Nine voice yet, it makes sense given when this takes place in Nine's timeline, which was definitely a great idea (trying not to spoil the surprise here!)
The companion that joins the Doctor is very atypical of what the Doctor usually takes with him and causes some problems and surprises in addition to the typical helping a companion does. I liked her.
The enemy was definitely different but wasn't as well developed as it could have been and is why I deducted one star from my review. I never really felt scared or a sense of impending doom in this part of the story which is a shame. A bit more terror would have made this story perfect.
This is fine work by Charlie Higson, in this ninth entry in this 50th Anniversary series of short stories. A very crisp, well paced, fast moving tale that manages to cover just enough ground to be a very interesting story addition to the Doctor that we have had the least amount of time with: The Ninth Doctor as portrayed by Christopher Eccleston. Higson captures Eccleston spot on here, even including a slight bit of the off kilter state the Doctor is usually in soon after a regeneration. This tale takes place between the very final moments of the new series first episode, "Rose" and the final moments of, well, the first new series episode, "Rose". You'll understand when you read it. The Doctor's companion for this story is a welcome difference from the usual, and the way that Higson slowly reveals that this companion, Ali is, well,.........NO SPOILERS! This is the first of this series I have read, and I heartily recommend it. It's a story that you'll want to revisit for more than one...
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