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Doctor Who: The Monsters Inside

(Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #2)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  2,090 ratings  ·  172 reviews
The TARDIS takes the Doctor and Rose to a destination in deep space - Justicia, a prison camp stretched over seven planets, where Earth colonies deal with their criminals. While Rose finds herself locked up in a teenage borstal, the Doctor is trapped in a scientific labour camp. Each is determined to find the other, and soon both Rose and the Doctor are risking life and li ...more
Hardcover, 253 pages
Published May 19th 2005 by BBC Books (first published 2005)
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☙ nemo ❧
Rose Tyler is the light of my life and if you don’t like her then I don’t trust you and you’re definitely Rassilon
Sometimes, a girl needs a good old-fashioned escapist time. Some people buy romance novels; I buy Doctor Who novels. And you know what? I wouldn't mind re-reading this one, so there.
2.5/5 This is the fourth DW book with Rose and the Ninth Doctor that I've read, and while I quite enjoyed the rest of them, this one didn't quite hook me :S The narration style and quality wasn't my favourite, and even though I think the premise was really promising, I also think the social criticism got derailed quite a lot by the alien menace of the story, which is a shame :S Some spoilers in the points below!

+1 The initial premise of a human-made planetary system serving as a series of concen
Jun 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any Doctor Who fan
My very first Doctor Who book, one of the five I've bought while I was in London. I started on it while I was in the tube on my way back to the hotel and boy it was a good read.

I admit that I started on this book with some doubts. The back cover gave away some hints of the Rose and Doctor being separated throughout most of the book and old enemies showing up as well, which didn't appeal to me. Yes, I still bought it and read it as the first book and... it was amazing. The characters were perfect
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This was a delightful little book. Set as Rose's first trip to an alien planet, the Doctor and Rose are separated for almost all of the story... but that only makes it all the better. Firstly, because they spend the whole thing trying to get back to each other, and their devotion and loyalty and belief in the other is wonderfully done. Also, because Rose really shines in this book, as a very strong-willed, determined woman who basically kicks ass and gets her way back to the Doctor herself.

Daniel Kukwa
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: doctor-who
I truly wanted to enjoy this novel. The opening 30ish pages are exciting and intriguing, the writing style is very smooth, and Mr. Cole has an excellent grasp of the 9th Doctor & Rose. But no matter how hard people try, no one has yet come close to writing a truly excellent Slitheen story. They are the "Doctor Who" monsters that irritate me the most, and they are particularly irritating & annoying in this novel. I can't say I was any more fond of the Rose-in-jail plot line: prison cliches & teen ...more
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of three books that launched the New Series Adventures with The Doctor as the show came back to our screens in 2005.

I first read this story along with the other two upon release 12 years ago, I had since thought it was the weakest of the trio.
Surprisingly I enjoyed it more on a re-read and inevitably compering with the others.
I also feel the monsters in this story have always worked better as an idea in print rather than visually on TV. This story really adds an extra menace to them
Harry Williams
A brilliant, brilliant Doctor Who book. There were a number of things I really liked about this novel and I’ll go through some of them for you. The first thing is the characters. Cole managed to cram in quite a lot of characters and somehow made them quite interesting and likeable. He perfectly characterises the ninth doctor (who is my third favourite doctor) and Rose and even though I’m not a fan of her, she was okay in this book and actually gets a lot to do.

If you know your Doctor Who books
Fangs for the Fantasy
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's time for Rose to finally have an adventure on a planet other than earth and the Doctor is just the Gallifreyan to take her. When the Doctor and Rose land on Justicia (yes, that's really what Cole named it) Rose is entranced by a beautiful flower growing in the desolate landscape. Before they can contemplate the stark beauty for any length of time, they come across humans building replicas of the Great Pyramids in Egypt, complete with overseers who have vicious whips. It's not long before th ...more
Callie *Fights Censorship*
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wish-list, doctor-who
Perfect. If you love the show how could you not enjoy this book! Awesome plot, great characters, the Doctor's character is written prefectly! I don't have one bad thing to say about this book, I thought it was truly excellent! I couldn't put it down!


I loved everything about the prison aspect and the Slitheen are pretty much my favorite aliens!

While some people might not like that Rose and the Doctor are apart for most of the book, I loved it since I'm a huge Rose fan and love to see her
Aug 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: doctor-who
So you know Aliens of London​/World War Three? Weren't the Slitheen great?
What do you mean no? Okay but how about we set it in an alien prison so it allows us to have more violence and sexual threat? Wouldn't that be great?

The one thing in the books favour is that it does capture the early TARDIS crew of the new era reasonably well (although Rose does descend into teenage stereotypes some times). However it does nothing new, interesting or even vaguely pleasant. For completists or Raxicoricofall
Nessa Luna [October Tune]
A while back, a friend of mine told me she had a couple of Doctor Who books she wasn't going to read anymore. When I was at her place, I took a couple of them with me, one of them being The Monsters Inside, but in Dutch ("De Verborgen Monsters"). It featured Rose Tyler and the Ninth Doctor, so I was really enthousiastic about it because Nine was my first Doctor, and Rose is one of my favourite companions.

The Monsters Inside tells the story of how Nine and Rose are being arrested for trespassing
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
I actually quite enjoyed this book more than the first one. The problem with the first book was that they pulled away too much from the story line at the beginning and the characters did not feel like they were believable.

In this book however, the story almost immediately threw you into the plot, as the Doctor and Rose were captured quickly after setting foot upon Justicia. They were separated which I enjoyed because it gave me time to evaluate the strengths of the two of them on their own. This
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For some reason TARDIS had landed on a strange planet. Before the Doctor and Rose's trouble starts, they manage to see lots of people working on pyramids and overseers with whips. Four of those overseers separate Rose and the Doctor taking them to different parts of the system.

Soon, they both find out that they are prisoners in a seven-planet prison camp called Justicia. It is human 'ingenuity' who created this place and the humans in this book are self-righteous, despicable morons. Or so it se
Jan 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Doctor Who fans. Mostly 9th Doctor and Rose fans
Stephen Cole decides to take Rose for her first trip to an 'alien' planet (Remember series 1 of Doctor Who? Did Rose ever go off Earth... Nope). This trip winds Rose and the Doctor up in prison. They are not held in prison together! Rose is put in juvi and the Doctor is held in a science unit where he uses his mind for his time. Both try to find each other from their respective cells while battling the prison from the inside.

The Monster of the Week in this novel is a monster that is introduced i
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]This isn't bad. I think Cole catches the Ninth Doctor/Rose banter very well. The monsters of the title are the Slitheen, from "The Aliens of London" and "World War Three" (the internal chronology suggests that this is set before "Boom Town"); their back-story as a species is filled out rather nicely, with some uncertainty as to whether they are allies or enemies. The last word of the title refers not to complex explorations of Inner Space, bu ...more
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rose gets to visit her first alien planet...and winds up in prison! The TARDIS lands on a planet that turns out to be part of a solar-system-wide penal colony for humanity's undesirables. Rose is dumped in with the regular inmates, only to discover that an old foe might be calling the shots. The Doctor is placed in the alien ward where he's put to work solving scientific puzzles for humanity under the direction of the well-meaning and complacent scientist/jailer Flowers.

This is a story with a b
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rose and the (ninth) Doctor inadvertently visit a prison planet and find themselves quickly incarcerated. In their own very different fashions, they must escape and find each other again, while familiar enemies lurk in the background. I enjoyed this one. It was clear the author was very familiar with the characters as portrayed on television, and it was fun to rejoin them for a new adventure. The Doctor is delightfully cheerful, regardless of the situation, and Rose's snarky comments are fun. If ...more
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, read-2015
Rose's first trip to a different planet couldn't been better!
It was fast paced, exciting and we revisited old enemies. Especially great was the amount of imagination when it comes to world-building and alien design (i would love to see Nesshalop in the TV series). Due to the budgetary restrictions of the first DW seasons, the aliens look mostly humanoid, but in the books the authors can go really crazy!
Brooklyn Tayla
Well that was a rather enjoyable way to pass my Friday night ;) a fabulous adventure with Nine and Rose!

Both characters were for most part written canon, I felt. I pictured the words being said by them. Mostly all of the book played out like a DW episode. So all in all, a pretty fantastic read.
Andrew Myers
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
It’s been fifteen years since I last read this book and so much has changed in the meantime. I was seventeen and living with my parents and now I’m thirty two and living in a home I own with my fiancé and baby daughter.

So much has changed in the world of Doctor Who as well. Since 2005, we’ve seen ten different Doctors on screen and lived through many, many changes in the show itself.

What is so nice then is that my feeling upon reading this all these years later is still the same as the first t
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Currently working through a batch of Doctor who books I have picked up from various charity shops in my locale in 2017....this one I believe was the first in a new line when the current series had its launch and as such it involves the Dr and avoid giving too much away I will say little except it involves captivity and lifeforms that did appear in the first series of the relaunched who.
Other than that I thought this was a decent enough tale fairly action packed and had the blind of mil
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was surprisingly good Doctor Who story. The Raxacoricofallapatorians where interesting. The fight between two families was interesting and they even brought up what happened to the Slitheen at the 10 Downing street.

Rose's character was amazingly done. She was independent and clever. She managed well without the Doctor helping her and when she had to play being really smart, she caught on to Doctor's hints really well. It was her first time on an alien planet also.

The Doctor was written like t
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I mostly enjoyed this 9th Doctor/Rose adventure -- if you like the Slitheen as villains, this is the story for you. I thought the characterizations were great of the Doctor and Rose -- sometimes it can be dicey. However, I thought in some ways the story was a bit confusing. There are a lot of characters, and it was hard to keep track of them (especially the prison characters). Also the science fiction elements are a bit ... hard to keep track of and, maybe even nonsensical, but -- given all that ...more
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Like many of the NSAs, it starts off very promising- the first 150 pages or so, I'd have ranked it as 4 stars.
However, it seems the author was told "this has to be 250 pages", and so the quality of the book decreases as it staggers on.

Overall, it's an interesting story about The Doctor and Rose being trapped and jailed in some far-off alien prison. Bit-by-bit Rose recognises that a lot of the wardens at the prison are having.....digestion issues, and the battle for the control of the prison, an
Noelle Walsh
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: doctor-who
This book is probably one of the most enjoyable books I've read this year (so far)! Fans of Doctor Who will really like this book (if they don't mind the Slitheen) and find it hard to put down. I found that the essence of the 9th Doctor and Rose were really captured in this story and felt like they were brought to life. A fast-paced romp through Rose's first alien world, readers will devour this book pretty quickly and feel like they want more!
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I genuinely thought this book was brilliant. They should make a Doctor Who film out of it. The characters were great. The plot was so clever. I'm amazed there hasn't already been an episode about the Doctor getting trapped in an intergalactic prison. I liked the red herrings and the sciencey bits. It was all fantastic and really in the spirit of Doctor Who. At times the writing wasn't brilliant but it's a kids book so who cares? I'm so impressed.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
As far as Doctor Who books go, it was fairly average. The writing was fine, but not exceptional, the story was okay, but not brilliant. If you are into Doctor Who, you will like it. If not, it's probably not for you. There have been some really good Doctor Who books written recently. I keep looking for another one. There's got to be a better way to find them.
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Good plot but quite slow paced. The relationship/chemistry between The Doctor and Rose was identical to the tv series and very well written which provided continuity. I don't think Rose was written very strongly in the sections when she wasn't with The Doctor; they seem to bounce off each other very well but Rose's character alone fell short.
Dan Coxon
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read this side by side with my 8-year-old son, and we agreed on a 4-star rating. Better than the previous book, The Clockwise Man, at least in our opinion - more twists and turns to the plot and they were less predictable. Strong setting on the prison worlds too, simultaneously familiar and yet strange. Good fun all round.
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See also: Steve Cole.

Stephen Cole (born 1971) is an English author of children's books and science fiction. He was also in charge of BBC Worldwide's merchandising of the BBC Television series Doctor Who between 1997 and 1999: this was a role which found him deciding on which stories should be released on video, commissioning and editing a range of fiction and non-fiction titles, producing audioboo

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