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Doctor Who: Sting of the Zygons

(Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #13)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,410 ratings  ·  100 reviews
The TARDIS lands the Doctor and Martha in the Lake District in 1909, where a small village has been terrorised by a giant, scaly monster. The search is on for the elusive 'Beast of Westmorland', and explorers, naturalists and hunters from across the country are descending on the fells. King Edward VII himself is on his way to join the search, with a knighthood for whoever ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 19th 2007 by BBC Books
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Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
"While there are stout-hearted men with rested horses and a ridiculous optimism that good will prevail, all is not lost! Allons-y gentlemen-we've got a world to save!"

The Doctor and Martha land in the English countryside in the year 1909. The Doctor is intrigued and alarmed to discover that the local townspeople are being terrorized by a huge scaly monster. Masses of people who seek to hunt the beast are arriving, and rumor has it King Edward VII will be joining them as well. The mystery deepens
Jim C
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating is 3.5 stars.

This is a book that is based on the television series featuring David Tennant as The Tenth Doctor and Martha as his companion. In this one, they travel to the early 1900's and discover a group of Zygons are planning to infiltrate the government of England.

This book brought a smile to my face as this gave me Doctor Who vibes throughout. It isn't serious literature. It is meant to entertain and it does that. I had no problem picturing David Tennant as the Doctor. As for
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Plus points:

Another classic monster comes to grips with a new Doctor!

Edwardian countryside goings-on.

Very good dialogue for the Doctor and Martha, and some of Martha's on-screen guts, compassion and sense of wonder comes through although I always felt Martha got short shrift as far as characterisation went because they thought 'make Rose educated, more posh and less teary. Oh and she's black'. And mostly left it at that.

Hectic tension and action!


It's all a bit too harum-scarum at tim
Brooklyn Tayla
Awe that was awesome! It captured my interest from the word go, and was 100% canon to Martha and Ten. I loved the reference to the Loch Ness Monster too, and the zygons were written perfectly! They were terrifying throughout, and this adventure was action packed. Though I suspected what was to come, it was still a fantastic book and I could see it all in my mind as I read, it was like watching an episode in my mind!
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’d been eagerly awaiting The Tenth Doctor to face the Zygons, it’s a great way to introduce the classic monsters to a new audience.
This is the historical story of the latest batch of books as The Doctor and Martha arrive in the Lake District during the early 1900’s.

It’s a great fun read, one of the standouts in the range.
Apr 20, 2009 rated it liked it
For the past three seasons, it seems that every year we get a rumor the Zygons will make an appearance in the upcoming season.

And why not? We've had the Macra and we've overused the Cybermen and the Daleks? Why not bring back the Zygons?

The alien race returns in this 10th Doctor novel that is, for the most part, an update of the classic story "Terror of the Zygons." The Zygons are trying to figure out how to regain control of the Skarasan and need the Doctor's help to do so. And there are lots o
Sarah Brehm
Oct 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
"'I should have guessed when you didn't know who Clara was,' she [Martha] said. 'You may have got the moves and mannerisms, but the real Doctor would never have forgotten her.'"

I'm just going to leave that there.

Mircea Țara
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's unbelievable how much I enjoyed this story. It helped a lot that I could hear David Tennant's Doctor in my ear all the while. It has quite a few unexpected plot twists and a lot of running - well, it's Doctor Who after all.
Danny Welch
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid fast-paced adventure that isn't exactly original but certainly has some very engaging characters, a nice come back for The Zygons in a historical setting, with some very nice moments and a very good conclusion to the story. 8/10
Shawna (SugoiShawn/SugoiReads)
My review of this book is up on my YouTube channel: ...more
James Noyes
Jul 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This a book I have wanted to read for a while. Once I saw it was going to be published, I kept waiting. I like this doctor and this companion.

I was surprised at how well the book was written to show Martha as Martha. I know these books can be written and then the companion's name is just thrown in. They did a good job catching the real Martha Jones.

They also did a good job with the Zygons. I like how the show is actually bringing in old monsters, but it can only do it so quickly. This was a good
Sep 13, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
The Doctor and Martha are very well done, in their actions and dialogue. The plot moves quickly, with just enough danger. Few too many minor characters to keep straight, though, as they aren't all clearly drawn.

I haven't seen the Zygons on screen, and that did up being a problem for me. Cole does his best to bring them to the page, but it's all a bit complex and somehow I'm left feeling like this would probably be more fun as a six, seven part serial than as a book. Still, I did really enjoy it,
May 31, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, whoniverse
Surprisingly strong plot (even for those like me who never saw a Zygon episode) and even more surprisingly, good characterization. Not only was it specifically and obviously the Tenth Doctor, but it was clearly Martha, as well - given that these were written before they saw Freema in the role, that's no mean feat. Engaging, fun, and just a little scary, as it should be.
Jul 23, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Doctor Who fans with fond memories of the Zygons
Shelves: doctorwho, sf-fantasy
This is a quick, fun read. Nothing earthshattering, but it does a reasonably good job of capturing the characters of the Doctor and Martha, and is good fun for old school fans who have fond memories of the Zygons from the Tom Baker days.

A pleasant enough way to get your Doctor Who fix while waiting for Season 4 to arrive.
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Interesting story that kept me turning the pages.
Nov 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-audio, quest
Still can't decide if I like Martha as much as Rose, but I suppose that's the same for most.
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Honestly, if it hadn’t been part of the monster collection I wouldn’t have read this book, as I don’t like New Who’s way of dealing with Zygons, but I’m really glad that I gave it a go anyway. In the introduction, the author explains that he wrote this book before Martha episodes has aired, and that knowledge helped me understand the small inconsistencies in her character, but in that context he really has nailed her awesomely.
I enjoyed how the story way viewed from various people who did not k
James Kinsley
Not an unreasonable adventure, plenty of running about from place to place, and capture/escape/recapture, before the inevitable face-off and victory. Pretty much what you expect from Who. Underlines how underdeveloped Martha was as a companion, and how irritating Tennant's iteration of the Doctor was. The weaknesses of the book, therefore, echo the weaknesses of the era, so that said, a decent enough effort.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This was so much nostalgia. Martha is one of my favorite companions of the series and I loved her run on Doctor Who so when I saw a series of stories featuring her and the 10th Doctor I snatched them up. This was the first one and I liked it. It wasn't spectacular but it wasn't awful. I am going to read the next one in the series for sure. I miss them.
Helen Hnin
I admit that finishing a 3-star audio book is not the best way to start 2020. But using this book to get over a minor-reading slump is! This Doctor Who book is nice enough so that I could use it as a warm up and simple enough so that I didn't need to use much of my will-power to make it through the end.
Aug 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
Hmmm not finishing this - 1*

I'll find another Doctor Who book because Martha is dull and this book has zero plot. I'd rather watch tumbleweed roll.

I got 34 way through and I honestly couldn't go any further.
Bernard Campbell
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
First book of 2018 and I revisit one of my favourite Doctors. good little story with Martha Jones as the companion. Zygons are back and this time they want to take over the world... like all the other times.
great summer read, easy and fun like the show.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first of these stories to feature Martha rather than Rose. I didn't feel she was quite as well portrayed as her predecessor, and the Doctor was still rather generic in places, though there were moments when I could picture Tennant and hear him delivering the lines.
Still, an enjoyable tale.
Fanni Sütő
Hm, I had to discover that I really don't care about the Zygons as enemies. I was listening to it, but kept losing focus because it didn't really hold my attention. :/
Chenoa Romero
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Captured Tennant perfectly.
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was pretty much awesome. Well worth the read!
Star Merrill
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Doctor this time was more in keeping with his character. It was a wild ride. Great escape.
Anke Kurth
Nicholas Whyte
"[return][return]Like most Who fans of roughly my age, I have fond memories of both the early Fourth Doctor story Terror of the Zygons (I remember discussing it years later with an Australian friend, who shrieked with excited nostalgia, 'Yeah, the Zygons! They were two-cushion monsters!') and also the novelisation, Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster, which may have been one of Terrance Dicks' better products. I must re-watch/re-read respectively and see ...more
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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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