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Doctor Who: The Art of Destruction

(Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #11)

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  1,286 ratings  ·  97 reviews
The TARDIS lands in 22nd century Africa in the shadow of a dormant volcano. Agri-teams are growing new foodstuffs in the baking soil to help feed the world's starving millions, but the Doctor and Rose have detected an alien signal somewhere close by. When a nightmare force starts surging along the dark volcanic tunnels, the Doctor realises an ancient trap has been sprung. ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 21st 2006 by BBC Books
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Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it
The TARDIS arrives in the 22nd century Africa near a dormant volcano, as scientists are trying to grow new food sources.
With an alien signal detected near by, The Doctor soon realises that an ancient trap may have been triggered.

Probably the weakest of the Tenth Doctor and Rose novels in the New Series Adventures, though it’s still a solid story that fits seamlessly into the second half of Series Two.
This Doctor Who adventure was just ok for me. I listened to the audiobook... The story seemed a bit off....none of the Tenth Doctor's usual wit and charm,and Rose Tyler didn't seem her usual self either. The story was interesting enough, but it just missed the mark a bit for me.
Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
The more terrifying the situation, the less scared you felt."

When the Doctor and Rose land the Tardis in future Africa, they find the Earth torn apart by starvation, unrest, and violence. When they come across an agricultural community experimenting with growing food in the soil of a volcano and people start to die...the Doctor suspects alien involvement.

Back with Rose and the 10th Doctor, my babies. <3 Love these two together. This was a pretty enjoyable story, lots of action and the creepiness
☙ nemo ❧
”If you have a problem, if no one else can help, call for FUNGUS MAN!”

“You are not Fungus Man.” The voice came out of the darkness, ancient and dry, like the crackle of leaves in a bonfire.

“Um, no,” he admitted, “I’m the Doctor.”


i literally have no idea why i found “FUNGUS MAN!” to be absolutely hysterical but i did
Kimberley doruyter
Oct 11, 2013 rated it liked it
one word review: intresting
make of that what you will.
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the better Doctor Who books, a rollicking adventure that's better than any of the episodes from the last four years. A quick enjoyable read, highly recommended.
Callie *Fights Censorship*
Mar 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: doctor-who
Stephen Cole has written some of my least favorite Doctor Who books- Doctor Who: The Feast of the Drowned, Doctor Who: The Ring of Steel. However he has also written one of my most favorite DW adventures - Doctor Who: The Monsters Inside. So it seems to me that his stories are either hit or miss, unfortunately for me, I found this one to be a miss.

There was an abundance of throwaway characters that not only cluttered the story and slowed the pace but took away from the characters the reader real
Megan Lavey-Heaton
Feb 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
This was the second Doctor Who tie-in that I read and after the beginning I seriously considered returning it - except for the fact that I was flying cross country when I read the book. It was a good enough Doctor/Rose romp, but really not all that riveting. Stephen Cole almost has the characterization of both the Doctor and Rose Tyler down, but not quite. He spends a good first part of the book establishing their looks and clothing right down to Rose's impractical mini-skirt, causing me to wond ...more
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Proper but by no means outstanding Doctor Who story. You get all what you expects - it really feels like Doctor and Rose are those same characters from television, some interesting sci-fi thoughts about society, mankind and morality, some thought story full of characters that perfectly fits their role in storytelling althrough their not very special.
So yes, it's mediocore Doctor Who, but mediocore Doctor Who is somewhere above average so that's reason for four stars. Good relaxing reading althr
James Tomasino
Mar 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
This is the first Doctor Who book I couldn't even finish. It was pretty awful. I couldn't tell who was who at all. None of the characters were distinct, even the Doctor. It didn't sound like the 10th Doctor in the least, and many times I found myself reading his dialogue thinking he was one of the African scientists only to learn my mistake after he finished speaking. Totally confusing, not engaging.
This was a fun book, but it wasn't the best Doctor Who novel I've read. At times the characters of the Doctor and Rose felt forced, like they weren't themselves, and that made the story a little less enjoyable than it could have been. I'm glad that I read it though, as I can never get enough of Doctor Who :)
May 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Some Tennant-y moments, but still overall a fairly generic doctor. This one didn't really do it for me, and I'm not sure why.
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
It wasn't until halfway through that I really got into the swing of the story (though that may be more down to crap in life than the book itself). The human characters were not particularly engaging, though I did like the various aliens - not only were they more imaginative than a TV show CGI budget normally allows for, but the author had made an effort to come up with amusing but inventive technology and cultures suitable to decidedly non-human lifeforms.
The brief asides about human politics a
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dr-who
The Doctor and Rose end up in a future Africa, where a scientist is attempting to grow mushrooms under an active volcano in an effort to feed a starving world. Only, something else was hiding under their first.

I do like these little novels ... just like watching one of the episodes on TV. However, I can't say that this one was the best. A bit confusing at times - I think the author had loads of 'messages' and wanted to cram them into the one story. The Doctor also seemed curiously absent. I mean
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
It just didn't really catch me. Stephen Cole did not write it badly in any way. The Doctor was in character, so was Rose, although she was rather a minor character most of the time, and the setting was intriguing. But the plot was too much like 'close to the end, but there are still 150 pages left, oh hold on, there is the next plot twist'. There were just too many of them, so that you never could really get into the story, because once you finally were in the situation, it changed yet again. To ...more
Talia Franks
May 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: doctor-who
I did not care for this book. Everything about the setting (22nd century Africa) made me uncomfortable. The essentialization of gender was really weird (two characters have no names and are referred to as "Male" and "Female" in lieu of anything else, it's super awkward). The Doctor and Rose felt flat and it's not even that they were out of character they just didn't really feel like they had personalities at all. People were dying all over the place in ways that felt super unnecessary. So, yeah. ...more
Whitney Billingsley
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
It was alright. I could see it being a fun episode but the verbiage read more like a young teen chapter book. I, at least, expected more young adult. But I got through it. Now back to more entertaining reading material!
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it
This was pretty good.. confusing! A bit odd. A bit lacking in personality. It wasn't my favorite Doctor Who book, and maybe that's why it took me over a month to finish it. Oh well. A decent read. Just not the greatest.
Regina Cattus
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Definitely captured the essence of the 10th Doctor and, having recently rewatched Series 2, I appreciated the callbacks to it. First book I've read set in 22nd century Africa, and interesting starting concept of messing with nature to save lives, paralleled between the humans and the aliens.
Ashley Brilinski
{With respect to the author}
I just didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would and The Doctor and Rose didn't seem quite like the characters from the show.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very solid Doctor Who story
Sep 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
Scott Barwell
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great adventure for 10 and Rose. Stephen Cole wrote some great characters and wrote the Doctor and Rose well also. The plot is captivating but a bit too violent for a doctor who story I feel. The story is also quite repetitive I find. But overall a DW story that I found interesting and would revisit
Zelda of Unapologetic Reviews
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody really
Shelves: doctor-who, audiobook
I listened to the audiobook version.

This is so far the worst Doctor Who book I read / listened to. I keep forgetting about it too, so apparently my brain is trying to erase the memory. In the beginning, the way animals and all sorts of things were turning into gold and then moving was interesting, but when they were crawling around the caves it got quickly boring, and it couldn't recapture my interest. I wondered if it was just because I listened to it and not read it, but looking through the re
Jim C
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book is based on the television series. The main characters are the tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler. In this one they travel to Africa in the near future. Here they meet a group of people who are running experiments in a dormant volcano. During these experiments they wake something from a deep slumber and the people who are running the experiments are attacked by gold globules.

If I read the outline to this novel I would have said that sounds interesting and I look forward to reading about it. B
Aug 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: very, very hardcore Doctor Who fans.
Recommended to Laura by: No-one.
Shelves: tv-spin-off
In the not too distant future the world is desperately running out of basic resources such as food and water. However advances in technology allows previously barren land in Africa to be cultivated to grow more food. In one of these places a strange alien signal is been given off and of course the Doctor just has to go investigate.

This novel had a great idea. A amazing idea actually. It also touched upon issues that are becoming more and more relevant to society today i.e. overpopulation.

The b
Dylan Williams
Nov 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who like Doctor Who
First things first; if you do not enjoy watching doctor who, you will probably not enjoy reading doctor who. The story line is very complex and there many characters and sub plots to follow (at one point the story cuts back and forth between four different scenes, which have eight different characters and involving about five different story lines). However just like the TV show when its good, its really good; and this one was really good. The Vanzxi, a highly creative species, and the Wurm have ...more
Jan 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: kids/doctor who fans
Recommended to Joni by: a friend
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
Didn't think much of most of this book, it all seemed a bit surreal (well, more surreal than Doctor Who is anyway!!) and a bit disjointed, but it had some good characters. I couldn't believe that Rose would be so stupid, when the two Africans were talking, as to actually think to herself she wouldn't be able to understand them, and then being kind of surprised that she could. But in all fairness, the plot was pretty good in places, and thumbs up to Cole in creating that alien thing (sorry, read ...more
Mar 10, 2012 rated it liked it
These little Dr Who hardback books are usually pretty undemanding and can be whizzed through in a couple of hours, satisfying a general lack of all things Doctor Who in the starvation year of no-proper-season-and-just-four-specials. Why, then, did this one take me weeks? Stephen Cole is usually a reliable writer, but this book just didn’t; spark for me at all. Set in 22nd century Africa it involves some priceless alien artworks buried in a dormant (or not) volcano, another set of alien treasure ...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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