Book Review- I Am A Dalek

Wednesday, 18 July 2012
Title: I Am A Dalek
Author: Gareth Roberts
Publication Date: August 2nd 2006
Publisher: BBC Books
Pages: 105
Series: Doctor Who: Quick Reads #1
Genre: Doctor Who, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Rating: 4/5
Equipped with space suits, golf clubs and a flag, the Doctor and Rose are planning to live it up, Apollo mission-style, on the Moon. But the TARDIS has other plans, landing them instead in a village on the south coast of England; a picture-postcard sort of place where nothing much happens. Until now... An archaeological dig has turned up a Roman mosaic, circa 70 A.D., depicting mythical scenes, grapes - and a Dalek. A few days later a young woman, rushing for work, is knocked over and killed by a bus, then comes back to life. It's not long before all hell breaks loose, and the Doctor and Rose must use all their courage and cunning against an alien enemy - and a not-quite-alien accomplice - who are intent on destroying humanity.- Goodreads

My Thoughts:

As a massive Doctor Who fan, as soon as I saw this in the charity shop, I had to have it. It was only 20p so it was a good deal. As a short story it was good and I like the author's attention to detail about the way the 10th Doctor and Rose spoke and acted around each other.

Plot: 3/5

As the title suggests, in this story, the Doctor and Rose come face to face with a Dalek on Earth. I liked the plot as it sounded just like a miniature episode of the TV show, with the right amount of running and smart ass jokes by the Doctor. As it was only a short 100 page story I finished it in one sitting but the plot still kept me hooked as it was fast paced and exciting.

Characters: 4/5

The 10th Doctor and Rose were probably my favourite pairing of Doctor and companion so far and I enjoyed them just as much on paper as on the screen. Roberts has their relationship just right, with the joking but also the fondness they have for each other.

Overall: 4/5

I really enjoyed this short story and I can't wait to try and find some more of them to buy as I really enjoyed it. I would recommend this to fans of the TV show as it would probably appeal more you than someone who hasn't seen the show.


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