Doctor Who: The Eyeless

Doctor Who: The Eyeless

by Lance Parkin

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ISBN-13: 9781409072898
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publication date: 07/31/2010
Series: DOCTOR WHO , #58
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,120,120
File size: 589 KB

About the Author

Lance Parkin has written numerous novels and non fiction books, including several Doctor Who novels. He was a storyline writer on Emmerdale for several years and authored the science fiction comic book series, Miranda.

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Doctor Who - The Eyeless 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Steffox More than 1 year ago
As a Doctor Who fan, I think it's only fair to look at these books with a critical eye and not just shower heaps of praise on them just because the Doctor is in them. Taking that in mind, Doctor Who is better than this. The story has an okay plot going for it, and the weapon and enemies the Doctor has to face are good and original. I liked the concepts behind the weapon a lot, actually. Unfortunately these are not taken to their full potential. There are some commentaries about choice and freedom that are thrust forward as some sort of moral conundrum that could become central to the story, but the argument is dropped and forgotten whenever it is convenient. The characters are inconsistent in their beliefs and the descriptions of the settings are so broad that we really don't get much of a picture of where we are or how we should feel about it (you can SAY the buildings are "beautiful" and "advanced" all you want but it should really be SHOWN in the descriptions) Characterization of the Doctor himself leaves much to be desired, and we learn nothing new about him in the course of this story. Not even a little bit. It doesn't take long to read it and it's not so awful as to cause your eyes to melt out of your skull, but I wouldn't go for this one unless I'd already read the better novels in this series. It kindof feels like a rough draft that could have been better, or a fanfiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining and well written without a companion as a foil. The functioning of the weapon and why the eyeless needed human eyes was not well explored, but still an enjoyable rread.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot is engrossing, unusual, and steady, and most importantly I thought the Doctor's characterization was spot-on. The supporting cast of characters didn't feel like cookie cutter stereotypes, either. I love that the Doctor is companionless throughout, which allows us to see things from his point of view more often on the one hand and keeps us in suspense on the other (since he's not constantly explaining what he's up to). The "monsters" so to speak are very creepy and mysterious for most of the book. My only complaint would be that the ending seemed a little rushed, but maybe that was because I was reading it so fast!
goth_marionette on LibraryThing 23 days ago
I enjoyed this book. While this is an unusual story as it does not include any companions it was well written and entertaining. The idea of an ultimate weapon was interesting to contemplate. The insight into a group of people who survived when their world was destroyed was intriguing.
Imshi on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Enjoyable read. The story is fairly straightforward - fighting off alien baddies in a post-apocalyptic world - but fun-to-read nonetheless. The Doctor is solidly in-character here - it's not the most brilliant portrayal of him I've seen, perhaps, but there weren't any glaring 'The Doctor would NEVER do that!' moments as happens sometimes in reading these novels.I do feel, though, that the end was wrapped up a little too quickly. I would have liked to see a bit more fleshing out of Alsa's character (one of the humans) as she came to make the decision she did - the end of her story felt a bit too neat, given all that had come before.Overall, a solid book.
pauliharman on LibraryThing 23 days ago
This is the first Doctor Who book I've read since the novels went hardback after the new TV series launched - drawn in by the author; I've been impressed by previous Parkin books and thought I'd give this one a try. Other than the plot being slightly more linear than I'd come to expect from Doctor Who - an artefact perhaps of the Doctor travelling alone, or maybe it's the authors wanting to keep things simple in the new books line - it's a perfectly decent young adult novel.
nmhale on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Dr. Who is my current addiction, and so I did something I usually don't: I bought a book based on a t.v. show. I was at the store, with my eleven-month-old daughter growing increasingly restless, and there were so many choices that I chose one more or less at random. Which is how The Eyeless ended up on my bookshelf at home.If you're a fan of the show, this book will not disappoint: it reads just like an additional episode of Dr. Who. The story is plot driven, with plenty of action and surprising twists, a bit of suspense, but still with a sufficient amount of character development. One major exception from the tv series is that the doctor is sans companion for this journey, which I rather missed, because his interactions with his fellow traveler is a huge draw for me. The author does supply temporary replacements along the way, but they weren't the same as Rose or Martha. The pithy interaction was replaced by more introspection on the doctor's part, and I think we see the darker side of the doctor much more clearly in this book. The typical sci-fi mystery was present, and appropriately complex, but it didn't interest me quite as much as the better Dr. Who episodes.As the above indicates, my reactions to this book were mixed. As a fan of the show, it was very true to form, and felt much like just another adventure of the doctor. As a reader, the book was average. The writing certainly was not bad, but it was simply competent, with no special literary technique, theme, or stylistic flourish. Well, wasn't that the purpose of the author? To duplicate a Dr. Who episode. Reading this book was like watching an episode in print, but really, it just made me want to go back and watch more of the television show. On the other hand, I'm sure that I'll read more in the series, because I'd like to flesh out the fictional universe beyond what the television has to offer.
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They don't have eyes