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Doctor Who: The Price of Paradise (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #12)

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Laylora, the Paradise Planet. A world of breath-taking beauty, where peace-loving aboriginals live in harmony with their environment. Or do they? The Doctor and Rose arrive to find that the once-perfect eco-system is showing signs of failing. The paradise planet has become a death trap as terrifying creatures from ancient legends appear and stalk the land Is there a connec

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I read a lot of Doctor Who spin-off books...some are great.....and some are not. For me this one falls in the middle. It was not amazing and it was not horrible but it was just okay.

I love Rose Tyler. She was my favorite companion with the 9th doctor and the 10th doctor. Therefore I give every book with her a chance. This goes to the bottom of Rose Tyler/Doctor book. It's nothing too special but I think fans of the show will still enjoy it....most of it.

This book has received mixed reviews. It
Jun 23, 2015 Lea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-english
Goodness, this was bad. I wouldnt have finished it if I hadnt been sitting in a waiting room with no other book on me. The story is so dry, the characters wooden, Rose and the Doctor hardly interact and when they do it's just so... boring. So really: the dialogue sucks, the world sucks, the species suck (they got different hands than humans? big fucking wow), the writing sucks.
Sarah Crawford
Jan 25, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Doctor and Rose land on a planet that is supposedly a literal paradise.

That is, it's a paradise if your definition of paradise includes odd weather, earthquakes, vicious monsters with four arms, and an insane shaman.

There's also a human boy living among the beings (who look human but only have three fingers and a thumb instead of four fingers and a thumb). Then, to make matters more complicated, a space ship with humans crash-lands on the planet.

So, the Doctor and Rose have to fight the mon
Jane Higginson
Apr 23, 2013 Jane Higginson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I enjoyed this book, though I think I need to listen to it again at home instead of when im driving to and from work and am thinking about work lol, I did enjoy listening to it being read by Shaun Dingwell - Pete Tyler in the series
Роуз и Десятый приземляются на планете под названием Laylora, но они оказываются не единственными гостями этого райского местечка – исследователи во главе с Petra Shulough (которую я всю дорогу звала Петришуле) только-только высадились и намерены как следует изучить планету. Совершенно внезапно активизируются страшилища из легенд, которые, по преданиям, должны защищать райскую планету.

Самое крутое во всей истории – это название планеты. Единственная интрига была разгадана на первых же минутах по
May 31, 2010 Avarill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My, wasn't that tedious. Tedious and clunky, in short monosyllabic sentences that drove me straight up the wall. 'Young Adult' shouldn't equate to barely literate. I listen to these books when I'm at the gym, and I had my eye on the clock the entire time, which sort of defeats the purpose.

When a Doctor Who audio takes over 20 minutes of listening for the Doctor to appear, it has a lot to make up for. There just wasn't enough here to hold interest. The plot seemed to drag on and on, which is a n
Sep 21, 2008 Meagan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: some one who likes, scary,exciting, and breathtaking books.
The Price of Paradise is about the Doctor and Rose land in a place that used to be beautiful, relaxing, and a nice place to be in. but one night creatures from outside took over the island, and threatens the villagers to not ever come out of there home, or else! Suddenly a nice dream turns into a horrible nightmare. The Doctor and Rose are trying to keep the villagers alive and save the island.
The Doctor is a "time lord", (someone who can travel through time to different events with a special m
Zelda of Unapologetic Reviews
I listened to the audiobook.

I actually like this one, which was a relief, since The Art of Destruction, which I listened to before, wasn't all that good. The story is about a planet, Laylora, where things are going horribly wrong. The deeper meaning of the story is that when a foreign element is introduced into an ecological system, things go haywire most of the time. The plot is a bit predictable, but it is a lot of fun. The action scenes are exciting, and there is a real sense of danger for th
Feb 05, 2013 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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One of the things I both like and dislike about these books is the shift in voice and style from author to author. It makes the series more interesting and colourful, and kinda like those Skittles where they're one colour on the outside and a completely different flavour on the in -- you really don't know what you're going to get until you bite into it. The arrangement's good because it changes things up and you get a variety of talents so one or two poor showings don't bode ill for the entire r ...more
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This is the first in the series I have read, since it was the only David Tennant Doctor/Rose one available from my local library. I figured since the books are written by a bunch of different authors, it wouldn't really matter if I haven't read the first 11. Turns out, I was right. I don't feel like I missed out on any plot details from not reading any of the earlier ones in the series.

This book was a decent origin
Jul 18, 2012 Cordelia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Can't you just hear the theme music now? :) We're off on another crazy adventure through time and space with everyone's favorite Timelord! This time to a beautiful, living paradise planet(or is it really a paradise?) with three-fingered(plus thumbs) humaniods. The people on this planet are peaceful, religious nomads who are strangers to the science of space travel(to most sciences, as it happens). The Doctor and lovely compainion Rose Tyler arrive on this planet by following an SOS of a crashed ...more
"Where are we going, then?" Rose asked.
I don't know, actually," the Doctor confessed. "I hooked up your MP3 player to the TARDIS controls and hit Shuffle. We're either going to find ourselves at a totally random destination..."
"Or we end up inside Franz Ferdinand!" The Doctor grinned (13).

The Austrian arch-duke, or the Scottish band? :D
Instead of Serajevo, the two adventurers end up on a paradise planet, along with another group of explorers, but all is not well; the planet is literally all
Megan Lavey-Heaton
Feb 13, 2011 Megan Lavey-Heaton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
This was the first Doctor Who book I've read and it was fairly good. The Doctor and Rose Tyler come across a planet where the perfect eco-system has gone out of whack and is doing its best to expel what it considers foreign matter from the planet. For those of you who have seen the series 4 episodes "Silence in the Library" and "Forest of the Dead" may see some parallels in this book.[return][return]The real strength in this book, like in "The Stone Rose," is that we have Rose away from the Doct ...more
Angela M
Dec 09, 2015 Angela M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read a few Doctor Who books. I refer to them as my guilty pleasure novels. Some of them are great and some of them tend to be not so good, but I love them anyways. This was one of my favorites. I loved the story line. It reminded me of something I read long ago, but can't seem to remember exactly what. Anyways, great story, especially if you love Rose and 10.
Not bad, once you disregarded the fact that it sounded a bit like a pamphlet on the necessity of balanced eco systems, that is. I actually liked Rose here, she was smart and brave and didn't do dumb things. And I liked the ending, it seemed like a new adventure was starting for the original characters.
Apr 29, 2012 Melyssa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Je ne pense pas que ce roman ait jamais été cité comme "le roman DW préféré d'untel". Je ne pense pas non plus qu'il le sera un jour. Mais on passe quand même un excellent moment de lecture. C'est fun, c'est vif, on ne s'ennuie pas, et même si on n'est pas franchement surpris (on a même plutôt tendance, comme toujours, à avoir une petite longueur d'avance) on reste intéressé tout le long. Mine de rien, c'est pas toujours le cas dans ces petits livres.

Celui-ci est rafraîchissant. Ca y va un peu c
This is my last Rose/Ten book. It was on order for the longest time at then they canceled the order, so I ended up getting the book from Amazon UK (where I get my Who books since). It was an average Rose book compared to the others. I liked the idea of a universe where humans are a plague or something so bad the planet is allergic to humans and let's face it as a specie we are kinda to ecosystems all around us. This planet and its inhabitants are interesting and we get two somewhat wel ...more
Siskoid Albert
Speaking of Doctor Who, I needed some light reading for going to work this week, so I grabbed The Price of Paradise, one of the New Series novels, quick reads aimed at the young adults, that have ranged from entertaining light reading to terrible. Colin Brake's entry is the former. The Doctor and Rose end up on a Utopian paradise planet in perfect ecological balance, but of course their presence (and that of other outsiders) threatens to send the whole planet into chaos. Many of these books have ...more
Katie Brock
Oct 29, 2013 Katie Brock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Doctor Who, so the novels are just as fun.

The Price of Paradise is everything you would expect from an episode, it's exciting, there are monsters, and The Doctor more or less saves the day.

As I have read it many times before I didn't get the same feeling of excitement but nonetheless I still enjoyed it.

Colin Brake brings Russell T Davies characters to life perfectly.

I like the fact many of the chapters end on cliffhangers, pushing you to read on. The twist with the Witiku (or however it
Jun 23, 2014 Jeanette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, doctor-who
A great Doctor Who Story. I love that it was a bit longer than the last one I had on CD (this one was 2 CD's). I love any story with Doctor #10 and Rose :)
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Oct 05, 2015 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Very underwhelming adventure somehow.
Oh look, a literal Paradise planet, oh look the planet is literally allergic to humans, oh look coffee turns werewolves back to 'normal'

Rose & Ten seem to be fairly unconcerned the other is missing for 'bout 90% of the time, the ship's crew were walking cardboard and the Professor's arc was just walking along the plot formula ticking off boxes without much actual scene-time to back up those chara shifts

For some reason really wanted to keep commenting "Fa
May 22, 2015 Cala rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book because of its meaning. Its story is thrilling and adventurous and beautifully written.
Matthew Vandrew
Welcome to a very peculiar planet. Everyone who sets a foot on its surface, becomes instantly very clumsy, the aforementioned foot getting caught all the time. Four falls in this manner within first three chapters. I lost count afterwards.

This was a mediocre and half-hearted adventure. Someone dies and nobody really cares, the poor guy is immediately forgotten. We have a female crew member who is there somewhere, but we keep forgetting her because she's not saying or doing much, until it's time
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Title: The Price of Paradise
Series: Doctor Who New Adventures #12
Author: Colin Brake
Overall Rating: 3 stars

I feel like there isn't really a lot you can say about these books as they're never bad but they're not always brilliant. This was another mediocre one that doesn't stand out too much. It's a pretty cover but the fact that the characters aren't themselves all the time kind of bugs me. I mean they're already established characters. Don't try
Callie Rose Tyler
This Rose and Ten story was just average. I felt like they were barely ever together and the author didn't really bring out the best of either character. My biggest complaint is that the environment and the natives were so boring, even Rose confuses the natives for humans. The planet, is apparently a 'perfect' knock off of Earth? The natives are a confused version of the Mayans?

As the book goes on it does get better, with some great lines in the last chapter.

Overall, very average, nothing memo
This book was okay. It was a little hard for me to get through initially because I didn't necessarily know what was going on and there were a lot of different story lines that were intertwining. But once the action started it actually proved to be an interesting story.

The reason why I give this book 3 stars was because it wasn't the "best" thing I've ever read and the plot was a bit wonky here and there and the other characters weren't fully developed enough to actually sympathize with. But it
Apr 06, 2014 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This story was a little less than I hoped it would be, and some sections were more than predictable, but I did like it. A unique version of the consequences of discovering a new world while remaining a story of family and life's true purposes. I wish it had carried through on a few of its promised potential and spent less on its "don't spoil the undiscovered planet" vibe.
May 11, 2011 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A professor and her rag-tag crew are on questing for a paradise planet. Once they land, they discover that all is far from perfect on this mysterious world. The Doctor and Rose arrive and race to find the answer that will restore balance.

A reasonably enjoyable read, though at times I felt like I was reading a Scooby-doo mystery. There are no great twists or super-inventive plotting to be found here, but it was fun to read the dialogue and hear in my head the Doctor (as portrayed by David Tennant
Sep 14, 2014 Miriam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this.
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Colin Brake is an English television writer and script editor best known for his work for the BBC on programs such as Bugs and EastEnders. He has also written spin-offs from the BBC series Doctor Who. He currently lives and works in Leicester.

Brake began working on EastEnders in 1985 as a writer and script editor, being partly responsible for the introduction of the soap's first Asian characters S
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