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Doctor Who: Sick Building (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #17)

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,013 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
Tiermann's World: a planet covered in wintry woods and roamed by sabre-toothed tigers and other savage beasts. The Doctor is here to warn Professor Tiermann, his wife and their son that a terrible danger is on its way. The Tiermanns live in luxury, in a fantastic, futuristic, fully-automated Dreamhome, under an impenetrable force shield. But that won't protect them from th ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 6th 2007 by BBC Books (first published September 1st 2007)
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Dec 20, 2015 Connie rated it liked it
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Title: Sick Building
Series: Doctor Who New Adventures #17
Author: Paul Magrs
Overall Rating: 3 stars


You start off brilliantly. You love the book, the plot, the pace.

And gradually...

Before you know it...

It eventually flatlines.

This book did that to me and I'm so upset about it to be honest. It started with such promise.
Maya Panika
Oct 11, 2014 Maya Panika rated it did not like it
Ten’s voice and manic, gurning energy is absolutely spot on in this book. I thought I’d get that observation out of the way first because I hate to be negative but it’s the only good thing I have to say about Sick Building.

Paul Magrs has long been my favourite writer of Eight-Doctor novels and his name on the cover was what encouraged me to branch out and try a new-Who novel. This is the first time I’ve read a book based on the new series so I’m not sure whether it’s a lapse in Paul Magrs hither
Sep 05, 2014 Hannah rated it it was ok
Martha and Ten were nicely written, and the dynamic between the Tiermann family was interesting, but mostly this book felt like a lot of wasted potential. The idea for the Voracious Craw is fascinating, for instance, but I don't think the story fully capitalizes on it. The Craw remains a vague background threat throughout, while we get distracted by talking drinks dispensers and the like. I mean, there is a lot of quite cringeworthy stuff here. The house tries to kill them, but its consciousness ...more
Shalene Fugett
Matha bugs me but this book was given to me so I had to read it plus I love Tennant. I feel the story should have ended ealier then it did, but you know the doctor..he can never give up!
Oct 05, 2015 Anna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who
This is a badly written Futurama episode. With lots of childish plot-points that go nowhere (or are underdeveloped) & a house AI as voiced by Katey Sagal in my headcanon (that's a real thing, Disney movie from 90s where she voices a Smart House gone mental)
Also for some reason while House-AI is obviously female, he decided to name her with a masculine Slavic folklore house-spirit? ...because reasons?

Might as well keep this review as Futurama comparison, it's just easier.
The first few minutes
Sarah Crawford
Jan 25, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it it was ok

Sick Building

This is another Doctor Who book with Martha as the companion. This time they land on a planet that is being attacked by a creature called the Voracious Craw which eats everything. The Doctor and Martha are there to make sure the only family living on the planet is able to escape in time.

Turns out the family is headed by a mad scientist type who has constructed robots out of everything (lamps, cabinets, vending machines, tanning beds, etc.). The family is waited on constantly by thes
Sian Taylor
Goes on a bit, by the end I was thinking 'just hurry up and escape or go and rescue the machines'. Original concept of everyday machines (vending machine called Barbara who gets a crush on the doctor?!), but still far fetched.......then again this is Doctor Who.
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Feb 15, 2014 Jayaprakash Satyamurthy rated it really liked it
This was a great read,if just a little 'written down' to a younger audience at times. Lots of great moments, a terrifying villain and madcap bits like the Doctor singing Bohemian rhapsody with his two robot buddies and scaring off a bear! This would have made an above-average episode and shows once again what a good thing non-television tie-ins to Doctor Who are, letting us explore more worlds, more stories and more of the characters than we are sometimes allowed to on screen. Martha Jones was a ...more
Jun 23, 2016 Beth rated it liked it
Ranked #17 (out of 18) of my holiday reads

Martha drags this book down - 3*

There are many reasons why this book is not deemed interesting and exciting but one of the main reasons for me is Martha. I didn't like her relationship onscreen with the 10th Doctor so I don't know what I expect when I read the books. She is so dependent on him during this time (mid-season three of New Who) and pines for him like a dog. (I'm sorry Martha but it's true.) Her point of view relies too heavily on the 10th
Mar 21, 2009 Bruce rated it liked it
The Voracious Craw an omnivorous mountain-sized predator is about to gobble up everything on Tiermann's World: saber-toothed tigers, plant life, the landscape itself and even Tiermann himself, his family and his deluxe Dreamhome. The Tiermanns own their own planet and live in such luxury because Professor Ernest Tiermann invented most of the automated furnishings in Dreamhome and the Domovoi, the artificial intelligence that guides them. Professor Tiermann still rules the roost, dominating his w ...more
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Aug 23, 2012 Zelda of Unapologetic Reviews rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children, adults who like to have fun
Shelves: doctor-who, audiobook
I listened to this book as an audiobook.

The story is about the Doctor trying to help people on a planet about to be eaten by a sort of space monster. It reminded me of how the Doctor and the monsters are never too far from each other. He genuinely wants to help, but of course, he ends up in a pickle. There are robots, talking wending machines and sunbeds. It's a rather fun story, but there are two things that bothered me about it. One was that in the beginning, when he arrives, the people are al
Jun 29, 2012 Lee rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
“I picked up the last Doctor Who Magazine and it said ‘Paul Magrs's Tenth Doctor novel is gonna be called The Wicked Bungalow’. And I sent an email saying, ‘No it isn't!’. And I love Paul Magrs, he's a great novelist – I know how clever and ironic Paul Magrs is. But if you're a Times journalist who wants to have a pop at BBC merchandise — which is an article that's dying to be written any day now, we're very lucky we haven't had one of those yet — and you went into Waterstones and you walked pas
Есть такие авторы, которые привносят в сложившуюся франшизу что-то свое, расширяя границы исследованного и показывая, что тот же Доктор – это не просто набор клише, перескакивающий из одной истории в другую. Пол Магрс приятно удивил, оказавшись именно таким автором :)

Отдаленная планетка, которой владеет один человек. Доктор и Марта приземляются в лесу, где дуют ветра и разгуливают дикие животные. Саблезубая тигрица спешит к своим деткам. Гигантский монстр буквально засасывает целые планеты. Домо
Sep 15, 2012 Melyssa rated it it was ok
Shelves: vo, doctorwho
Ma foi, ça aura été long. Comme quoi même d'à peine 240 pages, on peut ne pas en voir la fin.

Pourtant, j'aime le travail de Paul Magrs. Mais j'ai passé tout le livre à chercher un petit bout d'originalité quelque part, et quand rien ne vient, le temps est long.

C'est que le thème de l'Intelligence Artificielle a déjà été vu et revu, de toute les façons dont on peut prendre le problème. Bien sûr qu'on soulève des interrogations pertinentes dans le bouquin.... mais on les avait déjà soulevé 58 foi
Jan 22, 2012 Chad rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
This is the first of the Doctor Who novels I have read. About 6 months ago I started watching the new Doctor Who series on Netflix and loved it. Since then I can't get enough and have been watching the original Doctor Who as well. I was in a used book store and saw this book and figured I would give it a try. The story takes the Doctor to a barren wintery planet where a scientist has moved his family to escape the galaxy. The scientist has built a house that is fully automated to give all of the ...more
Jan 19, 2008 Wendy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Whovians who don't mind their Who a bit silly.
Shelves: doctorwho
Probably my favorite so far of the New Series novels. Paul Magrs brings his usual talent for the weird to this, giving us a talking vending machine named Barbara with a crush on the Doctor, and some killer flying vacuum cleaners known as Sukkazz. (Oddly enough, I don't think anyone ever gets the line, "So long, Sukkazz!") There's also a sequence in which the Doctor, Barbara, and a talking robotic tanning bed attempt to pacify a large angry bear-like creature by singing it Queen's "Bohemian Rhaps ...more
Oct 22, 2014 Holli rated it it was ok
Shelves: doctor-who
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Michelle Potter
Apr 23, 2012 Michelle Potter rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
While this book checks off most of my "must-haves" for a Doctor Who story (the Doctor and Martha are recognizable, the monster is believable, the ending isn't too contrived), I did have a hard time with the beginning. I can't imagine why the Doctor chose to stay on Tiermann's World after finding out that the humans already knew of the approaching danger, and already had plans to get out of there. I also couldn't understand why the Doctor wanted to pick a fight with Ernest Tiermann. It seemed tho ...more
The Doctor and Martha decide to warn some humans that their planet is about to be eaten. The humans live in a fully automated house where their every need is anticipated by computer. This has some fun moments in it, and the general idea is good. It is a bit predictable but I like the fact that you end up caring about a vending machine. A good read.
Jan 11, 2016 Kati rated it it was ok
The Doctor's manic behavior was caught very well in this book, that's true, but Martha had no role at all, if she hadn't been there, nothing would have changed and the plot itself... It was boring and at the same time, way, way over the top. I don't know how the author achieved that.
Mar 08, 2016 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Review written: 21st December, 2015

Sick Building by Paul Magrs

Why I read it: It’s still Doctor Who.

Rating: 2/5

What I thought: Just too darn silly for my liking, I’m afraid. I definitely liked some of the ideas, but maybe they were all too jumbled together and not done well enough for my liking. When we got to everyone singing Queen as they try to defeat the latest menace I think I might have just checked out there and then. The living appliances also weirded me out a tad. Maybe I just found the
Nicholas Whyte
Apr 24, 2010 Nicholas Whyte rated it did not like it

This is a Tenth Doctor and Martha novel, set on a wilderness world where a crazed scientist and his family are holding out against a monstrous creature which is devouring the planet's entire surface, helped by a domestic computer (which is also derganged). I thought it was a pretty poor effort. I hate cute robots, and this book has too many of them; Magrs is self-conscious in his writing down to the presumed young reader's level, and the prose style is p
Nov 23, 2009 X5-494 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
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Stephanie Cowart
May 02, 2015 Stephanie Cowart rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! I am a huge Doctor Who fan and Tennant is my favorite doctor. This was just like reading an episode of Doctor Who. Just fun and silly and enjoyable. My favorite was the Doctor distracting a ravenous beast by singing "Bohemian Rhapsody".
Kathy Dolan
Mar 15, 2015 Kathy Dolan rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
Got a bit of horror in it, giving a darker feel than some, but the robots give it a humour, making it still suitable for a young reader. A good story.
Mar 06, 2013 Barbara rated it liked it
The Doctor and Martha alight on Tiermann's World, which is a planet covered in wintry woods with sabretooth tigers and beasts roaming freely. Professor Ernst Tiermann, however, lives in an AI controlled Dreamhome with force fields and Servo-furnishings (robots that do his bidding). The Doctor attempts to warn him about a large space monster coming his way, the Voracious Craw, which devours everything in its path.

There are a lot of twists and turns in this story, notably involving Tiermann's fami
Mar 05, 2014 Ryan rated it really liked it
Most people say this one is bad compared to others in the series...I thought it was great!
May 22, 2015 Ashley rated it liked it
I was entertained, but the book was a little too light and silly to be very good
Dec 02, 2007 Shelley rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, whoniverse
This was pretty good. Maybe 3.5 stars. It took a few months because I carried it in my purse and only read bits at a time. Still, it was a very interesting plot, but wow, lots and lots of horrible deaths and a fair amount of violence. Oddly, the Doctor and Martha feel more like secondary characters to the ones they come to try and save in the sick house. The robots carried the show for me, and were the most deeply characterized.

Saw the ending coming a mile away and still rolled my eyes. Boys. I
Dec 30, 2012 Arron rated it really liked it
This is a great book full of adventure and surprise. I have always liked doctor who and this is the doctor at his finest, quite liked the idea of automated furniture and a green flamed computer is pretty awsome.The problem was it lacked emotion it didn't make me sympathy or happiness but it was engageing and kept me reading on I also loved that an alien race could literally eat a planet. The book had a lot of charecter but was a bit predicable and not scary enough.Overall though it was a great s ...more
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