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

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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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Maya Panika
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
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Hannah
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
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
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
Bruce
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Lee
Jun 29, 2012 Lee rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
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Melyssa
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
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Chad
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
Wendy
Jan 19, 2008 Wendy rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Holli
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Michelle Potter
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
Angela
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.
Nicholas Whyte
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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
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Barbara
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
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Ryan
Most people say this one is bad compared to others in the series...I thought it was great!
Shelley
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
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Arron
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
Miriam
Home is where the heart is.
Amber Baker
Entertaining and fun to read.
Andrew Beet
loved this book the author got the characters of the doctor and martha spot on the story was very fast paced loved the scene when tiermann says thank you to the doctor even though he doesn't want to and ernest tiermann as i saw him in the book looked like to me like the late Richard Attenborough
Joni
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Siskoid Albert
I have to admit I was sort of disappointed by Paul Magrs' Sick Building. I'd heard good things, and I've loved everything Magrs has done in the past. Really loved it. Letting go of his postmodern trappings didn't do him good. Sick Building is missing any sympathetic guest characters, doesn't get the Doctor's voice right, and makes us of talking robot appliances. So it may play well with its younger, target audience. It wasn't bad, just left me cold.
Charmlessman77 Newall
Not too bad a book. Like all the Dr. Who books it is definitely aimed more at the teen market but still worth a wee read to fill in a week without any new Dr. Who on TV. It read quickly. I had most of it figured before the end but still got a lot of enjoyment out of the book. I have another bunch of Dr. Who books I will read between each of the other books I am reading. This one definitely made me look forward to the rest.
Angie
The audiobook I was listening to cuts off before the end and I'm not really motivated to find a hard copy to finish it. What a buzzkill.

It was engaging up until then tho. A bit predictable to avid Star Trek viewers.
Monika
The Doctor was described as too overexcited and manic, the writing and descriptions were superficial at best. The story started out interesting but somehow the thing about Mrs Tiermann were not too surprising.
The solving of the problem was... shall I say unique?

The best parts of the book were the prologue and epilogue describing a sabretooths thoughts and feelings faced with the threat to Tiermann's world.
Daniel Kukwa
"Doctor Who" does paranoid-horror-meets-Disney. Talking vending machines? Soulful suntanning beds? Only in a Paul Magrs book...and only HE could actually make us give a DAMN about them! Hilarity and creepiness, hand in hand. Style-wise, it's VERY unlike the other 10th Doctor novels...but that difference is its strength. One of the strangest "loveable" novels you are likely to experience.
Matthew Vandrew
We got something slightly different this time - of course, there's an alien threat to the world, but it's only slowly approaching, while the Doctor is dealing with an angry house and its not-so-likeable inhabitants. My advice: stop reading when they start to gulp down sodas. Trust me, you don't want to read the rest of it.

Heather
Enjoyable read, as is usual with Doctor Who books. Tiermann turned out to be a real nutcase, along with the Domovoi. Doesn't anyone realize they shouldn't make a machine/heart of a dreamhome they want to control basically all-powerful? For being so smart, Tiermann was really dumb. :D
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