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Doctor Who: Paradox Lost (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #48)

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  596 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews

'The Squall feed on psychic energy. They spread like a plague and if they are not stopped they will strip the Earth clean...'



London 1910: an unsuspecting thief finds himself confronted by grey-skinned creatures that are waiting to devour his mind. London 2789: the remains of an ancient android are dredged from the Thames. When reactivated it has a warning that can onl

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Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published June 23rd 2011 by BBC Digital
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Dan Schwent
Aug 17, 2013 Dan Schwent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, 2013, doctor-who
The Doctor, Amy, and Rory wind up in London in 2789, just in time to see an android dredged from teh Thames. But how could a model of android that's just been created be almost a thousand years old? And what does its warning to the Doctor mean?

I'm not sure why I originally picked this up since I pretty much swore off reading George Mann after so-so experiences with The Affinity Bridge, The Osiris Ritual, and Ghosts of Manhattan. I think what sold me is that the plot description reminded me of th
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F.R.
Jul 25, 2014 F.R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m really going to have to take a step back and think about what it is I want from a book that’s set within a well-established era of ‘Doctor Who’. By well-established era, I mean a period of the show that has a beginning, a middle and an end (as opposed to the McCoy and McGann parts, both of which now do have endings, but there are still huge gaps one could drive the Number 22 to Putney Common through). Books set in an established era of the TV show can’t just drop companions, or have the Doct ...more
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Rory, Amy and The Doctor have once again ended up where they didn't intend to go. They have landed in London in 2789, not the Rambalian Cluster. There there is a team dragging a thousand year old automaton out of the Thames. An automaton that recognizes The Doctor and gives him a warning that The Squall, a dangerous race of monsters that feed off psychic energy and destroy whole planets, are coming. Using his sonic screwdriver, The Doctor finds that he must go back to 1910 to fend off the invasi ...more
Kribu
Hmm. Not bad. Not outstanding either, but a pretty enjoyable tie-in book - one that I could easily see working as an actual Doctor Who episode (apart from me having given up on actual Doctor Who episodes with Eleven so in this sense, this was a lot better).

Anyway, the TARDIS team - albeit it was pretty much the Doctor going off doing his own thing and Amy & Rory being left to cope on their own - worked fairly well, the plot about a bunch of feasting-on-minds aliens trying to take over Earth
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Mark
Oct 10, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best Doctor Who novel that I have read in quite a while. The main charcters personalities and charcteristics were very similar to the TV counterparts they are based on. So it was very easy to picture the Doctor, Amy and Rory charcaters in the situations and dialogues in this book. The storyline was not the most intriguing and a little predictable in places. But it was still a very nice smooth quick read. A lot more research seemed to have gone into this book in respect of the TV sho ...more
Rebecca Tayles
One of the better Doctor Who tie-in books I've read lately, Paradox Lost is an interesting romp through timey-wimey stuff with dangerous killer aliens snapping at your heels. The TARDIS responds to a distress call, dragging the Doctor, Amy and Rory to a future London where an old, damaged AI is being dragged out of the Thames. The AI has a message for the Doctor from 1917, where he's met the Doctor before...

I liked the way the pieces of this story fit together, even if some parts were painfully
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Stephen Osborne
Mar 25, 2013 Stephen Osborne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not easy to write a good action sequence. Too much detail, or if things get too confusing, and you lose the reader and your action sequence becomes an inaction sequence. Too little detail, and the reader goes "huh?" And Doctor Who novels generally have a lot of action, so if you can't write scenes that move and move quickly, well...do they still make Little House on the Prairie books? Write something like that. Luckily, Mann's got his action down, and this book moves from one catastrophe to ...more
Sean Kennedy
This is an entertaining story, but one that is let down by the quality of writing which at times is a bit Dick and Dora-ish and clunky (with lines like "Rory looked at Amy. He couldn't believe she married him. He was the luckiest man in the world.")

What makes this story work are the characters that The Doctor, Rory and Amy meet. For once there is a truly happy ending, and it was nice to see, especially after a middle section which lags and becomes a bit boring.
Georgia
Jan 03, 2015 Georgia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I immediately knew I was going to enjoy Paradox Lost, as the ignorance of the principle of 'cause and effect' always provides many mysteries to keep the reader reading. Indeed, throughout the novel there are many mysteries to solve due to time being in fact like 'noodle soup', as the Doctor so graciously puts it. Thus, with its 'timey-wimey' tendencies, Paradox Lost is a novel suited to its eleventh Doctor era.

Overall, the story was very enjoyable, and was enhanced by the delightfully colourful
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Katie
Oct 02, 2015 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: post-college
While I often find Doctor Who novels to be a bit lackluster compared to the show (mainly, I think, because nothing of real, lasting significance can happen in them), this was a very enjoyable story and one of the best DW novels I have read. The Doctor, Amy, and Rory were well-characterized and accurately portrayed, the new characters were likable and interesting, and the plot was the perfect amount of timey-wimey without being too convoluted. In fact, the plot was very good and I could easy see ...more
Jim C
Apr 01, 2014 Jim C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My actual rating is 3.5 stars.

A book based on the television show with the characters of the 11th Doctor, Amy, and Rory. This adventure is that the characters are in futuristic London where a robot is dredged up from the river. The problem is that it has been in the river close to a 1000 years and since this is impossible, the Doctor goes back in time to discover once again, an alien race is trying to take over the Earth.

I thought the author did a good job with the characters. Rory felt a little
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Tracy Enright
May 20, 2015 Tracy Enright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Doctor, Rory and Amy arrive in 28th century London just in time to see the body of one of the latest-model AIs being dragged out of the river. The only problem is that it's been there for nearly a thousand years. This sends them on a quest back to the 19th century where they face the Squall, psychic vampire-like creatures that have found their way through a rift in time.

I enjoyed this book, Amy and Rory spend a fair part of the book separated from the Doctor which gives them the chance to sh
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Michael Kelly
May 09, 2014 Michael Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ticks most of the right boxes from the outset: a good, convoluted plot about time travel and paradox; an effective new monster; good characterisation of the regulars.

The guest cast are very well written and likable, though there are only really two of them, Angelchrist and Arven. As I recall, the only other guest spots are the woman heading the archaeological team and the burglar in the prologue, both of whom are mere bit parts. Perhaps for this reason, in spite of the threat to the whole city,
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Jay Eckard
One basic truth about the BBC hardback Eleventh Doctor stories: they're not very good. They're aimed at, what? Clever twelve year olds? This makes them no better or worse than the old Target books (not even nostalgia can work the sort of miracle that makes them seem wonderful literature), but they're still a far cry from the more adult PDAs and EDAs Auntie was churning out not so very long ago.

But one thing they can do for an adult reader is to point out the quality of the acting in the current
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Michael Otway
3.5 Stars. Better than 3, but not quite a 4.

A good book and well worth reading. It's an interesting story and there is good action throughout with a scary enemy and a lot at stake.

The main problems with this book are that it starts slow and continually changes pace from fast and exciting to slow and boring (mostly as it switches from the Amy/Rory story to the Doctor/Angelchrist story, the former being the slower, boring one.)

Also for a book that tries to come across as timey-wimey, it is extreme
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Angela
There is a paradox that is attracting aliens that could take over the universe. So the Doctor, Amy and Rory have to find out what caused it. This involves the 28th century and 1910. In 1910, we are introduced to a Professor who is a brilliant character, reminded me of Jago and lightfoot. This would have been a decent TV episode with some very nice character moments and lots of chases. A good read.
Kathy
Aug 26, 2013 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this tale, but I have one reasonably major quibble.

(Not a spoiler -- the info is right on the back cover): The main action of the story takes place in 1910 and 2789, and both on the cover and throughout the book this is referred to as having been "more than a thousand years." I'm not sure how timey-wimey they're being here, but where I'm at, the time which passed from 1910 to 2789 is only 879 years, or somewhat LESS than a thousand years. If it had been worded "nearly a thous
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Jenna
Nov 04, 2011 Jenna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say, out of all the Doctor Who books I've read so far, this was one of the hardest to be able to get myself to read. The others were very much page turners, whereas this was a read as-and-when thing. The pace seemed a lot slower than the other books, and I didn't empathise with the characters as well as other times. I think they missed a crucial tie-in, with Angelchrist working to fight against monsters, and not saying he was part of something for example, like Torchwood. However, I di ...more
Crawford Nettles
Aug 18, 2012 Crawford Nettles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My second Doctor Who book, after Touched By an Angel. I thought this one was better than Touched By an Angel.

On the way to the Rambalian Cluster, the Doctor, Rory, and Amy find themselves in London in the year of 2789. They walk on a archaeological dig. The dig finds a robot that calls for the Doctor. Meanwhile in London on the year of 1910, bat like creatures terrorize London. The Doctor and company must stop these creatures or the world will be devoured.

It was an easy read, and took me about
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Drew
Apr 13, 2015 Drew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 out of 5. I pretty much read this to be a George Mann N&H-verse completist, much as I love me some Doctor Who. I've heard great things about his War Doctor novel, which maybe I'll try some day... and maybe I'll pick up an adventure featuring Nine or Ten someday just to get a 'new' adventure with an old friend. But there was nothing all that exceptional about this adventure with the Doctor: it's not that great, but not that bad either. The writing is aimed at a TV-watching audience and th ...more
M
Jul 01, 2012 M rated it it was ok
Shelves: doctor-who
Not a very good Doctor Who story.
It's mostly told by Rory (who doesn't have much character at all), and a random old guy from 1910 who knows a bit about aliens. I really didn't like that the Doctor was more of a background element in the story, because I don't care what the old guy thinks. Also, the two-page description of the TARDIS was boring and entirely unnecessary. There was waaaay too much forced exposition.
A very childish yet somewhat violent (blood leaking out of eyes) story.
I would r
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Jono Mcdermott
Jun 19, 2015 Jono Mcdermott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A clever and engaging story, with the lovely outsider P.O.V. narrative of the Doctor that makes stories about the Doctor so enjoyable. Also, what brilliant monsters!
Mel
I think ready four Doctor Who books in a row is my limit. This was fine. It had all the things that an episode should have, aliens trying to destroy reality, time travel, a hint of steampunk but it just felt kinda blah. The characters were written quite well (except for Rory who'd become a geek for no discernable reason.) But the Doctor and Amy were very much like themselves. One thing that was very obvious having rread three previous Doctor Who books by three different women authors was the tot ...more
Jennifer
This was a straightforward Doctor Who tale enhanced by Nicholas Briggs' reading. I remained puzzled about why Angelchrist, retired Edwardian official alien hunter, was given such a striking name, as if it wasn't enough to have him as a kind of proto-Third Doctor complete with cute car and government job. The scenario of the artificial life form who is treated as human and seems to exhibit some features of humanity is a familiar one but well handled here.
Winston Crutchfield
An excellent causality adventure with the 11th Doctor, Amy, and Rory. Good adventure, good characterization, and "noodley-soup" as a time metaphor.
Meagan
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Andi Garbett
Aug 06, 2014 Andi Garbett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing story about the Squall invading from thw void! It includes a throwback to David Tennant with a noodle reference of " spacey, wacey, timey wimey"
Cherilyn
Jul 01, 2014 Cherilyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this story with Rory and Amy - it was one of the usual timey-wimey Doctor Who stories.
Nicholas Whyte
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/1922657.html[return][return]Apart from the poor prose style, my only other objection is that it doesn't really deliver on the Miltonian reference of the title other than by having a major character called Angelchrist. The story is a workmanlike time travel tale with alien incursions, split between a rather vague future London and a more precise 1910 setting. In the audio version, Nicholas Briggs does a fantastic job of injecting life into Mann's prose (though I find ...more
Rachael
It was fairly good but not as good as other Doctor Who novels. Still worth the read.
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George Mann is an author and editor, primarily in genre fiction. He was born in Darlington, County Durham in 1978.
A former editor of Outland, Mann is the author of The Human Abstract, and more recently The Affinity Bridge and The Osiris Ritual in his Newbury and Hobbes detective series, set in an alternate Britain, and Ghosts of Manhattan, set in the same universe some decades later.
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