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A Big Hand for The Doctor (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts #1)

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  889 ratings  ·  129 reviews
Eleven Doctors, eleven months, eleven stories: a year-long celebration of Doctor Who! The most exciting names in children's fiction each create their own unique adventure about the time-travelling Time Lord.

London, 1900. The First Doctor is missing both his hand and his granddaughter, Susan. Faced with the search for Susan, a strange beam of soporific light, and a host of
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Published January 23rd 2013 by Puffin
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This is the first short story celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who. Each short story will be centered on a different Doctor. Presenting the doctors in order of appearance in the franchise. For some reason, all the stories will have only one companion. The extension of each short story will be of 40 pages, more or less.

The Good

Due the general decision of using only one companion on each story, on this tale you have Susan Foreman as the companion of the First Doctor. Which means that thi
Richard Wright
Firstly, if this wasn't supposed to be a Doctor Who book, it would be a perfectly functional (though workmanlike) kids adventure story. The glaring problem is that it's supposed to be about the First Doctor, and he is entirely absent. Instead of the slightly frightening, selfish, frail old genius kids met for the first time in the sixties, we have here a heroic righter of wrongs, who strides into one on one combat with armed killers, and swan dives off rooftops to save little children.

I was look
Sean Kennedy
I was looking forward to these 50th anniversary eleven shorts of eleven Doctors, but I have to say they're not off to a great beginning.

The most important thing in any Doctor Who fiction is getting the characterisation right. With eleven different Doctors, there can be personality mix-ups. The biggest crime is to give one Doctor the personality of another - yes, there are some characteristics shared between them all, but they are ALL distinct personalities.

And this is not the first Doctor as po
Brendon Schrodinger
How many offences against the mystery and wonder of Doctor Who can you fit in 40 pages? An awful lot apparently. I blame the editor and publisher. The author obviously has little knowledge of Doctor Who.

In a story set before 'An Unearthly Child' (yes, major offence number one) we see a First Doctor who is an action hero, who has visions of his future selves, who references 21st century pop culture, references of Time Lords bandied about left right and centre, and a childhood flashback with the D
Jules (Never enough time to read)
It was ok, maybe not the best start to the series of shorts as it felt a little incomplete and didn't entirely have me hooked.

I'm still hopeful about the rest...
He’s an odd character, The Doctor. He starts off old and grumpy and mostly gets younger and more energetic as the years go on. His 11th carnation must look back at his 1st self and wish that he’d lightened up a bit.

This is the first of a monthly series of tales – each featuring a different doctor – designed to celebrate Doctor Who’s fiftieth anniversary. Here Eion Colfer (an author I’ve never previously read) takes the first Doctor for an adventure. We’re in Victorian times and there are flying
Gary Roskell
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary I was looking forward to this series of ebooks. This was not the start I had hoped for...

Admittedly it's a potential poisoned chalice taking on a national treasure like Doctor Who. But it's not as though the author would have wanted for source material. That gloriously cantankerous incarnation played by William Hartnell is here turned into an all out action hero. The characterisation and situations are unrecognisable. Set, it appears, before the first epis

This is not the First Doctor. The plot was okay, I suppose. Nothing special. But the characterization was terrible. I'm fairly sure Eoin Colfer hasn't seen any episodes of Doctor Who featuring the First Doctor. If he had, he never would have written this. I didn't like the way it was written, either. It was written for children, and the writing was very simplistic. However, Colfer often used archaic or more "adult" words. I'm pretty sure that would annoy most children. For instance, he used a wo

Adam Stone
A Big Hand for the Doctor is a story featuring the first Doctor and Susan in a story which we can only assume is set before they meet Ian and Barbara in a junkyard in 1960's London. The story is ostensibly about the Doctor getting a new hand grown by this alien surgeon who seems to be hiding in England in the 1900's and about how the Doctor managed to lose his hand in the first place, and how the surgeon lends him for the time being a much larger, and female, hand.

This version of the first Doct
Zelda of Unapologetic Reviews
Dec 05, 2013 Zelda of Unapologetic Reviews rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: doctor who fans
Shelves: doctor-who, ebook
The story takes place before the Doctor took on any companions, and just had his granddaughter, Susan. It happens in Victorian London. The story itself is very brief. The only reason it took me so long to read it was that I had too many things going on to read for more than a few minutes at a time. It's okay. I like some of the concepts in it, like the pirates, and it would be cool to see them again somewhere, maybe in a longer novel or an episode. It wasn't bad as some of the other reviewers fo ...more
I think if you are gonna do a series in honor of a character, you should make sure the authors get the spirit of the said character right. There's nothing remotely like the First Doctor in this short: the voices of The Doctor and Susan are all wrong plus they would never act in the way they are portrayed here. It doesn't help also that the story is quite boring and unoriginal. There's good books out there with William Hartnell's Doctor like The Time Travelers by Simon Guerrier.
This was enjoyable and I really enjoyed Colfer's writing. The portrayal of the first Doctor was somewhat the same as the television show, but he seemed a lot nicer and more adventurous. There was reference to the 21st century as it is today, which is interesting as that obviously couldn't be done when the show was created in 1963.

I'm giving it 3 stars, as it was somewhat fun but I wasn't too excited by the plot.
Okayish enough as the plot went, if nothing spectacular, but to me the characterisation of the First Doctor seemed completely off, enough so that if I hadn't known this was a One story (because the book said so and because of Susan and the Doctor's physical description), I wouldn't have had any idea which incarnation it was supposed to be, neither from his actions, speech patterns, general behaviour nor thoughts.
Aman Mittal
A Big Hand For The Doctor is a part of the eleven stories that were printed in eleven months written by eleven different writers on the merry occasion of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary. Eoin Colfer's is the first story in the series. It's based in London 1900 when the First Doctor is missing both his hand and his granddaughter, Susan. Faced with the search for Susan, a strange beam of soporific light, and a host of marauding Soul Pirates intent on harvesting human limbs, the Doctor is promised a ...more
Christine Blachford
I really loved the concept of these short stories - building up to the fiftieth anniversary, a short story for each iteration of the Doctor, written by a different children's author. The collector in me had to wait for the set to be finished before I even embarked, and I was a bit dissapointed that the first was written by Colfer - having not particularly enjoyed the first of the Artemis Fowl series.

This was good though, a nice little short story regarding the Doctor getting into a scrape and ha
Jolyon Tuck
No grasp of the central character here at all. I have not read a story where the author has so devastatingly failed to capture the character of the Doctor. It doesn't feel like the early days of Doctor Who at all.

Dreadful. Don't bother.
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Sannie Hald
Very charming short story. I am especially fond of the epilogue.

Is Hogwarts meant to be hogwash?
The first Doctor and Susan face up against a band of Soul Pirates. Unfortunately in his last encounter he lost his hand.

This short story started the 11 short stories for 11 Doctors. I've not read any of this authors prior stuff, but the story was fairly simple. I did like a couple of the characters, but the Doctor was a bit off. He was too energetic and adventurous. He seems more like the Doctor that the First Doctor could have been after the reboot. It was a quick fun story, but not overly imp
This is the first story in a bigger collection, starring the First Doctor and his granddaughter Susan.

The story was okay, but I didn’t find the find the writing to be that engaging or characters to have much depth, and for someone who hasn’t seen much Classic Who (and no episodes with the First Doctor), it didn’t feel like I had much to work with as far as visualising the scenes and getting a feel for the characters.

The ending was alright, although it seemed like some things that lead up to it
David Edmonds
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, and I don't think there's a better time to be a fan of the show. So much is being done to celebrate the anniversary, and one of my favorites is a series of 11 new eshorts celebrating all 11 Doctors being written by some of the biggest names in young people's literature. Each eshort is going to be released on the 23rd of the month, with the eleventh story released on the 50th anniversary date, November 23. They are keeping each of the writers un ...more
Rating: 2/5

Summary: Susan, the Doctor’s granddaughter, and the children she’s trying to rescue get kidnapped by Soul Pirates. So of course it is up to the Doctor to mount a rescue.

Review: I was so excited when I first heard about the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts, but when I read this one I couldn’t help but feel very disappointed. I feel like I’m repeating the reviews of a lot of others out there but… this is not the first Doctor. The Doctor here sounds too New Who-ish and not like the
Artur Coelho
Onze doutores, onze livros de ficção curta a celebrar cada um dos míticos personagens da deliciosa série Doctor Who. Neil Gaiman assina elegantemente o último, protagonizado pelo décimo primeiro doutor, e coube a Eoin Colfer dar vida ao primeiro de todos os excêntricos Doutores que são um contido em onze (e brevemente doze). Colfer mergulha o primeiro Doutor na Londres Vitoriana à luta contra piratas espaciais especializados no rapto de crianças com raios tractores e soporíferos para mão de obra ...more
3.5 Stars. In honor of Doctor Who's fiftieth anniversary in 2013, Puffin announced plans to publish one story each month, each featuring one of the Doctor's eleven incarnations. Eoin Colfer was tapped to deliver the first story, featuring the First Doctor as portrayed by William Hartnell. Since I came to love Doctor Who with the show's resurrection under Russell T. Davies and Nine (Christopher Eccleston), I have a difficult time judging fiction featuring pre-Nine incarnations of the Doctor, as I ...more
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I’m of two minds about “A Big Hand for the Doctor”, the short story by Eoin Colfer that was released in January as part of a series commemorating the show’s 50th anniversary.

On the one hand, it’s a fun little story that is very much in keeping with the spirit of the current series. On the other, it places the First Doctor in a story completely unlike any of his televised adventures. This doesn’t really work, because the adventures of the First Doctor were very different from those of the Elevent
Sarah Arboleda
I might as well start this review out by jumping right in with what I loved and hated the most.

First, as a NuWho fan, I loved feeling like I instantly knew who the first Doctor was, without ever having seen him on-screen. Without being too heavy-handed about it, Colfer made him come to life almost instantly. From reading other reviews, it looks as though Colfer didn't accurately capture the First Doctor as he really was, but I disagree with the sentiment that he comes off as the 10th/11th Doctor
James Parry
Doctor Who: A Big Hand for the Doctor - Short Review
Author: Eoin Colfer
Age Range: 10+
Score: 2/10 - A badly researched book with a dull writing style.
As you can probably tell - I did not like this book. These 50th Anniversary E-books are meant to compliment the show - this did the opposite. I love the First Doctor, William Hartnell - he is brilliant and the show would not be what it is today without him - and it is such a shame that the only First Doctor book available to me is this.
To start wit
Brock Huerkamp
A Big Hand For The Doctor was mediocre. I mean, come on Eoin Colfer! Why would you take the fifty years of character development of the Doctor and decided to just chunk it aside and give the First Doctor a fun, joking attitude. The First Doctor was not like that, maybe at times, but in no way was he cracking jokes left and right. It was a cop out, and it totally changed the mood of the book! A big mistake for the FIRST installment in these E-Shorts.
Second, I kind of don't like the idea of recyc
Jax Holt
This is the first book in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts. The first one in the series is called A Big Hand for the Doctor and it is written by hit author Eoin Colfer. This book focuses on the First Doctor and his granddaughter Susan Foreman.

The book is about the Doctor needing a new hand because it was sliced/cut of by a soul pirate. During this he comes face to face with them again after his granddaughter Susan is taken to their ship. The doctor must save the day again, by saving her,
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Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in Wexford on the South-East coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father and mother, who were both educators.

He received his degree from Dublin University and began teaching primary school in Wexford. He has lived and worked all over the world, including Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. After the publication of the A
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“Hogwarts, it is not, thought the Doctor, realising that no one would appreciate this reference for almost a century.” 2 likes
“Oh, how I wish I had already regenerated to become the tall one with the dicky bow, thought the Doctor, who occasionally had visions of his future selves. He is always so fit and agile. I suppose all that incessant running down corridors that he does . . . will do . . . may do, in one of my possible futures . . . is good for something.” 2 likes
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