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Doctor Who: Winner Takes All (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #3)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  1,228 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Rose and the Doctor return to present-day Earth, and become intrigued by the latest craze – the video game, Death to Mantodeans. Is it as harmless as it seems? And why are so many local people going on holiday and never returning? Meanwhile, on another world, an alien war is raging. The Quevvils need to find a new means of attacking the ruthless Mantodeans.

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 25th 2013 by BBC Books (first published 2005)
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Winner Takes All is only my second Doctor Who read, and my first to feature the adventures of the ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and Rose (Billie Piper). Rose convinces the Doctor to make a quick trip back to present-day Earth to visit her mother, Jackie, who’s just won a holiday in a sweepstakes competition. The Doctor, who has little patience for Rose’s family and her on-again, off-again boyfriend Mickey, soon suspects that this trip to Earth may not be wasted time after all. The newest...more

The Doctor and Rose are back in London, but there's something strange going on. People are winning consoles for a new video game and other are getting scratch-off tickets giving them a free holiday...only they aren't coming back. Instead, they are transported to another world to become living avatars in a game created by aliens to infiltrate an enemy stronghold. This people are controlled by unsuspecting humans playing the game through the consoles back o...more
Riccarla Roman
My name is Riccarla and I'm a Whovian. A fan girl. A geek. This is the first Doctor Who novel that I have read and I would love to read more going all the way back to the First Doctor. I have followed the Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Doctors with a zeal that has even influenced my children. (My daughter shudders because she knows so much Who knowledge.)

This is an adventure featuring the Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler. During a visit to Rose's mother in London, they discover that everyone is buying th...more
Liza H
THIS was more like it! After Clockwise Man, I wasn't sure about the Doctor Who books anymore. This one was a lot of fun though! The Doctor and Rose were much more "in character", and I really enjoyed all the pop culture references, the joking around, and the bad puns! Plus, it was good to "see" Mickey again.
While there were a few "huh?" things about the plot (porcupine aliens kidnap humans in order to mind-control them through an enemy aliens' stronghold) I still really enjoyed the character int...more
Doctor Who is one of my favorite TV Shows (mainly since the 2005 reboot), but you have to wait so long between series to get some new shows. Luckily there is also a series of (children's/young adult) books that each read like an episode. I have quite a collection, so sometimes when I need my fix, I have an episode in book form. In this edition, with the ninth Doctor (Eccleston) and Rose, we follow Rose and the Doctor back to earth after Rose's mom has no time to talk on the phone with Rose (so u...more
If someone had told me that a Doctor Who story could be boring, I wouldn't have believed them. Until this one.

Rose is her selfish bratty self (but still not as annoying as Amy Pond - nobody could beat that), Mickey is his low self-esteem jealous self and I couldn't recognize the Doctor at all. Sure, there is mandatory running around trying to save someone or the world.
The enemy is hilariously dumb even for the Doctor story. The Quevvils are fighting the Mantodeans on their planet and the thi...more
In this light read, the eighth doctor takes on porcupine-like aliens who are using humans as a video game to defeat praying mantis-like aliens. Just a normal day for the Doctor and Rose.

I thought the story started slowly, but built well. Toward the end, I had a difficult time putting the book down. Which is good, I think, for a book where you know that the main protagonists are not going to die. The story held some of the affection between Rose and the Doctor, and all of the quirkiness you expec...more
Martin Milhomme
Good Doctor Who adventure.
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Jun 07, 2011 Jimmy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I Wouldn't-It Was Okay
Set Between Episodes ‘World War Three’ & ‘The Empty Child’
This was a fun read. It reminded me some of the 1980’s movie ‘The Last Starfighter’. Everyone in the UK is caught up in playing the lottery on scratchcards in order to win prizes like vacations and game consoles. One of the games, Death to the Mantodeans, is the new obsession. The Doctor, Rose, Mickey, and Jackie all find themselves caught between the warring aliens the Quevvils, a porcupine type race, and the Mantodeans, a praying m...more
Jules Jones
Third in the New Who novel line. Now this was a definite improvement over the previous title in the series. It's a revisit of the Last Starfighter scenario, but with some nasty twists, and not just the one you find in Ender's Game. Rose and Nine drop in to the Powell Estate to visit Jackie, and find that there's a new video game being promoted by people in porcupine costumes, using scratchcards given away with any purchase at local stores, no matter how small. Mickey is one of the people who's w...more
J'ai commencé ce livre en me disant que je connaissais déjà le plus gros de l'histoire, puisque je savais qu'il avait été plus où moins adapté dans SJA (Warriors of Kudlak) - et ça avait l'air assez vrai pendant, disons, le premier quart du bouquin. Et puis finalement, ça a fini par partir en sucette, quelque part à des années lumières de SJA. On a l'idée du super jeu vidéo de guerre qui fait fureur, et qui s'avère être en lien direct avec une embrouille d'alien quelque part sur une autre planè...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
I've always enjoyed novelizations of my favorite television shows. I think I've read all the Angel and Quantum Leap novelizations. So, when I came across Doctor Who novelizations at my library, I was excited.

The Winner Takes All features the Ninth Doctor as played by Christopher Eccleston and Rose. Thinking her mother has won the lottery, Rose and the Doctor return to Earth and discover that a video game has captured everyone's attention.

The porcupine-like Quevvils are fighting the Mantodeans, a...more
This is another novel, extending the adventures of the Doctor and Rose, in a series of books commissioned by the BBC. In this novel the Doctor (Christopher Eclestone) and Rose (Billie Piper) return home at Rose's request and find that everyone is obsessed with a new video game. This seems innocent, but as per every Doctor Who adventure, things are not as they seem.

Firstly I want to talk about the plot. This was a great idea for a plotline, the idea of a computer game (something we are so easily...more
Dannielle R
The whole premise of this novel was very interesting. I liked the idea of aliens enlisting the 'help' of humans and their intelligence to defeat other aliens that they don't get along with but can't fight with on their own. I found the Doctor being forced to play -and Rose being forced to well, be a puppet, in the actual game- very realistic of what would have happened in the show. I also found the characterizations of Rose and The Doctor, as well as Mickey and Jackie, much truer than in the pre...more
This book is fantastic, great read. The Doctor is on present day earth and tries to solve a mystery on this new video game that everyone is playing. When the Doctor goes to Mickey's apartment to find that all he's doing is playing that game he gets curious. Rose goes and talks to her mum and finds out that everytime you go to the shop and buy something you get a scratch card, to try to win a games consol, little does Mickey, Jackie and the world knows that the game is controlled by aliens. When...more
This was the first Doctor Who novel I've ever read, and I thought it was absolutely lovely! Nine is my favorite Doctor, so really anything that he does makes me fall in love... But the characterization was brilliant and spot-on, the plot was clever, and the dialog was fantastic. Nine is a sarcastic little sh*t, and I found myself cracking up more than once reading his sass. I had trouble putting the book down, I flew through the whole thing in two reading sessions. Can't wait to read more!
Tatiana Pescio
Me gustó mucho, estuve pegada todo el día leyendo hasta que lo terminé. Encontré muy original la historia, eso si, impacta la violencia de ella, es mucho más explícita (y abundante) que en la serie de TV... toda la historia era bastante atemorizante y violenta en sí.
Le doy 4 estrellas no más solo porque... aliens que se ven cómo puercoespines de tamaño humano? De todos los animales o estereotipos de aliens, por qué tenía que ser uno tan ridículo? xD
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This is the third Doctor Who novel I've read (all three featuring the Ninth Doctor), and it's the best of the lot so far. The dialogue and characterizations ring true, and the plot is interesting and vaguely Ender's Game-ish. It's a shame that the Doctor Who books are written at a YA level, which keeps the language, descriptions, and themes more simple than I would like to see. Despite that, the author manages to touch on some interesting aspects of the Doctor/Companion relationship - I just wis...more
Quick and easy read. I really enjoyed this though. I am a huge Doctor Who fan so any chance to go on an adventure with the Doctor I love. This was my first Doctor Who novel and I wanted to check it out because the wait between seasons is way too long. This was a great way to get my Doctor fix. I would recommend this book to any fan of the Doctor or to any one who enjoys somewhat silly sci-fi books. This was a fun little summer read.
Cortney Jean
The idea is fantastic: an alien race develops a video game to actually kill their enemies and has unquestioning humans do the work for them. There's no time travel or space adventuring involved, just a good ol' invasion (of sorts). Also, Mickey and Jackie are in it, which is an addition from the other two novels I have read (Clockwise Man and Monsters Inside). This book was more similar to the show and I could easily see this as a possible episode storyline. I'm biased because I love the relatio...more
Traci Haley
Seriously enjoyed this one. Out of the three I've read so far, I think this Doctor Who book would have made an excellent episode of the TV show. It actually made me miss Christopher Eccleston, who was never my favorite. Don't get me wrong, I love the entire rebooted series as a whole and Eccleston has his really good points, but out of the three who have played the Doctor since the reboot, he's my least favorite. This, however, was rollicking good fun! I am hoping that as the books progress, Ros...more
I wanted to like it and it did get better eventually (after the first half), but I felt Rayner didn't capture the personality of Rose and the Doctor right. I'm a huge Rose/Doctor fan so I loved the interactions between the two, but Rose was not Rose. Mickey and Jackie felt right and the Robert guy was weird and made no sense. All in all, only read if you like Rose/Doctor pairing and don't expect it to be 100% accurate.
Patrick Mcnulty
Taking place in the first season of the 2005 reboot, Doctor Who: Winner Takes All details the events of one of The Doctor's and Rose's visits on Earth. A mysterious video game is being given out to shoppers, while others are getting vacations. When The Doctor realizes what is going on, he (view spoiler)

The book has a very unsettling and disturbing atmosphere. One example of this is going thro...more
Christopher Buchanan
This one is Doctor Who does 'The Last Starfighter'. Straight up. That said though, it wasn't as horrible as some of the other BBC New Series books in that, at the least, the author caught the characters very well. Especially Rose and the 9th Doctor. The porcupine aliens were totally crap though. Despite the rubbish aliens and plot theft, it is fairly entertaining. It helped that I listened to this on audio and it was read by Camille Coduri (a.k.a. Rose's mom, Jackie Tyler). I was not expecting m...more
I enjoyed this Dr Who New Series Adventure a little more than it's predecessors, but the abrupt & rather unceremonious ending lost it a half a star: 3 stars.
I always enjoy reading series books from shows I enjoy. When I was a teenager, I flew through Star Trek: The Next Generation books. Now, it's Doctor Who books. This was probably the best of the Doctor Who books I've read yet. It's hard not to enjoy Nine's sarcasm and gruffness, and the storyline of this one (alien porcupines using humans as pawns in a "video game" to help them attack their mortal enemies) is quite clever and very well developed. As usual, Rose ends up in mortal danger, yet still...more
As a fan of Jacqueline Rayner's Tenth Doctor book (The Stone Rose), I was really looking forward to reading this! It wasn't as full of "shippy" moments as that one, but it still had plenty, in a more subtle way. The best part of this book for me, was how well it managed to handle what could have been a disturbing part of the plot, by having the Doctor show a lot of consideration for Rose, and even get really upset over what he was being made to do. Not something you'd see these days on the show,...more
There's a strange new game in town. It's a curious oddity to the Doctor and Rose until they realize people are vanishing...and Jackie has a ticket.

I really enjoyed this story. The writing was terrific. The plot seldom dragged. Most of the time it was by turns funny, exciting and scary. I read it in only a few days and did stay up really late to finish it. My only negative was that, at times, the Doctor seemed a little callous about Jackie, but since it was in Rose's pov it was hard to interpret...more
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Jacqueline Rayner is a best selling British author, best known for her work with the licensed fiction based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who.

Her first professional writing credit came when she adapted Paul Cornell's Virgin New Adventure novel Oh No It Isn't! for the audio format, the first release by Big Finish. (The novel featured the character of Bernice S...more
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