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Doctor Who: I Am a Dalek (Doctor Who: Quick Reads #1)

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Equipped with space suits, golf clubs and a flag, the Doctor and Rose are planning to live it up, Apollo mission-style, on the Moon. But the TARDIS has other plans, landing them instead in a village on the south coast of England; a picture-postcard sort of place where nothing much happens. Until now...

An archaeological dig has turned up a Roman mosaic, circa AD 70, depicti
Paperback, 105 pages
Published May 18th 2006 by BBC Books
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A quick awesome read with Daleks!!!


The Doctor:

The Tenth Doctor


Rose Tyler


England, 2006


The Tenth Doctor plans to take Rose to the Moon (Earth’s moon) and fooling around a bit, like planting a Women’s Institute flag in some non-explored area to give a shock for future astronauts. Rose is excited since she will become the first woman in the Moon. Both of them are already in full space suits with oxigen tanks, helmets, all the deal...

...However, the TARDIS has
Emily Ross
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Doctor and Rose are diverted from their visit to the moon and land in Twyford where a dig has just unearthed a dead Dalek. At the same time, a young woman named Kate is involved in a car accident on her way to the bus.

I really liked the idea of the Dalek factor and I imagine it to have similar reasoning to the Dalek puppets shown in the main series. I really liked how it gave the Daleks reasoning and motivation.

The plot is pretty solid and moves really quickly. The characters are easy to und
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is my first Doctor who novel, and I'm glad to report that it was a quick, satisfying and pleasurable read.

The Doctor and Rose get ready for a trip to the moon but the TARDIS has other plans. She diverts them to a sleepy, old village in the UK and sure enough, there is threat to humanity lurking there, dormant.

In other words, just a typical day at work for the Doctor and his companion.

And the threat to humanity I mentioned? It's a dalek. again. I swear they are like cockroaches: impossible t
Trev Twinem
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Doctor Who reinvented itself in the early 2000's being centred in the City of Cardiff and using the locality for many of it's location shots. "I am a Dalek" is a young adult short story that sees the Doctor and his trusty assistant Rose once again fighting his nemesis the evil Dalek with that familiar cry "exterminate" The tardis has landed in a village in the south of England where an archaeologist dig has just uncovered, along with some ancient relics, a rusty old Dalek. There is the usual st ...more
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rose, el Doctor, la TARDIS y un Dalek!!!! No necesito más.
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Source: I own this book.

Title: I Am A Dalek
Series: Doctor Who Quick Reads #1
Author: Gareth Roberts
Overall rating: 4 stars.

This is a quick little adventure between the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler, as they prepare to go play golf on the moon, the TARDIS, as always, has other plans and lands in a small coastal village in England where a mysterious object has just been dug up at an archeological site. Not just any object though, a dalek. And when Rose meets Kate, a girl who got hit by a
Nancy Kelley
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
Others have mentioned that this is one of the Quick Reads novels geared at reluctant readers. Those reluctant readers need a solid story to keep them hooked, and I Am A Dalek did not disappoint. The action moves quickly, the story is solid but not complex, and the character motivations are easy to understand.

From a Who point of view, I liked the idea of a Dalek Factor. It holds up under what we discover in "Asylum of the Daleks," about the Daleks being about to turn living flesh into Daleks.

Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Absolutely Brilliant
I loved it but I have one complaint........
1.) It is way to short. I love it, I wish there was more.
Young whovians will adore this.
The part about the hair colours were kind of confusing, but then again when has the docter ever not be confusing?
Enjoy the book!
Helen Cranberry
Jun 17, 2015 rated it liked it
То чувство, когда читаешь книгу, слыша в уме голоса актеров :)))
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Otra novela corta de Doctor Who, esta vez del Doctor 10 con Rose y un dalek! Qué puede fallar? Me encantan los libros de Doctor Who y la verdad que extrañaba al Doctor 10.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Obviously no Shakespeare or Dickens but amazingly capturing Rose and the tenth Doctor (my favourite one) this book lets you travel back in time and revisit this dynamic duo. The five stars thus are mainly for the good description of my beloved Doctor though the story is nice and a good little thingy for relaxation. Loved every bit of it.
В какой-то момент мне стало обидно за франшизу doctor who, ибо я успела восхититься спин-оффными аудиокнижками (torchwood и the sarah jane adventures), а собственно сам источник вдохновения прошел мимо меня. И взялась за первый квик-рид в 70 страничек, чтобы разогнаться и подготовиться к чему-нибудь неимоверно ангстовому и длинному.

Должна сказать, что моя любовь к whoniverse началась вовсе не с Доктора, а с Гвен и Джека. Увидев как-то по телеку бегущего чувака в плаще и диких монстров в плохих к
Amber Smoke
Booktube-a-thon read 2#

Right, this isn't a bad book. It's just not very good considering the characters it has adopted from a television series that was not written as a series of novels or shorter stories before hand.

The Doctor and Rose are slightly out of character in this book. Their actions are in character but it's the dialogue that wasn't working for me. Maybe I should treat this book as something separate to the television show but I honestly can't help comparing it.
My first point is,
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Find my review on my blog here (& below):

'I Am a Dalek' is a Doctor Who Quick Reads novel. Quick Reads books are only 100 pages long and a designed to get people into reading by being short and not too daunting. I'm pretty sure this book was written for children but I enjoyed it all the same.

My favourite Doctor/Companion combo is Ten/Rose so it's awesome to get more stories with these two characters. The book opens with Rose and The Doctor in the TARDI
Eilidh Dunsmore
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Whovians
Recommended to Eilidh by: Fangirls
I have such fond memories of this book, I must have read it probably twenty times since I got it when I was seven. I was, so proud at the time and I continue to applaud my good taste in fandom-related reading material. However, not so fond memories of when I tried to explain this book when I stood up in front of my third grade class and tried to explain the premise in a three minute book report.
Even after reading it so many times, I still like it. The way that the Doctor is captured is just perf
Aman Mittal
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Better than the last few books on Doctor Who I read but still lacks the basic component: to indulge the reader in the story.

The plot seems fresh and good but the executing it into a story is not. Doctor Who along with his assistant Rose Tyler have plans for the Moon but TARDIS have other plans for them, landing them instead in a village on the south coast of England.

At the village: an archaeological dig has turned up a Roman mosaic, circa AD 70, depicting mythical scenes, grapes and a Dalek. A
Első DW-olvasmányom, éljen! :D Több okból kezdtem ezzel:
1. mert Gareth Roberts írta az eddigi egyik kedvenc részemet is a tévésorozatban
2. mert elsőre valami rövidebbet akartam választani, és láttam, hogy van ez a Quick Reads-sorozat, amiből pont a Roberts-féle az első kötet.

Így esett, hogy elsőre pont Dalek-történetet olvastam, akikkel nincs különösebb bajom, de nem is a kedvenceim, mert nem tartom valami jó húzásnak, hogy ilyen gyakran állnak ők a gubancok mögött a tévésorozatban. De végül is
Artur Coelho
Oct 03, 2013 rated it liked it
A capa prometia uma quick read e não desapontou. Esta série de livros capitaliza as icónicas personagens e lê-se com o mesmo espírito com que se vê ou revê um episódio televisivo. Ao contrário de outras novelizações não procura arcos narrativos abrangentes. É o que afirma ser. Uma leitura rápida, uma injecção de aventura na mente dos whovianos.

Desta vez após um passeio na lua o Doutor e a sua companheira - Billie Piper, para referência, descobrem-se numa pacata vila britânica que oculta um segr
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
As a massive Doctor Who fan, as soon as I saw this in the charity shop, I had to have it. It was only 20p so it was a good deal. As a short story it was good and I like the author's attention to detail about the way the 10th Doctor and Rose spoke and acted around each other.

Plot: 3/5

As the title suggests, in this story, the Doctor and Rose come face to face with a Dalek on Earth. I liked the plot as it sounded just like a miniature episode of the TV show, with the right amount of running and sma
Hannah Brown
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: quick-reads
Rose and the Doctor are heading to the moon – except, they kind of land in an English village. It seems normal at first, and then the TARDIS flies away, leaving Rose behind, and she notices something strange in the paper…

As soon as I started reading this, I realised I’d read it before. I still enjoyed it the second time around, though!

I thought that Rose and the Doctor were both written well, and true to character. The other characters were equally written just as well. The “anti-hero”, Kate,
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The tenth Doctor and rose were supposed to be on the Moon. So when they leaped out the TARDIS doors, they were surprised to find themselves in an English pub. When the Doctor goes back in to find out what went wrong, the TARDIS suddenly takes off, leaving Rose.

It reappears at a dig of old Roman holdings a short distance away and the Doctor is surprised to find they've dug up a Dalek. A dead Dalek to be sure, but one hundreds of years old.

Meanwhile Rose witnesses a young woman in a hurry jump in
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]Part of a special BBC series - the only Doctor Who title among them, as far as I can tell - for "people who either don't have much time to devote to reading or who have perhaps never been bitten by the reading bug". So I am not in the target audience then.[return][return]So, an odd mix of relatively simple language and large print, with relatively adult themes (implied sex, graphic exterminations). I have no idea if it will really succeed in ...more
Sep 30, 2010 rated it liked it
'I Am A Dalek' is a 'Quick Reads' book targeted to a young adult audience. For example, the print is quite large and the length of the book is halved of what a normal Doctor Who book typical is. The characters do not have any sense of depth like they would in an 'adult' Doctor Who novel. The plot was straightforward and you could tell where it was going quite easily. Oddly there are tones that are not usually shown in young adult books such as sex and psychology. Despite all this, this novel has ...more
Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Gareth Jones (who had previously written great bits for Doctor Who merchandise and other BBC television programs) has captured the 10th Doctor and Rose, as well as the relationship between them and the Dalek race (and of course the human race) perfectly!

The story starts off as it often does, by the TARDIS „mislanding“ someplace. Instead of the surface of the moon Rose and the Doctor find themselves on an English Island. As these things go, Rose is struggling to help a „almost-run-over-by-a-car“
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
The Doctor and Rose prepare to play golf on the moon, but end up at a site where a Dalek is uncovered from an ancient Roman artifact site. Around the same time a woman is fatally hit by a car, but comes back to life with her hair color changed. A mystery unravels as the ancient Dalek comes back to life and the woman begins to act strangely. The Doctor finds himself facing a new and dangerous force from an ancient enemy in this quick read story.

Overall, this was one of the quick reads Doctor Who
An Odd1
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
"I am a Dalek" by Gareth Roberts is based on the David Tennant Dr. Who and Rose TV episodes. Catastrophe strikes a British village in soft spring save- the-world time. I tried to envision my favorite runners in action, but the introspective moments possible in writing sidetracked the momentum. The visuals must have me hooked, because the resolution depending on a genetic aberration descendant preferring to be messily human? ooey-gooeyed me out. Sizzling radiation death rays from the last alien m ...more
Dec 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Whovians
It was my first regular english book, so it was something different. Although it was quite difficult, I liked it and I’ve learnt a lot of new words. I don’t believe I’ll remember all of them, but a few is still good. And about the book? As I said, it was different and quite difficult to understand, so I can't valorize it objectively. A lot of people say these books are terrible and something like the end of literature, but for me – english student – it's much better than some textbook, so I foun ...more
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
The quality of a Doctor Who story totally depends on the writer. The writer of this one, Gareth Roberts, also wrote the Doctor Who television episodes Planet of The Dead (Special), The Lodger (Season 5) and Closing Time (Season 6). Those were really good episodes, and so was this book! The Doctor and Rose have their spacesuits on, ready to walk the moon, but on exiting the TARDIS find themselves in a pub on Earth. What's new? But then they find that some Roman ruins have a picture of a Dalek on ...more
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am a huuuuuge Doctor Who fan, and my favorite Doctor is definitely David Tennant's Doctor. That being said, if you are not already a Doctor Who fan, this book is not for you. You will be totally lost, because it references episodes in the series fairly frequently.

So, fellow fans. I give this book 4 stars. I definitely enjoyed it, but it does not seem to be at the same caliber as the TV series. For example, Rose comes off as kind of a blonde giggle-box instead of the adventurous, strong woman s
Daniel Kukwa
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
I was dubious about this one. After all, this is part of a series of novels designed for people who aren't readers, or find difficulty reading large novels. I don't consider myself part of either what was I about to encounter? Well, I shouldn't have worried: Gareth Roberts manages to weave his usual literary magic. This tiny book, that will take 45 minutes to read if you're lucky, is the equivalent of a fantastic episode of "Doctor Who" -- it's exciting, nail-biting, hilarious, terrif ...more
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Gareth Roberts has written TV scripts for various soap operas (including Brookeside, Springhill, and Emmerdale), Randall & Hopkirk (deceased), the revival of Doctor Who, the Sarah Jane Adventures, and Wizards vs Aliens.

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“Rose, the moon is incredible. Everything down on Earth relies on it. Rats jump for it. Tides rush out from it. Humans kiss under it. Without it there'd be nothing down there worth the light. And that just happened by chance -trillions of odd against it- one bit of stardust meets another bit of dust.” 1 likes
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