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1917: The Great War is at its fiercest and most terrible. But things are about to get even worse. Armaments manufacturer Lord Hellcombe has a new secret weapon he believes will win the war. But when the Doctor witnesses the final demonstration he begins to realize how much danger everyone is in: Lord Hellcombe claims to have invented the Dalek Except, of course, that nothi ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published September 6th 2012 by BBC Books
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John Parungao
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-dr-who
What would happen if the Daleks tried to influence the outcome of one of the World wars? Wait they already tried that. It was called "Victory of the Daleks". "The Dalek project" presents something very similar, only this time The Doctor's greatest foes are trying to influence the outcome of World War I.

This graphic novel has it's roots in some of the classic Dalek stories. As I said it reminded me of "Victory of the Daleks". It also gives a nod to "Power of the Daleks", as seemingly helpless Da
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Amy Hawthorne
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I love Doctor Who! And this graphic novel felt so much like the show it was great. It has the classic Doctor Who tropes like the witty doctor, courageous self sacrificing companions, near escapes, and of course the Daleks! I couldn't give this any lower than 4 stars because it was so well paced and exciting and fun, just because it's small graphic novel doesn't mean it isn't worthy.

Book one of the Cram athon complete!
Wanli Cheng
Oct 16, 2013 rated it liked it
This graphic novel was interesting. I really like the style of the drawing, and I liked the style of the story, too. The story is not like a hero story, which uses the special power to kill the bad guy. This book is more about a clever doctor, who used his brilliant mind to solve some problems, find the evidence from old time, and defeat the evil.
The book is exciting. I saw that the son of professor was killed, but rebuilt into machines by the DALEKs, and the old man in the hall's wife was kille
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Alexa
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the first Doctor Who graphic Novel I have read and I was really impressed by it. I was a little trepidations about embarking on the Doctor Who comics because A) the last thing I need is a new obsession and B) because I have heard mixed reviews about the quality of the story lines; however I am happy to report that this installation was very entertaining. I thought the art work was great, the story was thought-provoking and also I think Justin Richards nailed the 11th doctor's sense of hu ...more
OneOfNyn
Aug 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'll say for this one close to the same thing I said for the last one. It was a great story, a fast read, and nothing's really better than Doctor Who...but, I've seen this storyline before. In this story, the Eleventh Doctor is looking into how the Daleks meddled with World War I. He doesn't have a companion in this one, so I'm just assuming it's after Amy and Rory left and before the Doctor found Clara. It would be nice to know for sure though. In the TV show, the Eleventh Doctor and Amy go to ...more
Lori
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
Justin Richards and Mike Collins have created this cool graphic novel. The images are clever, well detailed and compelling. The bubble text placement works well. I enjoy history, and appreciate that there is some non-fiction contained in this read. This novel is full of action and uses Dr Who's self deprecating humor. The Dalek Project is definitely one for the fans of Dr. Who.
Sassafras
Huge Dr. Who fan here: my son and I just binge watched the final episodes of season 7 as well as "The Day of the Doctor." I figured since we're due for a regeneration at the beginning of season 8, I should read the graphic novel featuring the Eleventh Doctor.

Anything with Daleks is sure to catch and keep attention, and we know the whole timey-wimey thing can take us anywhere and anywhen. Without spoilers I cannot give away the locations and times. Let's just say the main action takes place duri
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Brandon
Aug 29, 2014 rated it liked it


This is the first Doctor Who novel I've read although I've been watching the TV show since the Tom Baker days - off and on - and I intentionally looked for a book that wasn't a retelling of a TV episode so that I could judge it on it's own merits and I think that this Doctor Who adventure belongs in the Whovian cannon. There was a similar story set during WW2 about the Daleks being used to end the war. This story in this book is set during WW1 and the war doesn't feature as prominently as it did
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Virginia
Feb 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Myself being an extreme "whovian" I had utterly high expectations. At first I became truly interested, this graphic novel had a balance of action and adventure and sci-fi all in one. But It honestly wasn't graphic novel of the year. The animation in this graphic novel is amazing, if you get past small issues : the wrong eye color, something out of place etc. The explosions and colors for the action scenes were great but I thought there were to many explosions. As always Doctor Who kept the scien ...more
Nicholas Whyte
Nov 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor, who, 11th, 2013, 1308, comic
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2158739.html[return][return]As with a number of the recent Who novels, this is aimed at a slightly younger readership, with the Doctor's co-adventurers being three children rescued from a spaceship by him after their parents' death (no novel with Clara yet, as far as I know, although she has been on the show since April, or perhaps longer depending how you count). I was very interested to note that, like Malorie Blackman's The Ripple Effect published last month, The ...more
Dan
This Doctor Who graphic novel sees the Doctor comes face to face with the daleks in the middle of the First World War. Initially the story is not that dissimilar to the Series 5 TV episode "Victory of the Daleks" but after a while it does take a different direction as the daleks plan is much bigger than it first appears.

The daleks are at their manipulative best here and look brilliant, as does every part of the artwork. For some reason their speech just doesn't quite work the same in comic form
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Shannon Appelcline
Richards' story is actually pretty good. It makes good use of the Daleks that feels authentic, while at the same time nicely highlighting Earth's history and offering up some surprises along the way. It does get a little long, and the whole idea of building Daleks to aid in the war has already been done on TV (just not for the same war).

Unfortunately, the artwork lets the book down. It's occasionally very rough and the coloring seems amateurish. Worse, the coloring is combined with zippotone, an
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Kalilah
Jan 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga-etc
Even though I'm not a fan of Doctor Who, I ended up reading this book because my sister won it in a contest and the graphics grabbed my attention.
I really, really like the artwork - especially illustrations of the Dalek's; they're so epic!
The story-line is also quite interesting and easy to follow, but not too exciting. Probably not the best example of Doctor Who ingeniousness. If I'd found the plot more appealing I would've given this book an extra star.
But really - the pictures are awesome, th
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Alex Sarll
Some crashed Daleks get primitive versions of their kind built by humans, who think that they have a perfect weapon with which to end a World War...in other words, it's the same plot as 'Victory of the Daleks', but set in the First rather than Second. I was under the impression that the comics (and books, and audios) were monitored to avoid this degree of overlap with the TV series, and here's a good example of why they should be: this isn't perfect, but it hangs together much better than 'Victo ...more
Andrew
A nicely-illustrated tale of the Doctor and the Daleks in the First World War. There are plenty of twists and turns, but the real strength of this tale lies in the art by Mike Collins. It's visually exciting and action-packed, and his dynamic layouts, while visually interesting, never sacrifice clarity of storytelling. The story itself is maybe a little close to the TV episode Victory of the Daleks at first, but ends up going in a different direction. A fun story for fans of Doctor Who in comics ...more
Trae Stratton
Solid entry in the Doctor Who mythos- would have made a great episode. My only lament is that it's ALWAYS Daleks these days. Enough already with the Scourge of Skaro, and Cybermen too for that matter. The comic book medium should be used to explore distant worlds and develop new foes that would be beyond the budget of a TV series. At the very least give me the Silurians (maybe even when they ruled the Earth!) the Ice Warriors or even the Sontarens.
Sarah Stobie
This was just Doctor Who magic, the ability to have the words sound exactly like what doctor 11 would say, mixed with Daleks, war and a good ANZAC day read, so good!
While I was reading the Dalek parts, I couldn't help but read it with a Dalek voice in my head!
Started this during the Booktubeathon but didn't end up finishing it till now (a week later)!
4 out of 5 stars!
Mel
This is very much a children's comic and should be judged as such. But I think for kids it's great. The art is bright and clear. The story is strong and nicely built up as the daleks' plan is slowly revealed. The book shows how both sides in a war can be guilty of the same mistakes. There is a lot of action while at the same time building up the plot. Definitely one I'd recommend for young fans.
Angela
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Quite a good read. Daleks are found on an archaelogical dig in France. This leads the Doctor to remember an adventure around the time of World War 1. It is a bit like a tv episode, but it was written well before it. The daleks are at their manipulative best, and the artwork is nice too.
Paul McNamee
Aug 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Another fun romp - the variety of Daleks in this one makes it enjoyable. Story goes a bit off the tracks near the end with a lot going on - a bit too much. But, all in all, a good time.
Callumw
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
where is harry potter
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Jacob
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Public library copy.

This wasn't too shabby in so far as Dr. Who tales go, it's a plus for me that it's centered on the Matt Smith Doctor because he was fantastic in that role.
David
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comic-books
Meh. Below average Who.
Alsjem
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this - the illustrations were particularly strong. As always, it is best to not look too closely at plot or it will stop your full enjoyment!
Joseph Stiles
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Last book of 2013.
Chris
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved the story! I just wish some of these artist could make a good rendering of Matt Smith or even David Tennet.
Paul Griggs
Sep 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Keep an ear out for my exclusive review on The Attack of the 50ft Nerds podcast. Episode 18 coming this week. Just search iTunes for 50ft nerds.
Kirsty
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
great graphics and an interesting story, I'm a Doctor Who fan but this is the first Doctor Who graphic novel I have read, will definitely be reading some others.
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Justin Richards is a British writer. He has written many spin off novels based on the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, and he is Creative Director for the BBC Books range. He has also written for television, contributing to Five's soap opera Family Affairs. He is also the author of a series of crime novels for children about the Invisible Detective, and novels for older children. ...more
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