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Doctor Who: Longest Day

(Eighth Doctor Adventures #9)

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Its surface ravaged by colliding time-fields, the planet Hirath is a patchwork of habitable areas separated by impenetrable zones of wild temporal fluctuation.

The planet’s unique biosphere is being exploited by an uncaring company happy to rent out temporally isolated chunks of the planet to the highest bidder -- no questions asked. But the controlling computer seems to be
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Paperback, 1st, 276 pages
Published April 28th 1998 by BBC Books (first published April 1998)
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Ken
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
The Doctor and Sam arrive on the strange planet of Hirath, they soon become separated as each of them must navigate the different time zones in the planets biosphere.

Unfortunately I found this one to be a bit of a chore.
There’s some good moments mainly with Sam, but the supporting characters are pretty non-descriptive.

It does set up something interesting that will take the range on an interesting direction though.
Shannon Appelcline
May 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Is this truly the worst Doctor Who book I've ever read? I'm not sure, but it was bad enough that I only finished it because it was part of a series.

The big, big problem is that it has an endless array of indistiguishable characters with an endless array of indistinguishable names, and they're so flat that you don't really care about any of them. Or have any idea who they are. So page after page is just this dull repetition of names that you don't know.

And the Doctor has a purple car in his
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Colin Smith
Oct 17, 2013 rated it liked it
The Eighth Doctor and his companion Sam land in a control base on a moon barely orbiting Hirath, a planet ravaged by colliding time-fields. They encounter hostile forces, and Sam is sent down onto Hirath, where she ends up in a penal settlement, and becomes embroiled with a resistance group. Meanwhile, the Doctor goes down after her, and discovers the reason why Hirath is being torn apart by time, and the hideous race of creatures that want planet for themselves...

This is the first in a three
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Olya
Dec 04, 2016 rated it liked it
It took long to set the pace but once it did I just couldn't stop till I finished - embarrassed to say, I even missed some parts to get to the point of action because the tension, man! And those cliffhangers on every turn really didn't make my life any easier.
Was really surprised and even slightly shocked by the end of it - that was definitely NOT what I expected from the DW book, for some reason.
Christopher Buchanan
The first 2/3rds was a slog and the rest was gore, explosions and non-sense.
Jacob Webb
May 08, 2012 rated it it was ok

Well well well…

Another review, and this time I fear the length of time I took to finish the text may cast some shadow upon it’s quality.

Was this a well written bad book? Was it a poorly written classic?

Meaningless distinction I guess, but it certainly wanders a strange no-man’s land in between. The plot is rather thin, some uncomplainingly mysterious (but not uninteresting) phenomena such as time disturbances, and unusually aged moon-bases; which are unraveled over the course of things but
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Michael
Jun 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
I was sort of hesitant to give this book 1 star because, frankly, it's no Alien Bodies. But Alien Bodies really did deserve negative stars, and I can't in good conscience give this book two stars. It simply doesn't deserve them.

Longest Day is an appropriate title, because the book keeps going on and on and just never bloody ends. Given that I read the Wheel of Time series many times over [the shortest novel of which is physically many times as long as this book; a single *chapter* in the final
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MlySoh
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: whoniverse
"-How are we going to find anyone on a base this size?
-Well... we go yodelling through the corridors until someone tells us to be quiet?"




Longest Day, qu'ils disent. Ah oui ça en effet pour être long il était très long.

Alors déjà d'emblée j'ai un souci: j'ai jamais vraiment réussi à assimiler le fonctionnement d'Hirath et de ses différentes zones temporelles, je n'ai jamais vraiment bien saisi les effets de ces collisions temporelles sur la planète, sur ceux qui s'y trouvent. Je ne comprend pas à
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Nicholas Whyte
Apr 08, 2009 rated it it was ok
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/1493869.html

Basically a fairly standard adventure of the Eighth Doctor and Sam Jones arriving in the middle of a conflict on an alien planet; time eddies and nasty villains complicate the situation (though some of the characters seem to have remarkable powers of surviving major injuries). Remarkable for insisting, more than I remember previous volumes doing, on Sam's falling in love with the oblivious Doctor, which is of course now standard fare for New Who but was
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Michael
Aug 11, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: doctor-who, review
'Have you ever had a nightmare, one that just goes on, and on, and on?'
A small crew manning a remote station, with too much time on their hands, succumb to paranoia and petty hatreds, as an unidentified starship closes in. It's a nice opening but quickly dissolves into confusion. I found my feelings becoming synchronous with the Doctor's temporary companion Anstaar, as our eyes kept glazing over with the constant techno-babble flooding from the Doctor's lips. I really didn't know what was going
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Kevin
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Kind of slow going, the early BBC licensed Doctor Who novels all seem to start rather slow and build. Maybe it's because they hadn't decided to do linear storylines as of yet. Once they started building on the mythology and stopped trying to simply make individual episodes the entire run became amazing. Since I've decided to stop reading them out of order and simply go in order I've found it to be somewhat daunting as the books now take a couple weeks to plod through because the early just ...more
Angela
Jul 10, 2013 rated it liked it
The Doctor and Sam arrive on a moon station. The station controls a planet that is divided by time barriers. The orginal builders are coming back and things are going to get interesting. It took me a while to get into this book, probably the first 60 pages. The story is clever, though I do keep seeing overgrown mandrels as the bad guys. A good read.
Wes Herbst
Nov 05, 2015 rated it liked it
This novel was meandering and violent. It was either stymieing for time, or trying to be horrible. That said, "I've got metal legs" was hilarious.
Em Parrott
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
A captivating story with interesting new characters and some fun twists. The ending definitely was worth it.
Simon Curtis
Feb 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
Scary, moody and cloying. As I remember it.
Bronwen
Feb 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, fiction, tv
After 'Kursaal' and 'Option Lock', this was a shift back to the brilliance of 'Alien Bodies'. An excellent, compelling read (for 8th Doctor fans :). Unusually violent, but worthy nonetheless.

AJ
May 16, 2007 rated it liked it
This book was okay, but hard to follow.
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