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Doctor Who: The Glamour Chase

(Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #42)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,188 ratings  ·  100 reviews
An ancient spaceship and deadly illusions force the Doctor and Amy to doubt reality itself
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 7th 2010 by BBC Books (first published 2010)
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Stephen Robert Collins
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Surprising what you can still buy for £1 at Darlington Book Fair , I missed this back in 2010 they go out of print so quick then it is down to luck finding copy's
The Ponds on weird adventure with the raggedy man. All has gone to pot as the past is not right & Amy thinks the Doctor is Martian !
Very wooly ,haunted house in 1936 , weird aliens & Rory is green ,while the Doctor is in sheep dip
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was actually pretty good. The story is about what one can expect from Doctor Who, strange things going on that turn out to be aliens, the Doctor being crazy (this is Eleven, after all), figuring it all out, saving people... There's people made out of green wool in this one. Yeah, sounds weird, but it's not really, in comparison with the rest of DW. They make it make sense. It was fairly well written, and the characters were pretty spot on. It wasn't too hard to read the dialogue in their vo ...more
Sierra Faith
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
Interesting... I really liked this and it reminded me of a Doctor Who episode! I am giving it 4 stars because the beginning was very confusing. And The Weave (Not sure what to call them... enemy, victim, ETC) were all referred to by numbers. That is their names, which was very confusing! Other than that great book and I'll be reading more of them!
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
Though I don't think it worked in its entirety, I found Gary Russell's The Glamour Chase to be one of the more satisfying entries in the eleventh Doctor tie-in novel series.

I really appreciated the spot-on characterization of the Doctor and Rory here and I loved that Russell took the opportunity to flesh out the latter in a way that felt consistent with his character in several sequences. Fans of Amy are likely to be disappointed though that her role in this story is pretty small, though Russell
Corey Dutson
Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, doctor-who
I'm not generally a fan of the new books, and the new new books don't really deviate from my ... not dislike, but not love as much as I'd like. The Glamour Chase isn't remarkable in any real way. In fact it's a pretty straight-forward Doctor story; Wibbly bits 'n all.

What sets it apart is that this story is Rory-heavy, which makes me quite happy. Not because it has a lot of Rory dialogue (both internal and external, which are delightful). It's actually because Rory is quite a good character, and
Gabriel Wallis
Dec 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Reading this book was like watching one of the episodes. It was a delight to read. And what Doctor Who episode isn't fun to watch? This was the very first Doctor Who book I've ever read, and it was purely entertaining. I look forward to reading more. I think Gary Russell, the author, got the characters down pretty good. The plot wasn't too thick, which I liked. Sometimes, it's just nice to sit back and read a simple book, with no real thick plot line to follow, instead of reading a "War and Peac ...more
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Much better than I had expected from just glancing at the cover. Rory is given a significant part to play that builds on his character's strengths and makes perfect sense for him, and the Doctor gets to run around being Doctor-y. Amy doesn't get so much to do, but when she's around she's perfectly in character. The guest aliens are interestingly different, and the story mixes sadness with a bit of hope in a very compelling way. I'm not sure what the Glamour was ultimately, but didn't mind that t ...more
Jan 28, 2011 added it
The sheep. I loved the sheep. Let's just get that out there right now. And I loved the Doctor's interactions with the sheep. And Rory - Rory is awesome. Everything that he's in is awesome. I pretty much loved this story right off the bat. The plot was nice too, and I just laughed at the end of Chapter 16, because of course that's what happened. Of course. I mean, British, 1930's. What else could have happened?
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love how Rory really gets to hold his own in this story!
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I listened to this on audiobook, and I loved every minute of it. It was read by Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams himself), and it was just fantastic. I've been a fan of Doctor Who for years, but this was the first of the novels I've ever tried. I loved that it was Eleven (my Doctor) and Amy and Rory (my Companions). It was even Rory-centric, highlighting his skills and his heart (Rory is my favorite. I absolutely adore Rory). Darvill does a wonderful job reading--obviously he can do Rory's voice an ...more
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The only negative thing I have to say about this particular story is that there is definitely an anti-religion undertone. That's not necessarily shocking for Doctor Who, but it's just more so in this story.

Otherwise, I highly recommend this story, either the book or the audiobook read by Arthur Darvill. Both are fantastic! Also, if you love the dynamic/friendship of Rory and the Doctor, this book is definitely chock full of fun and sweet moments between them which sometimes got overlooked or byp
David Siddle
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best Nu Who novel yet!!! Totally captured the essence of the main characters, true to the spirit of the eleventh Doctor. Highly recommend this to any fan of Matt Smith, Karen Gillen and Arthur Darvill's TARDIS team.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
i had to finish it. as i started it. just wasted my time
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This felt like reading a doctor who episode. The author got the characters just right and I like the fact that the perspective switched between the trinity
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I mean, these books are entertaining. Sometimes I like some brain candy. And being read by Rory is extra fun :-)
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one was a bit difficult to follow. I will, however, give huge props to reader-who-also-played-Rory Arthur Darvill's impression of Matt Smith. Pretty fantastic.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This and other Gary Russell books reviewed here:
Cara Noyes
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, doctor-who
The weave are a cool
Alien race!
Keri Payton
When archeologists unearth a dig in the 1930s, what they find isn't from any dead human race. In fact, it isn't human...and it is very much alive. A spaceship and its crew trapped, trying to survive and escape.

The Doctor receives a distress signal and he, Amy and Rory, investigate the strange dig and the even stranger people. No one is quite who they seem to be, even among the travelers of the TARDIS.

Who sent the distress signal? What is the Glamour and who is trying to claim it at any cost?

I ha
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hard to say, maybe Doctor Who fans or Sci Fi fans in general.
Being a huge Doctor Who fan, I always followed the show and any Tv spinoffs, but I'd never really been one to bother reading the spinoff novels because I never got into them as much as the TV episodes. When my local Borders closed down, they had all the Sci Fi books 70% off, and this book happened to be among the few that were left. Of course I bought it because hey, it's DOCTOR WHO. This was the very first spinoff I have read for any Doctor Who series, and it wasn't a horrible first impression, ...more
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Gary Russell has always had a strong respect for this history of Doctor Who and his novels reflect a strong knowledge of the minutae of the show and the place each story holds in the larger tapestry. His The Scales of Injustice remains one of the most important Who novels telling an important story that fills a noticeable gap in series continuity.

The Glamour Chase does not fulfill as critical a function but does set itself in the wider scope of the series with its mentions of Mars and its evocat
Kirstie Ellen
The Glamour Chase is a really enjoyable Doctor Who novel. It's short, it's not too complicated, and it's fun.

The Doctor, Amy and Rory all feature in this book (especially Rory, don't you worry about not getting enough Rory time) and they struggle to work out what is happening in the village of Shalford Heights. The Weave (the aliens of the book) crash-landed their ship on each in this village and have a secret mission they must carry out . . . for as long as it takes. Our rival enemy in this bo
Deborah Replogle
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun read if you like the Dr. Who genre. True to the characters in the BBC TV series.
Any Doctor Who audiobook is up against it for me - short bursts of listening and not a genre I would choose for myself. But sometimes the stories really pull you in and the stunning opening scene of The Glamour Chase did that for me this time, in a way that would be nothing like as effective done visually. The Weave are particularly fine aliens - intimately related to one another, Fibonacci sequenced numbers for names and their ship being an extension of their communal selves. It certainly gives ...more
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There are two things you need to suspend your disbelief of to get through The Glamour Chase. The first is aliens with a wool-based biology. That I was okay with. It's out there, but this is Doctor Who; I'm game for most thing.

The second is that these knitted aliens have a technology known as the Glamour, which they basically use for entertainment purposes (never fully explained but think holodeck entertainment) but also has the power, in the wrong hands, to entirely reshape reality.

That second o
May 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I just love the Doctor Who novels, and this one was just as good as the rest. The author really got the characters spot on, especially Rory. I really loved how The Weave worked. A bit sad that they never used it in the show, even. My only real complaint about this book was that the characters had the habit of babbling too much. One or two times, especially from Amy, would've been fine, but it kept happening. Teeny bit annoying. Not enough to ruin the book, mind you, but just enough to make me ro ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
I love Doctor Who. And while I wasn't too sure at first, I love Matt Smith's Doctor. He owns the role now and it works. I love the show and I enjoy reading the tie-in novels.

Rory features prominently here and it was so nice to see him get some credit for being bright. I'm afraid that he will end up being the tin dog of the series and I like him too much for that to happen. Seeing him take more of a strong role here was refreshing.

This one sounded interesting and, for the most part, it was. The
Dec 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
For what it is, The Glamour Chase is fairly entertaining. The beginning started surprisingly strongly, with some nice depth added to Rory's backstory -- which was undermined, sadly, in the bi-polar way in which he was praised then belittled, then praised again by those around him. The second half felt muddied, to me, and what was missing from this novel that the television show captures, I felt, is how well The Doctor engages those around him. In this novel that dialogue seemed perfunctory, thou ...more
Jul 16, 2013 rated it liked it
well, that took a while. But as my 'book between books' it wasn't a very casual read. you need to put a lot more focus into it to understand what was going on. I felt like the threat went nowhere. I didn't really understand how it had a lot of drive when there was an enemy and then they sort of disappeared from the story? lost some plot in there somewhere. But for good points, I liked that it gave Rory a lot of chance to shine, and if this is set during the 5th season of the new series, the seri ...more
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Gary Russell is one of the script editing team for Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, and the author of many novels and reference books in the Doctor Who range. A former editor of Doctor Who Magazine, he also was the producer of Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish Productions for eight years. He was also an actor and is best known for his role as Dick in the 1978 television se ...more

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