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Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles

(Doctor Who: New Series Adventures Specials #1)

3.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,041 ratings  ·  196 reviews
'There are dark tides runing through the universe...'

Miggea - a star on the very edge of reality. The cusp between this universe and the next. A point where space-time has worn thin, and is in danger of collapsing... And the venue for the grand finals of the competition to win the fabled Arrow of Law.

The Doctor and Amy have joined the Terraphiles - a group obsessed with al
Hardcover, 343 pages
Published October 14th 2010 by BBC Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Dan Schwent
In the far future, The Doctor and Amy fall in with a group of historical reenacters, the Terraphiles, and join them in their competition to win the Arrow of Law, an artifact that may be the key to saving the multiverse. But what does the Arrow of Law have to do with the notorious space pirate Captain Cornelius or the theft of Mrs. Banning-Cannon's hideous new gargantuan hat?

On the surface, this looks like slam dunk for me. Michael Moorcock, author of The Dancers at the End of Time - Good. Doctor
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was really excited by the idea of an established Sci-Fi author writing for Doctor Who.
I like the NSA’s but they can be quite quick and easy, so a novel aimed at older readers akin to the PDAs and EDAs sounded perfect...

Admittedly I’d not read anything by Moorcock before and unfortunately found this to be the exact opposite to what I’d hoped for, I’m not used to he’s style of storytelling but a plot involving multiverses really didn’t seemed to fit with this series.

It felt more like The Doctor
Christopher Stilson
This book has several issues.

Issue #1: Not the book's fault, but the Doctor Who Reference Guide places the story before 'The Time of Angels,' when it actually takes place after 'Cold Blood' (Amy has forgotten that she's engaged, and therefore the story must happen after Rory has been erased from time).

Issue #2: This is the book's fault - it makes very little narrative sense. The threat the TARDIS crew faces is very vague and indistinct, and the nominal villains are laughably inept. It's the kind
Marcus Gipps
Aug 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Clearly, this book isn’t going to be for everybody. Not everybody is a Doctor Who fan, for a start. And even among the millions of people who watch the TV series, very few want or need to buy a book based on it. Equally, although Moorcock is a fairly big name – I hope I won’t cause offence by saying he’s massive by the standards of the regular authors of DW books – he isn’t the most mainstream writer in the world. That said, the announcement that Moorcock was going to write a full-length Doctor ...more
Aug 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
A garbled distress call sends the Doctor and Amy to PeersTM a holiday planet based on the works of P.G. Wodehouse. The Doctor believes that the dangerous Frank/Freddie Force and his Antimatter Men have crossed into this universe, searching for the Roogalator, a device which controls the black hole at the centre of the multi-verse. This device is possibly disguised as the Silver Arrar, the trophy which three teams of Terraphiles (fans of Old Earth culture) are competing for. In order to prevent t ...more
Moorcock's The Coming of the Terraphiles -- a full-scale hardback novel visibly marketed with the view that the words "Michael Moorcock" on a book are just as much of a draw as the words "Doctor Who" -- is fast, bold and colourful. Indeed, it reads quite breathlessly at times, as if it were written in a tearing hurry in one draft, but by a genius. Which is quite likely to be true.

Moorcock's career has effortlessly embraced high and low art, and The Coming of the Terraphiles links his Doctor Who
Jared Millet
Ever since I saw the original press release announcing that Michael Moorcock was writing a Doctor Who novel, this has been my most anticipated read of the year. While the book contains numerous "WTF" and "I don't get it" moments, the end result is extremely satisfying and well worth the expectations. Having said that, I can see where the casual Dr. Who fan looking for just another safe little Time Lord adventure would be put off. Getting Michael Moorcock to write a media tie-in novel of any kind ...more
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
I have read most everything Michael Moorcock has written. I am deeply versed in the vagaries of the Eternal Champion and the struggle of the Cosmic Balance. I have been a Doctor Who fan since the age of twelve (I am now nearing my fourth extant decade) when I saw "Robot" the first Tom Baker Doctor Who serial on local public television and am equally as deeply versed in all things Whovian.

Admittedly there were fanboy palpitations on hearing that Moorcock had written a Doctor Who novel. This is pr
Jan 01, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to stormhawk by: Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club
Shelves: book-club, kindle
I've given one star ... half for being Doctor Who, half for being Michael Moorcock.

I shouldn't have awarded any for being either.

Tangential is the best thing I can say about The Coming of the Terraphiles. It's one big tangential wander about the galaxy. And I'm not sure, but possibly an acid flashback, as well.

There are attempts to be clever like Adams, or outright funny, like Pratchett, but neither ever really happens, just like nothing ever really happens in the story.

The Doctor might as w
Moorcock tries to channel P.G. Wodehouse and Douglas Adams but filters it through his Eternal Champion character and sprinkles a little Doctor Who on top like cinnamon. A very sparse sprinkle. I felt kind of like Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park, “Now, you do eventually plan to have dinosaurs on your dinosaur ride, right?”

It has some mildly amusing bits, but it doesn’t feel like much of anything, ultimately.
Dec 14, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one.
Author: I've written this amazing fantasy novel set in a beautiful forest with all kinds of interesting creatures.
Editor: Well, actually I'm looking for a sci-fi novel.
Author: Oh, well I can move it to space, no problem.
Editor: Oh good. Who are the characters?
Author: I have this amazing set of sisters ...
Editor: Ehm - I need a guy as the main character with a girl sidekick.
Author: I can fix that as well.
Editor: Good.
Author: And then the guy and girl fall in love at the end.
Editor: No ... they a
Sean Kennedy
Dec 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
I don't have high expectations for series or film tie-ins as they are usually not on par with their original source, but they can still be enjoyable reads.

This Doctor Who book has been touted as an event novel, which is why it is in a different format and more expensive than the usual range brought out by the BBC.

Sadly, if this is an event novel, I would rather stick to the 'run of the mill' releases. Michael Moorcock is a respected sci-fi author, but it seems here that instead of trying to work
Everything that has made The Doctor a wonderful character, and everything that has made Michael Moorcock a great author, has been watered down and camouflaged in this novel. Mr. Moorcock has attempted to frame great sweeping cosmic challenges with absurdist characters and settings, and it just doesn't work for me.

A "SF&FBC Read All the Books The Fifth Season" book, and for me, a "SF&FBC 2018 TBR Clean-up Challenge" entry for "book written by a young buck or geezer" (Mr. Moorcock was 70 w
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was something of a let down... I've been a Moorcock fan since The Doctor was working for Lethbridge-Stuart and riding around in a little old yellow car with Jo Grant, and a Whovian since Moorcock was editing New Worlds, but the two together in this volume just didn't have any magic for me. The book had a little bit of The Dancers At the End of Time flavor, and a little bit of a taste of the Doctor, but they never came together in a way that did justice to either. I didn't think Amy sounded ...more
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Dr. Who fans, Amy Pond fans
This was fun! This stars Amy Pond and the 11th Doctor. I enjoyed this and will probably read other Doctor Who books as I anxiously await the 13th Doctor.
James  Proctor
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
One admires the prowess if not the prolificity of our own dear Mr Moorcock, said admiration bequeathed in the formally distant third person, so as to varnish oneself in British semblance false in its expression as a warthog in mink stole. Hark, for in the message is the median, suitable one would think to admonish this tale of The Doctor, without resorting to overt hostility, for its shall we say Trojan qualities; Trojan, that is, in reference to antiquity rather than prophylacticity, though one ...more
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
How could something that (in concept) seemed so perfect fail so miserably in its execution?

On the one hand you've got Michael Moorcock, one of the greatest living British fantasists, and undisputed master of the multiverse. On the other hand you've got Doctor Who, one of the greatest British fantasies, and undisputed master of the timestreams. Really, when you think about it, the only surprising thing about this crossover is that it's taken 48 years (both debuted in 1963) for the Eternal Champio
Nov 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Doctor Who
Recommended to Mark by: the TV show
There are two scifi tv shows I have enjoyed ever since I was a wee lad, and still do up to this day. Star Trek the original series and Doctor Who, and the latter still continues to grace our tv-sets even today. We just had the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who and he is still going strong. Not too bad for what is a really British institution in scifi and unlike nothing that the competition has to offer.

The Doctor & Amy Pond (as I am writing this Amy and her husband have already left the Doctor and
Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Really funny and enjoyable to read. Michael Moorecock is a good storyteller but seems to miss the female presence completely.

Amy Pond's character fades into the background of the story. She seems to be missing so much so that it is more believable to pretend she is a different companion than the real Amy Pond. This is not the woman who would have survived on Apalapucia tooth an nail – she would have simply curled up and accepted death as the outcome.

Moffat and Davies have cultivated several str
Feb 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011
I quite like Doctor Who, I quite liked the Moorcock books I read ... so, a Doctor Who book written by Michael Moorcock, what could possibly go wrong? Well, quite a lot actually.

For quite a while, the Doctor and Amy are treated like secondary characters, while the story is all about the actual secondary characters. It wouldn't be so bad, if these were characters I actually liked, but I didn't.

However, my biggest problem is the generic Doctor and companion. If it wasn't for the physical descriptio
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
I did enjoy this quite a bit. Moorcock said that he'd been asked to write "A Michael Moorcock novel with Dr who in it" and he did. (Though this was much more of the comedy Cornelius Moorcock and much less of the eternal sufferings of Corum and Elric.) I have to say that the biggest impression I got while reading this was that Douglas Adams would have loved it! For a Doctor who novel written by an American this wasn't bad. (Though it did make me make a face when Amy made a joke referring to Ameri ...more
Oct 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
As a Doctor Who fan and someone who read a lot of Moorcock in the past, (admittedly a long time past) I've been looking forward to this since I heard it was coming out. Did it live up to my expectations? Sort of.

In terms of simple entertainment, it worked well, I enjoyed it. There is a point however, early on when there's some pretty turgid description.

As a Michael Moorcock novel, it's fine. Multiverse, Chaos and Law, all that good stuff.

As a Doctor Who novel, I have my doubts though. It doesn'
Nov 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I enjoyed the hell out of this book, especially more so because I am a Moorcock fanboy. There are references to other literary agents, and characters of his other novels as well. Small inside jokes, and a lot of other things I probably missed. I'm not very familiar with the Doctor, but I found this version pleasant. The terraphiles are hilarious with their misinterpretations of Earth's cultures. The ending is vintage Moorcock conclusion, with a muddled event leading to joygranit for all.

In almo
Shedrick Pittman-Hassett
Nov 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
I bought this book thinking: "I love Doctor Who! I love Michael Moorcock! This'll be cool!"

Not so much.

The story, what there is of it, is bogged down in a failed attempt to create a very Wodehousian setting--with the requisite zany plot--that under-utilizes the Doctor, Amy, and Moorcock's own Captain Cornelius. Instead, I know far too much of the personal lives of various Terraphile twits that make up the main characters.

I think Moorcock may have been going for the zany Doctor Who that Douglas A
Adam Mills
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bertie Wooster in the 50,000th Century. Written very much in the Dr Who style and in parts very amusing. Captain Cornelius is probably the most interesting character. The physics/metaphysics explanations of what is happening in the Universe/Multiverse are mystical bordering on the incomprehensible but this appears to be deliberate and is a characteristic of some of Moorcock's other books and also the Doctor Who series. Fun but not his best.
Jim C
Mar 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book is based on the television series. In this one the Doctor and Amy are in the future. They have to enter a tournament of sporting events so they can win the Silver Arrow. This artifact is the key to saving the universe.

I am not a fan of this book at all. My first gripe is the two main characters of the Doctor and Amy. When one reads a media tie-in novel, the reader is expecting the characters to resemble the ones from the show. Sadly, this did not happen in this book. There was not enou
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is a tough one to review. I wanted to read a Doctor Who novel and thought I love Michael Moorcock so this should be great. What I got was a Moorcock novel that he changed a couple of the characters to the Doctor and Amy. I can't recommend this as a Doctor Who novel.
Barry Leighton
Aug 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
Like Doctor Who books (especially 8th Doctor) but so, so hated this one.
Michael Kelly
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book has had some stinking reviews, and I was dumb enough to read a few of them before starting the book, which biased me against it. I started highlighting perceived flaws immediately I began reading.

But you know what? The book's charm won me over. And that takes some doing when you start out with a preconceived bias.

To be honest, it's very unlike most Doctor Who, and it's very unlike most Michael Moorcock. But it's not the weirdest or whackiest Doctor Who ever. In the books, titles such a
Leslie Munday
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I used to be a DR. Who (the TV series) fan until my teens. Grew out of Dr. Who and became a M. Moorcock fan in my late teens. I fell out with MM sometime around Mother London, because he stopped writing entertaining/humourous stories, and (to me at least) his work became too serious.
Umpteen years later, I discover that MM has written a DW novel. Surely, this can't be serious - and I am correct, it's quite Light-hearted, entertaining and funny in parts. So what that the Dr is not the star of the
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Michael John Moorcock is an English writer primarily of science fiction and fantasy who has also published a number of literary novels.
Moorcock has mentioned The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Apple Cart by George Bernard Shaw and The Constable of St. Nicholas by Edward Lester Arnold as the first three books which captured his imagination. He became editor of Tarzan Adventures in 1956,

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