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It is 3123, and traveling in the Tardis into deepest space, the Doctor and Sam find three spacecraft. One is a Ximosian warship, the other an Emindaran civilian starliner, and the third a ship of strange allen design. Both Ximosian and Emindaran crews want to discover what cargo this strange structure holds.In attempting to discover where these vessels come from, the DoctoIt is 3123, and traveling in the Tardis into deepest space, the Doctor and Sam find three spacecraft. One is a Ximosian warship, the other an Emindaran civilian starliner, and the third a ship of strange allen design. Both Ximosian and Emindaran crews want to discover what cargo this strange structure holds.In attempting to discover where these vessels come from, the Doctor and Sam unearth a terrible truth. The aden ship is caught in a closed loop of time, being neither created nor destroyed, constantly circling the vortex. The Doctor wants the ship to be destroyed, but the Ximosian and Emindarans are caught in a wrestle for power, and both desire to possess the spacecraft and transform its power into a source for their own political ends....

Title : Doctor Who: Vanderdeken's Children
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ISBN : 9780563405900
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Doctor Who: Vanderdeken's Children Reviews

  • Becca
    2019-01-26 11:40

    Astonishingly clever...if only I could work out what actually happened.

  • James Barnard
    2019-02-02 10:57

    Having lambasted the novel which came before this one – Placebo Effect – for an over reliance on continuity references and familiarity, I ought to commend this one for its ability to tell a traditional sci-fi tale without using any hooks (i.e. cheats) to do it. And I do commend it – it’s a good story well told. And yet, for a book where the overriding motif is a kind of ghost ship, this one is distinctly forgettable.I think that’s my fault rather than the book’s. There’s nothing wrong with it – there rarely was with Christopher Bulis’ books – and it’s a far better book than the one that preceded it. Here we have a solid Doctor Who story, the type of thing fans were no doubt wishing would have formed part of an on-going series of Paul McGann stories. A neat variation on the base-under-siege theme, we see the story through the eyes of a relatively small group of characters. Despite the overly sci-fi setting, all seems convincing and realistic. And Bulis manages to capture McGann’s speech patterns far better than many of his contemporaries. Even Sam Jones seems to work as a companion here, which was by no means guaranteed by this point!Ah well. I’m not sorry I picked this one up again, but it’s not really a stand-out, for BBC Books or for Bulis as an author. At least he managed to tick another Doctor off his list! And he achieves all he set out to do very well. That’s the problem, really – the ambition behind it, in comparison with the other books that surrounded it. ‘Placebo Effect’ achieved what it needed to because the ambition was solely to bring disparate elements of Doctor Who together, whilst the following ‘The Scarlet Empress’ was a work in a different league, and of a bold style, so lingers in the memory. ‘Vanderdeken’s Children’ only wants to be a good story – which it is. Perhaps this is a chance to stand up for the quieter approach…

  • Mary JL
    2019-02-09 11:44

    The title of this book refers to one of the legendary names of The Flying Dutchman. So think basically The Doctor and Sam getting involved with an alien 'Flying Dutchman'.We have a huge alien derelict ship. We have two starships from rival planets investigating it. And of course, the Tardis crew is soon involved in the alien mysteries and dangers......An average Doctor Who book. The plot was a bit weak in spot; the characters of the Doctor and Sam were well done. Not on the top of my Doctor Who list, but a pleasant, quick read for passing a few hours. Recommended for any Doctor Who fan or for any reader of general SF adventure who might like to try it.

  • N
    2019-01-21 12:06

    Twenty million cardboard-thin original characters... and a giant spaceship. Oh, and the Doctor and Sam. But the latter two are peripheral to the giant spaceship. Granted, it's a really cool giant spaceship, but I'm not reading the Giant Spaceship Adventures range of novels here. Also, the mythical Flying Dutchman was named Willem van der Decken, not "Vanderdeken". That's some really critical research failure, and a good indication in nice big friendly letters on the cover as to what the rest of the book is like.

  • Javier Vazquez dobarro
    2019-01-30 10:48

    This was a lot better than both my expectations and my first impression when i started reading it. It starts out as pretty standard Who: derelict mysterious ghost ship in space and phantoms in it; however, when to are 3/4 into it and get to the twist about the nature of the ghosts and its connection to the Emindian and Nimosian sides (which until then i thought to be mere spectators) a terrible reality fall upon the characters and the readers as all piece fall into place one by one and things that before didn´t make a lot of sense suddenly just click. All what initially seemed standard turns into great build up to the end. It´s not perfect my any means: there are a lot of characters and some get more development (Rexton and Lester) than others and since there´s no prologue and we jump straight to the TARDIS it takes just a little bit for something to happen but quickly the book does enough things to keep you interested and until that dramatic and horrible revelation occurs. If you like a good old deep space horror tale, i´d definetely reccomend this book.

  • John Kirk
    2019-02-16 11:10

    This novel is part of an ongoing narrative, so I didn't recognise the Doctor's companion (Sam, short for Samantha). However, that's ok: it's the equivalent of a new viewer not recognising the current cast. This novel tells a complete story, which is quite interesting, although the ending is a bit disappointing. I suspect that this wasn't originally a Dr Who novel, and the Doctor got shoehorned in later, although I could be wrong.This story involves a couple of ships that find a huge derelict craft drifting in space. Based on the picture on the front cover, this reminded me of other novels, e.g. Rendezvous With Rama or Eon. Unfortunately, it doesn't really stand up to comparison with them, and I have to say that the writer isn't quite as clever as he thinks he is (thinking particularly of his time-travel logic). Early on (in chapter 3), one of the ships lowers a pod on a cable towards the derelict, and the person in the pod has to give directions for movement. The key point here is that the derelict is sufficiently massive to have its own gravitational pull (which moves around a bit), so directions have to be relative to this. Unfortunately, the writer gets a bit confused, since he only allows for four possible directions rather than six: "Up"/"Down" apparently mean either "raise/lower the cable" or "move me forward/backwards along the hull". Again, it's unfortunate that I wound up comparing this to a better work of fiction, namely Ender's Game. "The enemy gate is down!"Looking at my last paragraph, maybe that's the real problem here; I used to read a much wider range of fiction, so I'm getting frustrated by the limitations of media tie-ins.

  • Daniel Kukwa
    2019-02-07 14:43

    I may be going against conventional wisdom here...but so be it. This is, by far, Christopher Bulis' darkest "Doctor Who" novel. You wouldn't think a mash-up of old favourites such as "Alien" and "The Poseidon Adventure" would find something new to say. However, throw in some fascinating, grotesque monsters...a cast of passengers far more interesting than "Terror of the Vervoids" provided...some timey-wimey shennanigans worthy of Steven Moffat...a melancholy, downbeat ending...and the end result is something captivting and frightening in equal measure. Only a few character endings that I felt climaxed in less than satisfying manner keep this from a full five stars...but it comes awfully close. It's Mr. Bulis' darkest novel, and also his best. A special mention must go to Mr. Bulis for capturing the young, moody, Byronic 8th Doctor to perfection.

  • Em
    2019-02-05 09:09

    The first thing I noticed was Eight's startlingly abrupt change of personality and tone. He was very pompous and self-assured--almost like Six. It really annoyed me, but I got used to it eventually. Sam becomes a side-note/damsel-in-distress, which was actually an improvement over her usual angstyness.The story was full of enough plot twists and terrifying monsters to keep me interested. The mini character side-stories were a bit annoying, but tolerable. The worst thing was that my copy of the book is missing the last few pages . . . :( So I had to read a synopsis to find out how it ended. Oh well, on to the next . . . .

  • Angela
    2019-01-28 09:08

    The 8th Doctor and Sam get knocked off course by a very large ship. So large that it messes with time and space. Matters get further complicated when a cruise ship and a war ship from rival empires both want to lay claim to it. And then there's the problem of the ghosts.This is a very atmospheric book, and the plot moves quite quickly. The action scenes are very well done. There's also some fun character bits too. The reason I didn't give it 4 stars is that it all ends I a bit of a muddle which is a shame. A good read.

  • Nicholas Whyte
    2019-01-21 14:09

    An intriguing tale of two space-faring civilisations who find themselves contesting possession of a Big Dumb Object, in this case a ship that appears to fade into another universe, with the Eighth Doctor and Sam arriving and getting mixed up in it. There's some good sfnal stuff about time paradoxes, though I was a bit sorry that Sam's character appeared to have lost all the development of the last couple of volumes in the series. Nice Doctory characterisation though, and generally clear writing.

  • Michael
    2019-02-15 07:53

    The Doctor promises to explain later just a few times too many in this book. I'm not entirely convinced that even Bulis knows exactly what's going on in this mysterious derelict spaceship story. Sam's input is kept to a minimum (smart move) so the story is told from the perspective of the Doctor, supporting characters and even - quite cleverly - some of the minor characters.

  • Bronwen
    2019-01-27 14:56

    Not bad. It started off a little slowly but it got really intense in the middle and then some of it was genuinely frightening! There was a bit too much technobabble to explain it all though and all the time loops got a bit confusing.

  • Kathryn
    2019-02-11 10:01

    The "ghosts" at first were written very well - I actually got a bit creeped out. However, as many others have said, by the end of the book, the whole story seemed rushed and disjointed. I had trouble keeping up with the scene changes, and it just kind of.... ended.

  • Simon Curtis
    2019-01-30 12:41

    Doctor Who does epic space opera.

  • Joshua Bradley
    2019-02-10 11:50

    Fun little sci-fi book. The first Dr. Who book I've read and picked up in a book giveaway.

  • Andy
    2019-02-04 14:41

    If Moffatt is after a darker and more complex story he could do a lot worse than this paradox fuelled, blood soaked nightmare (and he has)

  • Peter Camenzind
    2019-02-05 09:04