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Doctor Who: Molten Heart

(Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #68)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Deep below the surface of the planet Adamantine lies a crystalline wonder world of lava seas and volcanic islands, home to living rock-people.

But when the Doctor and her friends arrive on Adamantine they find it under threat. The seas are shrinking, the magma is cooling, and mysterious, fatal seething pools are spreading fast.

Something has come to Adamantine – but what doe
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published November 8th 2018 by BBC Books
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Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Second NSA to feature the Thirteen Doctor, this one is also set on an alien planet.
The Doctor and her friends arrive on Adamantine with the planet under threat.

This felt really early in the Doctor’s Thirteenth incarnation timeline as she mentioned that she’s still getting use to her new face.
There were a couple of mentions about giant spiders on the planet too, but it felt more like foreshadowing to an adventure against them arachnids in Sheffield.
So with that in mind it really felt like th
Katy Alice (The Girl in the Garret)
I've read two of the Thirteenth Doctor adventures so far (The Good Doctor & Molten Heart) and what both have in common--though written by different authors--is that the characters' voices are being captured exceptionally well. Which honestly I was concerned about because I didn't anticipate Whittaker's delightfully rapid-fire speech pattern and enthusiasm translating well to the page.

'Molten Heart' is a tad faster paced than 'The Good Doctor', though it doesn't dig quite as deep into the pl
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This is wonderful. A novel that reads like one of the very best of the early & late-era Target novelizations. It feels like an adaptation of a television episode, with all the extra embellishments and additions that made the best Target novelizations something special. It gets extra marks for being the best early book to capture a new Doctor/companion team so accurately; I could hear Jodie & company in my mind, uttering every word of dialogue. An unexpected, satisfying surprised I inhale ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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You guys, are you watching the Thirteenth Doctor? So good. I like it so much that my husband got me the new Thirteenth Doctor comics, BUT it’s the stupid serial format with cliffhangers and weeks between them, which is not at all how I like to read comics. I think I’m going to wait for the trade, instead. Bingereading, y’all.

Molten Heart is a new Doctor Who spinoff novel. It reads like a longer ep, with more internal monologue, especially from Yaz. There’s more space for character growth, too.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Am I really giving 5 stars to a 13th Doctor novel, again?! You betcha! Una McCormack did a brilliant job with this story; I loved the new world & it’s one I wish I could see on my screen... I think I’d fall totally in love with the sight of it. I also loved the collection of new species & how different their world was to ours - this isn’t an alien race anything like humans & I loved that. The plot was well fleshed out too & the twists left you unsure of who to trust. This wasn’t ...more
Luke Sims-Jenkins
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
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I've been away from Doctor Who for a few years, but with a new Doctor and producer knocking it out of the park I thought I'd give the new books a go.

This is a solid fun good time. Nothing life changing here. Una McCormack captures the characters near perfectly (except for one part when Ryan called Graham Granddad. Bit thats a nitpick and I am a nerd). The books pretty light, you'll knock it out almost as fast as you would an old Terrance Dick novelization.

If you like the new series, this is a g
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Una did a wonderful job with this. She captured the Doctor and her companions PERFECTLY! Every word you could read in their voices. Which considering the series hadn't come out yet when she wrote this is very impressive! The story was set on a wonderful planet, with jewel like aliens that were facing the destruction of their world. It was easy to picture and a fabulous story. Recommended for young and old fans of the show.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very creative story with such characteristic especially on Yaz, I do like the World-Building and the Species, defiantly we haven't got something like since the Fires of Pompeii.
took me a while to finish this book because I been lack-luster on Reading since the dreadful reading of Parallel 59.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute, but not all that interesting. The really good thing though was the the author got the voices of Team Tardis really well. I could picture all of them talking and interacting with everyone in the novel. I think this would've been a lot more interesting if the resolution wasn't so quick.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story was great and right on with the 13th Doctor and her mates, gang, fam. The only negative were the multiple spelling errors and grammar mistakes.
Paul Griggs
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great adventure from Una McCormack. Nails the new TARDIS team right off the bat and presents a plausible, but massively alien world for them to play in.
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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A great adventure with an interesting concept. A number of elements don't quite fit into this particular run on Doctor Who but I doubt this will bother other people as much as it does me.
Robert Thomas Morvay
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Excruciatingly boring and mercifully short, this novel reflects the many weaknesses of Doctor Who series 11 perfectly.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable story with a really fascinating race of aliens.
Jason Bleckly
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
The writing was a more juvenile level than is usual for a Doctor Who novel. Pre-teen rather than YA.
Hassan Mallah
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nice story, the 13th doctor was unique with her personality.
Sadly, I like more than most new episodes of the same Doctor.
Joshua Pruett
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full of joy and excitement, perfectly capturing the voices of our new TARDIS FAM.
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Una McCormack is a British writer and the author of several Star Trek novels and stories.

She has also written a number of Doctor Who novels and short stories.

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