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The Secret in Vault 13: A Doctor Who Story

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Written by best-selling children's author David Solomons!

The Doctor has never faced a challenge quite like this . . .

In the coldest spot in the universe is the Galactic Seed Vault. For generations it has existed to store and preserve examples of plant seeds from across the galaxy, ensuring that in the event of planetary catastrophe, the seeds will survive.

And at its heart
Published November 1st 2018 by BBC Children's Books
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Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the new series deliberately avoiding too many continuity references, I was pleasantly surprised that a book thats predominantly amid at a younger reader is bursting with them!

Any story that references Argolis and Metebelis III in the same chapter is going to earn browny points from me!
It really helped set the tone for which is a fun adventure hoping romp.

I got a real sense that this book would be perfect for parents wanting to enjoy an adventure with The Doctor alongside their children.
rin (lorenzo)
Mar 12, 2018 marked it as maybe
"now the Doctor and her companions" boi

it's been like 9 months since the announcement but it's still my favorite song
Ivana Richards
Dec 21, 2018 rated it liked it
A really fun book packed with references.
Julie Garner
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, sf-fantasy
What a great fun read. Doctor Who aimed at the 9+ market and yet totally acceptable reading for a grown up. Solomons has done a wonderful job making this book appeal to Doctor Who fans as well as newbies. It is something that will be enjoyed by young and old alike.
This is a fast paced 13th Doctor adventure with her new companions. It explains regeneration, sonic screwdrivers and daleks in terms that won’t offend fans but also won’t confuse newbies.
The Doctor needs to save the galaxies world seed
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 3,5 stars.

I am a collector too... of keys. Keys, keyboards... monkeys.

This didn’t seem like a children’s book at all! I really enjoyed the writing and the humour is spot on. The characters are exactly as they are in the show.
Ryan’s dyspraxia was mentioned and explained, which I appreciated a lot. There even were some references to the previous Doctors!

I wasn’t really caught up in the storyline though. Compared to the show's episodes, it seemed a bit weak and something was lack
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Struggling to really enjoy the new season with the Doctor. No issues with it being a woman but the shows just seem to have no real 'wow factor' like the others. Seems to be all touchy-feely stuff without really focusing on anything. Just to many companions and it takes away from this new emerging doctor and the drastic change from being a male Time Lord to suddenly being a female Time Lord after thousands of years. That aside, this story was awesome! It really did a great job of show casing the ...more
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a kid's book, this doesn't feel too written down at all. I wouldn't blink an eye at it being one of the regular Doctor Who novels. It's one of those for kids but not kiddish books, with plenty that adult Who fans will love. There is a great adventure, kind of a miniature Key of Time thing, and lots of excellent references to past Doctors.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
"There are three universal constants: Planck's quantum of action, toast always falling butter-side down, and the reaction of anyone entering the Tardis for the first time".
This was a quick and funny read. It gave me a small insight on 13, since I haven't started her season yet. It's still a bit strange seeing "The Doctor and her companions", but I'll get used to it.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Solomons obviously knows his Doctor Who history and it was great to see references to some of the older episodes. A rollicking good story that never lets up the pace. The dialogue sparkles with typical DW humour and Solomons had got the voice of each of the TARDIS characters down to a tee. Plenty here for the young and the young-at-heart (like this reader) to enjoyed.
Robin Stevens
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A charming, funny and puntastic Doctor Who adventure perfect for fans of the show. (7+)

*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. If you use it in any marketing material, online or anywhere on a published book without asking permission from me first, I will ask you to remove that use immediately. Thank you!*
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
A cute romp that captures the personalities of the latest Doctor and her new best friends, Team TARDIS, really well. There are loads of references to past Doctor Who stories and monsters, but not in a way that should get in the way of new fans enjoying it.
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Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: junior-fiction
Definitely a great read for younger and young at heart Doctor Who fans! There were some really cool concepts in here and plenty of references for long time Who fans. Fortunately they never got in the way of the story at hand.
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Was ok. Interesting story but writing felt a bit jumpy.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a lot of fun and really captured the spirit of the new series and 13. Cover and illustrations are gorgeous as well.
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An easy and enjoyable read. The story flowed really well and the characters stayed true to their personalities.
Josh Newhouse
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 18nov
A great doctor who adventure for all ages... and the identity of the villains helper may reverberate in the next one:) I enjoyed it immensely!
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great. To the long list of "things Doctor Who has made me afraid of", add 'plants'.
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
3 1/3 stars. Lovely little enjoyable children's book about the Thirteenth doctor.
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David Solomons has been writing screenplays for many years. His first feature film was an adaptation of ‘Five Children and It’ (starring Kenneth Branagh and Eddie Izzard, with gala screenings at the Toronto and Tribeca Film Festivals). His latest film is a romantic comedy set in the world of publishing, ‘Not Another Happy Ending’ (Karen Gillan, Iain de Caestecker), which closed the Edinburgh Inter ...more