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Doctor Who: Combat Magicks

(Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #69)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The TARDIS arrives in Gaul in 451AD, on the eve of battle between the forces of Attila the Hun and those of the crumbling Roman Empire. But the Doctor soon finds that both sides are being helped by sinister, supernatural creatures.

While Graham makes allies in the Roman camp and Ryan is pursued by the enigmatic Legion of Smoke, the Doctor and Yasmin are pressed into service
Published November 22nd 2018 by BBC Digital
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Stephen Robert Collins
First the closer bell sounds that bang wallop the Tardis lands in Gaul in 451A.D. at near end of the Roman empire, their is no Astrix the Gaul but There is one horrible Attila the bloody Hun as Graham puts it.
This another weir historical story, but Unlike in Romans they don't dress the part. I have loved to see Graham or Ryan in a toga.
Taken once again for a witch the Doctor is mad bad full of vinaigrette seeing this is France.
But all is not right,no surprise there as an alien force is masked as
Paul Griggs
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well done Steve Cole,’filling out the first 13th Doctor trilogy of novels with a cracking action packed pseudo-historical. Would love to see more of the Roman UNIT, The Legion of Smoke!
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Every time I pick up a "Doctor Who" novel by Steve Cole, I'll either be disappointed or happily surprised; he doesn't tend to leave me with any middle ground. Happily, he hits this one out of the park: there is a fantastic use of historical figures, a solid grasp of the new 13th Doctor and her companions, and some great fanwank with past Roman stories, and an ancient version of "Torchwood" at work. Some of the opening character action is turned a bit too high past 11, and it occasionally rambles ...more
No matter how hard I tried I really couldn’t get into this novel; I liked the idea behind the alien villains but the storyline felt dragged out, with far too much of it hard to understand. This book felt a lot longer than the other two 13th Doctor novels & I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much. The Doctor, Ryan, Yasmine & Graham were portrayed well though.

⚠ This book contains a lot of violence & death ⚠

Extended Review to follow.
Dalian "Kuro no Yomihime"
What I liked:
-I might have wanted more from it but I can't say I was ever bored reading it.
-Liss. (view spoiler), I genuinely enjoyed her character and her interactions with the fam. I do think she should have had a bigger role in the plot though.
-The tenctrama were interesting villains. It was fun trying to figure out what their goal was and how they were achieving it.
-Thasmin is always good though there wasn't much of it.
-We learnt a bit more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Combat Magicks is a mostly forgettable Doctor Who novel. Author Steve Cole seemed to have a good idea for a setting, but not much of an idea for a story. The plot is the standard "split the team up and have them get threatened a lot" cliches that make up most mediocre Doctor Who historicals. That said, there are a few nice touches. The new Doctor is characterized well, which is especially notable given that Cole had certainly never seen Jodie Whitaker in the role when he wrote the book. Also, Ry ...more
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Excellent story that mirrors the show characters very well. Gives great voice to these beloved characters. Mandip Gill's audio was a lot of fun to listen to and made it even more enjoyable.
Bob Mccow
Dec 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable tale featuring the irrepressible Thirteenth Doctor as played by Jodie Whittaker.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jonathan Roth
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wonderful adventures of the 13th doctor and her companions. This story very fun and interesting deserves to be an episode of the show Highly Recommended
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Also publishes as Stephen Cole.

Steve Cole is the slightly crazy, highly frantic, millions-selling, non-stop author of Astrosaurs, Cows In Action, Astrosaurs Academy, The Slime Squad, Z. Rex and many other books (including several original Doctor Who stories).

He used to edit magazines and books but prefers the job of a writer where you can wear pyjamas and eat chocolate all day.

Steve just can't st

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