Doctor Who: The Blood Cell

Doctor Who: The Blood Cell

by James Goss


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"Release the Doctor - or the killing will start." 

An asteroid in the furthest reaches of space - the most secure prison for the most dangerous of criminals. The Governor is responsible for the worst fraudsters and the cruellest murderers. So he's certainly not impressed by the arrival of the man they're calling the most dangerous criminal in the quadrant. Or, as he prefers to be known, the Doctor. 

What does impress the Governor is the way the new prisoner immediately sets about trying to escape. And keeps trying. Finally, he sends for the Doctor and asks him why? But the answer surprises even the Governor. And then there's the threat - unless the Governor listens to the Doctor, a lot of people will die. 

Who is the Doctor and what's he really doing here? Why does he want to help the Governor? And who is the young woman who comes every day to visit him, only to be turned away by the guards?  

When the killing finally starts, the Governor begins to get his answers...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804140928
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 734,734
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

JAMES GOSS has written three Torchwood novels, a Doctor Who novel, and two radio plays, and is the co-author, with Steve Tribe of The Dalek Handbook and Doctor Who: A History of the Universe in 100 Objects. His books Dead of Winter and First Born were both nominated for the 2012 British Fantasy Society Awards.

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Doctor Who: The Blood Cell 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
TheQuirkyBookNerd More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of this Doctor Who book series for a couple of years now, and the show itself even longer, and have found these books to be very entertaining. Even though they aren’t exactly the best literature ever, they are fun to read and feel a bit like extra episodes of the show. I have really been enjoying Peter Capaldi’s performance as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara, so I was very eager to begin the books starring this incarnation of the loveable time lord and his clever companion. However, I did not exactly get what I was looking for out of this novel. The idea for the plot sounded very intriguing, but the execution of it caused it to fall a bit flat for me. The main reason I did not enjoy this book as much as I had hoped was due to the first person narration. Typically, these novels are written from a third person perspective. I think these stories generally work out a lot better with that type of narration because the actions of multiple characters, most importantly the Doctor and companion, can be followed more closely. The insight that a third person perspective gives you as a reader keeps the story moving at a better pace. It is also more interesting, as most readers likely want to actually see the Doctor’s actions play out rather than hear those escapades relayed back to them by an observer. I also personally found myself not connecting at all with the Governor and not caring much for or about him as a character, which made the first person narration even more of a problem. It got to the point where I did not really care what was happening to him or what he thought; I just wanted to see what the Doctor was up to, how he was handling things. The main point of reading these stories is to see more of the Doctor’s and companion’s adventures and antics, and that was completely lost in this novel. The setting of the prison and overall concept for the story was a good one and could have easily been a great plot for an episode. In the little that we get to see of them, I thought that the author did a fairly good job portraying Capaldi’s Doctor and Clara. At times, I did enjoy the mystery of why the Doctor was in the prison, and I was definitely intrigued to see how he and Clara would escape from this situation. Overall, this was not a terrible book by any means, but it was definitely not one of my favorite Doctor Who books. With a few alterations, this could have been so much better than it was. Occasionally I felt that some of this story became slightly repetitive and dragged on a bit without making much progress or uncovering new details. Basically, it seemed like there was a lot of action but they weren’t really getting anywhere. The main details that were finally revealed in the end were somewhat interesting, but they definitely didn’t blow me away; and I can’t say that the reveal made me feel like it was worth getting through the rest of it.
BrianIndianFan More than 1 year ago
Way out on the fringes of the galaxy - and with a galaxy this big, there are lots of fringes - lies a Prison Planet. No, not the alt-right twitter account, but an honest to goodness, Hotel California/Roach Motel you can check out but you can never leave prison planet. For some reason, the Doctor has ended up incarcerated here. Now, the Governor of the Prison Planet would have you believe that the Doctor is some vile, heinous character. Is he? Has he been set up? Or, is he undercover? Well, we can eliminate him being undercover as he doesn't seem to like being there, escaping his cell on a quite regular basis...and then there's Clara, coming to visit in hopes of being able to see him. The Doctor, quite unlike the rest of the prisoners, does not proclaim his innocence; he comes to tell the Governor to let him go before people start dying. The battle of wills between the Doctor (prisoner 428) and the governor will not end well for the latter. Eventually, the Doctor's warning is not heeded (are they ever?) and people start disappearing. Then, the prison's mechanical systems go from failing on an irregular basis to regular basis to straight out trying to kill them. And then, we finally find out about the Blood Cell... This book is told from the Governor's point of view, making it a major weakness. We don't actually get to see the Doctor in action unless the Governor is there to see it. It does allow the reader to see the wonder of the interactions between Clara and the Doctor, but it is not enough to overcome the weakness of the third party POV. The book does a bit of a slow burn before it picks up speed in the last third of the book. It really took too long to get to the point and even longer to figure out why the Governor ended up here. There was a little jab about government in there with respect to the way the monster was acting which was a nice touch. The fate of those on Level 7 were given the typical Moffat hand-wave reset which made the terror of the fate become a giant nothingburger. Overall, this is a Who book that will pass the time for his fans, but nothing more. BOTTOM LINE: A good concept wasted by lousy storytelling.
Solarix-Star More than 1 year ago
One of the first books i read dealing with Capaldi and it captures him really really well especially the relationship that he and Clara have been having on the show definitely give it a read.
ganymeder More than 1 year ago
Now that I've finished watching Capaldi's first season, I finally got to read this book and it was worth the wait! Actually, if I"m completely honest, I enjoyed the book better than the actual television season. At about 150 pages, it was a pretty quick and easy read, light for most of the book, then heavy and a bit disturbing at the end. A new monster appears, as creepy as you'd expect from Doctor Who! So, do I recommend it? Of course. :)
MaraBlaise More than 1 year ago
I have been very bad with watching Doctor Who since they change the Doctor. Not that I didn't mind the change. I like Peter Capaldi as the Doctor; I just haven't had time to watch it. But among my countless ebooks did I find this book that I had requested from NetGalley and since I felt that I needed to get through some NetGalley books and since the book wasn't thick (a plus, take easy thin books first before the ones with many pages) did I feel that did was a good choice. Also, the book was interesting from the start, that's a plus. I liked the story; I liked the fast-paced style of the book. I breezed through in a day and that felt good. The story was intriguing, why was the Doctor a prisoner, what was wrong with the prison? The ending was the only thing I felt didn't belong in a Doctor Who story. It was a lot more gruesome than I have ever experienced when it comes the show. Not bad, just yikes... 3.5 stars
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is poorly written, explicitly violent, bloody, and disturbing, and really has no place among the Doctor's adventures.  If I still haven't convinced you not to read it, consider the failed portrayal of the Doctor. Peter Capaldi's body, speaking and behaving like Matt Smith. I was deeply, deeply disappointed by  this book, and will likely eschrw any future offerings from this author. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not your usual rollicking along, slap-bang, third-person omniscient narrator. Instead we are given the opportunity to view the Doctor from the point of view of someone into whose life he intrudes. A little scary, a lot enigmatic and difficult, a lot more just plain mysterious, this stranger calling himself "Doctor" leaves most around him feeling as if they've left the sugar out of the medicine: good for you but
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
Doctor Who The Blood Cell By James Goss is the newest edition the Doctor Who series of books. Each book is like an episode and this book in particular centers around mysterious mutant insects. Doctor Who is a popular TV series originally produced in1963 and has since earned a place in pop culture. Who hasn't heard of the infamous traveling "Tardis"? Anyone familiar with popular media would recognize the "Public call box" as it travels in space. There have been many "Dr Whos" and this fiction novel is based on the adventures of the 12th doctor. The different books in this series are written by different authors- each with their own unique style and twist. Goss's fast paced narrative jumps right into the action. His action packed dialogue will keep the attention of all readers. Fans of the popular TV series will enjoy the common themes of the television show, within this book. Readers who enjoy mystery and science fiction fans alike, will also enjoy this book. There is enough authentic graphic scientific description to hold the attention of true Sci fi fans. The authentic historic elements of traveling back into time will be appreciated by history enthusiasts. This is a well rounded story with a variety of elements. While the tv series is equally enjoyed by adults as well as teens and children alike, this novel is written at the middle school age level. It is an appropriate book choice for teens or young adults. As a blogger I received a copy of this book published by Broadway books an imprint of Crown Publishing Group, for the purpose of writing this review.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is a Peter Capaldi 12th Doctor adventure which is told from the first person point of view of the Governor in charge of a the most high security prison ever, especially created on an asteroid to house the most dangerous prisoners - and one of the prisoners is actually the Doctor! The Governor wants to be friends with everyone, but expects them all to call him 'Sir'. The Doctor, like all the other prisoners, is referred to by his number - 428 - but definitely prefers being called the Doctor. He also doesn't particularly enjoy being locked up, so keeps escaping from his cell to wander around the prison asteroid, often meeting the Governor in the process. But all is not quite what it seems in the prison, indeed prisoners are being killed, there are worrying, unexplained power outages and Clara keeps visiting to try to see the Doctor, but only sees the Governor. She also warns that the killings are starting. This is a well paced, well written adventure that will appeal to more adult Doctor Who fans - it certainly isn't a fairy tale! I enjoyed the explanations towards the end about how the prison started and actually who was imprisoned there, but I'll not share them here as they would certainly be spoilers - you'll need to read it yourself to find out what happens! The characterisation of the Doctor and Clara, to me, continued their portrayal in the television series so far and this would make an interesting additional show in the series. Many thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for letting me read an e-copy of this book in exchange for this, an honest review. 
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