DOCTOR WHO: TALES OF TRENZALORE: The Eleventh Doctor's Last Stand

DOCTOR WHO: TALES OF TRENZALORE: The Eleventh Doctor's Last Stand

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Overview

The Eleventh Doctor's Last Stand: never-before-told exploits from the Doctor's 900 years protecting the town of Christmas.

As it had been foretold, the armies of the Universe gathered at Trenzalore. Only one thing stood between the planet and destruction – the Doctor. For nine hundred years, he defended the planet, and the tiny town of Christmas, against the forces that would destroy it. 

Some of what happened during those terrible years is well documented. But most of it has remained shrouded in mystery and darkness. Until now.

This is a glimpse of just some of the terrors the people faced, the monstrous threats the Doctor defeated. These are the tales of the monsters who found themselves afraid - and of the one man who was not. 

(Tales of Trenzalore collects four of the Doctor’s adventures from different periods during the Siege of Trenzalore and the ensuing battle: 

Let it Snow – by Justin Richards
An Apple a Day – by George Mann
Strangers in the Outland – by Paul Finch
The Dreaming – by Mark Morris)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849908443
Publisher: Penguin UK
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Edition description: Media Tie
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 928,558
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 13 - 16 Years

About the Author

Justin Richards (Author) 
A celebrated writer and Creative Consultant to the BBC Books range of Doctor Who books, Justin Richards lives and works in Warwick with his wife and two children. When he’s not writing, he can be found indulging his passion for inventing, reading and watching far too much television.

Mark Morris (Author) 
Mark Morris became a full-time writer in 1988, and a year later saw the release of his first novel, Toady. He has since published a further sixteen novels, among which are Stitch, The Immaculate, The Secret of Anatomy, Fiddleback, The Deluge and four books in the popular Doctor Who range. His short stories, novellas, articles and reviews have appeared in a wide variety of anthologies and magazines, and he is editor of the highly-acclaimed Cinema Macabre, a book of fifty horror movie essays by genre luminaries, for which he won the 2007 British Fantasy Award. He also writes under the name of J. M. Morris. To find out more about Mark Morris visit his website at www.markmorriswriter.com

George Mann (Author) 
George Mann is the author of the Newbury & Hobbes steampunk mystery series, as well as numerous other novels, short stories and original audiobooks. He has edited a number of anthologies including The Solaris Book of New Science FictionThe Solaris Book of New Fantasy and a retrospective collection of Sexton Blake stories, Sexton Blake, Detective. He lives near Grantham, UK, with his wife, son and daughter.

Paul Finch (Author) 
Paul Finch is a former cop and journalist. He first cut his literary teeth penning episodes of the TV crime drama The Bill, and has written extensively in the field of children's animation. However, he is probably best known for his work in fantasy and horror. His first collection,Aftershocks, won the British Fantasy Award in 2002, while he won the award again in 2007 for his novella, Kid. Later in 2007, he won the International Horror Guild Award for The Old North Road. He has written two Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish - Leviathan and Sentinels of the New Dawn. Paul lives in Lancashire, with his wife and his children.

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Doctor Who: Tales of Trenzalore: The Eleventh Doctor's Last Stand 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Talekyn More than 1 year ago
My major quibble with the stories, which I'll address individually in a moment, is a slight internal inconsistency: no matter which time period during The Doctor's stay on Trenzalore the story is set in, the human inhabitants of the town of Christmas are perpetually amazed that something(s) from outer space has landed on the planet. First of all, if memory serves, the settlement on Trenzalore was a colony itself -- that fact alone should negate any character claiming that visitors from outer space are an impossibility. Second of all, the television episode during which these stories are set makes it clear that there are regular -- as in yearly, if not monthly -- attacks by various of The Doctor's enemies who manage to slip through the no-technology cordon erected by the Papal Mainframe --- this also should negate any character thinking any alien creature is native; these people should constantly be on the lookout for signs of the next infiltration. Beyond that minor quibble, I enjoyed the stories well enough. LET IT SNOW by Justin Richards The villains in this piece are the Ice Warriors, ancient Martians who can withstand long periods in hibernation in utter cold, which enables them to pass the Mainframe's "no technology" barrier by falling through it encrusted in ice. Their plan is to turn the town of Christmas' "snow making machines" against it and bury the city, and the Doctor, in a devastating avalanche untraceable to them. The fun part of this story is how The Doctor manipulates the Ice Warriors. Very well done, that part. AN APPLE A DAY by George Mann The Krynoid, a plant-based alien lifeform I don't recall seeing/reading about before, is the villain in a story that draws on various "green man" myths and The Doctor's relationship with kids to add some tension. It's a fun, fast-paced adventure. STRANGERS IN THE OUTLAND by Paul Finch This one attempts to explore part of Trenzalore outside of the town of Christmas. We didn't see anything of the rest of the planet in "The Time of the Doctor," and very little of what it might have looked like pre-war in "The Name of the Doctor," (the only other episode in which the planet appeared). There seems to be some disagreement among the authors as to whether the entire planet is icy or not (if it is, as in this story, then why the need for the snow farm mentioned in other stories herein?). The Autons are the villains of the piece, although we really see very little of them; the story is more a "survival amid the elements / attack by outside forces" tale and is a solid one for that aspect. The subplot introduced at the beginning -- that the invaders look just like The Doctor, is a threat not really followed up on. THE DREAMING by Mark Morris Some of the scariest Doctor Who stories are those that touch on the supernatural, as this one does with The Mara invading the dreams of various inhabitants of the town of Christmas and controlling their minds with the intent of turning them against the Doctor. Morris builds the tension very well by bouncing between a few points of view and by infusing the story with some historical information about the settlement on Trenzalore (rather that the purely geographical explorations of the other stories). I think the second and fourth stories are my favorites, with "Strangers" coming in third and "Let It Snow" feeling the weakest of the four.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish he was still the Doctor- BowTiesAreCool
mtsilence More than 1 year ago
Trenzalore, interesting take on the Doctor's 'last stands' somehow I don't think that Trenzalore will be the place he ends up buried but blimey his enemies sure do, all to keep Christmas safe.
BrianIndianFan More than 1 year ago
In the lore of Doctor Who, "The Time of the Doctor" episode was the last of the Matt Smith (11th Doctor) era. In it, the Church of the Papal Mainframe has surrounded the planet of Trenzalore with a force field, as the armies of the universe have heard the leaders issue the question "Doctor Who?" throughout all of time and space. The last 900 years of the 11th Doctor's life are spent on Trenzalore - specifically in the town called Christmas. There he maintains a stalemate, keeping his home world Gallifrey in its pocket universe and the aliens above out, all the while refusing to speak his name lest his home world come through and restart the Time War. In "Tales of Trenzalore", four different stories are told from the 11th Doctor's time on that distant planet. Each of the stories focus on a monster that has gotten little or no play in the NuWho universe: Autons, Ice Warriors, Krynoid and The Mara. The stories are summarized as such: Let It Snow - Ice Warriors have arrived to kidnap the Doctor. An Apple A Day - The Krynoid come to eat everything with meat on Trenzalore. Strangers in the Outland - Autons want the Doctor dead or alive. The Dreaming - The Mara retrieves the bones of an long dead evil man and attempts to live out its existence by putting flesh on those bones. Each story takes place at least 300 years after the beginning of "The Time of the Doctor" and shows the Doctor growing older and more feeble as time goes by. In fact, in "The Dreaming" the Doctor has reached a point where his mind is starting to go, and the thought of having another crisis to avert is the only thing that snaps him back to reality. The stories also show that the citizens of Christmas have, for better or worse, gotten used to the Doctor's presence on their world. There are lives lost, but the people are grateful for his presence as they realize that many more would have suffered were he not there. Also, the constant presence of the Doctor means that they have learned to trust him and deal with his eccentricities. In one sense, these stories are not how people would want to remember the Matt Smith version of the character - old, less spry and mobile (he has a wooden leg). It reminded this reviewer of the 10th Doctor being aged to an old man by Harold Saxon (The Master) as Prime Minister. No one likes seeing or envisioning a hero in decline, but fortunately the stories show the Doctor at his usual resourcefulness and pluck. BOTTOM LINE: More stories of the 11th Doctor that any Who fan will want to read.
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Bowties+the 11th doctor=total coolness
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Whovians rule!!!
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