Doctor Who Book Review - The Forgotten Army

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The Forgotten Army-

New York – one of the greatest cities on 21st century Earth… But what’s going on in the Museum? And is that really a Woolly Mammoth rampaging down Broadway?
An ordinary day becomes a time of terror, as Ice Age creatures come back to life, and the Doctor and Amy meet a new and deadly enemy.
The vicious Army of the Vykoid are armed to the teeth and determined to enslave the human race.
Amy has just 24 hours to find the Doctor and save the city.
But as time starts to run out, who can she trust?

Read my review of this book.

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1. The Forgotten Army - My Review

‘Let me tell you a story. Long ago, in the frozen Arctic wastes, an alien army landed. Only now, 10,000 years later, it isn’t a story. And the army is ready to attack.’

My Review-

THE FORGOTTEN ARMY – BRIAN MINCHIN:

   This Doctor Who Story was about an alien race called the Vykoid, seven centimetres tall and lead by General Erik. They travelled in a spaceship designed as a woolly white mammoth, but the ship got trapped under an ice cap, and they fell asleep. When the Doctor and Amy visited New York in the future, the Woolly Mammoth ran riot, and the Vykoid were released, their mission, to capture every human and send them to work in the asteroid mines of the Vykoid home planet. When Amy loses the Doctor she has to search through a dead, panic stricken New York, where possessed news reporters say that the streets are safe at dawn, but only the Vykoid lie in wait to take control of them, and use their teleport in the Statue of Liberty…

   The Doctor and Amy were the main characters, The Doctor, an eccentric, ‘mad man with a box.’ And Amy, his travelling companion, a fiery red head who loves a man in uniform. The Vykoid quickly take control of Commander Strebbins, head of NYPD, normally a woman who doesn’t take any nonsense. Although her understudy, Henderson, is sent to keep an eye on ‘The girl’ (Amy) even though he can’t handle her personality. He is constantly puzzled by what she says, and is forever in everyone’s shadows. General Erik, in charge of the Vykoid army, has great pride and dignity, but after returning to his home planet with the news of failure he is ashamed of himself. Sam Horwitz unearthed the mammoth, and was in the firing line when the Mammoth ran riot in the museum. Also, a timid and scared character that cannot show his feelings to Polly, a primary school teacher.

  I liked the way the alien army of the Vykoid sounded so weak, but were given the role as strong, intelligent individual aliens. The concept of the mammoth from the past coming to the future, was an ingenious idea, and from that idea spawned many funny and fantastic moments, such as the Doctor, Amy and Sam riding inside it, and continually being thrown into mammoth flesh. The book had a good overall plot, by some parts of the book weren’t well explained, and at one point reading the book I remember reading a certain part, then it suddenly turning into another! I like the Doctor Who stories that I read to be serious, and making feared aliens dress Henderson in a tutu and graffiti his face with a moustache, is anything but serious.

   I give this book a 4 out of 10, as the ideas were good, but sometimes the plot was too jumpy and complicated. Apart from those small errors, I would recommend this book.

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