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A new story collection featuring 26 adventures across time and space! The Heroes and Monsters Collection brings together our favourite short stories from the last ten years of Doctor Who. In these tales the Doctor and his companions face the Daleks, the Cybermen and many more terrifying foes. Also includes three brand-new stories for 2015, featuring the War Doctor, Clara a A new story collection featuring 26 adventures across time and space! The Heroes and Monsters Collection brings together our favourite short stories from the last ten years of Doctor Who. In these tales the Doctor and his companions face the Daleks, the Cybermen and many more terrifying foes. Also includes three brand-new stories for 2015, featuring the War Doctor, Clara and the Twelfth Doctor. With all the humour and thrilling action of the iconic television programme, the Heroes and Monsters Collection is a wonderful read for any Doctor Who fan.


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A new story collection featuring 26 adventures across time and space! The Heroes and Monsters Collection brings together our favourite short stories from the last ten years of Doctor Who. In these tales the Doctor and his companions face the Daleks, the Cybermen and many more terrifying foes. Also includes three brand-new stories for 2015, featuring the War Doctor, Clara a A new story collection featuring 26 adventures across time and space! The Heroes and Monsters Collection brings together our favourite short stories from the last ten years of Doctor Who. In these tales the Doctor and his companions face the Daleks, the Cybermen and many more terrifying foes. Also includes three brand-new stories for 2015, featuring the War Doctor, Clara and the Twelfth Doctor. With all the humour and thrilling action of the iconic television programme, the Heroes and Monsters Collection is a wonderful read for any Doctor Who fan.

56 review for Doctor Who: Heroes and Monsters Collection

  1. 5 out of 5

    Helen Hnin

    I was really sad the moment I realized I had finished the whole book. This is a pretty nice collection. Of course, since it's a bunch of short stories written by different people, it is a mixed bag. But I think the good stories really outweighs the bad ones. I was really sad the moment I realized I had finished the whole book. This is a pretty nice collection. Of course, since it's a bunch of short stories written by different people, it is a mixed bag. But I think the good stories really outweighs the bad ones.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Irredeemable Shag

    A fun read! Definitely targeted for the younger reader, but a fun diversion and the characters feel authentic.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chris Wing

    This book is a collection of short stories that were originally pubilshed back in the heyday of David Tennant's era. A series of hardback tales, aimed at younger readers (7-10-ish, I would say), which then got reprinted into a lavish collected hardback. Now, most (if not all) of them are reprinted in b-format paperback, with a few recent BBC Doctor Annual stories and three brand new shorts. I almost didn't buy this book, since I bought the hardback 4-5 years back and never read it! But, the draw wa This book is a collection of short stories that were originally pubilshed back in the heyday of David Tennant's era. A series of hardback tales, aimed at younger readers (7-10-ish, I would say), which then got reprinted into a lavish collected hardback. Now, most (if not all) of them are reprinted in b-format paperback, with a few recent BBC Doctor Annual stories and three brand new shorts. I almost didn't buy this book, since I bought the hardback 4-5 years back and never read it! But, the draw was a few new 12th Doctor tales and a new War Doctor story. To justify it further, I decided that my son would love to hear the older tales too. It's a fairly standard release, all in all. Many stories too short to really critique to any depth. They are as pleasing as they are brief! Not a negative observation, I hasten to add. The War Doctor story is a lovely little addition to a pretty much unknown era of the Doctor's life and is a worthy inclusion. The final tale is a 12 Doctor tale sans companion where his TARDIS is stolen and he needs to bid it back. Nothing majorly breakthrough here, and am I mistaken to imagine one of the bidders is actually the frankly spectacularly Iris WIldthyme? I like to think so. The four tales I read captured each Doctor's voice well (well, Clara's in one), which is always a major bonus (if not a deal maker/breaker), so, when read by/with a younger fan would most probably deserve another half star (if only we could apply them!) ;) ).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laurali

    My husband bought me this as he knows I like Doctor Who. It's a story collection featuring 26 adventures across time and space. The Heroes and Monsters Collection brings together short stories from the last ten years of Doctor Who. I was a bit disappointed in this. There are some good stories, but several fall flat. A small quibble as well, I would have liked the list of authors to be a bit more prominent. My husband bought me this as he knows I like Doctor Who. It's a story collection featuring 26 adventures across time and space. The Heroes and Monsters Collection brings together short stories from the last ten years of Doctor Who. I was a bit disappointed in this. There are some good stories, but several fall flat. A small quibble as well, I would have liked the list of authors to be a bit more prominent.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    An anthology of twenty-six short stories collecting ones previous published in The Doctor Who Files and the Official Annuals, as well as a few original ones too. Including tales of the War Doctor as well as the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors, this collection also features beloved companions like Rose, Captain Jack and Amy Pond, not to mention iconic villains such as the Cybermen, the Slitheen, the Sontarans and, of course, the Daleks. A problem I often have with short story anthologies is th An anthology of twenty-six short stories collecting ones previous published in The Doctor Who Files and the Official Annuals, as well as a few original ones too. Including tales of the War Doctor as well as the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors, this collection also features beloved companions like Rose, Captain Jack and Amy Pond, not to mention iconic villains such as the Cybermen, the Slitheen, the Sontarans and, of course, the Daleks. A problem I often have with short story anthologies is that the stories don't have chance to develop the depth I'd like to see, but here it is the shortness of the stories that actually make for its strongest element. Because none of them can develop into novel-length they tend to be fairly light reading which, if the short stories were just a bit longer, could have just felt like wasted time; however, here even the lightest (or worst) story never lingers long enough for its faults to become apparent. Not enjoying seeing Rose chased around a funfair by a Slitheen? Doesn't matter because you'll be on to another story in no time. There are also a couple of gems in here that I really enjoyed and which felt like important Who lore. The first of these (and, in fact, the first story of the anthology) is 'The Stranger' by Gary Russell. Set amid the Time War it has a teacher on Gallifrey telling his students about the mythical hero 'the Doctor' whilst a grizzled warrior helps them to escape from the Daleks. It's a nice character moment for the awesome John Hurt incarnation as he sees that although he may not feel worthy of the title, to those he saves he's still the Doctor afterall. My other favourite story was Justin Richards' 'Birth of a Legend' in which four Dalek commanders are recalled to Skaro to see the Dalek Emperor, who instructs them to form the Cult of Skaro. It's a nice bit of exploration of what the Time War looks like from the Dalek perspective, as well as interesting backstory for Dalek Sec and Dalek Caan; who had vital roles in the TV series. So, although most of the stories here are short and unsophisticated, overall they make for a pretty enjoyable collection of tales featuring iconic and beloved incarnations of the Time Lord. * More reviews here: https://fsfh-book-review2.webnode.com/ *

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chrissy

    It's been a while since I've read any Doctor Who short fiction and I think this one hit all my good buttons. Of course, with any collection of short stories you'll have ups and downs, but there were more ups than not in this one. I'll just put a few reviews of the ones I liked the best, in no particular order - Amy's Escapade/Rory's Adventure - These two tied in so nicely and the concept was so great that I wish they could have been a two-parter in the TV show. Buyer's Remorse - The TARDIS ends up It's been a while since I've read any Doctor Who short fiction and I think this one hit all my good buttons. Of course, with any collection of short stories you'll have ups and downs, but there were more ups than not in this one. I'll just put a few reviews of the ones I liked the best, in no particular order - Amy's Escapade/Rory's Adventure - These two tied in so nicely and the concept was so great that I wish they could have been a two-parter in the TV show. Buyer's Remorse - The TARDIS ends up on an auction block and the Doctor has to stop someone else from buying it. Extra points because it was the Twelfth Doctor and, again, I wish this could have been an episode on TV. Or even a short episode for Children in Need or something like that. If Peter Capaldi could have had excellent writing like that in his run, so many things would have been much better. The Final Darkness - It's "The Christmas Invasion" from the Sycorax POV. I probably enjoyed it more than I should have. Normality - Clara takes something she's learned from the Doctor and in turn teaches it to her students. A nice, relaxing story reminding us why the Doctor is so awesome. Most Beautiful Music - Another great concept that would have been neat to see on TV. The twist probably would have been difficult to maintain, but these descriptions are so wonderful that I would like to see them visualized (then again, the reality probably wouldn't be as good as my imagination, so never mind). The Hero Factor - The Tenth Doctor and Rose are always delightful and this story was a treat. As much as the Big Finish Ten/Rose boxed set disappointed me (not in the mood to argue about this, folks), this helped renew my faith in the pair. The spirit of their dynamic was very much present in this story, which is what I missed in their Big Finish outing. Those are my thoughts on this collection. Other people probably have their favorites and that's great. That's how story collections are supposed to go.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    I feel a little like I've had the old 'bait and switch' with this collection. On the back cover, you're promised stories from the 10th, 11th, 12th, and War Doctors. Technically, that is true, but so many of these stories focus on the 10th Doctor, that it's a tad overwhelming. The stories come off more like ideas or pitches for actual episodes than short stories. They are TOO short, to the point of being rushed. They are written well enough and the characterization is definitely there (so that yo I feel a little like I've had the old 'bait and switch' with this collection. On the back cover, you're promised stories from the 10th, 11th, 12th, and War Doctors. Technically, that is true, but so many of these stories focus on the 10th Doctor, that it's a tad overwhelming. The stories come off more like ideas or pitches for actual episodes than short stories. They are TOO short, to the point of being rushed. They are written well enough and the characterization is definitely there (so that you know which Doctor you're actually reading about) but I still finished this book marginally unsatisfied. Here's the breakdown of stories and who they focus on: War Doctor, 1; Tenth Doctor, 9; Eleventh Doctor, 3; Twelfth Doctor, 2. There's a smattering of other stories in here too- Jack Harkness has one, as well as K-9 and Sara Jane Smith, the Eighth Doctor, Amy, Clara, Rory and Mickey. There are a few villain tales thrown in for good measure, focusing on the Sycorax, Sontarans, Daleks and Cybermen. You need to really be familiar with modern Who to understand all the villains and the companions and the references here, by the way. This isn't for the casual reader- since the stories are so short, you need to be able to fill in the gaps yourself and move on. Not only that, you can't always tell by the title of the chapter what the story will be about- there's a silhouette on the title page of each chapter, but some are hard to decipher. Is that Jack Harkness or the Tenth Doctor? You decide! I actually had to make myself notes after reading the story to remind myself what each one was about and who it featured. If I had to choose favorite stories, I think I'd have to go with Most Beautiful Music (ft Donna and 10), Secret of Arkatron (ft Amy and 11), and The Final Darkness (Sycorax). All in all, I'd have to say that It's cute, it gives you a little taste of Doctor Who, and yet it doesn't quite scratch that itch. Better luck next time.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Andy Hickman

    “Doctor Who: Heroes and Monsters” A fun collection of 26 short stories about the Who-niverse! **** “What? …. I'm not for hire!” - The Hero Factor (p34) Kiwifruit (p35) “It is this scribe's one hope that the freezing wastes of far space will help to soothe the burning, bitter blackness in our hearts at this defeat.” - 'The Final Darkness' (p74) “You said there was no life here, no one at all.” - Martha “But there was once. A great civilisation. Well, maybe great isn't the right word. They didn't take c “Doctor Who: Heroes and Monsters” A fun collection of 26 short stories about the Who-niverse! **** “What? …. I'm not for hire!” - The Hero Factor (p34) Kiwifruit (p35) “It is this scribe's one hope that the freezing wastes of far space will help to soothe the burning, bitter blackness in our hearts at this defeat.” - 'The Final Darkness' (p74) “You said there was no life here, no one at all.” - Martha “But there was once. A great civilisation. Well, maybe great isn't the right word. They didn't take care of their home, this planet. War, pollution, toxic waste … The environment began to collapse and they never even noticed, not until it was too late.” - Doctor. 'The Planet That Wept' (p143) “'Let me get this right,' Donna said. 'You just read a whole book of short stories?” - 'Once Upon a Time' (p163) Error “.. realised how hard [it] means..” (p168) Kelly Squires, I went to school with this person. (p303, 309) Error - “Then,[needs a space here]the moment..” (p322)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Artur Coelho

    Uma antologia de contos curtos, com aventuras dos vários Doctor Who, dos seus companions, amigos ou inimigos, um pouco por todo o tempo e espaço. Algumas são detalhes de episódios da série, outros remetem para momentos-chave, a maioria são pequenas vinhetas que exploram o universo Doctor Who. Leitura leve, sem complicações, como é habitual com este personagem. Pensado para crianças, encanta adultos, e é dos raros universos de ficção científica que assume o lado pulp de sense of wonder sem ser pr Uma antologia de contos curtos, com aventuras dos vários Doctor Who, dos seus companions, amigos ou inimigos, um pouco por todo o tempo e espaço. Algumas são detalhes de episódios da série, outros remetem para momentos-chave, a maioria são pequenas vinhetas que exploram o universo Doctor Who. Leitura leve, sem complicações, como é habitual com este personagem. Pensado para crianças, encanta adultos, e é dos raros universos de ficção científica que assume o lado pulp de sense of wonder sem ser pretensioso. Sabe sempre bem mergulhar neste universo ficcional. Nas palavras do décimo Doctor, allons-y?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Taksya

    Antologia di racconti brevi, adatti ad un pubblico giovane. Dal nono al dodicesimo Dottore, passando per il War Doctor e con l'incursione di alcuni nemici. Companion presenti quasi tutti, per 26 storie scritte da vari autori, tutti nomi conosciuti nel whoniverse (Gary Russell, Stephen Cole, Justin Richards, Jacqueline Rayner, Moray Laing e Jason Loborik). Non tutti i racconti sono validi, alcuni sono piatti e senza mordente, altri divertenti e con i personaggi in parte. Alcuni esplorano eventi cit Antologia di racconti brevi, adatti ad un pubblico giovane. Dal nono al dodicesimo Dottore, passando per il War Doctor e con l'incursione di alcuni nemici. Companion presenti quasi tutti, per 26 storie scritte da vari autori, tutti nomi conosciuti nel whoniverse (Gary Russell, Stephen Cole, Justin Richards, Jacqueline Rayner, Moray Laing e Jason Loborik). Non tutti i racconti sono validi, alcuni sono piatti e senza mordente, altri divertenti e con i personaggi in parte. Alcuni esplorano eventi citati, ma mai raccontati, nella serie tv. Classico prodotto per fan.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jomar De leon

    First time to read a Doctor Who work! It’s a clever mix of stand-alone stories, prequel tales from tv episodes and some, we’ve seen on tv but through another character’s perspective. The scale of DW’s canvas helps making each story unique. Of course out of the 20 plus stories, some are more engaging than others. I’m amazed how you can clearly identify which u of the doctor is involved, not just with the companion, but with the quirks of how they are written. Specially loving the stories of 10th a First time to read a Doctor Who work! It’s a clever mix of stand-alone stories, prequel tales from tv episodes and some, we’ve seen on tv but through another character’s perspective. The scale of DW’s canvas helps making each story unique. Of course out of the 20 plus stories, some are more engaging than others. I’m amazed how you can clearly identify which u of the doctor is involved, not just with the companion, but with the quirks of how they are written. Specially loving the stories of 10th and Martha, 12th and even that standalone story of Sarah Jane and her dog.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Kukwa

    Not only an effortless read, but a delightful one. Just like the TARDIS, this short story collection only appears small on the outside. Within each concise tale there is a limitless universe of wit, humour, poignancy & adventure. Don't be put off by its "young adult" appearance...this is as solid & satisfying a "Doctor Who" sampler as you are likely to find. Not only an effortless read, but a delightful one. Just like the TARDIS, this short story collection only appears small on the outside. Within each concise tale there is a limitless universe of wit, humour, poignancy & adventure. Don't be put off by its "young adult" appearance...this is as solid & satisfying a "Doctor Who" sampler as you are likely to find.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Smith

    Some of the stories were a little pointless and didn't really contribute much but overall an entertaining read. Some of the stories were a little pointless and didn't really contribute much but overall an entertaining read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Himanshi Agrawal

    This really isn't my thing, but I love Doctor who so gave it a try. This really isn't my thing, but I love Doctor who so gave it a try.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Knurrwolf

    A great book in the best Tradition of the good old Doctor. I dont want to spoil any fun, but its a great overview of the 10th,11th,12th Doctor and one of their greatest enemies.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline O.

    Doctor Who Heroes and Monsters is a collection of short stories featuring the Doctors from New Who. There's a single War Doctor story, several stories each with the Ninth Doctor, Tenth Doctor, Eleventh Doctor, and Twelfth Doctor. There's a pair of stories taking place at the same time and place - one of which is from Amy's point of view on her solitary adventure and one from Rory's on his only solitary adventure. The problem is that though some of the stories are good - many are only so-so; and, Doctor Who Heroes and Monsters is a collection of short stories featuring the Doctors from New Who. There's a single War Doctor story, several stories each with the Ninth Doctor, Tenth Doctor, Eleventh Doctor, and Twelfth Doctor. There's a pair of stories taking place at the same time and place - one of which is from Amy's point of view on her solitary adventure and one from Rory's on his only solitary adventure. The problem is that though some of the stories are good - many are only so-so; and, nearly all of them read like they were written for children - not even young adults, but children. And it's the type of children's literature that, unfortunately, looks down on the child's abilities to read, comprehend, and follow a good story - so the stories are overly simplistic instead. The Amy-Rory pair of stories is one of the better sets. The Doctor lands the TARDIS on a giant shopping mall planet. Amy goes off on her own, and through kindness to a young boy, stops an invasion. However, the young boy is in his position due to a strange man, whom we suspect to be Rory. The next story in the collection shows us events from Rory's point of view. I enjoyed that device for the pair of stories, however, it is a fairly simple story nonetheless. The last story in the collection is a solo Twelfth Doctor story, which, while fun, and a bit less child-oriented, still has a predictable bent to it. Overall, I was disappointed. Yes, it's a quick read, but I'd rather have a bit more depth to my Doctor Who tie-in stories.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dani Lestrange

    Suerte que no tengo más que uno de los anuarios porque tenían pinta de ser todas las historias cortas que aparecen y me habría dado mucha rabia haber comprado el libro para tener lo mismo. Igualmente ha sido una delicia volver a revivir todos los momentos de la serie moderna de Doctor Who, desde una nueva aventura del War Doctor, pasando por 10th con Rose, Martha y con mi querida Donna (¡incluso había una historia para Mickey y otra para Jack!), 11th con Amy, Rory y Clara y por último 12th con C Suerte que no tengo más que uno de los anuarios porque tenían pinta de ser todas las historias cortas que aparecen y me habría dado mucha rabia haber comprado el libro para tener lo mismo. Igualmente ha sido una delicia volver a revivir todos los momentos de la serie moderna de Doctor Who, desde una nueva aventura del War Doctor, pasando por 10th con Rose, Martha y con mi querida Donna (¡incluso había una historia para Mickey y otra para Jack!), 11th con Amy, Rory y Clara y por último 12th con Clara y él solo. Unas historias me han dejado más frío que otras y otras no les veía el sentido, pero creo que como parte negativa tiene que eran muy cortas y en cuanto te enterabas de quién era quién o qué estaba pasando, de repente se terminaba. Ah, ¿y dónde está 9th? Porque lo habéis ignorado por completo al pobre 9º Doctor.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sophia Smith

    In "Doctor Who: Heroes and Monsters Collection" by various authors, the Doctor goes to different planets and countries with multiple companions to help defeat creatures who are threatening innocent beings' safety. In one chapter, the Doctor helps a group of people who are being threatened by savage creatures called Daleks. The Doctor often has a human companion with him, depending on which reincarnation of him it is. I liked that the book had several different stories within it, it kept me ent In "Doctor Who: Heroes and Monsters Collection" by various authors, the Doctor goes to different planets and countries with multiple companions to help defeat creatures who are threatening innocent beings' safety. In one chapter, the Doctor helps a group of people who are being threatened by savage creatures called Daleks. The Doctor often has a human companion with him, depending on which reincarnation of him it is. I liked that the book had several different stories within it, it kept me entertained throughout the entire book. It had some of the same stories from the original books from the sixties, which I read a few years ago. Anyone who likes the science fiction genre will enjoy this book, but it could be read by anyone.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Piper Bookface

    I read this in between the show seasons and I couldn't put it down. It's a bunch of short stories based on several different doctors, companions, and villains. Great for any whovian who is curious about other adventures that our favorite characters have been on. Written very well and in a style that reminds me of the 10th/11th Doctor days. I read this in between the show seasons and I couldn't put it down. It's a bunch of short stories based on several different doctors, companions, and villains. Great for any whovian who is curious about other adventures that our favorite characters have been on. Written very well and in a style that reminds me of the 10th/11th Doctor days.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elissa

    Super fun short stories related to the 10th, 11th, and 12th Doctors. Some were better than others - I really enjoyed those that were focused on the companions. Some were far too short for my taste, but would be good for younger readers. Mostly they all felt like starting points or ideas for episodes.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Lebel

    Quite an interesting novel to read for Doctor Who fans, though I wouldn't recommend it. And, I admit, I might have maybe skipped the chapters about Daleks and Cybermen because they've been overused and now annoy me to bits. Quite an interesting novel to read for Doctor Who fans, though I wouldn't recommend it. And, I admit, I might have maybe skipped the chapters about Daleks and Cybermen because they've been overused and now annoy me to bits.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    it is an easy uncomplicated read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lottie Fitzgerald

    great easy read, perfect for any doctor who fan. some great short stories covering a wide range of monsters and companions. shame about no 9th doctor but still an excellent read!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gabriel Mero

    Very interesting collection, very easy to read. My favorite was, "Normaliy." Very interesting collection, very easy to read. My favorite was, "Normaliy."

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chris Griffin

  26. 5 out of 5

    Love to Read

  27. 5 out of 5

    Betsy Woodworth

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ian

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Wroth

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nadine

  31. 4 out of 5

    Tim Pollock

  32. 5 out of 5

    Jay W.

  33. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

  34. 4 out of 5

    Sebastian

  35. 5 out of 5

    Sara

  36. 5 out of 5

    Kika

  37. 5 out of 5

    Felicia

  38. 5 out of 5

    Greg

  39. 4 out of 5

    Matthew George

  40. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

  41. 5 out of 5

    Stuart

  42. 4 out of 5

    Kaycee

  43. 4 out of 5

    Eugene Tan

  44. 4 out of 5

    Ralph Luis

  45. 5 out of 5

    Zoe Duffy

  46. 4 out of 5

    Louise

  47. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

  48. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Priester

  49. 4 out of 5

    Brian Place

  50. 5 out of 5

    Diane

  51. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Clark

  52. 5 out of 5

    Mariana Martin

  53. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

  54. 4 out of 5

    John Noonan

  55. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Schnurr

  56. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

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