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The TARDIS lands in 22nd century Africa in the shadow of a dormant volcano. Agri-teams are growing new foodstuffs in the baking soil to help feed the world's starving millions, but the Doctor and Rose have detected an alien signal somewhere close by. When a nightmare force starts surging along the dark volcanic tunnels, the Doctor realises an ancient trap has been sprung. The TARDIS lands in 22nd century Africa in the shadow of a dormant volcano. Agri-teams are growing new foodstuffs in the baking soil to help feed the world's starving millions, but the Doctor and Rose have detected an alien signal somewhere close by. When a nightmare force starts surging along the dark volcanic tunnels, the Doctor realises an ancient trap has been sprung. But who was it meant for? And what is the secret of the eerie statues that stand at the heart of the volcano? Dragged into a centuries-old conflict, Rose and the Doctor are soon elevating survival to an art form as ancient, alien hands practice arts of destruction all around them. Featuring the Tenth Doctor and Rose as played by David Tennant and Billie Piper in the hit Doctor Who series from BBC Television.


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The TARDIS lands in 22nd century Africa in the shadow of a dormant volcano. Agri-teams are growing new foodstuffs in the baking soil to help feed the world's starving millions, but the Doctor and Rose have detected an alien signal somewhere close by. When a nightmare force starts surging along the dark volcanic tunnels, the Doctor realises an ancient trap has been sprung. The TARDIS lands in 22nd century Africa in the shadow of a dormant volcano. Agri-teams are growing new foodstuffs in the baking soil to help feed the world's starving millions, but the Doctor and Rose have detected an alien signal somewhere close by. When a nightmare force starts surging along the dark volcanic tunnels, the Doctor realises an ancient trap has been sprung. But who was it meant for? And what is the secret of the eerie statues that stand at the heart of the volcano? Dragged into a centuries-old conflict, Rose and the Doctor are soon elevating survival to an art form as ancient, alien hands practice arts of destruction all around them. Featuring the Tenth Doctor and Rose as played by David Tennant and Billie Piper in the hit Doctor Who series from BBC Television.

30 review for Doctor Who: The Art of Destruction

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    The TARDIS arrives in the 22nd century Africa near a dormant volcano, as scientists are trying to grow new food sources. With an alien signal detected near by, The Doctor soon realises that an ancient trap may have been triggered. Probably the weakest of the Tenth Doctor and Rose novels in the New Series Adventures, though it’s still a solid story that fits seamlessly into the second half of Series Two.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    This Doctor Who adventure was just ok for me. I listened to the audiobook... The story seemed a bit off....none of the Tenth Doctor's usual wit and charm,and Rose Tyler didn't seem her usual self either. The story was interesting enough, but it just missed the mark a bit for me. This Doctor Who adventure was just ok for me. I listened to the audiobook... The story seemed a bit off....none of the Tenth Doctor's usual wit and charm,and Rose Tyler didn't seem her usual self either. The story was interesting enough, but it just missed the mark a bit for me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*

    The more terrifying the situation, the less scared you felt." When the Doctor and Rose land the Tardis in future Africa, they find the Earth torn apart by starvation, unrest, and violence. When they come across an agricultural community experimenting with growing food in the soil of a volcano and people start to die...the Doctor suspects alien involvement. Back with Rose and the 10th Doctor, my babies. <3 Love these two together. This was a pretty enjoyable story, lots of action and the creepiness The more terrifying the situation, the less scared you felt." When the Doctor and Rose land the Tardis in future Africa, they find the Earth torn apart by starvation, unrest, and violence. When they come across an agricultural community experimenting with growing food in the soil of a volcano and people start to die...the Doctor suspects alien involvement. Back with Rose and the 10th Doctor, my babies. <3 Love these two together. This was a pretty enjoyable story, lots of action and the creepiness factor was way high which I loved. The story itself was very intense and unique, and I found myself really caring for all of the secondary characters as well. Lovely Doctor Who tale, just not for the faint of heart!

  4. 4 out of 5

    nemo the emo ☠️ (pagesandprozac)

    ”If you have a problem, if no one else can help, call for FUNGUS MAN!” “You are not Fungus Man.” The voice came out of the darkness, ancient and dry, like the crackle of leaves in a bonfire. “Um, no,” he admitted, “I’m the Doctor.” - i literally have no idea why i found “FUNGUS MAN!” to be absolutely hysterical but i did

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kimberley doruyter

    one word review: intresting make of that what you will.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    One of the better Doctor Who books, a rollicking adventure that's better than any of the episodes from the last four years. A quick enjoyable read, highly recommended. One of the better Doctor Who books, a rollicking adventure that's better than any of the episodes from the last four years. A quick enjoyable read, highly recommended.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Halley Hopson

    2.5 stars. This definitely missed the mark, wasn’t the most interesting plot line and both The Doctor and Rose’s character fell pretty flat.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Just a Girl Fighting Censorship

    Stephen Cole has written some of my least favorite Doctor Who books- Doctor Who: The Feast of the Drowned, Doctor Who: The Ring of Steel. However he has also written one of my most favorite DW adventures - Doctor Who: The Monsters Inside. So it seems to me that his stories are either hit or miss, unfortunately for me, I found this one to be a miss. There was an abundance of throwaway characters that not only cluttered the story and slowed the pace but took away from the characters the reader real Stephen Cole has written some of my least favorite Doctor Who books- Doctor Who: The Feast of the Drowned, Doctor Who: The Ring of Steel. However he has also written one of my most favorite DW adventures - Doctor Who: The Monsters Inside. So it seems to me that his stories are either hit or miss, unfortunately for me, I found this one to be a miss. There was an abundance of throwaway characters that not only cluttered the story and slowed the pace but took away from the characters the reader really cares about, the Doctor and Rose. Since all of the characters were pretty much the same I would get confused as to who was speaking. The setting was lackluster for me and more could have been done with the aliens they encountered. Everything was just very very boring! This story was devoid of any personality, humor or suspense. Rose does not remind me of Billie Piper's portrayal whatsoever and the Doctor was not the time traveler I fell in love with. Instead he came across very callous and uncaring. There is a scene in which the Doctor is flying over a bloody battle scene and doesn't care at all but is instead very flippant and ignorant. Skip this one it is nothing but a disappointment!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Megan Lavey-Heaton

    This was the second Doctor Who tie-in that I read and after the beginning I seriously considered returning it - except for the fact that I was flying cross country when I read the book. It was a good enough Doctor/Rose romp, but really not all that riveting. Stephen Cole almost has the characterization of both the Doctor and Rose Tyler down, but not quite. He spends a good first part of the book establishing their looks and clothing right down to Rose's impractical mini-skirt, causing me to wond This was the second Doctor Who tie-in that I read and after the beginning I seriously considered returning it - except for the fact that I was flying cross country when I read the book. It was a good enough Doctor/Rose romp, but really not all that riveting. Stephen Cole almost has the characterization of both the Doctor and Rose Tyler down, but not quite. He spends a good first part of the book establishing their looks and clothing right down to Rose's impractical mini-skirt, causing me to wonder how she manages to achieve what she does in the book without exposing herself. [return][return]The plot itself is not that much different from "The Price of Paradise" when it comes right down to it - the Doctor and Rose stumble upon an Earth civilization that's overreached itself and is now inviting destruction. It's actually quite a good plot with a lot of interesting players, twists, and turns once you get past the very drab beginning. Unfortunately, the middle of the book is the strongest part. By the end, I was hoping for the book to be finished and nearly came close to just chucking it back in my back and watching "Love & Monsters" from series 2 on my iPhone - and that episode is a load of rubbish. I'd recommend getting this book used if you're a completionist and enjoy reading Doctor/Rose adventures, otherwise I'd pass.

  10. 5 out of 5

    James Tomasino

    This is the first Doctor Who book I couldn't even finish. It was pretty awful. I couldn't tell who was who at all. None of the characters were distinct, even the Doctor. It didn't sound like the 10th Doctor in the least, and many times I found myself reading his dialogue thinking he was one of the African scientists only to learn my mistake after he finished speaking. Totally confusing, not engaging. This is the first Doctor Who book I couldn't even finish. It was pretty awful. I couldn't tell who was who at all. None of the characters were distinct, even the Doctor. It didn't sound like the 10th Doctor in the least, and many times I found myself reading his dialogue thinking he was one of the African scientists only to learn my mistake after he finished speaking. Totally confusing, not engaging.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    This was a fun book, but it wasn't the best Doctor Who novel I've read. At times the characters of the Doctor and Rose felt forced, like they weren't themselves, and that made the story a little less enjoyable than it could have been. I'm glad that I read it though, as I can never get enough of Doctor Who :) This was a fun book, but it wasn't the best Doctor Who novel I've read. At times the characters of the Doctor and Rose felt forced, like they weren't themselves, and that made the story a little less enjoyable than it could have been. I'm glad that I read it though, as I can never get enough of Doctor Who :)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    Some Tennant-y moments, but still overall a fairly generic doctor. This one didn't really do it for me, and I'm not sure why. Some Tennant-y moments, but still overall a fairly generic doctor. This one didn't really do it for me, and I'm not sure why.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ernesto Kovacs

    1.5 Stars Yeah this book was bad. Not terribly written, words were nice and all but it had one glaring problem for me. BORING ASF The most bland Doctor I've ever read, there was almost nothing of ten in here, it could have been any Doctor. Same for Rose could just as easily have been Martha or Donna, well no because then it would have taken effort to change the dialogue. Coming of from two of my new favorite Doctor Who Novels: The Pirate Loop and Forever Auttum, this was just a waste of time. Human ch 1.5 Stars Yeah this book was bad. Not terribly written, words were nice and all but it had one glaring problem for me. BORING ASF The most bland Doctor I've ever read, there was almost nothing of ten in here, it could have been any Doctor. Same for Rose could just as easily have been Martha or Donna, well no because then it would have taken effort to change the dialogue. Coming of from two of my new favorite Doctor Who Novels: The Pirate Loop and Forever Auttum, this was just a waste of time. Human charchters all blend into each other, nothing that makes them stand out and you forget who half of them even are. The only reason I finished it was because I was in the car, otherwise I would have stopped at page 100 or so. It really doesn't get any better. Normally for me, after I just read a book for the first time I wanna read it again. Had it with Scratchman, The Blood Cell and the two novels which I mentioned a short while ago. I would just not recommend this to anyone, there is better Tenth Doctor stuff out there.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    It wasn't until halfway through that I really got into the swing of the story (though that may be more down to crap in life than the book itself). The human characters were not particularly engaging, though I did like the various aliens - not only were they more imaginative than a TV show CGI budget normally allows for, but the author had made an effort to come up with amusing but inventive technology and cultures suitable to decidedly non-human lifeforms. The brief asides about human politics a It wasn't until halfway through that I really got into the swing of the story (though that may be more down to crap in life than the book itself). The human characters were not particularly engaging, though I did like the various aliens - not only were they more imaginative than a TV show CGI budget normally allows for, but the author had made an effort to come up with amusing but inventive technology and cultures suitable to decidedly non-human lifeforms. The brief asides about human politics and historical events could have been deepened to make the tale a lot more interesting, though perhaps that might have seemed a bit dull to younger readers who possibly find the chases and battle sequences more.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dark-Draco

    The Doctor and Rose end up in a future Africa, where a scientist is attempting to grow mushrooms under an active volcano in an effort to feed a starving world. Only, something else was hiding under their first. I do like these little novels ... just like watching one of the episodes on TV. However, I can't say that this one was the best. A bit confusing at times - I think the author had loads of 'messages' and wanted to cram them into the one story. The Doctor also seemed curiously absent. I mean The Doctor and Rose end up in a future Africa, where a scientist is attempting to grow mushrooms under an active volcano in an effort to feed a starving world. Only, something else was hiding under their first. I do like these little novels ... just like watching one of the episodes on TV. However, I can't say that this one was the best. A bit confusing at times - I think the author had loads of 'messages' and wanted to cram them into the one story. The Doctor also seemed curiously absent. I mean, he's there and saves the day, but it didn't always feel like he was the star of the show. But still entertaining and I did enjoy the rather unusual mix of Antique's Roadshow meets Battlestar Galactica!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Taaya

    It just didn't really catch me. Stephen Cole did not write it badly in any way. The Doctor was in character, so was Rose, although she was rather a minor character most of the time, and the setting was intriguing. But the plot was too much like 'close to the end, but there are still 150 pages left, oh hold on, there is the next plot twist'. There were just too many of them, so that you never could really get into the story, because once you finally were in the situation, it changed yet again. To It just didn't really catch me. Stephen Cole did not write it badly in any way. The Doctor was in character, so was Rose, although she was rather a minor character most of the time, and the setting was intriguing. But the plot was too much like 'close to the end, but there are still 150 pages left, oh hold on, there is the next plot twist'. There were just too many of them, so that you never could really get into the story, because once you finally were in the situation, it changed yet again. Too much at too little time. Or too much in general. Still, I liked the ending and the writing style. Just the plot itself just could not keep me interested at all times.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Talia Franks

    I did not care for this book. Everything about the setting (22nd century Africa) made me uncomfortable. The essentialization of gender was really weird (two characters have no names and are referred to as "Male" and "Female" in lieu of anything else, it's super awkward). The Doctor and Rose felt flat and it's not even that they were out of character they just didn't really feel like they had personalities at all. People were dying all over the place in ways that felt super unnecessary. So, yeah. I did not care for this book. Everything about the setting (22nd century Africa) made me uncomfortable. The essentialization of gender was really weird (two characters have no names and are referred to as "Male" and "Female" in lieu of anything else, it's super awkward). The Doctor and Rose felt flat and it's not even that they were out of character they just didn't really feel like they had personalities at all. People were dying all over the place in ways that felt super unnecessary. So, yeah. Not a tome I plan to revisit any time soon, unless I plan to rage read, but I don't like wasting time.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Itami

    So glad this book is over! I think the best part was from page 100 to 150, but when the worms appeared the whole story took a nosedive. Still, this one is better than Cole’s „Feast of the drowned“ though both stories felt lengthy and would’ve worked better with 100 pages less. At least Rose and the Doctor seemed in character which is always a plus for a DW novel.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Billingsley

    It was alright. I could see it being a fun episode but the verbiage read more like a young teen chapter book. I, at least, expected more young adult. But I got through it. Now back to more entertaining reading material!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jade

    This was pretty good.. confusing! A bit odd. A bit lacking in personality. It wasn't my favorite Doctor Who book, and maybe that's why it took me over a month to finish it. Oh well. A decent read. Just not the greatest. This was pretty good.. confusing! A bit odd. A bit lacking in personality. It wasn't my favorite Doctor Who book, and maybe that's why it took me over a month to finish it. Oh well. A decent read. Just not the greatest.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Regina Cattus

    Definitely captured the essence of the 10th Doctor and, having recently rewatched Series 2, I appreciated the callbacks to it. First book I've read set in 22nd century Africa, and interesting starting concept of messing with nature to save lives, paralleled between the humans and the aliens. Definitely captured the essence of the 10th Doctor and, having recently rewatched Series 2, I appreciated the callbacks to it. First book I've read set in 22nd century Africa, and interesting starting concept of messing with nature to save lives, paralleled between the humans and the aliens.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Brilinski

    {With respect to the author} I just didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would and The Doctor and Rose didn't seem quite like the characters from the show. {With respect to the author} I just didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would and The Doctor and Rose didn't seem quite like the characters from the show.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Melenia

    A very solid Doctor Who story

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    Avoid.

  25. 4 out of 5

    TheGeekProblem

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. In The Art of Destruction, the Doctor and Rose arrive in Earth, Africa, 2118. They discover they are in an Agricultural Unit where there’s been some really weird deaths involving a golden miasma turning people literally into golden statues. The statues start to move trying to guard something, and it’s the Doctor and Rose’s turn to solve the mystery. The story is really interesting, combining aliens, earth politics, a more diverse cast of background characters, and Rose being a BAMF at the end! In In The Art of Destruction, the Doctor and Rose arrive in Earth, Africa, 2118. They discover they are in an Agricultural Unit where there’s been some really weird deaths involving a golden miasma turning people literally into golden statues. The statues start to move trying to guard something, and it’s the Doctor and Rose’s turn to solve the mystery. The story is really interesting, combining aliens, earth politics, a more diverse cast of background characters, and Rose being a BAMF at the end! In true Doctor-and-Rose fashion, they get separated during the adventure, they both discover different stuff surrounding the mystery and have their own obstacles, but at the end they save each other. So, of course if you have golden statues, you’re gonna get a Golden Rose. Rose gets trapped by the miasma and turns into a moving statue and runs off, and after the Doctor being sooo adamant that there was no way of fixing the golden statues, he’s suddenly all like “I don’t care! I’ll find something! I’m gonna save Rose!!” He’s so mad And when he finally finds Rose he’s heartbroken because he thinks he’s too late and that he can’t save her and begs the creatures to please return her to how she was. The lines are just so cheezy! Thank you for the food! There are other people as statues but he’s like sorry but Rose is more important (for real this is a line in the novel). And when he’s negotiating with the aliens so they let him help them he says verbatim ‘And I must have Rose!’ like asdfghjkl Of course, after saving Rose the Doctor encounters more and more trouble until Rose comes out of the sky to save him, and then they run to safety laughing and that is just relationship goals. This novel (and also in the price of paradise) has Rose flirting with some guy and then completely ignoring the guy when the Doctor is around. I don’t know why they put these scenes in the novels, because she literally starts talking about how amazing the Doctor is in front of the guy she’s trying to flirt with (supposedly), although it is kinda funny seeing how the writer completely forgets about it after a few pages, like it’s so out of character that it’s ignored for the rest of the book. Again, the point of these novels is to have a fun, light, uncomplicated adventure where the point is to explore the character dynamics or to make a story that would be way out of budget for the series. As always, I recommend this novel for that same reason. If you read this, let me know and share with me what you thought of it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Scott Barwell

    A great adventure for 10 and Rose. Stephen Cole wrote some great characters and wrote the Doctor and Rose well also. The plot is captivating but a bit too violent for a doctor who story I feel. The story is also quite repetitive I find. But overall a DW story that I found interesting and would revisit

  27. 5 out of 5

    Zelda of Unapologetic Reviews

    I listened to the audiobook version. This is so far the worst Doctor Who book I read / listened to. I keep forgetting about it too, so apparently my brain is trying to erase the memory. In the beginning, the way animals and all sorts of things were turning into gold and then moving was interesting, but when they were crawling around the caves it got quickly boring, and it couldn't recapture my interest. I wondered if it was just because I listened to it and not read it, but looking through the re I listened to the audiobook version. This is so far the worst Doctor Who book I read / listened to. I keep forgetting about it too, so apparently my brain is trying to erase the memory. In the beginning, the way animals and all sorts of things were turning into gold and then moving was interesting, but when they were crawling around the caves it got quickly boring, and it couldn't recapture my interest. I wondered if it was just because I listened to it and not read it, but looking through the reviews I saw that other people had similar experiences with it. I didn't like Don Warrington's reading. For some reason his voice annoyed me, and I felt he couldn't capture the Doctor's way of speaking either. He was more successful with the African characters. The characters I can't remember at all. I remember that there was a guy and a woman that were running about, but nothing of them was committed into memory. Overall, I don't recommend this book. It can be given a shot, but it wasn't that good. I also recommend staying away from the audio version. The reading makes it even worse. Cross-posted at Unapologetic Reviews, and the books-only version is on Booklikes too.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jim C

    This book is based on the television series. The main characters are the tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler. In this one they travel to Africa in the near future. Here they meet a group of people who are running experiments in a dormant volcano. During these experiments they wake something from a deep slumber and the people who are running the experiments are attacked by gold globules. If I read the outline to this novel I would have said that sounds interesting and I look forward to reading about it. B This book is based on the television series. The main characters are the tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler. In this one they travel to Africa in the near future. Here they meet a group of people who are running experiments in a dormant volcano. During these experiments they wake something from a deep slumber and the people who are running the experiments are attacked by gold globules. If I read the outline to this novel I would have said that sounds interesting and I look forward to reading about it. But somehow that outline did not live up to its potential. The one word to describe this book is "bland". It had all the earmarks but this book never cashed in. It has aliens, the Doctor being the smartest person, and it has characters doing the typical "Run!" that we have seen countless times in the show. With all these points I never had the Doctor Who feeling and this book never enticed me. I think the problem was the minor characters. There wasn't one of them that interested me and I never cared what would happen to them. As of the main characters, I thought the author did a good job with Rose but there were times when the Doctor was off. With so many books based on the show available I strongly suggest trying a different one. The only reason to read this one is that you must read everything based on the show.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    In the not too distant future the world is desperately running out of basic resources such as food and water. However advances in technology allows previously barren land in Africa to be cultivated to grow more food. In one of these places a strange alien signal is been given off and of course the Doctor just has to go investigate. This novel had a great idea. A amazing idea actually. It also touched upon issues that are becoming more and more relevant to society today i.e. overpopulation. The b In the not too distant future the world is desperately running out of basic resources such as food and water. However advances in technology allows previously barren land in Africa to be cultivated to grow more food. In one of these places a strange alien signal is been given off and of course the Doctor just has to go investigate. This novel had a great idea. A amazing idea actually. It also touched upon issues that are becoming more and more relevant to society today i.e. overpopulation. The book was seriously let down by a very muddled plot, confusing characters and taking a great idea and making it very hard to understand. The descritptions were also hit and miss. Some were overly descriptive while some barely gave us an idication of what the audience was suppose to be imagining. Even as a fan I found it hard to like this story. As a extra this book is suppose to be aimed at all the family and especially children but the clunky plot and confusing characters would, in my opion, would make it very hard for children to understand and follow.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dylan Williams

    First things first; if you do not enjoy watching doctor who, you will probably not enjoy reading doctor who. The story line is very complex and there many characters and sub plots to follow (at one point the story cuts back and forth between four different scenes, which have eight different characters and involving about five different story lines). However just like the TV show when its good, its really good; and this one was really good. The Vanzxi, a highly creative species, and the Wurm have First things first; if you do not enjoy watching doctor who, you will probably not enjoy reading doctor who. The story line is very complex and there many characters and sub plots to follow (at one point the story cuts back and forth between four different scenes, which have eight different characters and involving about five different story lines). However just like the TV show when its good, its really good; and this one was really good. The Vanzxi, a highly creative species, and the Wurm have been at war for over two thousand years. In the end the Wurm prevail and boast about their success by searching for and destroying the artwork of the Valnaxi right across the universe. However as they come to Earth to destroy the art the doctor interferes. I am not going to attempt to explain it any more, because it would be too difficult. But I would recommend you read this book (or any doctor who book) as they are very well written. Obviousy you are going to enjoy it more if you like Doctor who, but I think everybody can enjoy it equally.

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