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Doctor Who: Loving The Alien by Mike Tucker

Doctor Who: Loving The Alien (edition 2003)

by Mike Tucker

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Title:Doctor Who: Loving The Alien
Authors:Mike Tucker
Info:Random House UK (2003), Edition: First, Paperback, 288 pages
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Loving The Alien by Mike Tucker



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This is the culmination of the arc of Seventh Doctor novels by Mike Tucker and Robert Perry, the previous stories being Illegal Alien, Matrix, Storm Harvest and Prime Time. I really enjoyed this, as I really enjoyed them all, and I've realised that this sequence is one of the unsung successes of Who spinoff literature.

The story is suitably complex; the Doctor investigating Ace's murder, even though she is still alive; confused astronauts arriving from another timeline; cyber-technology and giant ants infesting London. There is sensawunda and emotional intensity. There is homage to Quatermass (and perhaps one or two Tuckerisms). I think I couldn't recommend this to readers, even Who fans, who had not read the previous four in this mini-series, but I would warmly recommend reading the whole lot. ( )
  nwhyte | Aug 22, 2016 |
The first manned space launch of the British Experimental Rocket Group, in late 1959, has gone hideously wrong — the vessel and the astronaut were lost, but something else came back instead.

Meanwhile (if such a word can be used in time travel), the Doctor has just finished the autopsy of the body he found in a grave some books ago — Ace. The immediate cause of death is a gunshot through the head. The dead Ace seems to be the same age as the living, breathing young woman travelling with him. The Doctor decides that if he has a chance to stop Ace dying, he needs to be there where and when it's supposed to happen — London, in late 1959. It's not necessary to actually tell her that, of course; it would ruin his plans...

A sequel to Illegal Alien by the same pair, a novel which was originally meant as a possible Season 27 story. This would also have made a decent TV serial, if some of the more obvious and dissatisfying plot holes were plugged and a few ideas taken out to make it tighter. It's well written, most of the ideas are interesting, the late 50s Cold War paranoia is tangible, the parallel London is chilling, and the characterisation of Seven and Ace is spot on (Seven is at his most secretive and manipulative, at least in the beginning); still, there's something missing, and the end result is merely entertaining rather than magnificent. ( )
  andersocheva | Nov 23, 2009 |
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A novel featuring the Seventh Doctor and his fan-favorite sidekick Ace. The Doctor knows Ace is going to die. Knows very well, because although she is sitting in the TARDIS watching the TV news, she is also beside him as a corpse. And there is something very, very strange about the autopsy results. In London, 1959, the Doctor does all he can to prevent Ace's tragic death, due to occur in a few hours. In the process, he discovers further anomalies - swarms of giant ants emerging from the ground being among the least of his worries. A disturbing fetish for Cyberisation has taken hold of Britain, and the Doctor can probably guess who's behind it! Against a background of international (and trans-dimensional) espionage, giant ants and Cyber-primates, and quite possibly the end of the world as we know it, the Doctor struggles to save his companion from a fate which she seems more and more determined to bring upon herself.

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