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Doctor Who and the State of Decay Paperback – Jan 1982

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who; New edition edition (Jan. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426201337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426201335
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,241,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER on 3 Oct. 2012
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This is the second in the trilogy set in E-Space, with the Doctor and Romana inadvertently drawn into the alternative universe and unable to find their way back to N-Space. In this story, they are unaware at first that they have another companion - Adric has stowed away on the Tardis, and we are some way into the story before the Doctor and Romana find out that he is there.

The Tardis lands on a planet with a very small pocket of technology, but where the majority of the population live in subjugation to "Them" - mysterious rulers who control their lives, and periodically take their young children. But the Doctor and Romana may be of use to them, and so the story turns and twists until the trio make their escape in the Tardis again.

This is a bit of a cliched story, but harmless - the characterisations of the Doctor and Romana are good, and the story ticks along nicely. Adric doesn't come across very well in this story, but it's early days yet for his character. The televised story first ran over November-December 1980 as part of Season 18.
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Whilst attempting to find a way to escape from E-Space, The Doctor and Romana discover the refuge of another exile from normal space. But this exile is a bitter enemy of the Time Lords, and his resurrection is imminent.

This is one of those Doctor Who stories that successfully merges Gothic and science fiction elements. The original script was written intended for the earlier years of Tom Baker’s tenure and, in terms of content and perspective, that is where it feels like this story belongs. The introduction of vampires, another race of semi-immortals, into the world of Doctor Who could easily be wrought with problems. Subsequent Doctor Who novels inspired by ‘State of Decay’ suffer at times but here it is managed really well by Terrance Dicks. It portrays the vampires as very credible foes for the Time Lords. In the way that both species have a found a way to prolong their lives there is some similarity between them.

It is a shame that the Great Vampire doesn’t have a bit more of an active role, even though it does work very well as an unseen, dark, oppressive presence. Some conversational interaction with the Fourth Doctor would have been great. Part of this must be due to the virtual impossibility of realising the Great Vampire on screen. Unfortunately the novelisation duplicates this poor realisation. It obviously doesn’t come over as poorly in text form though.

Disappointingly the novel contains no references to ‘the wasting’ which was mentioned in the earlier episodes of the television version. I was hoping it would be explained within the novelisation but it seems to have been cut altogether. Perhaps it is left over from a redundant part of the plot.

The Doctor and Romana are well portrayed.
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This is a amazing book. It kept me gripped from the first page to the last. The characters are well written and it shows traditional vampires mixed with sci-fi elements. Highly recommended.
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Planet of the vampires 22 Jan. 2001
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The TARDIS is still in the other universe of E-Space, and a planet capable of supporting human life, which scanners show to be both inhabited and having a high level of technology. The TARDIS arrives, but it appears to be a primitive agrarian society. The local villagers appear somewhat shocked, not only by the presence of strangers but by their enquiries about scientists. They report them to the Tower.
Who lives in the Tower? Why is science banned? And what about Adric, who has stowed away in the TARDIS and is now wandering an alien world?
'State of Decay' was originally written some years earlier, but was not made for fear that it would be seen as sending up BBC's production of 'Dracula', which would have been shown around the same time. It is odd to see a story of vampirism in Doctor Who (and this has paved the way for several other vampire tales in the novels - 'Blood Harvest', 'Goth Opera' and 'Vampire Science'), but it does work to some extent. Unfortunately, it gets a bit silly towards the end.
Reads like an early version of the script for the program. 5 Feb. 2011
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I bought the book because I wanted to see the episode in print. Interestingly enough; the name "Wasting" doesn't appear in the book. I matched up dialog with the novel and verified its absence.

For what it is - it's a good book.
Docto who and the State of Decay 24 Nov. 2012
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Great Condition for an Old Book! Has Not Even Been Read. Fast Delivery. My Sister Will be Happy to Have This in Her Collection.
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