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Doctor Who: Last of the Gaderene [Paperback]

Mark Gatiss
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4 Jan 2000 Doctor Who
The beautiful village of Culverton is dominated by the presence of the local Aerodrome, closed by recent defence cuts. When several locals disappear, and Spitfire veteran Captain Alec Bainbridge witnesses black-uniformed troops unloading ominous, coffin-like containers from the hangars, he contacts his old friend the Brigadier who promises to investigate.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (4 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563555874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563555872
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 11 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 741,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pertwee Spits Fire! 25 Jan 2000
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For many years before Mark Gatiss gained some notoriety as a member of BBC2's cult comedy, The League of Gentlemen, he was a Doctor Who novelist of some note (and he's also the last actor to have played the Doctor on TV). Gaderene sees him returning to form. This novel is also quite timely, arriving with the Pertwee repeats on BBC2. Anyone wanting to migrate from the repeats to the novels would do well to start off with this adventure. It is literally imbued with the spirit of Pertwee's era.
An old friend of the Brigadier, Alec Whistler, is concerned about the goings on at the aerodrome in Culverton. A former spitfire fighter, he has a high regard for the place. A bored Doctor, whose feet are itching due to the end of his exile, agrees to investigate. Why has the fascistic organisation Legion International taken over the aerodrome? What's in their coffin-like cargo? Just who is the mysterious inspector from Scotland Yard? With the help of the local people, who are rather more friendly than the inhabitants of Royston Vasey, the Doctor breaks into the aerodrome. There's also something rather nasty in the marshes, and the squabbling of school friends leads to something more vicious...
With its shower of meteors and body snatching methods, the Gaderene aren't all that removed from the Nestene in Frontier from Space, but this hardly matters, since the novel is an enjoyable romp. Gaderene could easily have been a TV adventure, so true are the portrayals of the Doctor, the Brig, and Jo. Gatiss even manages to slip in the word 'chitinous' every now and then, revealing the impact that Doctor Who had on the vocabulary of a whole generation (although he wisely avoids forcing Pertwee to say it).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun Third Doctor Story. 18 April 2000
Mark Gatiss has become my favourite Doctor Who author. After the way the Third Doctor was mistreated in the hands of Lawrence Miles, "Last of the Gaderene" is a breath of fresh air. A mysterious military group that have set up base in a small village have caught the Doctor and Units attention. Although, the leader of this organization has said she has the villages best intention in mind, the Doctor feels there is more to this group than meets the eye. I haven't read a Doctor Who novel that feels like it could be a television episode since "The Hollow Men". Not only are the main character well written, but the supporting character have dimension and are a lot more than just cardboard cutouts standing in the background. This is a very hard thing to do in writing. But I highly recommend this book to all Doctor Who fans out there. It's full of so many surprises that the only time you'll be disappointed is when you've finally finished reading the book. I really hope Mark Gatiss writes more really soon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Seventies brought to life again! 15 Jun 2001
By finna
A very traditional and typical third Doctor adventure, combining familiar elements such as alien invasion and an isolated earth-bound setting. Not without its' problems however-the interesting Gaderene race not having nearly enough attention and detail paid to them, also there was frequently far too much running around and pages where nothing seemed to happen for ages. Also, the involvement of a certain enemy of the Doctor came across as largely superfluous and irrelevant to the story. Despite this, the story is a strong one due to its' delightfully nostalgic feel and spot-on characterisations of the Doctor, Jo and UNIT, hence it is worthy of 4 stars. Not quite up to Mark's former standards, but certainly very welcome and readable
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Disturbance In The Village 7 Feb 2007
After Virgin Books' license expired in 1997, BBC Books continued the theme of 'Missing Adventures' - original Doctor Who novels to slot in between the adventures that had appeared on TV - with their own series of 'Past Doctors' (which ran fot 76 books, until 2005 when the TV series returned). Although Virgin's 'Missing Adventures' were usually careful to reflect the Doctor Who era in which they were set, the 'Past Doctors' books don't always succeed in this. This one, the 28th to be published, does a pretty good job of reflecting mid seventies Doctor Who in an adventure featuring the Third Doctor, his assistant Jo Grant and of course UNIT. It was designed to fit in between the TV adventures Planet Of The Daleks and The Green Death, and cleverly includes a degree of closure for one character, who wasn't able to get it in the series.

The story itself concerns the mysterious Legion International, who have taken over an old aerodrome on the outskirts of the village of Culverton to act as the landing strip for an alien invasion. Legion, the Gaderene and 'the swine' (as they call their human hosts) are a reference to the biblical story from Mark ch.5 (quoted, annoyingly, in the King James Version at the start of the story), but nothing is made of this other than the fact that the aliens are 'possessing' the villagers.

Mark Gatiss is of course on home territory writing about sinister villagers (having co-created The League Of Gentlemen), although the otherwise idyllic east anglian village of Culverton is a far cry from Royston Vasey. The village characters are well-written and realistic, although the UNIT troops are less so.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Last of the Gaderene
Last of the Gaderene is a 3rd Doctor adventure by Mark Gatiss and his first novel since the lacklustre The Roundheads. I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge lover of Mark Gatiss. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Steve White
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
You can feel the characters come alive in parts but the rest was hard going. Not a classic and disappointing when the author is someone I admire.
Published 29 days ago by David L
4.0 out of 5 stars Last of the Gaderene
The Third Doctor, companion Jo Grant and U.N.I.T. battle against alien invaders in a sleepy East Anglian village in this Invasion of the Bodysnatchers like tale. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Waylander101
5.0 out of 5 stars Gatsis Delivers A Classic Third Doctor Novel
This is your typical classic Jon Pertwee Third Doctor & UNIT adventure were a seemingly idyllic village in Culverton is promised by peace & prosperity but when Culverton is invaded... Read more
Published 5 months ago by timelord007
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Pertwee
There can be no doubt as to why this novel has been chosen to be part of this series of re-releases to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary; it is the ideal representation of the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Alaran
5.0 out of 5 stars Praise for a thoroughly enjoyable novel
This is a wonderful read, evoking both the 3rd Doctor vividly and convincingly by Mark Gatiss. I recommend it to all fans.
Published 10 months ago by Nicholas Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last of the Gaderene
This is the 50th anniversary story representing the Third Doctor, as played by Jon Pertwee - the dashing, debonair man of action with all his gadgets, Scientific Advisor to UNIT,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Keen Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned enjoyment
This had all the ingredients of Jon Pertwees doctor who period and it was like being taken back to 1973 again. Read more
Published 12 months ago by howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Last of the Garderene
The aerodrome in Culverton has new owners, and they promise an era of prosperity for the idyllic village. Read more
Published 12 months ago by kk
3.0 out of 5 stars Silly, Slavish Fun
A perfectly acceptable piece of Third Doctor froth, that (budget aside) could have slotted very easily into Pertwee's final seasons as the the Doctor. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Richard Wright
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