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Doctor Who: Illegal Alien [Mass Market Paperback]

Robert Perry , Mike Tucker
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6 Oct 1997 Doctor Who
A novel featuring Doctor Who and Ace. As the Luftwaffe bomb London, a silver sphere falls from the sky, and several large, humanoid figures emerge. The Doctor and Ace realize that the sphere bears all the hallmarks of sophisticated alien technology, and whatever it contained is now loose in London.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (6 Oct 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563405708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563405702
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Illegal Alien 30 July 2014
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is another in the Monster Collection of stories, originally published in 1997 and now republished in 2014, with an Introduction by Mike Tucker. It was originally being written as a possible script for a 1990 season which never happened.

In this story, the Seventh Doctor and Ace are in London during the Blitz in WWII. The Doctor has brought Ace here at her request, and it becomes clear in the story that he hopes that a little reality as to the horror of war may help Ace find an adult response to situations that doesn't include Nitro-9. To put Ace's timeline in perspective in this story, it's set after Survival (the last episode of the tv series cancelled in 1989), so Ace is still a young woman who has had a troubled life. Her responses, as shown in the first part of the book still involve explosions and agression. It's really good to see in this book that she matures in her outlook somewhat, and I found myself liking her a lot more by the end of the book as she finds a new way to deal with some of the issues in the story.

This is a pretty dark story; set in and around London during the War, there is already death and violence from the nightly bombings by the Germans. Add to that a killer stalking the streets of London and some strange metallic rustlings coming from the sewers, and you have what the Doctor knows can only be something really really bad - and alien. It's no surprise (given the cover picture) that Cybermen are in this story, and they are out to cybernise as many humans as they can. But the Nazis want their technology as well, and they will stop at nothing to get what they want. Can the Doctor and Ace stop alien future technology falling into anybody's hands and stop the killing?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Umbrella Man & The Cybermen 30 July 2014
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Doctor Who:Illegal Alien.
Doctor: Seventh Doctor
Companion: Ace
Main enemy:
George Limb.
Main setting: London, and Jersey, November 1940.
Publisher: BBC Books
Writer's: Mike Tucker and Robert Perry.
Release number: 5.
Format: Paperback Book.
281 Page Novel.

1)When he is talking about the Daleks, the Doctor's voice develops a harder edge, which disturbs Ace.
2)The Doctor is fond of baseball & once watched a game that included Babe Ruth in 1926.
3)The Doctor doubts that Captain Hartmann would be able to pronounce his name.
4)The Cybermen that were featured in the story were capable of repairing themselves.
5)The Cybermen have used different types of Cybermats which attacked in different ways, such as the injection of poison & a sonic scream, The Cybermats present in the story have metal teeth used for cutting flesh.
6)A baby is among those converted by the Cybermen at the end of Part Three, It is given regular-sized Cyber-arms but has the tail of a Cybermat.
7)This novel was originally submitted as a television story for Season 27 of the original series of Doctor Who, It was initially submitted under a pseudonym as Mike Tucker had been known within the BBC as having predominantly worked with special effects.
8)The novel was released on 6 March 2014 as the Cyberman entry for The Monster Collection, Its new cover featured a 2006 Cybus/Cyber Legions-style Cyberman.
9)As part of the epilogue, a hidden chamber full of dormant Cybermen is found beneath the streets of London waiting for a call that would be eventually activated in the television story The Invasion.

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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I found this adventure incredible. I loved all the characterizations. Ace going off and developing relationships with numerous characters, which allows her to more fully understand and appreciate her bond with the Doctor. Usage of the historical London bombings during the Second World War only heightens the tensions. No one is ever completely safe for more than a moment. A page turner, and one where a great American character (a 40's private eye), a sinister, but grandfatherly eccentric, and the Nazi threat are all employed in a believable fashion. Bravo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a brilliant read!! 17 May 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'd heard a lot about Mike Tucker and Robert Perry's writing so I was sort of expecting a nigh-on masterpiece, and by jove, for me, this book comes very close to it. Sure it had the Cybermen (old hat enemies of the Doctor) but the way they were incorporated into the story I thought was ingenious.

All of the characters were fully formed, three dimensional beings, not one of them a cardboard cut out and I even felt like Ace and had some sympathy for George Limb, especially at the beginning, because as the Doctor said, (something like) "He wasn't really an evil man", but boy did he cause so much havoc or what? Actually, to be honest, the Limb character reminded me of a somewhat diluted Master, if the Master was human of course. *shrug*

In all honesty, I'm not a fan of gratuitous violence where the only purpose it seems to serve is to end someone's life, so I was more than pleased to see that the violence in this book carried a rather stark and depressing message alongside of it.

All in all, this was indeed a fast paced, action packed book, but with its quieter moments you got to sink your teeth into a wonderful story, which included a slightly more than aesthetic look at what it might have been like in London during WWII and a theorising of a possible future when it comes to 'Cybertechnology'. Very nice indeed.

So, five stars from me and a very high recommendation. Now onto "Loving the Alien" - I can't wait :D
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