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Doctor Who: Imperial Moon [Paperback]

Christopher Bulis
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7 Aug 2000 Doctor Who
A fifth Doctor and Turlough novel in which the TARDIS materializes on the far side of the moon. The year is 1878, and the Doctor meets up with an expedition led by Captain Richard Halliwell. Why does history hold no record of Victorian space travel?

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (7 Aug 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563538015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563538011
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 799,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Victorian Spacemen? BRILLIANT 21 May 2009
Format:Paperback
A truly exceptional read that serves to capture everything great about the TV series while including an all-new plot. The Fifth Doctor and Turlough are perfectly presented as an uncertain but well-fuctioning team, Turlough's essential selfishness being counterbalanced by the Doctor's inspiration to do the right thing while the Doctor's wide range of knowledge allows the Fifth to help the expedition even without leading them like his other selves might have done.

Even the use of the rarely-seen Kamelion works well, the android getting some effective characterisation as he provides vital aid in the resolution of the crisis (AND in a manner that accounts for Queen Victoria's actions in "Tooth & Claw" into the bargain; talk about precognitive!), while the supporting cast are well-presented and provide truly engaging personalities for the readers to enjoy.

And as for the setting...

Exceptional location, intriguing villains, and an engaging mystery that culminates in a highly satisfactory manner that ties up all loose ends while making it clear that all concerned have been affected by their time with the Doctor; EXACTLY as it should be.
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I have not been a regular readed of the 'new' Doctor Who books but the ones I have read I have usually found dull and out of character for the series. However, this was not only the most enjpoyable Doctor Who book I have read for a long time but the most enjoyable book period. The story is well structured and paced and never drags, the narrative is continually moving on to progress the story and I really didn't want to put the book down. I only wish it had been thicker so that I could have enjoyed it for longer. You may not agree of course but that's my opinion
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fifth Doctor in Boy's Own-style story 19 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
'Imperial Moon' is a Doctor Who story set in 1878, which features the British conquest of space by its first manned moon flights. Whether this is an alternate universe, someone tampering with history, or some other explanation is one of the nubs of the story.
Being set in 1878, Christopher Bulis has drawn from the literature of the time for the feel of the story. The ghosts of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, H. Rider Haggard and Arthur Conan Doyle appear to have been whispering in Mr. Bulis' ear. However, in advancing the story and bringing it to its conclusion, it is contemporary science fiction of Doctor Who that sets the tone.
The Doctor is in his fifth incarnation (portrayed on TV by Peter Davison) and is assisted by the less than trust-inspiring pairing of Turlough (who joined the TARDIS crew to kill the Doctor for the Black Guardian) and Kamelion (a former slave of the Master). Like in real life, Kamelion plays a relatively minor role (the Kamelion robot proved too problematic to use prominently in filming the series), so it largely falls to the Doctor and Turlough, and their astral mariner allies, to deal with the mysteriously populated jungle crater on the lunar surface.
The novel has obviously been well thought through by Mr. Bulis, who displays his influences proudly, and the moral dilemma of Turlough is well-portrayed and within the established scope of his character. The portrayal of the Victorian characters is good, and I especially enjoyed the inclusion of Queen Victoria and her gillie, John Brown, who open the book and... but that would be telling! Captain Richard Halliwell and Miss Emily Boyes-Dennison, who carry a moderate portion by themselves, appear to be included in part to show the impact of the "New Woman" on Victorian society.
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4.0 out of 5 stars jules verne writes doctor who 8 Aug 2006
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
A slightly more ambitious piece of work than bulis' usual writings, but still as supremely readable as he always manages, this finds the fifth doctor and turlough involved with victorian astronauts in a story that is a definite homage to Jules Verne.

You can't really imagine this one having been done on tv, and it doesn't quite fit the era and would possibly have been stronger as a third doctor story. But it's still a good and entertaining read
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bland Bulis strikes again 20 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Christopher Bulis can be very inconsistent and again disappoints in a novel that starts well with a Victorian era journey to an inhabited moon and rapidly goes nowhere. Not quite as boring as his last book but near enough.
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