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Doctor Who: Scales of Injustice: The Monster Collection Edition (Doctor Who (BBC)) [Kindle Edition]

Gary Russell
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When a boy goes missing and a policewoman starts drawing cave paintings, the Doctor suspects the Silurians are back. With the Brigadier distracted by questions about UNIT funding and problems at home, the Doctor swears his assistant Liz Shaw to secrecy and investigates alone.

But Liz has enquiries of her own, teaming up with a journalist to track down people who don’t exist. What is the mysterious Glasshouse, and why is it so secret?

As the Silurians wake from their ancient slumber, the Doctor, Liz and the Brigadier are caught up in a conspiracy to exploit UNIT’s achievements – a conspiracy that reaches deep into the heart of the British Government.

An adventure featuring the Third Doctor, as played by Jon Pertwee, his companion Liz Shaw and UNIT

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The Doctor Who Monster Collection: Eight thrilling adventures, Eight iconic monsters. You're going to need a bigger sofa...

About the Author

Gary Russell was one of the script editing team for Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, and is the author of many novels and reference books in the Doctor Who range. A former editor of Doctor Who Magazine, he also was the producer of Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish Productions for eight years. He lives in Cardiff.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1619 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1849907803
  • Publisher: BBC Digital (6 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HDG74AS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #237,918 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scales of Injustice 14 April 2014
By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Recently there have been released a “Monster Collection” of books, original novels about various ‘monsters’ that have appeared in Doctor Who over the years. This one features the Silurians in another appearance in the time of the Third Doctor, as portrayed by Jon Pertwee on the small screen. The novel is set at the time about a year after his reincarnation from the Second Doctor, and he is working at UNIT headquarters with Liz Shaw.

There’s a lot going on in this book, and it takes concentrated reading to make sense of all the people (some of whom remain nameless throughout, which doesn’t make it any easier to keep track of them), places and happenings in what is a fairly busy book. There’s a lot of continuity from the tv series, and the UNIT soldiers are often recognisable names. There are also references to other stories that crop up throughout. That’s good, as it gives a sense of ‘reality’ to the story within the Third Doctor timeframe.

Above and beyond the Silurian storyline, there is a lot of other action to be read about as well – the political manouevrings of the Government ministers and the bureaucrats in charge of UNIT and C19, as well as the private life of the Brigadier, and of Liz Shaw, which is a nice touch, as we don’t often get to see that. And it does all add to the story; the Doctor is able to get a head start on the Brigadier, and Liz is sidetracked from keeping an eye on the Doctor’s doings because of their own concerns. The UNIT side of things is nicely done, and the characterisations of Benton and Mike Yates in particularly are really reminiscent of the tv series. Overall, a really good story which incorporates a lot of elements. I think this book needs to be read more than once to really get the nuances of it all, which is not a bad thing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A continuity heavy, but good, read 8 Mar. 2014
By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER
If you've ever read any of Gary Russell's Doctor Who novels, then you'll know that he likes his continuity. The Scales of Injustice is no different, and whilst readers who have an in-depth knowledge of the programme's history will get the most out of the book, the story is still good enough to be enjoyed by newer fans who maybe won't pick up on all the references.

The novel seems to have been written in order to address two issues - the first is to give Liz Shaw a proper leaving story (on screen she is last seen in "Inferno", and in the next story she is described as having returned to Cambridge). The second point is an attempt to reconcile what we saw onscreen in the Peter Davison story "Warriors of the Deep" to the original Silurian story from 1970.

Along the way various other continuity boxes are ticked, we meet C19 (mentioned in "Time Flight"), witness the breakdown of the Brigadier's marriage and we get more detail on Mike Yates' background and also see his promotion to Captain.

Although the Brigadier's sub-plot is never something that could have happened on televison, it works really well and gives the book some of its best moments. Liz Shaw is very well characterised too, and her growing estrangement from the Doctor has a parallel with the Brigadier's disintegrating home-life.

Whilst the Brigadier and Liz come across well, the Doctor's role in the story is a little disappointing. His subplot, attempting to negotiate peace with the Silurians, doesn't really engage - and he does spend a lot of the time as a fairly marginalised character. This was a fairly common problem with Doctor Who original fiction of the time - the various writers often were more concerned with other characters then they were with the Doctor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye to Liz Shaw, hello to Mike Yates 26 Mar. 2014
By Alaran
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The Silurians (or whatever you wish to call them – this book is certainly unsure as to how they should be referred to, making it part of the story) have never been out and out villains. They may have been a bit more aggressive in later television stories but in ‘The Silurians’, which takes place shortly before this book, it was more a lack of understanding and a subsequent mistrust between individuals, human and Silurian, that caused violence. The Silurians of this book are in much a similar vein. As you might expect there are those that wish to exterminate mankind, those who consider peace and those who wish to experiment on humans. Auggi is particularly aggressive for a Silurian, however. Her character is somewhat similar to Broton. Perhaps that is because a few elements of ‘Terror of the Zygons’ have filtered into this story, including the use of a large beast mistaken for the Loch Ness Monster. These Silurians are unique in a certain way though (or at least some of them are). But that is basically the case to some degree with every colony of Silurians.

For some years this novel had been a difficult book to obtain. Because of this it was made available in PDF format upon the Doctor Who website. It is, therefore, good to see it republished as part of the Monster Collection. It is good to see it back in print for other reasons as well.

Firstly, although the Doctor is reasonably well characterised and has plenty to do in the story, the focus is probably more on some of the more familiar members of UNIT. This is a particularly good story for Liz Shaw, the Brigadier and Yates. The novel offers a good insight into their personal lives and aspirations. Partly this is due to their being a noticeable gap in events between the first two years of Jon Pertwee’s tenure.
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