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Doctor Who: Interference Book Two (Doctor Who) [Paperback]

Lawrence Miles
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2 Aug 1999 Doctor Who
They call it the Dead Frontier. It's as far from home as the human race ever went -- the planet where mankind dumped the waste of its thousand-year empire and left its culture out in the sun to rot.

But while one Doctor faces both his own past and his own future on the Frontier, another finds himself on Earth in 1996, where the seeds of the Empire are only just being sown.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (2 Aug 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563555823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563555827
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 426,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lawrence Miles was behind the superb 1997 BBC book Alien Bodies in which a group of intergalactic representatives--including the Doctor--bid for ownership of the Doctor's body while a group of mysterious Time Lord-like cultists, the Faction Paradox, mess around with time streams. In Interference he fleshes out the Faction Paradox and introduces a new group of beings called the Remote.

These are perhaps the most interesting aliens to have appeared in the BBC range to date. Their culture is based on electronic transmissions which they receive from whichever planet they find themselves on. The people are totally free to interpret these signals as they will. They believe they are given direction and meaning by the signals and are on the whole fairly happy with their lot.

In the first novel we are introduced to I M Foreman, a mystery woman sitting on a hill. (This is also the name printed on the junkyard doors in Totters' Lane, London, 1963, where we first met the Doctor--hopefully this will be explained in Book Two.) The Doctor joins her and they settle down to discuss what happened on Earth. But what did happen? Sam is there keeping an eye on an international arms conference when she becomes captured by the Remote. Sarah Jane Smith (ex-companion of the 3rd and 4th Doctors) is also there along with K9, doing pretty much the same thing. The Remote are trying to sell advanced alien arms to various powers and using brutish alien Ogrons as bodyguards. Fitz meanwhile has been swallowed up in 1996 by a weapon called the Cold and does not emerge until 2593 where he joins a Faction Paradox cult. Meanwhile the 8th Doctor is apparently locked in a cell where he and his cellmate are irregularly and viciously tortured with electric shock batons.

Where all this leads is unclear as it's not resolved in this book. The mysterious I M Foreman remains an enigma, aside from the fact that as a man she might have been running a travelling circus of freaks on the planet Dust which was once visited by the 3rd Doctor and Sarah.

All this confusion and loose ends may leave readers reeling and puzzled. It starts really well indeed with Miles building up an apocalyptic feel with the individual plot elements. It's when the story becomes dominated by Sarah Jane Smith (posing as Sarah Bland, and never was a surname better chosen) that the book grinds to a crawl. She's just not interesting and doesn't rise above the printed page. Fitz and the Doctor might as well not be there (well, they're actually not there for 90 per cent of it) and Sam gets to see all the interesting stuff as usual--which here includes appearing in scenes presented as though from a film or television script. This is a nice idea and works surprisingly well.

The book ends at an apparently arbitrary point, but readers who have bought both volumes can continue straight on... --David J Howe --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unacceptable and Insulting! 7 Feb 2000
The Doctor's Third Regeneration ended when he faced the "Great One" when his body was destroyed by radiation in the caves of the blue crystals. With great difficulty he was able to bring the TARDIS back to UNIT headquarters where he was forced to once again regenerate. Not according to Lawrence Miles who has now completely raped Doctor Who continuity by changing the Third Doctor's regeneration completely. Does he realize what kind of effect this would have on the time stream. If the Doctor didn't go to Metebelis Three and stop the Great One with her plans, the Eight Legs would have successfully conqured the Earth thanks to Lupton and his cronies at the Tibetian Meditation Center. Or perhaps the Doctor would have faced it in his Fourth incarnation. But if he was to go into the caves, this would have ended his fourth incarnation prematurely. This would have placed the Fifth Doctor with Sarah Jane Smith and he would have never met Tegan, Nyssa, Adric Turlough and Peri. You can probably see where I'm going with this and I'll stop. For the most part I thought this book was very clever with some of the writing devices the author used, such as a transcript format for the parts that were suppose to be television shows. But unfortunately, this story is too disjointed and both the Third and Eighth Doctor hardly show up in the story at all (or meet each other). And you felt nothing with Sam's departure from the TARDIS crew. I mean even Mel's departure had more feeling than that (probably because everybody was so damn relieved that she was leaving. Thank heavens). After reading both Books of this two parter, I had almost lost all hope with the Doctor Who bookline. Until I read Matrix and The Devil Gobins of Neptune which gave me faith in the series again. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A modern Who classic 19 April 2000
Darker, more mature than TV Who, the 8th Doctor books have introduced a lot of genuinely original concepts to Doctor Who, and many were created by Lawrence Miles. Interference is far from a traditional Who adventure - it does give the Doctor's history a major shake-up, but it's perfectly in keeping with the themes of the 8th Doctor's adventures. Not as light-hearted as Alien Bodies, but Interference is still packed with plot twists and surprises. Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous 26 Jun 2000
I grew up with Dr Who especially Mr Pertwee and grieved greatly when the programme degenerated into silliness with number seven. And I am not one for manky novel spinoffs, as I am a stickler not just for detail but also for style. But this has really brought Dr Who back for me, being supremely faithful to the TV series yet also taking the character and his worlds on in a superb way. Interference One is a marvellously intelligent and imaginative read, it's well written, it's engrossing, full of surprises, and the first time I have been scared by Dr Who in 25 years.The richness of the story is very impressive. Mr Miles is a very good writer indeed and this is a fine fine piece of work. In parts it is also very moving, and the whole story just gets better in volume number two.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Overhyped and Underachieving, but not bad. 30 April 2001
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Miles' story picks up from where we left off at the end of Inteference Book 1 - and it is all one story with no real separation, so don't even think of reading this book if you haven't read book one yet. Seriously, it won't make any sense to you.
However, here things tail off somewhat from the levels the first book achieved. While there Miles was throwing out interesting plot-points and weaving a gripping tale, here he has to bring it all together and tell an actual story. And it doesn't really work. The Eighth Doctor's incarceration doesn't work because nothing is made of it, astounding given that it persisted almost throughout the first book and well into the second. And the motivations of his captors are just, well, unbelievable. You'll know what I mean when you've read it. The ending to the Eighth Doctor's section, when Miles tries to convey a wordless communication using words, doesn't work. Fitz's rebirth is one of the most convoluted things I've ever seen.
Meanwhile, something bad happens to the Third Doctor's continuity. I won't say anymore, other than to say that this didn't seem like the catastrophe I was expecting. Miles handles it well, writing something fitting that works well in the current storylines. But there are other problems with the Third Doctor's storyline, most notably the lack of any explaination as to what drew him to Dust in the first place.
But the real problem with this book is that the Eighth Doctor's story feels far too long - there's not actually a whole lot happening, and it certainly doesn't feel more than the average book - and the Third Doctor's story feels too short - it goes there, does it's stuff, but very little actually happens. It feels more like an extended story from Short Trips than something of worth of its own.
Overall, it's a good read, though mainly on the grounds of things that carry over from the first book. Not bad, not good, just kinda there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 21 Mar 2000
By A Customer
This story gives Doctor Who, series and concept, a timely kick up the arse. To describe the book as "insulting", as some reviewers have done is an act of lunacy. It's a spin-off of a TV show, not a rewrite of The Bible! Miles has written the book that has sparked off the whole current cycle of Doctor Who novels. It even appears to tie in with Miles' New Adventures novel "Dead Romance". Read it, skip the next two books, which do fall into the dull, pretentious category and enjoy this excellent sequence of stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interference
The moment has arrived, it is finally my time to read the opus that is Interference by the brilliant Lawrence Miles, the guy who wrote the best book of the range so far, Alien... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Steve White
2.0 out of 5 stars Unwanted Interference.
After the dull, tedious Interference book one, comes.. the dull, tedious Interference book two. Although not badly written and certainly better than say Longest Day, the... Read more
Published on 12 May 2008 by Tim Allan
3.0 out of 5 stars Unclear transmissions.
I was expecting this book to be an action packed, thrill a minute read. Instead it has been very slow and in suffers some major problems. Read more
Published on 25 April 2008 by Tim Allan
3.0 out of 5 stars Still Too Much Interference
In the second part of this substantial tale, Fitz finds his loyalties slipping, the Faction finds and loses its way, the 3rd Doctor discovers that there is something to be said for... Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2003 by P. Baldowski
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Interference
There are times when a character needs a good shake. Sylvester McCoy's last season was a shake-up. The final Virgin book 'Lungbarrow' posed some very awkward questions about the... Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2003 by P. Baldowski
2.0 out of 5 stars Where is it actually going?
After reading book one I really couldn't see where this story was going. After reading book two I still couldn't see where this story was going. Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Twisting Adventure
Lawrence Miles not satisfied with killing off the Doctor and then selling his mortal remains in his novel Alien Bodies, he now plays havoc with the Doctor's third incarnation in... Read more
Published on 8 April 2000 by "the_sorcerer_bard"
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This story gives Doctor Who, series and concept, a timely kick up the arse. To describe the book as "insulting", as some reviewers have done is an act of lunacy. Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2000
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