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Doctor Who: Matrix Mass Market Paperback – 5 Oct 1998


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; 1st Paperback Edition edition (5 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563405961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563405962
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Aug. 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Taking its cue from an enigmatic reference in Mark Morris' Eighth Doctor novel, The Bodysnatchers, Matrix pits the Doctor against a long-anticipated enemy: Jack the Ripper.
Hunted by an unseen foe, the Seventh Doctor decides to leave Ace in the safe hands of his first incarnation. But London 1963 is not the London he remembers: it is a beleaguered police state under siege from an arcane vampiric force. The infamous Whitechapel murders have sent twentieth century Earth down a parallel timeline, leaving the Doctor and Ace no choice but to travel to the East End, circa 1888, to catch the Ripper . . .
Like The Bodysnatchers, Matrix is full of gaslight and gore inspired, no doubt, by repeat viewings of The Talons of Weng-Chiang. But where Morris took the Philip Hinchcliffe/Robert Holmes approach to the series - exploitative B-movie-derived plots elevated by wit and good characterisation - Perry and Tucker are far more enamoured of the John Nathan-Turner/Eric Saward aesthetic, with storylines contrived to support clever-clever scientific ideas and tie-up with the show's rich and convoluted history. Matrix is no light read; it demands an in-depth knowledge of Who-lore and repays the reader with revelations about the Doctor, Ace and Gallifrey that he or she may not wish to know. You have been warned.
On the plus side, the narrative is strong and atmospheric, if unconventional, and the period detail of an unusually high standard.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Spence on 22 May 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A truly chilling read, capturing the darkest aspects of human nature and forcing the Doctor to come face-to-face with his own inner monsters.

As the novel begins with the Doctor reflecting on his own eventual isolation and loneliness, a theme of solitude is swiftly established, this idea only becoming further elaborated as the Doctor and Ace's attempts to find their mysterious new foe leaving them cut off from each other and even themselves, the Doctor left with no memory of his true identity and Ace trapped in a world she can barely understand as an evil transformation plagues her.

While the presence of the 'Wandering Jew' seems somewhat superfluous- the mystery of his immortality is never even given the HINT of an explanation, and in the end his role could have been easily filled by a benevolent bystander-, the dark world that Perry and Tucker create- both in the alternate 1963 and the true 1888- are truly chilling to read about, and the final dramatic confrontation between the Doctor and his foe perfectly reflects everything about this enemy that makes him one of my personal favourite villains, forcing the Doctor to face his own evil even as he denies it.

Raising complex questions about the nature of evil and presenting us with a chilling look at how even the noblest soul has its own darkness, "Matrix" is a highly commendable novel that is a must-read for ANY true Who fan!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Toyah13 on 24 Aug. 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love this book - I don't own it but I've borrowed it from my libary half a million times. I really need to get my own copy...

Very dark, creepy and well written. The characters are captured perfectly, you can really feel Ace's fear and the Doctor's confusion.

Had me gripped from the first word to the last. READ IT.
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