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Doctor Who: Grave Matter [Mass Market Paperback]

Justin Richards
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1 May 2000 Doctor Who
The TARDIS materializes on an island named Dorsill, which has recently been bought by a DNA scientist named Sheldon. At first the villagers aren't suspicious when they notice a few people dying, and attribute it to natural causes. Little do they realize that they are in fact now part of Sheldon's closed experiment. The Doctor must discover what dark experiments Sheldon is carrying out on the innocent people of Dorsill.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (1 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 056355598X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563555988
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.1 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 646,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Justin Richards has written more books than he can remember. He has also written audio scripts, television, a stage play, edited anthologies of short stories, been a technical writer, and founded and edited a media journal.
Justin is the author of - amongst other things - The Death Collector, The Chaos Code, The Parliament of Blood and the series The Invisible Detective, Time Runners, and Agent Alfie. He is also Creative Director of the BBC's best-selling range of Doctor Who books, and has written a fair few of them himself.
His latest novel - The Skeleton Clock - is available for the Kindle.
Justin lives in Warwick with his wife and two children, and a lovely view of the castle.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This story is excellent, with a great start where we follow the doctor and peri around the island confronted by mystery upon mystery: Who is the starnge man missing a hand rambling madly, where are they, when are they, and why are the animals and children behaving so strangely!
The plot whizzes along, and the reader is met with cliff hanger after cliff hanger, with excellent action and horror in the old Tom Baker/John Pertwee mould.
Colin Baker was one of my favourite doctors who seemed to be let down by weak scripts and stories, but I'd have loved to have seen this on the telly! must for any fans of Doctor who. What are you waiting for? BUY IT!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sixth Doctor the way he should have been 10 July 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is, without doubt, the best Doctor Who story I've read, outside the broadcast stories. For me to say that is quite a feat, when I confess that the Sixth Doctor was probably my least favourite! Justin Richards has not only captured the characters of The Doctor and Peri, but manages to improve on them, making them more likeable and "real" than they appeared on TV. The dialogue is perfect, particularly for the Doctor: you can hear Colin Baker's voice every time, but again I have to emphasise that the Sixth Doctor in this story is a far more rounded character than the "Doctor Whooligan" we saw on TV - he has affection for Peri and cares about the people involved in the "Grave Matter" of the title. Peri, too, does not spend the entire story moaning at The Doctor or moping about - she's in there, investigating the mystery with (and without) The Doctor. If that wasn't enough, the story's rather good, too! Borrowing elements from various Hammer horrors in order to enhance the sinister mood, but explaining the horror in Doctor Who/SF terms, the book succeeds on every level. Richards also has a very easy, authoritative writing style - the first two chapters in particular I found unputdownable! You've probably realised from the cover that this can be summed up quickly as "Doctor Who Meets the Zombies", but it's more than just that. When I think that I hesitated when deciding whether or not to buy this... Do yourself a favour and read it soon!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite an accomplished little tale... 30 Jun 2001
By finna
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A sinister and chilling story, well constructed, and with a little more to think about than usual. Some similarities to Coldheart and Deep Blue in its' portrayal of an alien invasion from within and transformation of human beings, but this story manages to rise above both of these with its' compelling storyline and characters. Justin Richards keeps the story going with several unexpected twists to the plot, and the sixth Doctor and Peri are brought vividly to life in a story that seems almost made for them. It's quite a fun story in places too, in some ways almost like an adult Scooby Doo adventure. Overall, a great read, with some truly memorable moments.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Generic but readable horror story 29 Aug 2005
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Grave Matter is a very simplistic but readable horror story. The main influence here are zombie movies, but given as this is Doctor Who inevitably an extraterrestrial explanation is provided. While there is little here that isn't a regurgitated genre cliché (fog-bound setting, corpses rising from the grave, mad scientists, strangers able to instantly stop conversation by entering the local pub, etc) the small cast of well-rounded characters and action scenes are enough to keep the pages flying by. Things rather fall apart at the end with a protracted 'house under siege' climax, and the 6th Doctors solution to the zombie problem is an anti-climax, but Grave Matter is a reasonably enjoyable romp. A basic but readable horror story.
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