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Doctor Who - Mission to Magnus (Target Books) Paperback – Jul 1990

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: W. H. Allen & Co.; paperback / softback edition (July 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042620347X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426203476
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 871,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 30 Nov. 2014
Format: Paperback
In 1985 the BBC suspended the tv show Doctor Who. Eighteen months later the show returned. All Doctor Who fans know the infamy of the story behind the cancellation and return, and we won’t go into that here. However, during the hiatus of the show there had been several stories lined up – these are now considered Missing Episodes. These have now been novelised. The first of these Missing Episodes was The Nightmare Fair, the second, The Ultimate Evil. This book was the third Missing Episode, and was written and novelised by Philip Martin.

(As a footnote to the Missing Episodes:
The fourth, Yellow Fever and How to Cure It was written by Robert Holmes but never novelised.
The fifth, In the Hollows of Time was written by Christopher Bidmead, and adapted as The Hollows of Time for a Big Finish release as a Lost Story in 2010.
The sixth, The Children of January, was written by Michael Callan, and was planned to be adapted for a Big Finish Lost Story but was never finalised due to the author’s commitments.)

It’s a shame that this story never made it to the small screen, because reading the novel, I think it would have played very well. It starts off rather oddly, as the Doctor and Peri find themselves in the Tardis being pulled by some force. When they find out who it is that has summonsed them, the Doctor behaves very cravenly, to Peri’s surprise. They manage to land the Tardis, and find themselves on a strange planet where men and boys are subjugated and suffer fatally if they are subjected to the sunshine; the women rule with an iron fist.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alaran on 13 May 2013
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This is the novelisation of one of the `lost' stories originally scheduled to feature in the cancelled 1985 series. It was to see the return of the Ice Warriors after over a decade. Due to the hiatus of this series the Ice Warriors had to wait until 2013 to return. Although the loss of this story left the Ice Warriors of air for almost four decades, this story itself is not a great loss.

The Ice Warriors are attempting to colonise Magnus. In doing so, they plan to alter the climate to make it more habitable for themselves. This is essentially a re-hash of some of the plot elements of `The Seeds of Death'. There really isn't much more to the basic story. Two more villains, Sil and Anzor, are included to mix things up and give the story a few more levels. The inclusion of Sil works effectively. He is exactly as he appears in his two TV appearances and the author has grasped his character well. His mercurial, avarice nature interacts and contrasts well with both the morals of the Doctor and the evil intents of the Ice Warriors.

However, Anzor doesn't work at all. As a Timelord he is utterly unbelievable. Worse still, though, is the behaviour of the Doctor in his presence. There really isn't an adequate explanation for this (the one proffered being inane) and the Doctor's reaction is completely uncharacteristic. There also feels very little need for it.

The Ice Warriors themselves are adequately portrayed but they lack the nuances that the Peladon stories brought to their characterisation. They are given the role as major villains and they are suitably villainous for this story.

This is not a good story for the Doctor though. It is a very unlikeable portrayal (although this is characteristic of a couple of the TV stories at the time).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The return of the green scaly foes 17 Feb. 2001
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In 1985, the BBC decided to give Doctor Who a "rest" (although rumours persist that they actually cancelled it and were forced to continue due to public outcry...). Several stories were planned and in the writing stage when this edict came down. Three of these stories were novelised by their scripters - this one, featuring the return Sil and the Ice Warriors, was written by Sil creator Philip Martin.
The TARDIS pulled off course by Anzor, another Time Lord who bullied him while they were both at school. The Doctor responds by becoming a cringing coward, but they eventually escape to the planet Magnus Epsilon. There are plots within plots as the natives of the planet work with Anzor, but there is a mysterious series of happenings which reveal the presence of the Ice Warriors...
Not a very good example of Philip Martin's writing skills (both the earlier 'Vengeance on Varos' and later 'Mindwarp' are considerably better), its main problem is that it seems to largely be two stories stuck together - initially, the Doctor and Peri are facing Anzor and, just when he is defeated, up turn the Ice Warriors.
Sil's role is also comparatively small, and really misses Nabil Shaban's wonderful screen presence. The Ice Warriors are very bland; really, they could be any alien race... And I really hated the idea of a Time Lord school bully!
The end result is a very light read with the recurring opponents very poorly served.
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