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Doctor Who: Corpse Marker: The Monster Collection Edition

Doctor Who: Corpse Marker: The Monster Collection Edition [Kindle Edition]

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

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The Doctor and Leela arrive on the planet Kaldor, where they find a society dependent on benign and obedient robots. But they have faced these robots before, on a huge Sandminer in the Kaldor desert, and know they are not always harmless servants.

The only other people who know the truth are the three survivors from that Sandminer - and now they are being picked off one by one. The twisted genius behind that massacre is dead, but someone is developing a new, deadlier breed of robots. This time, unless the Doctor and Leela can stop them, they really will destroy the world.

An adventure featuring the Fourth Doctor, as played by Tom Baker, and his companion Leela

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5.0 out of 5 stars Corpse Marker 28 April 2014
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
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In 1977, the great Fourth Doctor and Leela story Robots of Death was based on board a huge Sandminer. On board are nine humans and numerous robots, ranging from `Dums' through `Vocs' and a `Super Voc' which controls the other robots. Robots are being utilised by this society to do work that humans cannot or will not do. But the robots are programmed to not be able to hurt humans - so when humans start getting killed, it can't be the robots - can it? By the time the Doctor and Leela leave on the Tardis only three humans are alive.

In this story, which picks up some years later, those three humans have moved on with their lives - Uvanov, Poul and Toos have found ways to cope with what happened, and as far as the inhabitants of Kaldor are concerned, the events on the Sandminer never happened. The Doctor and Leela arrive on Kaldor and find themselves in the middle of a very nasty and deadly political, economic and cultural disturbance. And could robots be involved?

This novel is particularly strong in its building of the world of Kaldor. In Robots of Death we saw a very small glimpse of the civilisation of humans and robots from Kaldor, and only a very small part of the sandmining operations, as all the action took place on the sandminder. In this novel, that aspect has been broadened to encompass a whole world, with all its ramifications for the civilisation as a whole which depends on the precious minerals being mined, and which utilises robots for many menial tasks. The jostlings for political power and money are a large part of this cut-throat world, and Chris Boucher has taken characters from the original story and built them into this world view very cleverly.

The Doctor and Leela are also very well written here.
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By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Re-released novel from 1999, Written by Chris Boucher.
288 pages, Fourth Doctor & Leela.

The Fourth Doctor & Leela arrive on the planet Kaldor were society has become too dependant on Voc Robots & the truth about former murderous killer Robots that killed all but three survivor's on the Sandminer was kept a secret from the residents of Kaldor City as it would cause mass panic.

The three survivors are showing signs of a mental breakdown as once again the Robots are being programmed to kill but surely it can't be the work of Taren Capel as he died on the Sandminer?

The Robots this time aren't contained to one Sandminer & if the Doctor & Leela can't find a way to stop the Robots they will destroy all life on the planet Kaldor.

Timelord Thoughts.
Outstanding novel by Chris Boucher who created the character of Leela & wrote The Robots Of Death.

This is a excellent sequel that expands on the story of the three survivors of the Sandminer incident & gives the story a bigger dramatic scope using the planet Kaldor as it's canvas.

The Doctor & Leela are soon separated allowing Boucher to showcase Leelas more savage side to allow Leela to use her instincts without the Doctor being all disapproving of her methods.

The Doctor feels slightly underwritten at times in this adventure & the story crams a lot into 288 pages which may have benefited from a additional 50 pages to build the Doctor's characteristics & allow the pace to breath a little.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not so creepy mechanical men 16 Mar 2014
By Alaran
This book works as a sort of sequel to `Robots of Death'. The Doctor and Leela encounter the same civilisation (one that relies on the use of robots to the point of indolence) as they encountered in the televised serial. It must be quite a few years later for this civilisation but not that much longer in the time streams of the Doctor and Leela. Thus the Leela portrayed is very much an early version recently removed from the Sevateem. This is the Leela which the author is most familiar with as he scripted the story in which she made her initial appearance, `The Face of Evil'. He splits up Leela and the Doctor quite early on so that Leela is allowed to make full use of her martial abilities without the Doctor looking on disapprovingly at her behaviour. It also gives her a lot more independence in events than she ever had in `The Face of Evil' or `Robots of Death'. Leela's portrayal within the novel is very convincing and the author languishes plenty of attention on continuing to develop her character from the above mentioned television stories, especially the development of her trust for the Doctor. However, the characterisation of the Doctor is a little shallow at times.

The novel also continues to follow the lives of Poul, Toos and Uvanov, the three other survivors of Storm Mine Four alongside Leela and the Doctor. Each are trying to move on with their lives since the events of the `Robot of Death'. Toos seeks wealth, Uvanov seeks power and Poul seeks sanity. Because of their previous acquaintance and involvement in past events all three of them become involved in the various convoluted plans of Carnell. These were all characters created by Boucher. Thus he knows them well and continues to develop them.
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