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Doctor Who: Deadly Reunion [Paperback]

Terrance Dicks , Barry Letts
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3 Nov 2003 Doctor Who
In the aftermath of the Second World War, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart - then a young subaltan - was involved in intelligence operations in the Greek islands. But now his problems are rather closer to home. The Doctor and Jo are caught up in mysterious events in a small English village. Sergeant Benton and Captain Yates are ready to rush to the rescue. A sinister cult holds unholy ceremonies and prepares for a day of reckoning. And the Doctor has a shrewd idea who might be behind it all. This might seem like business as usual, but things are not always as they seem. The Brigadier finds himself trying to separate the truth from the lies, and the past from the present. Can he once again help prevent the end of the world? His friends and colleagues are not so sure - because this time, the Brigadier has fallen in love...

Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (3 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563486104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563486107
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 11.3 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A novel of two halves 12 Dec 2003
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
Deadly Reunion seems to be divided clearly into two halves by author.
The first half deals with a young Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart encountering Greek deities (or near deities – this seems to be a prequel to The Daemons). Without the Doctor this drags terribly, a slow moving a muddled start.
The second half (presumably written by Dicks) on the other hand is a joy. Yes, it’s derivative nonsense, but unlike earlier novels Dicks seems to be aware of this, and uses Letts plot as an excuse to run through some comedy routines with the clichés of the Pertwee years.
By any conventional sense this is an appalling novel, but for any fans of the Pertwee era with a sense of humour this is an utterly insane, and very funny, tribute.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable reunion 8 Aug 2006
The producer and script editor from the third doctor's era reunite to tell us a story. First of a strange encounter that the brigadier had many years ago. And then how the doctor and UNIT get into one of their usual situations. Which ties in with the story of the brigadier's past.

The first part of the book, the brigadier's story, is written by barry letts, who was the producer of the pertwee time. Not having done as many books as terrance dicks, his style is a little less familiar. It's readable stuff that tells a reasonably interesting story, although it has little resolution as a result of needing to tie into what follows.

In the next part, terrance dicks, script editor of the time and author of many novelisations of doctor who stories, brings us a typical UNIT tale. After his last book [warmonger] turned out to be very disappointing, this is a bit of a return to form. It's not the best thing he's ever written, but it's a readable if predictable third doctor story.

And that's what I expected this book to be. If that's what you want from it, you won't be disappointed
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dead-in-the-water Reunion 6 Dec 2003
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Is it inevitable that the fortieth anniversary novel should naturally be such a disappointment? For me, the Pertwee-era was the "Golden Era" of Doctor Who and these two guys were part of that magical chemistry. Since then, Dicks has had some success as a writer of original fiction, and Letts has scripted two enjoyable Pertwee-era radio shows (Doctor Who: Ghosts of N-Space. Starring Jon Pertwee (BBC Radio Collection) and Doctor Who: Paradise of Death. Starring Jon Pertwee (BBC Radio Collection)). However, as novellists their styles are so different that this book is almost pointless. The Letts part took me about 5 days to plough through and the Dicks part about 5 minutes! With due respect, Dicks should have done it on his own. The result is so close to Doctor Who and the Daemons (A Target adventure) and the ending so disappointing that this book is no more than a collector's item. In this case, you CAN judge a book by its cover - unbalanced, out of proportion, no sense of perspective. Keep it - it might be worth selling someday.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Daemons lite! 11 April 2014
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A mishmash of ideas (some good, some VERY bad) leading to a somewhat pointless story - not impressed by this at all!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
One of the staples of "trad" (traditional) Who fiction is Terrance Dicks. He first joined the show in 1968, was the script editor for the entire Third Doctor era (1970-73), and has written many of the classic Who episodes. He's even written some of the new Dr. Who fiction since the television series ended. Barry Letts was the producer for the entire Third Doctor era. So you'd think that, writing a Third Doctor book, they could do no wrong. Right? Well, sort of.
Deadly Reunion is a 40th anniversary Who special, and in doing that Dicks and Letts have written a wonderful homage to the TV show. Unfortunately, what they forgot to do is make an interesting book. Sure, there's a lot of Who nostalgia in it, especially Third Doctor nostalgia. However, considering that Third Doctor fans are only a small part of a rather small to begin with fan base, you have to wonder who they're trying to cater to? And why they couldn't write a good book on top of the nostalgia trip. It can be done. Not this time.
Deadly Reunion throws in bits of Dr. Who clichés all over the place. There's the companion, running from the bad guys, tripping and injuring her ankle. There's Sergeant Benton threatening to "thump" somebody. There's the Third Doctor's Venusian Aikido. There's the Doctor's penchant for name dropping (he talks about running with the bulls with Ernest Hemingway, or "Ernie" as he calls him). An old friend stopping by (though he's really inconsequential and obviously just in there for the anniversary). Sedate English village where trouble is brewing. It's all there, in point form. Unfortunately, Dicks has also acquired some new, somewhat distasteful clichés as well.
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