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Doctor Who: Seeing I [Paperback]

Jonathan Blum , Kate Orman
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8 Jun 1998 Doctor Who
The Doctor and Sam have been separated. Landing on Haolem, Sam finds herself employed by INC, a company that dominates the planet and one of its major employers. Sam learns that decisions and actions can be made as fast as INC employees think. Is this a workforce of computerized zombies?

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (8 Jun 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563405864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563405863
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 571,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo! What a cracker! Read it or else. 12 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Well, this has made enduring parts one and three of the arc worthwhile. There are so many good points to this book I don't know where to begin. It's not based around some psychotic aliens trying to kill lots of people gruesomely or take over the universe, but about the principal characters themselves, and only in its second life, through novels, has Doctor Who the opportunity to explore these themes. Another brilliant twist in the plot that they just couldn't do on TV is the sheer length of time this book spans, and how from now on you have to remember that Sam's a young woman. DOCTOR as a reflection of the The Doctor is an original enemy, and watching the Doctor fall apart in prison, whilst sad, at last breaks through this invulnerability he seems to have been given in previous books. Great stuff, as usual, from Blum and Orman. I shall have to go back to Vampire Science now...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A ripping good story! 28 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Wow, what a book! The team of Blum & Orman strikes again! These two seem to be the only people who can really nail the personality of the Eighth Doctor.
Sam finds herself broke and alone on a foreign planet and ends up spending time at a homeless shelter where she eventually grows up. True to form, however, she hooks up with a libertarian group that helps build shelters for inhabitants in the desert. Through this group she continues her work she started on Earth with Greenpeace and groups like that.
The Doctor, in the meantime, is trying to find Sam and by hacking into the database of INCorp suspects Time Lord technology has been used to scoot along the planet's development and INC's profits. He ends up getting busted by the INC and is taken to a minimum-security prison in the desert where he is to be held - forever. They are afraid of his knowledge gained while in the systems. No matter what he does he cannot escape and when he is indirectly responsible for the death of another inmate during another abortive escape attempt he totally begins to lose his sanity.
Once Sam finds the Doctor on the prison lists and breaks him out the real hurt/comfort scenes begin and the book will tear your heart out. I felt physically worn out after finishing this story. Classic Doctor Who and a worthy addition to the Cannon.
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The beginning does a good job of explaining how Sam, the Doctors traveling companion, goes about re-establishing a life after the TARDIS. Something we've all wondered about. A great deal of time passes, which the Doctor spends in a prison from which he can not escape. His trauma at being locked up reveals how dependant he really is on his companions and the thrill of adventure. We see the Doctor for the first time as helpless and depressed. The I, as villains go were not visious, merely uncaring for other species. Their murderous use of others to create new technology was greed based. In fact the corporation was probably more of a villian due to it's economic enslavement of the mass workforce and control over government to enforce it's rules. Not an entirely remote leap from the curent direction of most economic based governments today. The "torch" that Sam caries for the Doctor is a departure from the asexual nature of the Doctors in the BBC series but does reflect the characteristics of the eighth Doctor presented in the "made for TV" movie from FOX. I generally enjoyed the book. I was happy that the gruesome, sometimes psychotic villians found in other Who books was not the dominant theme here.....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Seeing I to I 23 Jan 1999
By A Customer
Seeing I is a character novel really, focusing on the Doctor's inner struggle at being unable to escape from a prison for over three years, and also on Sam's attempts to make a new life for herself on the planet Ha'olam at the turn of the twenty-third century. Both characters are portrayed very well, although my only criticism is that when they are reunited towards the end of the novel, it is almost as if nothing has happened between them most of the time, with only a couple of references thrown in that they have been separated for so long. The other theme of the novel is the danger of widespread corporate control, and this is handled well, although not fully utilised to its best capabilities, a character called DOCTOR in particular could have been explored in much more detail. The book misses out on it's fifth crown mainly because of the extremely hurried climax which seems to end the story a little prematurely, probably a case of being forced to edit down the word count without sacrificing any of Sam's thoughts. Overall however, this was a very enjoyable read and I look forward to sampling more of the work of the husband and wife partnership.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seeing I 1 May 2013
Seeing I is the 4th and final part of the "Sam Is Missing" arc and thankfully is a lot better than the rest of the arc and is one of the best EDA's to date.

Seeing I starts with Sam looking for shelter and a job after being sent to sent to Ha'olam after the events of Dreamstone Moon. She soon gets a job with INC and starts to live her life without The Doctor. The Doctor continues to look for her, and finds her name in INC's records but it soon becomes clear that there is more to INC than meets the eye. However before he has a chance to find out, he is captured and put in a prison even he cannot escape from.

Jon & Kate got the 8th Doctor down perfectly in Vampire Science and that trend continues in Seeing I. The Doctor is both charming and a bit bumbling at the same time, and you know it's McGann. The novel has him locked up for the vast majority of it, but the authors keep us with him the whole time. As the Doctor struggles to escape his sanity takes a bashing and it's down to Sam to rescue him and restore his mindset.
We also catch up with Sam and you soon realize that previous authors have really struggled to write for her. Jon & Kate do the seemingly impossible and make her interesting, and someone you actually care about right off the bat. Throughout Seeing I, Sam matures greatly and even has a stab at normal life. It helps of course that the novel encompasses a 3 year period, but right from word go the authors have you on Sam's side.

When Sam does finally rescue the Doctor, it really is a truly brilliant moment and fairly emotional. It's good to see them back together and back on form, but that could be because Jon & Kate write well for both characters. Let's hope this partnership is as good carrying forward.
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