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Doctor Who: The Deviant Strain

Doctor Who: The Deviant Strain [Kindle Edition]

Justin Richards
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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A race against time to discover the truth about the Deviant Strain - more gripping science fiction from the BBC Books Doctor Who range

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The Novrosk Peninsula: the Soviet naval base has been abandoned, the nuclear submarines are rusting and rotting. Cold, isolated, forgotten. Until the Russian Special Forces arrive and discover that the Doctor and his companions are here too.

But there is something else in Novrosk. Something that predates even the stone circle on the cliff top. Something that is at last waking, hunting, killing. Can the Doctor and his friends stay alive long enough to learn the truth?

With time running out, they must discover who is really responsible for the Deviant Strain...

Featuring the Ninth Doctor as played by Christopher Eccleston, together with Rose and Captain Jack as played by Billie Piper and John Barrowman in the hit Doctor Who series from BBC Television.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 302 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0563486376
  • Publisher: BBC Digital (6 Oct 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RSAS8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,337 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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3.6 out of 5 stars
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light and Breezy 3 Feb 2006
This is my first dip into the Ninth Doctor books and it feels very much more like a TV tie in than the books we had while the series wasnt on TV. The books seem to have gone for a vaguely novella style as while the page count is the norm the font is quite large. Justin Richards has gone for a fairly action orientated book which means as soon as the location and characters are introduced its straight into the action.
An alien SOS signal draws the TARDIS to an isolated village and naval base in Russia. Mysterious deaths have occurred which have drawn the attention of the military who join up with The Doctor and co. The tension is soon raised as the obligatory monsters arrive resulting in more deaths as the bodycount rises. The problems of the book arrive as we get into the second half as it tends to get samey as characters are chased by 'blobs' for the most part. But if you plough through the second half in a single sitting this isnt much of a problem.
This is my first taste of this Doctor in print and this medium suits him well. The lonely survivor of the time war who doesn't let people get close to him fits in well amoungst the isolated community and scientists. Rose is shown to be quite brave and a good amount of action and characterisation however Capatain Jack stands out the most. He's given a good bit of depth considering his character is 90% actors charisma. He manages to hold the majority of the action when The Doctor gets on with investigating.
To sum up its a fairly light book that you'll whizz through in a few sittings. Nice characterisation and a good bit of action, although it does get samey. I'd have preferred a bit more oomph and bite which would have raised the book above 'standard'. Although as it reads it is a good solid little read.
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The Deviant Strain, while not in my opinon the best of the current series of books, nevertheless provides a top read for fans of the new series, with perhaps the best balancing of the trio usage. Top form here is the newbie Jack, who demonstates brilliantly the changes that are turning him from the ruggish rogue of 'The Empty Child' to the heroic soldier of 'Parting of the Ways'.
The secondary characters are also made by Richards to be entertaining and also somewhat creepy, excellently capturing the mood he is trying to establish - this is a darker tale, yet feels completely different to any of the episodes that have gone before, mainly due to the perfect choice to have an adventure set outside London in the present day.
While this isn't quite as good as his first book for the Ninth Doctor, Justin Richards still manages to create a spooky atmosphere fitting of such a tale, complete with some shocking twists. If 'The Unquiet Dead' was your favourite episode in the new series, you'll be right at home with this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Competent but formulaic 27 Sep 2005
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
The fourth 9th Doctor novel finds the Doctor, Rose and Jack battling alien 'blobs' in an abandoned Russian submarine base. The setting is reasonably interesting, with the Russian military taking the more familiar UNIT role, and Richards keeps the plot moving quickly, but this is a rather generic Doctor Who story, replicating many of the standard scenarios from the old series (and with a story concerned with a crashed alien spaceship, alien matter taking over various humans, and an isolated snowy setting there's more than a whiff of John Carpenter's The Thing about it). The Deviant Strain is competently written, but a very formulaic 'traditional' Who adventure. Younger readers, and those new to Doctor Who will love it, but long-term fans will find this a little too familiar...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Deviant Strain 24 Nov 2013
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
This story features the Doctor, as played by Christopher Eccleston, with Captain Jack Harkness and Rose Tyler. Responding to a distress signal, the Tardis and its team find themselves in the Novrosk Peninsula in deep, dark Russia. There they meet up with a team of special soldiers under Colonel Levin, also under his own orders from the military hierarchy to investigate an energy spike before the Americans try to find out what's happening. But something may be waiting for them when they get there; is it the Vourdulak?

This is a great story; a great sci-fi/alien/monsters in the woods story, as well as a great Doctor Who story. The post-Cold War Russia environment is written very empathetically, yet I would imagine fairly accurately. Definitely recommended; the characterisations are all spot-on, there is plenty of action as well as great use of the three main characters and the episode's characters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars vampires of the frozen north 8 Nov 2007
Another prose adventure for the ninth doctor who, along with rose tyler and captain jack. Like all of these, this runs to a little over two hundred and fifty pages, and has fairly large print, and all ages can read and enjoy it.

In this story a distress call brings the tardis to the frozen north of russia, in a small settlement by an old military base. something is killing the locals, causing them to age to death. can the doctor find what lurks beneath the sea?

a fascinating setting but the story never quite comes to life. the supporting characters all have their moments, but none really stand out that much, and the tardis crew all feel very muted. Despite a scary and suprising twist one hundred pages in, this turns into a very conventional tale of hidden alien objects and mad scientists and is all resolved in a rather hasty manner.

The afterword reveals the title came from a typeset used for the doctor who logo. This is not a bad book, but it feels overfamiliar and I think there's a better story to be made from that title
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who The Deviant Strain
The Novrosk Peninsula: the Soviet naval base has been abandoned, the nuclear submarines are rusting and rotting. Cold, isolated, forgotten. Read more
Published 15 months ago by kk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quick reads
The Doctor Who books are great for a quick read and filling in a storyline between episodes, fantastic and brilliant
Published 17 months ago by Pen Name
3.0 out of 5 stars dark bloodthirsty let down by a dumb ending ( contains spoilers )
as i said befor i love the darker storys from doctor who old and new and this is a perfect book for that style its also very blood thirsty with most of the cast being... Read more
Published on 25 July 2009 by chace
3.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, scary, exotic if confusing
A nice exciting adventure, with the plus point of being based in a new, exotic location of snow, ice and submarines - makes a change from London and Cardiff! Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2009 by Mr. M. Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars From Russia With Blue Slugs
The Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack land in the near future Russia were a remote village seems to be in danger. Read more
Published on 22 July 2008 by Sam Tyler
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to 1974?
In common with other reviews, many of the plot elements are similar to DR WHO episodes from the 1970s. Read more
Published on 7 April 2006 by Mr. D. Dingwall
3.0 out of 5 stars Cold, Cold Heart
In an out-of-the-way village / facility / community in a forgotten part of Russia, a small group of people struggle to survive against the hostile elements and something hidden,... Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2005 by Paul D
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