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Doctor Who - The Ultimate Evil (The Missing Episodes) [Paperback]

Wally K. Daly
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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: W. H. Allen & Co. / Target Books; First Edition edition (17 Aug 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426203380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426203384
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 682,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BACKGROUND: `The Ultimate Evil' is the second in Target's `Missing Season' series of adventures. These are stories that had been commissioned for Colin Baker's second season before Dr Who was put on hiatus and therefore they never made it to the small screen but were novelised by the script writers in 1989. The others in this series are `The Nightmare Fair' and `Mission to Magnus'.

REVIEW: First of, to qualify my rating which might seem inordinately high, I have rated this book within the confines of what it is - the unassuming novelization of a Dr Who TV script that is only accessible in this format.

To start with the negatives; this is perhaps not highly original and it does borrows heavily from season 22 which was naturally a strong inspiration for the Missing Adventures. (For example Dwarf Mordant could easily be Sil). It is also often formulaic, and not particularly profound or intellectual although it does raise some interesting issues and ideas. Also there are occasions when the prose doesn't flow smoothly, and therefore the sentence has to be re-read.

Having got all that out the way I must confess that I find this a highly enjoyable and interesting book that is executed well enough and has characterised the Doctor and Peri fantastically well. I could visualise everything very vividly and it just oozed classic (season 22) Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant. Their dialogue was always spot on (in contrast to Graham Williams Missing Season adventure `The Nightmare Fair' where the Doctor is given some incongruous expressions). It was also better plotted than that book and imo would have made a fabulous tv episode were it not for that hiatus. You get thrust straight into the plot and action which moves swiftly and the Doctor features heavily from the start.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Big Finish are better off without this one. 26 Oct 2011
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I'm given to understand Big Finish approached Wally to adapt his script into one of their "Lost Stories" audio dramas, Wally declined hoping instead to have Nicola Bryant read the novelization for a charity, commendable but not very practical. At the time of writing nothing has come of this endeavour. As for the work itself well...it's just about passable by "classic Who" standards I suppose. The main villians' "hate ray" was cartoon stuff, the incidental characters were similairly 2D and we have a Doctor, who, when parted from his companion just as she's facing certain death (albeit through no fault of his own), doesn't seem to give a fig and is neither interested nor relieved when she turns up unharmed (no thanks to him). In addition Wally's inexcusable breaking down of the fourth wall to quote: "the Doctor emerged from the TARDIS, but it wasn't the Doctor we've come to know and love" make this a chore to read. Better if it had remained "missing".
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1.0 out of 5 stars A mercy killing 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.
Still trying to give Peri a holiday, the Doctor directs the TARDIS to Tranquela, a country famous for its peace. Unfortunately, their visit coincides with that of the Dwarf Mordant, a member of a manipulative alien race who delight in causing harm to others. And Mordant wants a Time Lord there for his own reasons...
This story is actually quite silly. It is full of clichéd behaviour and situations, and people seem to respond to things in odd ways that don't serve any kind of character development but do progress the plot, such as it is.
While I don't support the BBC's decision to skip a year of Doctor Who production, I am however happy that this one didn't get made.
Really only suitable to say that you have every Doctor Who book.
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