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Doctor Who: Verdigris [Paperback]

Paul Magrs
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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3 April 2000 Doctor Who
A third Doctor and Jo story in which Jo is kidnapped by the Master when she tries to get to the bottom of some weird goings-on at UNIT. The supposed Master turns out to be Verdigris, a sinister and powerful force whose motives must be exposed before the Doctor can find a way to defeat him.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; First THUS edition (3 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563555920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563555926
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.9 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just relax and enjoy it... 20 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Easily the best of the past Doctor adventures. Yes, it is extremely silly. But y'see, what some people don't seem to remember is that so is the whole concept! This is good fun, heavily flavoured with cheesy '70s telefantasy. It isn't remotely pompous, pretentious or self obsessed and is therefore up there with the very best 'Who' material of any era! Oh, and I would dearly love to see more of the UNIT supermarket.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who at its silliest! 29 Jan 2001
Well as a lasped Doctor Who fan it was with a sense of excitement that I picked up this book. What better way to re-enter the world of Who that with a Pertwee adventure. Alas it was with delight that I finished this daft, indulgent and completely forgettable book. Doctor Who has always demonstrated, at its best, a dry sense of humour. Somebody clearly forgot to tell Paul Magrs. From writing in the deeply annoying Iris, an old biddy who has a constant crush on the Doctor Magrs attempts to beguile us with leaden humour. I want the Doctor to star as the hero not have to put up with a dreadfully one-dimensional 'comic' character, Iris, sharing the stage. If this was not bad enough we have our suspension of disbelief clearly broken by another example of Magrs' arrogrance. He clearly thinks he is witty to have characters introduce the idea that Daleks, amongst others, are not real but are operated by men who step inside the Dalek shell. For anyone who is not an obsessive Who fan and longs for the golden days of Who to return this is a book to avoid. If you remember the dreadful stories that littered the dying days of the BBC tv show then you will appreciate how bad this is. The Seventh Doctor would fully understand how lame and painful a read this proves to be. I've picked up "Doctor Who: Revolution Man" immediately after reading "Verdigris". I need to find some evidence that the Doctor I loved, notable the fourth and fifth incarnations, can still prosper. I just hope "Docto Who: Verdigris" gets lost in the time vortex somewhere!
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2.0 out of 5 stars A well-written book, but just not my style. 2 May 2001
By A Customer
As I picked up this book, I was very eager as to what I would be reading in the near future. After hearing about Dr. Who numerous times, I was interested and excited to see what it's all about. Now that I have completed it, I feel that it was very well written and understand how all of these people are such big fans of Who, but it's just not my kind of book. Sure, I saw the humor and laughed aloud, especially in the first part of the book. The time Ms. Wildthyme and Tom broke into one of Doctor Who's many "countryside retreats" and were messing with the owner (who was a karate freak), I was actually enjoying the book and looking forward to what was coming next. One other instance comes to mind, when I think of the humor in this novel: when there was conversation about Jenny (Iris's former assistant) experienced diarrhea each time she got on the double-decker bus, TARDIS, and traveled in time. It was especially entertaining because she was portrayed as a tomboy and I thought she was a lesbian. Despite the occasional humor, this book just didn't keep me interested. I thought that the mystery part of it could have moved along quicker, and that too many unnecesary details were added, thus slowing the pace of the book. All of these "extras", contributed to my loss of interest. I believe that Magrs tried to incorporate too many ideas into 1 book. He needed to focus more on one thing and less of the other. But I do, as I stated earlier, see how there are people who love these books. I typically enjoy novels that are more realistic because I am able to try to predict what will happen based on logic. But with this science fiction, it seems as though anything can happen, and I don't appreciate they false approach as much. Read more ›
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