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Eye of the Giant (Doctor Who Missing Adventures) [Paperback]

Christopher Bulis
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who; Television tie-in edition edition (18 April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426204697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426204695
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 11.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The third Doctor (John Pertwee) and Liz Shaw , investigating a mysterious artifact, find themselves trans ported back in time to Salutua, a legendary lost island in t he Pacific. Meanwhile, the Brigadier is left to cope with an epidemic of UFO sightings. '

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By David TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Eye Of The Giant features the Third Doctor, Liz Shaw, UNIT and introduces Mike Yates who is a Sergeant in this story. The basic plot finds the Doctor, Liz and Mike trapped on an Island in the 1930's, while in present day (well the 1970's)the Brigadier has to try and rescue them before an alien infuence changes reality. The island is populated by giant animals - hence the books title. Can the Doctor escape the island and prevent the future being changed forever?

Christopher Bulis has written and enjoyable book. The narative flows well with some nice twists and turns. The supporting characters are intersting and the regular characters follow closely to their tv counterparts. Yates is particually well presented and is nicely fleshed out.

This is one of the best Missing Adventures featuring the Third Doctor and well worth adding to your collection.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and entertaining story 28 April 2010
Format:Paperback
Having read most of Virgin's Doctor Who Missing Adventure range, I would have to say that this is one of the best. An uncomplicated story (as summarised by the previous reviewer), with lashings of frenetic action and some good interplay between the characters; this is really a chance for TV bit-part player UNIT's Mike Yates, to take centre stage and show his mettle.
Anyone who grew up with early 70s Doctor Who will particularly enjoy this as it is very UNIT oriented, and The Doctor himself doesn't actually feature that much in the story.
Very entertaining, and well written by Christopher Bulis, I would recommend this as a good way in to the Missing Adventures range.
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5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining and intruiging gem of a story... 29 April 2011
By finna
Format:Paperback
After reading the back cover blurb I didnt have huge hopes for this, but found it a surprisingly enjoyable read, perhaps because it is so unpretentious and straightforward, and this made a nice change. Also very reminiscent of Pertwee's early UNIT adventures,a very familiar and homely feel here. Some of the characters are very cliched, but this didnt spoil anything at all, rather just maintained that cosy familiar doctor who feeling. And yet despite being straightforward, there's quite a lot to the plot, unexpected things start happening halfway through and you think 'what the..?' But its all explained and it all fits together pretty well. The ending is possibly a tad trite and neat but doesn't spoil the story at all. All in all, a great and hugely enjoyable read, and highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Thrill of the Fight 5 Jan 2005
By Andrew McCaffrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The reason I enjoyed THE EYE OF THE GIANT is almost certainly because I saw the name on the cover and adjusted my expectations accordingly. I knew to expect readable prose, shallow-to-middling characterizations, a straightforward plot and not much in the way of surprises. That's what I expected, and that's what I got. And I liked it. It won't win any awards, but if you're looking for something that just entertains, you could do a lot worse.

"I could imagine this one actually being filmed in the 1970s" is often used as a complaint about a book that hasn't reached the full potential that the written word offers. Yet while that statement is applicable here, I don't see it as a disadvantage on this occasion. THE EYE OF THE GIANT invokes the spirit of the era without rehashing the same material.

There's not really much to talk about here. The plot is adequate, not being overly flashy, fancy, complicated or deep. However, I'll give it a lot of credit for being entertaining, which I expect is all the author was attempting. Of course, on the downside, there's a couple of really odd false endings, where it seems that the story has ended and then it jerks to life unconvincingly like a dead celebrity reanimated for a beer commercial. The book would have been a lot stronger had these additions to the end been removed.

On the subject of the book's cast, well, let me say that I doubt whether Bulis has ever written an entirely three-dimensional character in his life. But he's written much worse caricatures before, and his original characters here perform their functions adequately. His depiction of the UNIT cast as it existed in the show's seventh season I found surprisingly effective. He doesn't provide any superior insights into the era, but he does invoke it well with very few paint-strokes.

It gets a little fanwanky at times (Captain Yates first meets the Doctor), but overall I enjoyed this one. I may not remember many details about it a year from now, yet for the few days it took me to plow through it, I cannot deny that I was having a good time.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars B Grade movie queen rules the world! 2 Nov 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
One of several novels set after the TV serial 'Inferno', and featuring Liz Shaw as the third Doctor's companion, 'Eye of the Giant' is essentially a B-grade sci fi movie plot in a Doctor Who story.
An alien artifact is found in the stomach of a shark, and brought to UNIT's London HQ for investigation. The Doctor uses his space-time visualiser to find out where it came from, but strange radiation results in a crossable bridge to an island in 1934, where a small movie crew are at work.
An alien ship has crashed on the island, and its contents will effect the future of Earth...
As well as featuring the under-appreciated Liz Shaw, this novel is also used as an introduction to UNIT regular Mike Yates, here holding the rank of sergeant. As well as spending some time exploring the characters, the novel also looks at another under-used Doctor Who item: whether actions carried out in the past can result in changes to the present. And not a very pretty set of consequences are on display...
Christopher Bulis is generally a good author, but I would have been happier if his 1930s characters were less reliant on established clichés.
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