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Goth Opera (Doctor Who Missing Adventures) [Paperback]

Peter Darvill-Evans , Paul Cornell
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Publishing Ltd; paperback / softback edition (21 July 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426204182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426204183
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 564,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of a series of "Missing Adventures" - original stories featuring old Doctors. Set in Manchester in 1993, the vampires of Great Britain have received a message: the long-awaited arrival of their evil messiah is imminent. Its time for a recruitment drive.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Some of paul Cornells earlier doctor who books were a little dull, however later he definatly became one of the best authors of the new and missing adventures of doctor who.

This book may be his best doctor who book to date, and there is no doubt it is one of the best of the missing adventures. The writing style is fast paced, with the main character's personalities captured perfectly.

The books is connected to the events which occur in "The new adventures - Blood Harvest" by Terence Dicks, however Goth Opera seems to capture a far darker atmosphere more suitable for a vampire story. (by the way, You dont need to read blood harvest first to understand it)

In my opinion a fair number of the new and missing adventures were a little dull, but this one I would definatly recomend reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
As with the inaugural Big Finish audio adventure - Phantasmagoria - the first of Virgin's range of 'Missing adventures' features the Fifth Doctor; although Turlough is replaced by Nyssa and Tegan, coming as it does from a slightly earlier point in The Doctor's travels. The story follows loosely on from Terrancve Dicks' New Adventure: 'Blood Harvest' and is the final book in a trilogy of sorts which began with the Target novelisation of the TV story 'State of Decay'.
Ruath, a renegade Timelord and one-time peer of The Doctor, has joined forces with the enigmatic Lord Yarven, direct descendant of the Vampires that the Doctor defeated in State of Decay. Yarven craves revenge on The Doctor and aims to use the Timelords' blood to both feed his hordes and at the same time put The Doctor through intense agony by forcing him to regenerate over and over until he is dead.
Paul Cornell is a modern Doctor Who veteran and his prose style is consistently both fluid and engaging. As well as avoiding much of the pseudo-scientific jargon that seems to bog down many of his contemporaries, Cornell is also no resepecter of persons, the latter trait is evidenced by Nyssa becoming a vampire whilst on holiday in Tasmania with the rest of the TARDIS crew. The Trakenite narrowly avoids becoming permanently undead but as with Tegan and The Mara, she is irrevocably changed.
The book is quite simply good fun - not as 'worthy' perhaps as some of its successors in the range but it is certainly one of the most entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
A review I dedicate to Tim Bradley a fan of the Fifth Doctor & especially the companion of Nyssa.

Missing Adventure Novel, 232 pages, Fifth Doctor, Tegan & Nyssa.

Manchester in 1993 & the vampires who roam throughout Great Britain have received a message that the arrival of there evil messiah is imminent.

The Doctor is on holiday in Tasmania with companions Tegan who's recovering from recent event's featuring the Mara & Nyssa.

When Nyssa is attacked by a demonic child she struggles in her attack but manages to break free & escape seemingly unharmed apart from two small bite marks on her neck.

Why does an ancient civilization require the blood of a Timelord? & just what is the connection with this ancient civilization & a forbidden Gallifreyan cult?

Timelord Thoughts.
Nyssa could turn into a vampire, Tegan may actually die & the Doctor may regenerate these issues are raised in Paul Cornell's excellent novel that puts Nyssa centre stage & showcases her inner struggle of succumbing to becoming a vampire & her hidden strength & strong will in fighting the bloodlust that's starting to burn inside her.

Author Paul Cornell has written the character of Nyssa very well in Gorh Opera & the scene in the novel were Nyssa grieves for her father Tremas is emotional & extremely well written by the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars felt like a 80s story 24 Dec 2009
By chace
first of all i love the 5th doctor all the space storys is one of my fave doctor who styles clausticphobia ect i know this isnt a space story but i love it all the same.

the story is set between earthshock and timeflight ( i think ) and this could easyly be the highpoint of the season if done right and derected by jhon carpenter . it has that feel to it very twisted the vampire baby being the standout

choosing nyssa for sireing is the right choice as tegan has a nasty side to her and nyssa is the goody two shoe so to bring her in to the darkness is something i aprove of tegan and the doctor dose the normal investigating this syping on the enemy nothing much to say on that part well i laugh out loud at the thought of tegan and the doctor playing battleships

sticking with nyssa i love her p.o.v of things going on with yarvern and ruath her unwellingnes to come to terms with whats happens to her her talks with hugo lang ( same with madeline) nyssa was the standout of the book for me the screen with the baby outside nyssa window screams salams lot

ruath for me is the more intresting villain i dont want to spoil things too much but what she dose for her goals is very disturbing

yarvern has hammerhouse all over him and i found him too boring to say the least

hugo lang is a guy who beleaves what he beleaves and takes to extremes to fufill it and his fate is one of the best endings i have ever read in a dr who book period

madiline and jake cute couple for vampires i like them very funny in a dark way and i love dark humour very entertaining

the whole book feels right for a doctor who slot and i hope stephen moffort picks this story for an adaption

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