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Killing Ground (Doctor Who Missing Adventures) [Paperback]

Steve Lyons
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who; Television tie-in edition edition (20 Jun 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426204743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426204749
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.8 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Doctor takes his new companion, Grant, b ack home to Agora only to find a world in the thrall of old and deadly foes. The Cybermen have taken control and set up a breeding colony to propagate their own race. '

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exellent Sixth Doctor & Cyberman Novel 16 Nov 2013
By timelord007 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This novel by Steve Lyons features the Sixth Doctor & Grant Markham whom the Doctor is taking back home to Agora.

The Tardis lands on the planet Agora were upon arrival the Doctor & Grant are devastated to find that the planet has been attacked by one of the Doctors oldest foes The Cybermen.

The Cybermen have set up a colony were they are using the planets inhabitants to be processed & converted into Cybermen to re-populate there Cybernetic army's.

Can the Doctor & Grant foil the Cybermens deadliest scheme or will they too be processed for Cyber conversion?.

Killing Ground is a excellent story by Steve Lyons whom writes a fast paced action adventure here adding mystery & some chilling written scenes to this story making it one of the best Sixth Doctor novels to date.

Lyons also has a knack on writing well for the Sixth Doctor & here makes him less arrogant & pompous & more intriguing & forthcoming.

Lyons also writes the Cybermen extremely well too as he brings back a genuine menace & threat to the Cybermen enhancing the plot & returns the cold emotionless fear back into the Cybermen characteristics.

A very well written adventure & a worthy edition to the missing novel range.

Author Steve Lyons has also wrote some exellent Doctor Who adventures for Big Finish including, Colditz, Time Works & Blood Of The,Daleks Parts 1 & 2 to name but a few.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good, well written story... 24 Aug 2006
There are what seem like hundreds of Doctor Who novels, most written during the hiatus between 1989 and 2004. I came by this one purely for the fact that it went a little more into the conversion process into a Cyberman, a rather different and subtle process to the recent "Alternative Earth" ones portayed in the recent TV episode "Age Of Steel"...

The adventure itself is very well put together and I found it captivating from the start. The Cybermen themselves come across rather better than the "Revenge" ones on which they're based, with a fair amount of menace in their actions. The sixth Doctor too is written well, making me wish that Colin Baker had been given a fairer stab at his TV incarnation all those years ago (he's superb in the audio adventures he's done). The ArcHivist is also well realised, experiencing the ultimate "conclusion" to her research...

Well worth reading, if like me you're a fan without the money or physical space to collect all "tie in" novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Doctor Who Novel! 24 Jun 2002
Superb action-orientated novel. Quickly paced, with an intelligent plot. Steve Lyons' interpretation of the Sixth Doctor is faultless, and his new companion Grant Markham is compelling and believable. The Cybermen are used well, as is the ArcHivist. The story is accessable to readers new to Doctor Who, while being enjoyable to long-term fans. One of the high points from Virgin's Missing Adventures series.
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From the atrocious depictions of the Sixth Doctor and his latest travelling companion Grant Markham on the front of this novel, to the generic plot and tired concept; Steve Lyons' fourth original Doctor Who story is a real stinker. The characters are unengaging; The Cybermen dull clichés of themselves and the Timelord's new companion instantly forgettable.
Having read all previous `Missing Adventures' from cover to cover (not always without some perseverance) this is the only one I just couldn't finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the only realistic Cyberportrayal 28 Jan 1997
By A Customer - Published on
Killing Ground captures the character of the Sixth Doctor perfectly: all those emotional outbursts to which he was so prone, the reader never really knowing what he's really thinking. In a way, this reads like exceptionally well-written fan-fiction: the exact ways in which the Cybermen go about their conquests are only hinted at in the televised stories. Their ruthlessness comes across exceptionally well here, and the scenes where the Doctor ridicules the Cyber way of 'life' are compelling. This is perhaps the most realistic DW novel in terms of what it would be like to have one's world taken over by an alien power
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For once an angry and violent Doctor 5 Mar 2006
By Mario Pollacchi - Published on
The settlement on the planet Agora is teorrorised by the continual visits of the Cybermen who are in desperate need for biological material to propogate their 'race'. Of course, where there are Cybermen there is the DOctor (in his sixth incarnation) and a new companion, Grant Markham.

Together, they take on the Cyberman threat and, in their own way, are responsible for the construction of a new secret weapon.

This original adventure was more grittier than any of the novelised adventures, based on the TV episodes, and, although the characters were more 'human' than characters from TV, Steve Lyons' portrayal of the Doctor seemed to be slightly soap operaish. There seemed to be slightly more anger to the Doctor than in anything I had read before.

The one thing that was glaringly missing, however, was the arrival of the TARDIS. A Doctor Who adventure should not start in the middle of the adventure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Want know what it's like to become a Cyberman? 5 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on
This book was hard to put down. Definately not boring. There was plenty of action and insight into Grant Markham's origin. The Cyberman return in this novel to wreak havoc in a very beleivable storyline. You won't be disapointed.
3.0 out of 5 stars Cyberfarming is not fun 23 Feb 2001
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Following on from 'Time of Your Life', the Doctor tales Grant back to his home planet Agora. But what Grant doesn't remember (he was very young when he was sent away) is that the Cybermen are using Agora as a farm - they call back every few year to capture and convert humans to Cybermen. And here they come now...
This book spotlights Grant quite considerably, given that the Doctor is imprisoned for a good portion of it. As the new companion, we get to find out a lot of Grant's background, as does he. But the circumstances under which he learns things are not the best. While Grant goes through the emotional wringer, the Doctor gets the physical version as the Overseers and the Cybermen masters try some things out on him...
Fairly relentless in its grimness, the book certainly isn't the easiest to read. However, I recommend you persevere as it is worth your while - the eventual success of both the Doctor and Grant in the face of considerable adversity shows true triumph.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cybermen return, and they are NOT happy 21 Sep 1996
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In "Killing Ground", the Sixth Doctor returns Grant Markham to Agora, where he originaaly came from.There, they find out that the Cybermen have been using the Earth colony as a source of raw materials to make more of their race.The Doctor is captured upon arrival, and with Grant unable to help him escape, the colonists seek other means of survival. During all this, two more time travellers arrive into the fray. Complete with a handy review of Cyber-History, as well as decently written with believable characters, this book is a good read.
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