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Legacy (New Doctor Who Adventures) Paperback – 21 Apr 1994


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who; Paperback 1st edition (21 April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426204123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426204121
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 780,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Doctor is pursuing a master criminal. The trail leads to Peladon - a desolate world once home to a barbaric, feudal society. Now the Galactic Federation is attempting to bring to prosperity and civilization to the planet. When the Doctor arrives, he is arrested and sentenced to death.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 6 May 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm sorry but I'm going to have to completely disagree with 'Arca20' on this one. I've read all the New Doctor Who Adventures; some have been great, some mediocre, and some absolute drivel. This isn't drivel, and I have to say that Gary Russell wrote the recent Tenth Doctor novel 'Beautiful Chaos' which was superb, and his Torchwood story 'Twilight Streets' was also well written and received. However, it may not be drivel but this novel is over-complicated and, sorry Gary, boring. The cover makes it look far more exciting than it actually is, and although it is coherent and cohesive, the characters, setting, plot and style are all relentlessly dull. Consequently I struggled with this more than any other NA book, and would not recommend it at all.
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The Doctor returns to Peladon and once more there are political problems threatening the participation of the planet in the Federation. The premise and setting of the novel is thus much like that we have already encountered in the two television stories. This means much of the same issues arise, especially the division between church and state. Although it is somewhat nostalgically enjoyable to revisit this society and its issues it does also mean that a lot of the same ground is re-covered and that there isn't much offered that is sufficiently new. The inclusion of the diadem and its huge power attempts to add a different dimension to the story but often the plot surrounding this seems a little disconnected from the political situation. This is a novel of two interrelated stories that don't always gel.

Of course you can't really have a Peladon story without the presence of the Ice Warriors. This portrayal of these iconic monsters is concerned with them being represented as a multi-layered society rather than generic, green, lumbering foes. Even so, only two Ice Warriors really have any character. Savaar is very successfully realised as a fully rounded individual. Even the suggested attraction to Benny is, despite expectations, actually believable. This is due to the strength of this character.

In fact, much of the story is carried by Savaar and Benny and the interaction between them. This is a very unlikeable portrayal of the Doctor, lacking any charm or charisma. He spends much of the time at the back of events and often comes across as too condescending when he does actually speak. There seems to be some pretence that he is cleverly planning things out but this really isn't realised by the narrative.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Carlin on 3 Oct 1999
Format: Paperback
I put off buying this book for a few months as I am familiar with Gary Russell's work. When it appeared in a second bookshop I bought it, read it and was surprised.
This is an excellent book and a highly enjoyable read. Mr Russell states that this was an idea he had for years and it comes across as something well-polished and written with great enthusiasm. My advice is, if you like Dr Who, to read this book. Sadly, Gary Russell has never written another decent book since. Every other novel is dreadful, jammed with cloying continuity, lacking the story and plot which makes Legacy highly readable. Read this one and the ignore any other GR book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Leg-a-he-he-he... 1 Dec 2002
By Andrew McCaffrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For the first twenty-four pages of LEGACY, I was really enjoying myself. Gary Russell opens with a short history of the planet Peladon, fleshing out a lot of background that had merely been hinted at during the first two Doctor Who stories to use that setting. This was quite entertaining and it had me completely captivated.
Then I started reading page twenty-five.
While the opening had used its continuity references as building blocks for the story, what immediately followed was an unrestrained and pointless gallivant through Doctor Who stories too numerous to count. The references during that opening were necessary, but not off-putting. I hadn't watched the previous Peladon stories in quite some time, but I didn't feel as though I couldn't follow the story because of the referencing. But I simply can't imagine what someone who without an encyclopedic knowledge of Doctor Who stories would make of some of these. I kept waiting for the book to regain the momentum that it possessed during the beginning, but it simply never did. Portions of it were enjoyable, but between the overburdening continuity references, minor sloppy plotting, and strangely worded sections of prose, there was just too much carelessness for me to really enjoy this book.
If the story outline of LEGACY had been written to its absolute fullest potential, then the book would have been a fairly average and non-demanding action adventure. But there are just too many little things dragging it below what it could have been. Pointless and gratuitous continuity references abound, and rather than enhancing the story, more often than not they are distracting and silly. There are several passages that would have seemed poor in a first draft, yet somehow made it through to the final manuscript. For example, someone is going to have to explain to me how Alpha Centauri (who's entire skull is a gigantic eye socket - he has the biggest eye in Doctor Who history) could possibly not identify an assailant that was standing directly in front of him. And Ace is relegated to a pointless and boring subplot that, despite what the narrative actually comes out and tells us, does not have any impact on the main story. Just too many minor things spoil this average adventure.
The pulpy action-adventure clichés actually work part of the time. But for every sentence that can be read with a knowing smirk, there's another one that appears with a groan. Still, I found myself somewhat enjoying the simplicity of the plot even though the book really seemed to be daring me to like it. Despite the flimsiness of the storyline, and the shallowness of the characters, I kept finding little pieces to enjoy. To put it another way, while at the end of the day I still can't say it was a good book, there were enough little moments to prevent me from labeling it as totally worthless.
This book certainly feels very earnest. It's attempting to hit quite a lot of buttons here, but many of them are missed. LEGACY may have its heart in the right place, but its brain is slightly off-center. A lot of the problems are relatively minor, but the sheer number of them prevented me from liking this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great Cover, good story 6 May 2002
By G. Van Der Bent - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I just finished this over the weekend and since it's the first of my 'Virgin DOCTOR WHO adventure novels' I just had to write a review, mainly because it was such a good read.
I'm only gonna touch on the story, I don't want to spoil anything, but I must say LEGACY is more of a sci-fi/ Sherlock Holmes hybrid than a traditional timelord adventure. On the other hand, with the inclusion of the Ice Warriors it also feels like vintage WHO, so don't worry!
However, it was the mystery that sticks to me as being one of the best part of the books, although (and I find this to be the case with most mysteries) it was more interesting to learn of the villains motivations and evil masterplan than it was discovering his identity.
I find Gary Russell to be a very enthousiastic writer and in his foreword he explains of his lifelong ambition to write a good WHO novel. And in my opinion he succeeded in doing that! The passion just drips of the pages here, and Russell gives a good characterisation of the Doctor as this mystery man full of quirky yet human traits. He also feels right at home with Bernice Summers and (in a small part) Ace.
There are, I'm sad to say, a few minor flaws. For once LEGACY is so full of characters and backstory (especially of the planet Peladon and it's rulers) that it sometimes seems like a bit too much, and gets confusing. Also the open ending was a bit predictable.
Than there's also the problem of the violence. I'm a big horrorfan myself and I never had any qualms with a bit of gore.
But these elements (of which LEGACY has a lot) seem so out of place in a DOCTOR WHO adventure. I understand that WHO always was a horror/ sci-fi hybrid, and the small volume of other WHO novels I read (mainly in the BBC book series) also had their share of violence, but to me it just doesn't belong in this series.
Anyway, it doesn't hinder in the end and I still recommend LEGACY to anyone who loves WHO.
Also, I mentioned the great looking cover. My brother, who doesn't like DOCTOR WHO at all, noticed it right away and said it definitely was an eyecatcher (in my opinion it really is that good). He even admitted that it might interest him in reading the book, and isn't that what a good cover should all be about?
All in all, I'll be reading these DOCTOR WHO novels for a long time coming!
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