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Speed of Flight (Doctor Who Missing Adventures) Paperback – 24 Oct 1996

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who; Television tie-in edition edition (24 Oct. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426204875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426204879
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 589,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Doctor and his friends visit a strange w orld where the evolutionary principle is being perverted, bu t to what ends they don''t know. The sky is alive and at war with the ground as those who evolve learn to fly and dominat e the less fortunate. '

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 1 Mar. 2009
Format: Paperback
The TARDIS brings the third Doctor, Jo, and Captain Yates to Nooma, a planet in the midst of an industrial revolution. There, they discover that survival of the fittest has become a religion and even the planet appears to be at war with itself. The 27th in the 1990s Virgin series of `Missing Adventures'; Paul Leonard has written an average Doctor Who story that is not gripping but is a reasonable read. The idea of a society that is at war due to evolutionary factors is an intriguing one but I think it could have been done in more interesting way. I enjoyed Leonard's `Dancing the Code' far more, a novel also featuring The Third Doctor and Jo Grant and immediately preceding this one in the series, but one with great `monsters' and the presence of the ever-entertaining UNIT. Basically, I found that the majority of characters in `Speed of Flight' lacked anything to make me invest any emotion or interest in them, and the story was pretty forgettable too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Mar. 2015
Format: Paperback
Speed of Flight (Doctor Who Missing Adventures).

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Paperback: 256 pages
Language: English
Author: Paul Leonard

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The TARDIS lands on Nooma, a world in the middle of an industrial revolution. But the Doctor, Jo & Mike Yates quickly discover that there is no limit to the upheaval. The sky is alive, and at war with the ground. The continents are on the move, competing for a place under the sun & somewhere, there is a starship...

Mike finds himself committed to a fight where his only option is to kill or be killed. Jo is caught in a workers' revolt & as for the Doctor?, He must find out what is really happening to Nooma before the struggle for survival kills the world & everyone on it.

Timelord Thoughts.
'Speed of Flight' by writer Paul Leonard is a novel of two halves, with the first part of the adventure starts off at a very slow pace with far to much explanation with introducing the planet Nooma which just seems to waffle on & on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Subtle but in the end entertaining 6 Jan. 2000
By Christopher Dudley - Published on
Format: Paperback
Definitely not the best Doctor Who Missing Adventure, but it's got its good points. The story moves slowly, and there's not much action. The resolution of the chief bad guy's fate is a little bit of a letdown.

If you're a fast reader who doesn't mind a more slow-moving story, go ahead. If not, don't be afraid to skip this one.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Too clever and complex for its own good 14 Nov. 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Doctor takes Jo and Mike Yates for a spin in the TARDIS, aiming for the planet Karfel (which the Doctor and Jo had visited, according to the story 'Timelash') but, given how awful the other story set on Karfel was, end up instead on the planet Nooma. I'm not sure, though, that this destination is any better.
This story is full of strange alien races and serious bodily transformations, especially for one of the regulars. And with any such transformations, the return to normal afterwards is a difficult thing to believe.
The society of Nooma also causes me some difficulty. I have a problem with so many intelligent races evolving side by side, even with the "explanation" that is offered as part of the book's resolution.
Something simpler would have been better. Getting too complex just leads to trouble.
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