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Who Killed Kennedy (New Doctor Who Adventures) Paperback – Apr 1996

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who; Television tie-in edition edition (April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426204670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426204671
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 940,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written in the style of a journalistic expos e, this book takes a humorous yet informative look at the UN IT years of Doctor Who. The Doctor''s ever-popular nemesis, t he Master, is featured in the action. '

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 3 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
Back cover blurb:
The shocking secret linking a Time Lord and a President
President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on 22 November, 1963.
Now, the publication of this volume reveals frightening new information about the assassination, the real reasons why the President of the United States had to die and an incredible plan to save the man known as JFK!
These stunning revelations involve an ultra-secret military force disguised as a minor off-shot of the United Nations and an international terrorist leader who has twice brought the world to the brink of nuclear conflict.
For more than three decades the public has been fed lies, half-truths and misinformation. Now -- despite government attempts to halt the publication of this volume -- the complete, shocking story can be told. Read the book they tried to ban!

As the blurb suggests, David Bishop's `New Adventures' novel for Virgin fits the assassination of President Kennedy into a science fiction story. Featuring the Third Doctor - a departure for this range as they usually involved the Seventh - the book is a kind of mock autobiography, as callow Kiwi journalist James Stevens; a raw 18 year old in November 1963 when the assassination took place, is credited as `co-writer' by Bishop, and actually narrates the story.
In this alternate version of America's most infamous killing; Kennedy actually survives the assassination attempt and his wife Jacqui is killed instead. The grieving President subsequently leads the U.S. into a catastrophic nuclear confrontation with the Soviet Union and Red China.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alaran on 13 Aug. 2013
Format: Paperback
This is certainly one of the more intriguing Doctor Who novels. Referenced mainly by association with UNIT, the Doctor is, for the most part, only a minor character in this novel. Much like the Doctor-light television serials `Love and Monsters' and `'Turn Left' this is a story where we see more of the effects of the Doctor's actions than of the Doctor himself. Instead the novel is written in the first person from the perspective of the character James Stevens, who, although entirely fictional, is named as the author on the cover of this work.

The novel follows Stevens' role as a journalist as he attempts to uncover conspiracies he believes surround UNIT. As the events of the bulk of this book take place during the early half of Pertwee's tenure as the Doctor, current events in this novel are generally concerned with the television stories from the early seventies. But there is much reference to the activities of other Doctors who have dabbled in current affairs during the fifties and sixties. Thus the First, Second and Seventh Doctors receive some attention. There is also much reference to C19 that has appeared only in a couple of other novels, most notably `The Scales of Injustice'. All this means that there is quite a bit of referencing to things some readers might find unfamiliar. Even so, this novel rarely becomes too fan indulgent, achieving a good balance in its allusions.

The novel is a mixture of Stevens' investigations into UNIT, copies of his reports and news articles, accounts concerning the assassination of JFK and copies of various UNIT letters. This structure is carefully grafted into the narrative so that is not distracting or disjointed. The tie in to JFK and how this affects the course of Stevens' life is woven successfully into the plot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A critical event in human history wrapped in a well-crafted science fiction story 20 May 2008
By rnorton828 - Published on
Format: Paperback
Whether you are a fan of Doctor Who, the longest running science fiction series in television history, or someone who is fascinated with conspiracy theories, Doctor Who: Who Killed Kennedy--The Shocking Secret Linking a Time Lord and a President is a novel you definitely need to read. Published in 1996 by Virgin Publishing, Who Killed Kennedy fits the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy into a well-crafted science fiction story.

While the book is part of the Doctor Who franchise, the Doctor himself is more of a supporting character. The actual main character in this story is New Zealand journalist James Stevens, who narrates the story and is listed as a "co-author" with David Bishop. The book opens with the introduction in an alternate future in 1964 in which Kennedy survived the Dallas shooting with a wound to the neck, and it was his wife Jacqueline who actually died in the attack. While the president grieves over the loss of his wife, tensions among the world powers rise to an all-time high. JFK leads the United States into a catastrophic nuclear confrontation with the Soviet Union and Red China.

From there, Stevens offers an autobiographical account of his early years in New Zealand, as the son of an unmarried teenager who put him up for adoption. His journalism career begins as a cadet reporter at a Saturday evening paper in Auckland. His first day on the job is also his eighteenth birthday, which is November 22, 1963, the day President Kennedy is killed in Dallas.

Fast forward to 1969, when Stevens relocates to the UK, where he begins working for a London tabloid and marries the daughter of Lord Howarth. It is during this time that Stevens' journey really begins, with a phone call from a hospital orderly with a hot tip about a mysterious patient found in the woods near the site of a recent meteorite shower.

It is during a visit to the hospital that Stevens first crosses paths with Brigadier Alastair Lethbridge-Stewart, commander of the British branch of UNIT (United Nations Intelligence Taskforce). As Stevens begins to investigate a series of bizarre events, all involving UNIT, he suspects the organization serves a sinister purpose and begins to write a series of articles intend to expose the group and its operations.

In addition to the Doctor and the Brigadier, numerous other characters from the Whoniverse turn up in this story. Most of them are supporting characters from the Third Doctor era, particularly during the Doctor's tenure as the Brigadier's unpaid scientific advisor. There are references to events involving several of the Doctor's other incarnations both past and future.

As Stevens continues his pursuit of the truth, he attracts the attention of another top secret government agency known as C-19, which seeks to shut down his investigation. The young journalist is pursued by C-19 operatives who try to hinder him attempt to intimidate him, threaten his life and the life of the woman he loves, and smear his reputation as journalist. They eventually place enough pressure on the publishers of the London newspaper he works for and cost him his job. At the center of this intricate web, Stevens finds not UNIT, but rather a terrorist named Victor Magister, also known as the "Master." Magister, an old enemy of the Doctor's, is able to move freely between his prison cell and a facility known as the "Glasshouse." Here, the Master tortures UNIT soldiers, conditioning them for his plan to alter human history. This plot involves going back in time to 1963 and thwarting the assassination of President Kennedy. After consulting with the Doctor, Stevens follows Magister and his operative back in time to Dallas to ensure that history stays on its proper course.

David Bishop has taken a key event in human history and wrapped a very interesting science fiction story around it. With the story bringing the Kennedy assassination into the Doctor Who universe, the author devotes great attention to detail in maintaining the continuity of not just the television episodes, but also of many DW novels set in the twentieth century. Who Killed Kennedy is a very well-written novel, and an exciting read for Doctor Who fans as well as newcomers to the Whoniverse.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Starts well, but tries too hard to do everything at once 26 Aug. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
A good idea, following the exploits of a journalist investigating the Third Doctor and his secret intergovernmental UNIT chums, this starts extremely well; the coverage of the first four or so Pertwee stories is extremely well-realised.
Unfortunately, it goes very badly downhill through putting everything (including a catering kitchen of sinks, and a misjudged attempt to do The X-Files) into the mix. The villain behind it all simply doesn't fit in with what we know of him from the series, and resurrecting an unpopular companion of the Doctor's only works intermittently. It quickly becomes tedious - for fans of conspiracy theories and overdosing on continuity only.
A different angle on the classic WHO universe. 15 Sept. 1996
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Format: Paperback
WHat does the world of Doctor Who look like to the outsideobserver? Bishop and Stevens take a look at the events during the UNIT years of Doctor Who from the viewpoint of an English reporter, unaware of the events that drive the Doctor's actions. Intertwining this with a tale featuring the Master, Ogrons, Autons, etc., the authors create a thought provoking story. This book does explore some of the darker underside of the Whovian earth, and shows that from the outside looking in, a different picture can be painted. A must read for the serious WHO fan.
Who Killed Kenedy 12 Feb. 1998
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Format: Paperback
Great! A Doctor Who Book by someone who doesn't live in England. Who Killed is a intriging and shocking (the Dodo incidenced) and the use of all the best Jon Pertwee Monsters, Just great. New Zealand should contribute to the DW gerne more often.
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