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5.0 out of 5 stars Mawdryn Undead, 27 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Who-Mawdryn Undead (Target Doctor Who Library) (Paperback)
This is a really good Doctor Who story. It introduces the character of Turlough as a companion of the Fifth Doctor (as played by Peter Davison) alongside Tegan and Nyssa. I remember seeing this episode for the first time and being quite confused about Turlough - he didn't seem to act as a young man from Earth, yet how did he fit in? And that's exactly how he needs to be seen by the viewer/reader of the story.

In this novel by Peter Grimwade, Turlough's past is not explained any more than it was in the televised episodes. But Tegan's suspicion of him is quite apparent, and it is the clash of personalities between Turlough, Tegan and Nyssa that really makes the relationships of all those in the Tardis work. Having four people in the Tardis and involved in the stories can make for messy continuity, but this story definitely does work.

The story is also notable for the reintroduction of the Brigadier, now retired from UNIT and working at Brendon School, where Turlough is first found. The Doctor, Tegan and Nyssa have come across what appears to be a deserted ship, but in trying to free the Tardis from its grip the Doctor makes a decision which sees all the crew in two different time zones, with confusing results and a memorable story. Mawdryn himself, while a key element around which the story revolves, is never really developed fully, which is a pity as I'm sure there was a lot more that could have been learned about him and his people. But the story is important, and good, because it uses established characters well, and introduces (and reintroduces) other characters who are also fully developed (or offer room for development, as in the case of Turlough). Turlough's substory with the Black Guardian is an important thread throughout the story and leads well into the next few stories.

All in all, an important, and a very good Doctor Who story, for continuity, character development and plot. Well written, well characterised, and definitely recommended.
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