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5.0 out of 5 stars Gothic Who At It's Best, 15 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Evolution (Doctor Who Missing Adventures) (Paperback)
Writer John Peel certainly nailed season 13 here in the Hinchcliffe/Holmes era as this is an excellent adventure featuring the Fourth Doctor & Sarah Jane Smith.

Sarah Jane wants to meet journalist Rudyard Kipling so the Doctor takes her to Victorian England in Devon were upon arrive are attacked by a strange feral hound.

The Doctor & Sarah Jane set about discovering the mysterious events that are going on in Devon.

Who is experimenting on human tissue that is creating creatures like Werewolves & Mermaids?

Why are street urchins disappearing & livestock being slaughtered.

Whom is the enigmatic Ross in all this & what is he up too? , Who is generating mass panic on the streets & just what is the strange beast that terrorising the moors of Dartmoor?

Can The Doctor survive long enough from these strange creature attacks & solve the mysterious goings on in Dartmoor?

This is a excellent novel by John Peel who captures the tone of the Gothic Hinchcliffe era to perfection.

Peel writes a superb intriguing mystery adventure as he captures the character traits of The Doctor & Sarah Jane.

The story's well is one of the best written in the series & would've made a exellent adventure for TV.

A recommended read & at 256 pages long the pace of this well written adventure doesn't drag on,
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Darwinian nightmare, 17 May 2008
This review is from: Evolution (Doctor Who Missing Adventures) (Paperback)
John Peel has always been one of the classiest 'Who' writers and his latest Missing Adventure certainly doesn't buck the trend. The Fourth Doctor and his companion Sarah-Jane Smith arrive in late nineteenth century Devon and come face to face with not one but two of England's finest writers. The teenage Rudyard Kipling is a cheeky schoolboy who does his best to charm a resistant Sarah whilst Arthur Conan-Doyle is a young and idealistic ship's doctor. The time travellers soon discover that someone is experimenting on living human tissue and creating fantastical creatures - werewolves and mermaids amongst them. Just who is the enigmatic 'Ross'? And who his unctious manservant 'Abercrombie'? What is the mysterious beast that is marauding across Dartmoor, killing livestock and generating fear..? And why are street urchins disappearing steadily from the streets? Peel's novel is part Holmesian pastiche and part Island of Doctor Moreau; however it also forges its own identity as a classic Philip Hinchcliffe-era Gothic Doctor Who story. Following on chronologically from 'The Brain of Morbius' the adventure sees Sarah-Jane at her journalistic best - bolshy and winsome in turns until she gets what she wants. The Doctor is the implicitly alien man of action and the plot plays on the evergreen theme of man interfering with nature and the inevitable consequences this brings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Traditional but pleasant romp, 1 Jun 2004
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This review is from: Evolution (Doctor Who Missing Adventures) (Paperback)
Evolution looks from the outset to have too many things going on - a central story riffing on Doctor Moreau-style fusings of men and animals, with guest appearances from both Rudyard Kiling and Arthur Conan Doyle, but with a light and pacy storyline this is a pleasant if unadventurous read. The characters - both regulars and new - are well drawn, and there are enough twists and turns to keep things interesting, the only real fly in the ointment is Peel's heavy-handed treatment of the Doctor being the influence for Sherlock Holmes. Easily John Peels best Doctor Who novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Who, 24 Sep 1999
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This review is from: Evolution (Doctor Who Missing Adventures) (Paperback)
Brilliant. A nice period piece with an SF slant, and both the 4th Doctor and Sarah at their finest. An intelligent, witty story in the tradition of Tom Baker's gothic period. Buy it.
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