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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Novel
I really enjoyed this book, firstly as it has Cat-People in it, there have been many Cat-People in Doctor Who before, i.e the Tharils, cheetah People and the Kitlings who were cats that could teleport people to other worlds. This book linked it all up, saying what galaxy the Cheetah People came from and that they where all connected.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who's Catty Dilemma
Doctor Who: Invasion Of The Cat People (Missing Adventures Novel).

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256 Pages
Paperback Edition
Author: Gary Russell
Doctor: Second Doctor
Companions: Ben, Polly
Main enemy: Cat-People, Euterpians
Main setting: Cumbria and Queensland, 1994
Release number: 13

What's Up Doc.
Earth has been...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who's Catty Dilemma, 15 Sept. 2014
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This review is from: Invasion of the Cat-people (Doctor Who Missing Adventures) (Paperback)
Doctor Who: Invasion Of The Cat People (Missing Adventures Novel).

Product Info.
256 Pages
Paperback Edition
Author: Gary Russell
Doctor: Second Doctor
Companions: Ben, Polly
Main enemy: Cat-People, Euterpians
Main setting: Cumbria and Queensland, 1994
Release number: 13

What's Up Doc.
Earth has been invaded,Twice!, once thousands of years ago by a race searching for a new power source & more recently by the galactic marauders known as the Cat-People, who intend to continue the work done by the earlier visitors, with devastating results.

The recently regenerated Doctor, along with companions Ben & Polly, teams up with a group of amateur ghost-hunters & a mysterious white witch on a journey that takes them from twentieth-century Cumbria to the Arabian deserts of folklore & Australia 40,000 years in the past.

Can the Doctor stop the invaders & disarm the bombs left buried beneath the planet's surface -- or have the ancient Aborigines of Australia sung the seeds of their own destruction?

Timelord Thoughts.
Without doubt Invasion Of The Cat People is one of the weirdest Missing Adventures novels I've read as author Gary Russell delivers a surreal but fun Doctor Who novel here featuring two very different alien races seemingly pitted against one another with the Second Doctor, Polly Wright & Ben Jackson caught in the middle of the battle.

The cat like aliens are a interesting concept & add intrigue to this story, but there's to much running about with the cat's who go continually from one place to another which makes the plot more puzzling & confusing than it ought to be.

I also didn't like how author Gary Russell underused the Doctor as he is absent for large chapters of this story, who turns up with ideas of the occasional plot point that includes some brief Troughton cosmic clowning ( the scene were the Doctor & Ben pretend to be djinn & princes in ancient Arabia is typically the mischievous nature of Troughtons Tv performance of the Second Doctor) only to then vanish again & the novel would have benefited from more input of the Doctor in this novel as Gary Russell has captured the Second Doctor's incarnation splendidly well here but there's not enough of him to be completely fulfilling.

Overall, Invasion Of The Cat People is a flawed but fun M.A novel that has great humoured moments which is let down by a underused Second Doctor.

The plot would have been more engaging if author Gary Russell had not split the two groups of invaders as Russell doesn't give a adequate explanation to why he does this, the time-looped character at the beginning of the novel is completely confusing & despite Russell excellent characterisations of the main trio of the Doctor & Co the storys plot strands don't quite tie all together as they should, but it's still an enjoyable if underwhelming Missing Adventure novel that's worth a read.

Timelord Rating.
6/10
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Novel, 7 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Invasion of the Cat-people (Doctor Who Missing Adventures) (Paperback)
I really enjoyed this book, firstly as it has Cat-People in it, there have been many Cat-People in Doctor Who before, i.e the Tharils, cheetah People and the Kitlings who were cats that could teleport people to other worlds. This book linked it all up, saying what galaxy the Cheetah People came from and that they where all connected.

This book also has one of these Doctor Who Paranormal things where the "Ghosts" turn out to be aliens that where stuck in some machine or time. I have seen that one before. Other than that, this book is chilling and if you are lightly entertained then you will enjoy this book, please do ignore the reviews before, as that is just their opinions.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Miaaaow!, 10 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Invasion of the Cat-people (Doctor Who Missing Adventures) (Paperback)
Whilst I have to agree with the previous reviewer (Lords of the Storm is pants), I have to disagree slightly regarding this offering. Whilst it is clearly not Russell's finest hour there are far worse books out there (think The New Adventures' 'Legacy' for a start. The main problem with Cat People is that it is too long - there is a lot of unnecessary filler - but that aside it is an enjoyable, if undemanding read.

The Doctor (in his Second incarnation) becomes embroiled in a plot by the eponymous felines to destroy the Earth. His companion Polly appears to have some kind of latent phsycic ability that means she is of great importance to both the cat people and some other aliens who came to Australia 40,000 years ago and influenced the Aboriginal peoples. This is where it all becomes a bit vague but if you are looking for cohesion and meaningful concepts then you shouldn't be reading a Doctor Who 'Missing Adventures' novel anyway!
Overall a solid entry in the Doctor Who canon which is intriguing but doesn't break any new ground.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Something the Cat wrote?, 15 Nov. 1998
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After the excellent Legacy novel I expected great things from Gary Russell. Instead I found myself wading through a truly dire book. Take my advice and judge this book by its cover, it is that bad. The story is poor, the characters are poor and the villains - the cover says it all. Sadly this book seems to be the way of things as Mr Russell's next effort (Scales of Injustice) was even worse. Read Legacy and leave it at that.
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3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Er, I can't remember much, 18 Jan. 1999
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I read this book about 3 years ago. Or at least I think I did... Taking it off my shelf again this evening a few vague memories about cat-people mewing at the Doctor, but the book was so forgettable and so badly-written that I can't remeber anything whatsoever that happens in it, whereas conversely I can remember vividly books that were read to me when I was five years old. By far Gary Russel's worst book. Probably the worst of the Virgin MA's (although Lords of the Storm runs it a close thing). I always liked Patrick Troughton, so its a shame all the books with him in a re rubbish, oh well...
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