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4.0 out of 5 stars Uncle Terrence Kicks Off The Eighth Doctor Novels With A Bang
The Eight Doctors.
288 Paperback Novel.
Author: Terence Dicks.
Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companion: Sam.
Featuring:
First Doctor
Second Doctor
Third Doctor
Fourth Doctor
Fifth Doctor
Sixth Doctor
Seventh Doctor
Main enemy:
Ryoth, CIA
Main setting:
London, 1997
Earth,100000 BC
An unnamed...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Passes the time...
While this has been universally lambasted by the fan-critics, it is difficult to deny that the Eight Doctors make themselves quite enjoyable to the reader, even if at least three of them are completely unrecognisable from there screen personas. The third Doctor ends his stint in the novel with the most ridiculous (and inconsequential) scene in the history of Doctor...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Uncle Terrence Kicks Off The Eighth Doctor Novels With A Bang, 29 July 2014
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Timelord007 (The Tardis) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Eight Doctors (Mass Market Paperback)
The Eight Doctors.
288 Paperback Novel.
Author: Terence Dicks.
Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companion: Sam.
Featuring:
First Doctor
Second Doctor
Third Doctor
Fourth Doctor
Fifth Doctor
Sixth Doctor
Seventh Doctor
Main enemy:
Ryoth, CIA
Main setting:
London, 1997
Earth,100000 BC
An unnamed planet
England, 1970s
Vampire planet, E-Space
Eye of Orion
Space Station Zenobia
Metebelis III
Gallifrey

Trivia.
1)Rassilon's Red is Gallifrey's finest vintage, The Sixth Doctor and Eighth Doctor drink several goblets of it.
2)The Fourth Doctor & Romana drink red wine.
3)Shobogans speak highly of the Doctor.
4)The Eye of Harmony in the Doctor's Tardis is a symbolic manifestation.
5)The Castellan keeps the Black, Grey and White Files.
5)Olive Hawthorne may have latent telekinetic abilities.
6)The Eighth Doctor meets the Brigadier.
7)Flavia is president.
8)The Eighth Doctor loses his memory from a trap left by the Master.
9)The Master left his Tardis in Devil's End, He retrieves it following his escape from Fortress Island.
10)Drashigs, Sontarans and the Raston Warrior Robot are time scooped in order to launch an attack on the Fifth Doctor & the Eighth Doctor.
11)Deathworms were tamed by the Morg, The Master experimented on them for his own purposes.
12)The Master uses his Tissue Compression Eliminator.
13)The title of chapter eleven, The Vampire Mutation, was a working title for State of Decay.
14)In this novel the Seventh Doctor has a "mid life crisis" while trying to deal with his approaching death.
15)There is an explanation of how the Master became worm-like in( Tv: Doctor Who).
16)Borusa testifies in a future where he's still locked in the Dark Tower.
17)The Eighth Doctor losing his memory became a continuous plot device throughout the BBC Eighth Doctor novel range so the title Doctor Who takes on another meaning so it seems.

Plot Synopsis.
Recuperating after the trauma of his recent regeneration, the Eighth Doctor falls foul of a final booby trap set by his arch-enemy, the Master.

When he recovers, the disorientated Doctor looks in a mirror and sees the face of a stranger, all he knows is that he is called the Doctor - nothing more, But something deep inside tells him to trust the Tardis, & his hands move over the controls of their own accord.

The Tardis takes him to a strangely familiar junkyard in late-nineties London, where he is flung into a confrontation between local drug-dealers & Samantha Jones, a rebellious teenager from Coal Hill School.

But the Doctor soon finds the Tardis transporting him to various other places in order to recover all his memories - and that involves seeing seven strangely-familiar faces...

Timelord Thoughts.
The Eight Doctors is written by Third Doctor script editor & Target Novelizations author Terrance Dicks which is basically Uncle Terrence greatest hits compilation which is more a nostalgia trip through memory lane & features some of the best moments from the original series.

As the writer of the 20th Anniversary tv story, 'The Five Doctors' Dicks chooses to continue straight on after the event's of the tv movie with mixed success, While Doctors Three, Fourth & Sixth get longer chapters in the book the Seventh feels underused somewhat despite being a cracking part of the novel despite it's occasional continuity error.

Dicks uses the concept of the Doctor & the shows past continuity of a amnesiac Eighth Doctor visiting his past selves to fill in the gaps in his memory & fills in the blanks of the classic tv series & events inbetween like how The Master became snake like prior to the tv movie to the political upheaval on Gallifrey mentioned in The Trial of a Time Lord then throw in The Sontarans, the Master & the Raston Warrior Robot from The Five Doctors & you have a novel crammed full of adventure & nostalgia.

One issue I had with this novel is the inclusion of Samantha Jones, who would go on to become a companion of the Eighth Doctor who feels tagged on & short changed featuring in a already crammed adventure & her inclusion would've far benefited the next novel in the range.

Overall, The Eight Doctors is an enjoyable fast paced Doctor Who novel & one of Terence Dicks better novels that is fast paced well written adventure that features the occasional plot holes from the tv series, but still Uncle Terrence knows Doctor Who inside out & doesn't disappoint here delivering a entertaining novel that had me gripped me from beginning to end.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous !, 28 April 2000
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R. Chagouri-Brindle "RickCB" (Sussex, UK) - See all my reviews
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I thoroughly enjoyed this, and am sorry that the novel seems to have attracted so much negative attention. In my opinion, the book is an excellent introduction to the Paul McGann incarnation of our favorite Time Lord, following the events of the 1996 TV Movie. Admittedly nostalgic, I thoroughly enjoyed the revisiting past Doctors, and agree with another reviewer that the rapport between the Sixth and Eighth Doctors deserves to be revisited, perhaps in a novel of their own ? All in all, well done Mr Dicks !
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3.0 out of 5 stars Passes the time..., 16 Jan 1999
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While this has been universally lambasted by the fan-critics, it is difficult to deny that the Eight Doctors make themselves quite enjoyable to the reader, even if at least three of them are completely unrecognisable from there screen personas. The third Doctor ends his stint in the novel with the most ridiculous (and inconsequential) scene in the history of Doctor Who, and Terrance Dicks must have been watching a different seventh Doctor to the one I was back in the late eighties. Dicks' own characters are also highly unbelievable, including a school teacher who's never heard of crack, and a teenage drug baron who seems to have escaped from a really bad episode of Grange Hill. The book is, however, extremely easy to read and I whizzed through it in one afternoon, and never once got bored during that time. Which must count for something.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Links to the 1996 TV movie well., 6 Jun 1999
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Terrance Dicks was probably the best person to start off the new range of BBC books. The Eight Doctors starts off quite weakly with the 8th Doctor's meeting with his first 2 selves. With Doctors 3 to 6 things hot up a bit but it's only where the subplot of the Trial of a Timelord links in that the story gets interesting. Dick's explanation of the Master's transformation in the TV Movie is a nice touch too. Pretty good, but it goes over old ground.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A SUPERB READ, 20 Feb 2001
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This book is probably one of the best Doctor Who novels I have read. When I first saw the title I assumed it would be the Doctor's past incarnations all meeting. The way it written was very skilled. The eighth Doctor meeting his past incarnations in various adventures was fantastic. My favourite part of the book is the third Doctor segment. After the Doctor and Jo have defeated the Sea Devils the story takes place when the Master steals the Hovercraft and returns to Devils End where his TARDIS is under the rubble of the destroyed church. Also another part is when the Master, after fleeing from the planet of the Cheetah people, lands on a savage planet and takes the death worm. A mystery unsolved as I wondered why the Master had been EXTERMINATED by the Daleks in the Doctor Who movie. All part of a cunning plan. The only let down of the book is the introduction of Sam Jones. I think after their first encounter in Totters Lane, Sam should have had some action in the story rather than just storming through the police box doors. After all she'd probably only met the Doctor for ten minutes in their last encounter. A great start to the eighth Doctor novels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More nostalgia please, 16 May 2014
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This is Terrance Dicks' way of trying to make the Doctor Who movie make sense. And fill in the plot holes (Thanks Terrance), and it has a lot of Nostalgia, featuring all of the classic Doctors and some interesting enemies. It also introduces Sam, who is a student at Coal Hill School (Along with Susan)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hmm, 10 Dec 2013
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The story is good, but either the writer didn't use a proof reader or whoever adapted it to Kindle didn't try. Spelling and grammar mistakes are rife plus sentence structure is terrible at times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Familiar and heartwarming reminders of the classic Doctor Who, 4 Nov 2011
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Well, with Terrance Dicks you always get what it says on the tin, there's no doubt about that.

This story, published in 1997, picks up directly after the Eighth Doctor movie with Paul McGann. The Eighth Doctor now finds himself the target of a plot of the Master, and must visit each of his former selves to regain his memories. That's no spoiler, as it's obvious from the start that that is what's going to happen.

This is like a trip down memory lane for those of us who have watched Doctor Who over so many years that the stories all feel so familiar, as do the various Doctors. That's no bad thing, particularly in a light, entertaining novel like this, and it's an enjoyable read as you progress through the various incarnations and revisit familiar scenes with the added twist now of having the Eighth Doctor pop in and out of them.

The only bit I take slight exception to is the Fourth Doctor episode. In this, the Eighth Doctor meets up with the Fourth Doctor when the Fourth Doctor and Romana are in E-Space. I found that a bit odd, given that I have recollections of E-Space being particularly difficult to get in and out of, yet the Tardis just trundles in there with the Eighth Doctor and trundles out again. Ah well, perhaps the Tardis had it all figured out? Just seemed to me that there were plenty of other Fourth Doctor stories that could have been more readily suited to this type of `fleeting visit' story. A slight niggle, only.

This is not great literature; it's not meant to be. What it is, is a story incorporating memories and familiar tales of the Doctor and various companions, introducing the Eighth Doctor, and all done by an author who has made a career out of novelising Doctor Who stories. A light, entertaining, very enjoyable read and one that can be dipped in and out of a bit at a time, while you absorb the story, and the overarching Gallifrey and TimeLord story.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Yawn-fest, 19 Jan 2011
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Quite a self-indulgent story from the pen of Doctor Who legend Terrance Dicks; the seal of Rassillon on the front cover tells it all really. Increasingly self-referential and coming after the disappointing TV Movie, the novel details the Eighth Doctor's eventual return to his home planet of Gallifrey after falling foul of a booby-trap set by nemesis The Master.
Pedestrian in the extreme (is that a contradiction in terms?) this is one to avoid.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear., 28 July 2009
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Becca (Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire) - See all my reviews
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In an effort to introduce the 'new' fans to the 'old' Doctors, Terrence Dicks has created a mess. Moments after the closing of the TV Movie (or, "The Enemy Within"), the Eighth Doctor once again gets amnesia and most go to meet his past selves in order to reclaim his memories. Bad characterisation follows bad characterisation, Eight gets himself turned into a Mary-Sue who is forced to help all of his past selves, who have seemingly all become a bit rubbish for some unidentifiable reason (the scene where he is trying to explain something to an increasingly dense Sixth incarnation is utterly appalling), and a new companion is introduced in one of the most rushed scenes ever to grace a book. It's truly awful. New fans, if you want to have an introduction to the old Doctors, watch their serials! Far more canon than this tripe.
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