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5.0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one Doctor Who novel . . ., 17 Aug. 1999
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Face of the Enemy (Paperback)
Absolutely essential reading for fans of Roger Delgado's Master and Ian and Barbara. In each case, McIntee manages to expand the character considerably while remaining true to the performance set by the original actor. The Master in particular is a real joy - the next best thing to a lost TV story - and in a speech on honesty, in which he defends his 'principles', McIntee nails the ambiguous appeal of the character as Delgado played him: that for all his evil there was a perverse sense of decency about the man.
Another ambiguity, the relationship between Ian and Barbara, is sensitively explored, as are the effects of their adventures with the First Doctor (you didn't think they could walk away from them unscathed, did you?). As if this wasn't enough, there's a surprise guest appearance, a surprise (well, to be frank, almost implausible) tie-in with a TV adventure, some touching revelations about the Master's past and a wonderfully lurid evocation of the London underworld circa 1976 (knew those old Sweeney videos would come in handy).
There's also no Doctor, but you'll be having too good a time to notice that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Enemy Of My Enemy Is My Saviour?, 18 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Face of the Enemy (Paperback)
Doctor Who: The Face of the Enemy (BBC Novel).

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288 Pages
Paperback Edition
Author: David A. McIntee

Trivia.
1)The Doctor has taught the Brigadier how to disable a Time Lord, just in case someone needs to stop the Master again.
2)When in the parallel universe, the Master takes action against the Republic of Great Britain because of how they treated his parallel self.
3)This novel is a sequel to the Third Doctor serial 'Inferno', Contrary to the Third Doctor's assumptions, the alternative Earth did not disintegrate after his departure, but many previously human survivors have been mutated into subsentient Primords by the outgassing of their world's mantle.
4)The novel not only features the Brigadier, UNIT & the Master, all contemporaneous to the era of the programme in which the story is set, but it also includes appearances by Ian & Barbara after they left the TARDIS (with an update on their activities since leaving the Doctor in The Chase) & Harry Sullivan before he joined UNIT or met the Doctor.
5)It is notable for being the only Past Doctor Adventure which does not greatly involve the Doctor in any incarnation, although the Third Doctor & Jo Grant have brief, cameo appearances since the majority of this story takes place whilst the Doctor & Jo are on Peladon.

What's Up Doc?
Robbery & murder are on the increase in Britain as disputes between underworld gangs escalate into open warfare on the streets, The Master seems inextricably linked to the chaos - despite the fact he is safely under lock & key.

Meanwhile UNIT is called in when a plane missing in strange circumstances is rediscovered - contaminated with radiation & particle damage that cannot possibly have occurred on Earth.

As the mystery deepens, what little light they can shed on the matter leads the Brigadier to believe that with the Doctor away, Earth's only hope may lie with its greatest enemy...

Timelord Thoughts.
'The Face Of The Enemy' is a superbly written novel that I've enjoyed reading countless times & despite it being a Doctor lite novel, this story focuses on the supporting characters of The Brigader, Yates, Benton, UNIT & sees the return of First Doctor companions Ian Chesterton & Barbara Wright who help UNIT with there investigation involving the reappearance of a missing plane that is upon it's return has become radioactive.

As well as this recent rediscovery, chaos ensures on the streets as robbery & murder has escalated & people in authority have started to behave most strangely...could a certain renegade Timelord hold the answers to both these two mysterious event's?

This is a great novel that had this reviewer gripped from start to finish as writer David A. McIntee has delivered a tightly written adventure that is fast paced & a pure page turning pleasure as the suspense is quickly built up & holds your attention & keeps you enthralled to what's going on,

The novel is full of great character moments, The Brigader is faithfully written & writer McIntee easily recaptures the late Nicholas Courtneys heroic Lethbridge-Stewart character to perfection while Sgt Benton & Captain Mike Yates both feature throughout this story & their characters are fleshed out a little bit more than on Tv & the return of Ian Chesterton & Barbara Wright & their relationship is explored further as writer McIntee wonderfully writes these two characters who are actually essential to the plot who have been called in to aid The Brigader & UNIT who seems completely out of their depth without the help of The Doctor & Jo.

But for me the best part about 'The Face of the Enemy' is the characterization of The Master who is at his charming & manipulative best as writer McIntee effortlessly captures the tone & mannerisms of the late great Roger Delgado portrayal of The Master who's ambiguous egotistical charm & devious cunning layers just a vague hint of decency, throw in a subplot about dopplegangers replacing government & authority figures & you have a novel that delivers a cracking plot, some great surprises & faithfully recreated characters makes for a gripping page turning adventure & one that Doctor Who fan's won't want to miss, a highly recommended novel.

Timelord Rating.
10/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic and tense read, 11 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Face of the Enemy (Paperback)
A definate must for Doctor Who fans. though the Doctor is missing from the action this time the story manages to move along at a great pace and introduce new characters well and also introduce the existing characters into the narrative. the characterization of the Master, the Brigadier and Ian and Barbara is well handled and exciting, there's also an appearance from Harry Sullivan and it's very interesting to see the characters come together.

Ian and Barbara fans will be delighted with the sensitive portrayal of their relationship and Ian's plight in the novel which is a high point and deeply moving. his interactions with the Master are also another higlight.

A must have Doctor Who novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor (without the Doctor) ..., 28 Aug. 2012
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This is a Third Doctor and Jo story, which pretty much doesn't have the Third Doctor and Jo in it! Apart from a brief appearance at the very beginning and the very end, they are absent as the Doctor tries to get the Tardis working - but without them, the Brigadier finds himself relying on the expertise and assistance of some of the Doctor's oldest friends - Ian and Barbara return - some years after they left the First Doctor, and married and settled back on Earth, they are asked by UNIT to assist in some weird matters. I found the characterisations of these old companions good, and I always like the Brigadier - Benton is there, as is Yates, and several other familiar (to Doctor Who fans) faces. So it's all good from that perspective. I did find all the "tough guy underworld London baddy" scene a bit over the top; but maybe that's just me.

A good story; one well in keeping with the time in which it is set, and the characters who people it; a bit of a shame there's not more of the Doctor in it, but that's a small quibble for what is a good story in the Doctor Who range of novels. I guess you could call this one an early "Companion Chronicle".
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, 15 April 2011
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Michael Finn (Blackburn, Lancashire, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Face of the Enemy (Paperback)
The Master, UNIT, Ian & Barbara. Concurrent with The Curse of Peladon.
Despite the Doctor being almost completely absent from this book it turned out to be the best so far in the BBC range. Wanting a scientific opinion on a downed aircraft, missing for a week before its crash, the Brigadier calls on the services of Ian Chesterton accompanied by his wife Barbara. UNIT are about as faithful to the series as it's possible to be, as are all the rest of the cast. It' unlikely that I'll ever reread any of the books from either the Virgin or the BBC range but if I had to pick one it just might be The Face of the Enemy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Face of the Enemy, 12 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Face of the Enemy (Paperback)
The Face of the Enemy is a Past Doctor Adventure which doesn't actually feature a past Doctor. Well the 3rd is there briefly, but he isn't integral to the plot. The story takes place whilst the Doctor and Jo are busy during the TV serial the Curse of Peladon and features Ian and Barbara, UNIT, The Master and a brief cameo from Harry Sullivan. A risky, but tantalising move for a Doctor Who novel.

The Face of the Enemy's story is fairly simple. A plane is lost and then returned with radiation and damage caused by nothing in the Earth's atmosphere, whilst a gang owned bank is robbed by professional criminals. It soon becomes clear that there is more than meets the eye and the story becomes a sequel to the TV serial Inferno, exploring what happened to the people who survived on the parallel Earth and there current quest to take over our Earth.

As mentioned previously The Face of the Enemy features no Doctor. Therefore the novel relies on other characters to carry the book. All are well done but a special mention goes to the Master, who essentially plays the role of the Doctor. David McIntee has Roger Delgado's Master down perfectly, his mannerisms and his viewpoint of others are superb. It was a very refreshing change to get the story from his perspective, and they way he interacts with the other characters, especially the Brigadier is a joy to read.

The Face of the Enemy is probably the best PDA so far with only Illegal Alien coming close to matching it. The story is entertaining, the characters are superb and it is a thoroughly enjoyable read throughout. It is fairly continuity heavy, but it all makes sense and stays true to the shows roots. Highly recommended to all Doctor Who fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "Master"ful Doctor Who novel without the Doctor, 18 Feb. 2014
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Absolute perfection.

it starts off as a British Seventies cop show mixed with the usual Roger Delgado Master escape shenanigans.

However with the appearance of definitive First Doctor Companions Ian and Barbara it takes on a new dimension and class and becomes something altogether stranger with the replacement of government and authority figures by dopplegangers

The scenes between Ian and the Master are wonderful and the climax on a blasted parallel earth and it's moon leads to a confrontation with another of the Third Doctors Classic villains.

Recommended to anyone who enjoys a good read and a great story.
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