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5.0 out of 5 stars Echoes of the Fendahl
This original Doctor Who novel features the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and his leather-clad warrior companion from the late 70s; Leela. The supernatural is very much the theme of this story; in many ways it works as something of a companion piece to 1977 TV serial `Image of the Fendahl' which was scripted by the author, Chris Boucher. The story sees the time travellers...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Another misfire from Boucher
Psi-ence Fiction has the fairly standard Doctor Who story structure, where what is essentially a horror story ends up being explained away by a scientific rationale, although here the connection between time travel experiments and psychic horror seem rather confused - so much so that Boucher doesn't even attempt to have the Doctor act as Leela's tutor, leaving her to...
Published on 9 Feb 2005 by Jane Aland


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5.0 out of 5 stars Echoes of the Fendahl, 1 Jun 2009
This review is from: Doctor Who: Psi-ence Fiction (Mass Market Paperback)
This original Doctor Who novel features the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and his leather-clad warrior companion from the late 70s; Leela. The supernatural is very much the theme of this story; in many ways it works as something of a companion piece to 1977 TV serial `Image of the Fendahl' which was scripted by the author, Chris Boucher. The story sees the time travellers arrive on a UK university campus sometime in the late Twentieth Century, where they discover that experiments involving a group of students and their so called 'psychic' powers are being conducted. Elements of the story include: Ouija boards, evil spirits, graveyards, a creepy wood (very Fendahl), telepathy, cocky students, deluded professors, bemused policemen, a Doctor who you can just imagine bounding along in bug-eyed delight, and lashings of mystery and intrigue.
Boucher joins all the plot threads together competently, and there is real humour in The Doctor's interactions with the Earth authorities. All in this novel is one of my favourites in the range; Psi-Ence Fiction is accessible, uncomplicated, and refuses to be a slave to technobabble; highly recommended for hardcore fans and those wishing to explore anew the worlds of Doctor Who.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Another misfire from Boucher, 9 Feb 2005
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Psi-ence Fiction has the fairly standard Doctor Who story structure, where what is essentially a horror story ends up being explained away by a scientific rationale, although here the connection between time travel experiments and psychic horror seem rather confused - so much so that Boucher doesn't even attempt to have the Doctor act as Leela's tutor, leaving her to wander around unsure of what is actually happening. In it's initial horror mode there are a few effective scenes, as a group of students engaged in psychic experiments find themselves under attack, but these are somewhat hamstrung by the students being so annoying you hope they all die anyway. Add in a pair of police detectives who seem to have wandered in from another novel, and a typically corny villain and you have another misfire of a novel from a once-great television scriptwriter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Do not go gently into those dark woods..., 1 Jun 2009
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Great novel in the range of post-Doctor Who The Movie offerings from BBC books. Written by the scriptwriter of 1977 TV serial 'Doctor Who Image of the Fendahl', Chris Boucher, this book is similar in tone to that serial and deals with supernatural themes as well.
The Fourth Doctor 'all teeth and curls' and his companion Leela - a warrior from the tribe of Sevateem - investigate goings-on at a university campus somewhere in the UK in the present day.
Lively and fast-paced; this story suffers from a slightly disappointing denoument but remains a fun and worthwhile read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars scary stuff, 11 Aug 2006
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Chris Boucher finally hits his stride with this novel, a story that does have echoes of his tv script image of the fendahl, and feels like something that could have been a doctor who tv story from the middle of the 70's.

The setting is well realised, the supporting characters are pretty good, but best of all is the atmosphere. There are attempts at scary moments in the writing, and they succeed. Far better than his first two efforts, this is good stuff
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very dark..., 21 Aug 2011
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I never liked horror movies for they boring and obvious situations, but if are horror books written at least half great good like this, I certainly gonna read them. This books is brilliant in my point of view. All "supporting" characters are pretty fast likeable and you are interesting what's gonna happen next from cover to cover. Only negative on this is, that The Doctor and Leela haven't much room in this book and most attention is concern on University students, but that isn't necessarily bad thing (and even dispite of that Leela is my favourite companion)
It is very good book, especially for foggy days, or autumn evenings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A SUPER RETURN FROM BOUCHER!, 4 Sep 2001
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Quite simply a doctor who story as it should be. It harks back to the halcyon days of Tom Baker with aplomb. A well paced and exciting story dovetails very well with the Image of Fendahl (for which Boucher was the script editor).
The novel is basically a well crafted horror story set on a university campus, where investigations into parapsychology amongst the students seem to be causing a fault in the fabric of the multi-verse!
One of the reasons I liked this story so much was that Leela was really involved, often the companions can seem like spare parts, or simply a tool for the author to get the doctor into tricky situations. As with Bouchers other books, (last man running & Corpse Marker) Leela has a considerable proportion of the story told from her perspective.
If your a fan of the old style Target books, Hammer horror, Quatermass etc. then this is the one for you!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mirror Image of the Fendahl, 22 Oct 2001
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It seems that Boucher has plagarised himself for a lot of the plot of Pscience Fiction. The haunted wood, time fissure and the method of exploiting it all hark back to Image of the Fendahl.
Leela is well written in this story, which is fitting as Boucher created her. I didn't think that the Doctor was used well; too much time was spent working around the campus.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is truly awful., 24 Aug 2013
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All I can say about this book is, what? Everything that is written in this book has gone through one ear and out the other. This is dire, I think It would have been alright if it was on the television but the book didn't mean anything to me. I like anything supernatural and am a huge fan of the show Supernatural, but there is nothing scary about this book.
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