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4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who & The Mad Monk
Doctor Who: The Wages of Sin (BBC Book).

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250 Pages
Paperback Edition
Author: David A. McIntee

What's Up Doc?
With the secrets of time-travel restored to him after his long exile on Earth, the Doctor decides to test out the TARDIS with a trip into the past. Accompanying him are his assistant, Jo & an old friend,...
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2.0 out of 5 stars This is a dull book
David A. McIntee tries so hard to write good Who, yet time and time again he fails. This is another example of failure. The story is dull. The characters are dull. The overall tone is dull.
I mean, it's not bad in theory. The Doctor and two very good companions (ie Liz and Jo) go to Russia before the revolution and get tangled up in a plot to kill Rasputin,...
Published on 23 July 2000


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4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who & The Mad Monk, 18 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Wages of Sin (Paperback)
Doctor Who: The Wages of Sin (BBC Book).

Product Info.
250 Pages
Paperback Edition
Author: David A. McIntee

What's Up Doc?
With the secrets of time-travel restored to him after his long exile on Earth, the Doctor decides to test out the TARDIS with a trip into the past. Accompanying him are his assistant, Jo & an old friend, scientist Dr Liz Shaw.
Soon after landing, the travellers realise they have landed at one of the most significant periods of Earth's history — & one of the most dangerous...

It is Russia, 1916, & Europe is in the grip of the Great War. With the TARDIS confiscated by Imperial guards, its crew find themselves trapped in a country on the brink of revolution.

The Doctor & Liz are soon caught up in the deadly machinations of Tsar Nicholas' court, while Jo appears to fall under the sinister spell of the infamous Mad Monk, Rasputin.

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'The Wages Of Sin' is a pure historical adventure featuring the Third Doctor, Jo Grant & Liz Shaw & for the most part is a tightly paced adventure despite the story's slow start, but soon it gathers it's momentum & delivers a exciting story.

The plot sees the Doctor, Jo & Liz land in St. Petersburg at the dawn of the revolution as Jo quickly becomes captured by Rasputin as she's seemingly been enchanted by the Mad Monk, while the Doctor & Liz are captured & criminally charged for being spies.

McIntees novel serves the Third Doctor era well despite the Doctor being occasionally sidelined as the author has written a moody & atmospheric storyline with great written characterizations of the three main characters while adding great tension & character drama between companions Jo & Liz with the latter being unsure as too why the Doctor has chosen Jo as a companion, the time travellers are soon mixed up in Russian political intrigue at a,very dangerous event in Earths history as author McIntee faithfully captures the era's historical settings tone which is cleverly written & cramned full of detail.

This can be quite a dark novel at times & it seems to be more violent than the usual classic Doctor Who adventure but it is quite suspenseful & the inclusion of the inclusion of the character Rasputin is an intriguing one as the author fleshes out his personality & adds a human factor element to Rasputin who could easily fool most people into believing he was far more powerful than he actually was & his subsequent death at the end of the novel all adds to the mystery & drama of the story.

Overall,'The Wages of Sin' delivers an exciting historical Third Doctor adventure that features a solid historical setting & great vocal interplay between the main characters combined with plenty of drama & is well worth purchasing & adding to your Doctor Who novels collection.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Wages of Sin, 27 Nov. 2013
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The Wages of Sin is a Past Doctor Adventure written by my favourite Doctor Who author David McIntee, and features my favourite classic Doctor, the 3rd. Needless to say I was looking forward to this novel, despite its historical nature.

The story of The Wages of Sin revolves around Russia in the days preceding Rasputin's murder, with the Doctor and his companions caught up in things whilst trying to get the TARDIS back. As with most historical pieces the story is already written to some extent, and as such you know what's coming next. McIntee does manage to make it exciting and nerve wracking to the end however, with a Rasputin who refuses to die.

The Doctor is the 3rd, and McIntee does a good job of recreating him on the page, including a Bondesque martial arts fight on the top of a moving train. The companions are Jo Grant and Liz Shaw, which is nice to see them meet, but not really required for the story. I've always enjoyed McIntee's brand of fan wankery in the past but this one is bordering Gary Russell territory. That said both companions are done well, in what little time they do have on the page.

Historical pieces are always hard to judge in terms of other characters as the vast majority are real life people and The Wages of Sin is no exception. Initially there seems like a lot of characters to keep track of, but once the story starts flowing it becomes easy to know who is who. I do like the fact that Rasputin is portrayed as a good guy in essence. So little is known of him, other than reports by people who disliked him, that he may well have simply been misunderstood. The non-historical Kit Powell is a nice "male" companion for the Doctor who I'd like to see more of as the 3rd Doctor didn't really have any male companions outside UNIT.

The Wages of Sin isn't quite as impressive as McIntee's previous works in the range, but nonetheless still manages to entertain throughout. Well worth a read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Hartnell historical for Pertwee, 24 Nov. 2001
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MR MICHAEL BAXTER (Coalville, Leicestershire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Wages of Sin (Paperback)
This book, with its bleak evocation of pre-revolutionary Russia, conclusively demonstrates that the decision to drop purely historical stories from the TV series was a lamentably short-sighted one. Pertwee would certainly have lapped them up! I certainly had no difficulty whatsoever picturing him enacting the scenes in 'The Wages of Sin'. The Doctor's hair's-breadth escape from the train was particularly exciting, I thought, and typical of the third Doctor. Where the other characters were concerned, Prince Felix and Rasputin provided an extended helping of nail-biting tension where Felix is attempting to administer a fatal dose to the mad monk. I was a trifle disappointed that we didn't meet Czar Nicky at all: it might have been interesting to have his point of view to contrast with that of Alexandra, piously attempting to conceal her fancy for a bit of rough beneath a veneer of saintly good works. Jo Grant and Liz Shaw rubbed along together rather uneasily; perhaps it might have been better to include one or the other, or even neither, for their contribution to the plot was rather marginal. The best character of all was the engaging Kit Powell, who played the role of the Doctor's companion far more effectively than either of the two women. I was really concerned in case he got himself wasted somewhere along the way! Perhaps the Doctor didn't manage to 'drop him off at Whitehall' quite immediately?
I hope I can safely leave that little hint with David A. McIntee.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi shenanigans in pre-revolutionary Russia., 7 Feb. 2000
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Wages of Sin (Paperback)
If you're a fan of Jon Pertwee's Doctor and are sick and tired of watching that old worn out video of The Daemons, then look no further than David A McIntee's novel.
With a style and panache which matches those frilly shirts and velvet smoking jackets of the early Seventies Who period, the author has managed to capture the essence of Pertwee's era and coupled it with the brooding sense of menace which must have surrounded 1916 Russia.
The Doctor, Jo and Liz Shaw take off for the Time Lord's first jaunt in his newly repaired TARDIS and find themselves stuck in a country on the brink of revolution.
Unfortunately for them, not only does Rasputin take a shine to Jo, but the trio end up embroiled in his murder while hunting for their stolen police box.
Is this the best of the BBC's new Doctor Who adventures?
Well, good luck in finding a better one. A must for enthusiasts everywhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ra ra rasputin!, 10 Aug. 2006
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Wages of Sin (Paperback)
David A Mcintee's prose veers oddly from book to book, between supremely readable to overly clunky. Fortunately he's back with the former style here.

The third doctor and jo take liz shaw on a long promised tardis trip. They plan to head to tunguska in 1908 so she can see exactly what hit it, but instead end up in a pre revolution moscow and get to meet rasputin.

An interesting historical with a well rendered setting. And it fits the era perfectly. Who else but the third doctor would chase someone along the roof of a train in the middle of the russian winter?

A strong ending reminds us that the doctor isn't quite human and has to preserve the web of time, and this is spot on characterisation. A very good read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars This is a dull book, 23 July 2000
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Wages of Sin (Paperback)
David A. McIntee tries so hard to write good Who, yet time and time again he fails. This is another example of failure. The story is dull. The characters are dull. The overall tone is dull.
I mean, it's not bad in theory. The Doctor and two very good companions (ie Liz and Jo) go to Russia before the revolution and get tangled up in a plot to kill Rasputin, with whom Jo has fallen into acquaintance. Meanwhile the TARDIS is stolen, the Doctor can save Rasputin but doesn't, yadda yadda yadda. But in practice, it just doesn't work.
A good book needs colour, a good plot, strong characters and vitality, but sadly this book fails to deliver any of them.
Sorry, David. Next time, maybe?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric but aimless, 12 Dec. 2000
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Wages of Sin (Paperback)
The Wages of Sin is an aimless narrative of loose ends. McIntee could have tried something daring here but instead decides to primarily concentrate on toning down Rasputin's excesses to very little purpose or effect. Infact McIntee would have us believe that the mad monk is just misunderstood and that he actually shares much in common with the Doctor. Hmmm - I think not. The Doctor, Jo and Liz are entirely incidental to the plot and are poorly served here. The best thing about the book is the well realised cold funereal atmosphere as Russia waits for revolution. All in all a moderate read that is neither exciting or involving.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read., 28 April 2003
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I've just finished this book and, like all the best Doctor Who historical stories, this whetted my appetite to find out more about the period it was set in.
Rasputin, known widely as The Mad Monk, was neither mad nor a monk, and the author does a good job of making his readers reassess what propoganda and Hollywood has fed us over the years.
Pertwee's Doctor is captured perfectly, and its nice to see Liz Shaw get a spin in the TARDIS at last.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 16 May 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Wages of Sin (Paperback)
This story reminds me of the William Hartnell historicals with no monsters. Jon Pertwee takes Jo Grant and Liz Shaw on a trip in the TARDIS but they arrive in Russia a few weeks before the revolution is due to start. The TARDIS is taken and the Doctor and his companions get dragged into politics and Jo Grant makes a new friend, Rasputin.

A Marvelous read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very memorable, 26 Jan. 1999
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This is a very thought-provoking book from one of the masters of Doctor Who fiction, David A. McIntee. Having cut his teeth in the world of the New Adventures, and produced the first (and so far only) Doctor-less novel in the new BBC range, he now unites two companions we only wish could have met on screen, Professor Elizabeth Shaw and Jo Grant, alongside their Doctor. Liz gets to travel somewhere in the TARDIS at long last, although with typical navigation from the Doctor, having only just regained his memory of time-travel, they end up a few hundred miles, and just short of a decade off-course, in Russia towards the end of 1916. Deep in the grip of the Great War, Russia's public are concerned about the Tsarina's attachment to a holy man, known as Grigory Rasputin. Like Titanic, we all know how the story is going to end, but the journey makes this book so much better. Having the travellers trapped while around them the situation comes to a head, and knowing they cannot change events, no matter how much they disagree with them, helps build the tension. David manages to show both sides of Rasputin, once said to be the most evil man in the world, and really makes you think about how things might have been different had he lived. I highly recommend this book to anyone with even a passing interest in Doctor Who, and real fans will find this a good example of the heights to which the BBC range can reach.
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