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4.0 out of 5 stars Scales of Injustice
Recently there have been released a “Monster Collection” of books, original novels about various ‘monsters’ that have appeared in Doctor Who over the years. This one features the Silurians in another appearance in the time of the Third Doctor, as portrayed by Jon Pertwee on the small screen. The novel is set at the time about a year after his...
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3.0 out of 5 stars An average adventure, nothing new.
The cover features a new style Silurian where the story clearly features quite correctly the Pertwee era type.The story is reasonable but forgettable.The Doctor dose not feature as much as usual.Please be careful with these books as they keep bringing out the same titles with different covers as with the fiftieth anniversary range.If it sounds familiar,you've read it.By...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scales of Injustice, 14 April 2014
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Recently there have been released a “Monster Collection” of books, original novels about various ‘monsters’ that have appeared in Doctor Who over the years. This one features the Silurians in another appearance in the time of the Third Doctor, as portrayed by Jon Pertwee on the small screen. The novel is set at the time about a year after his reincarnation from the Second Doctor, and he is working at UNIT headquarters with Liz Shaw.

There’s a lot going on in this book, and it takes concentrated reading to make sense of all the people (some of whom remain nameless throughout, which doesn’t make it any easier to keep track of them), places and happenings in what is a fairly busy book. There’s a lot of continuity from the tv series, and the UNIT soldiers are often recognisable names. There are also references to other stories that crop up throughout. That’s good, as it gives a sense of ‘reality’ to the story within the Third Doctor timeframe.

Above and beyond the Silurian storyline, there is a lot of other action to be read about as well – the political manouevrings of the Government ministers and the bureaucrats in charge of UNIT and C19, as well as the private life of the Brigadier, and of Liz Shaw, which is a nice touch, as we don’t often get to see that. And it does all add to the story; the Doctor is able to get a head start on the Brigadier, and Liz is sidetracked from keeping an eye on the Doctor’s doings because of their own concerns. The UNIT side of things is nicely done, and the characterisations of Benton and Mike Yates in particularly are really reminiscent of the tv series. Overall, a really good story which incorporates a lot of elements. I think this book needs to be read more than once to really get the nuances of it all, which is not a bad thing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A continuity heavy, but good, read, 8 Mar. 2014
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If you've ever read any of Gary Russell's Doctor Who novels, then you'll know that he likes his continuity. The Scales of Injustice is no different, and whilst readers who have an in-depth knowledge of the programme's history will get the most out of the book, the story is still good enough to be enjoyed by newer fans who maybe won't pick up on all the references.

The novel seems to have been written in order to address two issues - the first is to give Liz Shaw a proper leaving story (on screen she is last seen in "Inferno", and in the next story she is described as having returned to Cambridge). The second point is an attempt to reconcile what we saw onscreen in the Peter Davison story "Warriors of the Deep" to the original Silurian story from 1970.

Along the way various other continuity boxes are ticked, we meet C19 (mentioned in "Time Flight"), witness the breakdown of the Brigadier's marriage and we get more detail on Mike Yates' background and also see his promotion to Captain.

Although the Brigadier's sub-plot is never something that could have happened on televison, it works really well and gives the book some of its best moments. Liz Shaw is very well characterised too, and her growing estrangement from the Doctor has a parallel with the Brigadier's disintegrating home-life.

Whilst the Brigadier and Liz come across well, the Doctor's role in the story is a little disappointing. His subplot, attempting to negotiate peace with the Silurians, doesn't really engage - and he does spend a lot of the time as a fairly marginalised character. This was a fairly common problem with Doctor Who original fiction of the time - the various writers often were more concerned with other characters then they were with the Doctor.

So as long as you don't expect a novel with the Doctor centre-stage, this is a very good read as it gives all the members of the UNIT family (The Brig, Liz, Yates, Benton) considerable depth. The continuity references don't grate too much and whilst the story is quite straightforward it's still quite satisfying. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye to Liz Shaw, hello to Mike Yates, 26 Mar. 2014
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The Silurians (or whatever you wish to call them – this book is certainly unsure as to how they should be referred to, making it part of the story) have never been out and out villains. They may have been a bit more aggressive in later television stories but in ‘The Silurians’, which takes place shortly before this book, it was more a lack of understanding and a subsequent mistrust between individuals, human and Silurian, that caused violence. The Silurians of this book are in much a similar vein. As you might expect there are those that wish to exterminate mankind, those who consider peace and those who wish to experiment on humans. Auggi is particularly aggressive for a Silurian, however. Her character is somewhat similar to Broton. Perhaps that is because a few elements of ‘Terror of the Zygons’ have filtered into this story, including the use of a large beast mistaken for the Loch Ness Monster. These Silurians are unique in a certain way though (or at least some of them are). But that is basically the case to some degree with every colony of Silurians.

For some years this novel had been a difficult book to obtain. Because of this it was made available in PDF format upon the Doctor Who website. It is, therefore, good to see it republished as part of the Monster Collection. It is good to see it back in print for other reasons as well.

Firstly, although the Doctor is reasonably well characterised and has plenty to do in the story, the focus is probably more on some of the more familiar members of UNIT. This is a particularly good story for Liz Shaw, the Brigadier and Yates. The novel offers a good insight into their personal lives and aspirations. Partly this is due to their being a noticeable gap in events between the first two years of Jon Pertwee’s tenure. Russell attempts to address this by providing explanations for Liz’s departure and Yates’ arrival and appointment as the Brigadier’s second (although I’m not sure how Yates’ situation works out in relation to the Big Finish audio ‘Vengeance of the Stones’, which covers similar ground). Naturally this allows for more background on them and for more of the story to come from their perspectives. Liz’s situation is particularly well dealt with, especially her anxiety over whether or not she should remain with UNIT.

There is quite an influence from outside the confines of the programme in these matters. Liz certainly seems to be more like the older version of her portrayed in the straight to video PROBE series and much of the Brigadier’s life outside of UNIT seems to have been influenced from the Yeti spin-off ‘Downtime’. The Brigadier’s daughter, Kate, who appeared in ‘Downtime’ is featured in this novel as a young child. From these humble beginnings she was, of course, to finally appear in the programme in 2013 and featured in the fiftieth anniversary special.

The novel is quite heavy with continuity references. Sometimes these are a little frivolous or the author showing off his knowledge, but at other times they are put to good use. They are at their best when used to attempt to tie up all the threads of the seventh series. Predominantly this is to do with Liz and Yates as stated above. However, the use of various bits of technology and knowledge obtained from UNIT’s encounters and their adoption and misuse by government bodies is also a very important aspect of this book.

There is a lot going on in this novel and sometimes things seem to lack the attention they deserve like the Stalker (who seems a bit irrelevant) or Marc Marshall (whose role is little callously down played). Mainly, though, there are a lot of interesting aspects that make a fairly good story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An average adventure, nothing new., 23 Mar. 2014
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The cover features a new style Silurian where the story clearly features quite correctly the Pertwee era type.The story is reasonable but forgettable.The Doctor dose not feature as much as usual.Please be careful with these books as they keep bringing out the same titles with different covers as with the fiftieth anniversary range.If it sounds familiar,you've read it.By far the best Who books I have ever read are,Players,by Terrance Dicks and The Palace Of The Red Sun by Christopher Bullis.
NB.Another of the recent titles, Sands Of Time, is superior in my view to Scales Of Justice.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, 23 Mar. 2014
This book was ok. I also thought it was a little bit dull and the book overall is forgettable. I think that the doctor isn't in it as much as he could have been and I find the other storylines like the greenhouse one very boring. One thing that I thought was good was Liz Shaw's departure. I have always liked Liz Shaw and I found myself trying not to get upset reading her line, "Gob Bless you, Doctor. Good Bye." I think that this book is for doctor who fans only. Compared to The Sands of Time, this book is not very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 July 2014
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Scales of Injustice: The Monster Collection Edition (Doctor Who (BBC)) (Kindle Edition)
Standard Dr Who-exactly what I wanted for a mindless read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 4 July 2014
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Once again a fantastic read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 28 Oct. 2014
Great present again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, 8 April 2014
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Amazing really ties with later on in the doctor's lives keeps continuity nicely defiantly worth a read buy this book and enjoy
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