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It's no fun, being an illegal alien,
This review is from: Doctor Who: Illegal Alien: The Monster Collection Edition (Doctor Who (BBC)) (Kindle Edition)
Originally published in 1997, Illegal Alien was a story that was originally pitched to the Doctor Who production office in the late 1980's and had the series not been cancelled after S26 it may have appeared on television. As it was, it turned up in book form a few years later and was a strong entry in BBC Books' early range of original Who fiction.
Placing the Cybermen (and despite the new front cover, these are very much Troughton-era Cybermen) into WW2 was inspired - and whilst the story is a bit of a run-around there are some good moments. The Cybermats are more scary and vicious then seen on screen - here they can strip the skin from their unfortunate victim. The Cybermen too have some moments which remind the reader of their 60's heyday.
With both the Allies and the Nazis keen to utilize Cyber technology for their own ends, the Doctor has to prevent this and also the somewhat vague plans of the Cybermen themselves. The Doctor and Ace are well characterised - both are closer to the TV performances of McCoy and Aldred than the way the characters were portrayed in the later Virgin New Adventures range of original Who fiction.
Although the book probably promises more than it ultimately delivers, Illegal Alien is still a pretty good book and well worth a read.
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Initial post: 11 Mar 2014 20:14:16 GMT
As a Doctor Who fan myself I thought this a quality review sir very insightful.
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