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5.0 out of 5 stars The Last of the Gaderene, 12 May 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Last of the Gaderene: 50th Anniversary Edition (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection) (Paperback)
This is the 50th anniversary story representing the Third Doctor, as played by Jon Pertwee - the dashing, debonair man of action with all his gadgets, Scientific Advisor to UNIT, and Timelord initially exiled to Earth. Initially published in 2000, it is set prior to the TV story The Green Death, where Jo leaves to get married. So Jo features in this story along with the Doctor and UNIT. The original book cover features the Doctor's face, along with a plane from WWII (I guess it's a Spitfire, as this is a feature of the story, but stand to be corrected). As the Third Doctor stories often were, this one is Earth-bound, but that's what you really expect from a Third Doctor story, and that's what is so reassuring about the Third Doctor as a whole. All those great UNIT stories, with the Brigadier, Seargent Benton, Roger Delgado as the Master, various monsters set to conquer or destroy Earth, and great gadgets - ah, those were the days. This novel has many of those elements, and even has a Government bureaucrat, who so often turned up in UNIT stories, causing trouble, or blocking the Doctor's good intentions.

Set in the early 1970s, there is plenty of nostalgia in this story. The Doctor, starting to get itchy feet with his life on Earth, agrees to go to Culverton when the Brigadier is contacted by a friend who flew in the RAF in WWII, concerned about mysterious goings-on in the village. This is a great story, and a great Third Doctor story. The key to good Doctor Who novels, I thought as I read this, is that the author absolutely must get the characterisation of the appropriate Doctor just right - if that's not done, then it just doesn't scan as a Doctor Who story at all. This story has the Third Doctor down perfectly. And the story is absolutely one that is a Third Doctor story - you can just see it rolling past you on the tv screen as you read.

Absolutely totally recommended as a Doctor Who, Third Doctor, and great story.
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Initial post: 17 Oct 2013 02:48:21 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Oct 2013 02:56:18 BDT
Timelord-007 says:
Great review, I love Third Doctor storys & couldn't put this novel down its epic.
Mark Gatsis is my choice take over from Steven Moffat as Gatsis a Who fan & loves horror films as he did a Documentary aboit different eras of horror for BBC3.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2013 20:55:07 BDT
Keen Reader says:
Thanks timelord007. I'm listening at the moment to Mark Gatiss reading the novelisation of the Planet of the Daleks - he has a very good voice for the reading.
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