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This review is from: Nightshade (New Doctor Who Adventures) (Paperback)
Mark Gatiss has long been an acclaimed playwright, actor, writer and creator of TV shows (most notably the surreal BBC comedy ' The League Of Gentlemen'), but this, his first foray into the world of Doctor Who novelisations, is arguably his most impressive contribution. The Doctor and Ace arrive on earth and become mixed up in the sinister machinations of an alien consciousness that harnesses the memories of the local inhabitants and brings them to life, to horrific effect.
Gatiss offers sensitive portrayals of institutionalised racism, lost love and heroism, whilst giving Ace a decent role and showing The Doctor in an uncomfortable light - snatching away his companion's new-found happiness, seemingly for his own selfish ends. The monsters are fanatstic: manipulative shape-changing horrors and foul-smelling mansize cockroaches; plus there are nods towards the popular TV show's heritage, in the form of an aging ex-TV star who battled aliens in the eponymous show and a village that no-one can leave, (this time no forcefield but a sickness-inducing invisible barrier).
All-in-all a terrific slice of classic WHO; now that Mark Gatiss has signed-up for scriptwriting duties on the 2005 TV series all we can ask is...More of the same please!