Doctor Who And The Carnival Of Monsters Paperback – 1977
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This is a great story, and really constitutes a very busy and rather fraught day in the life of the Doctor and Jo. The Doctor has taken Jo in the Tardis to Metebelis Three, or so he insists, until he has to acknowledge that they appear to be on a ship in the Indian Ocean, very much on Earth. Or are they – because the Doctor has a definite feeling that something is not right. And when he finds that the ship they are on is the SS Bernice, which disappeared without trace in 1926, and then he and Jo find that the ship’s passengers and crew are reliving one day over and over without any memory of having met them before, they begin to wonder exactly where they might be. Meanwhile, the travelling showman Vorg and his assistant Shirna have travelled to the planet of Inter Minor, which is very strict about who and what is allowed to land on their planet. Vorg’s show is not popular with the spaceport officials, but one of them believes he can find a use for Vorg which will allow him to force a rebellion against the Inter Minor President. Strange things are afoot for the Doctor and Jo, as we hear first their tale, then the tale of Vorg and Shirna on Inter Minor. Are these two stories related? What can possibly be going on?
This is a fantastic story, and one which I remember with great fondness watching on tv.Read more ›
There are three interrelated plots that run through the book. The first seems like a typical Doctor Who plot (if there is such a thing) where the Doctor and companion arrive in a time period where there is clearly something wrong that they attempt to solve whilst having to try and justify their presence and escape incarceration. The nice twist is that the Doctor and Jo aren’t in a historical period at all but in an entertainment device that serves as some sort of futuristic zoo cum peep show. It is this device that forms the links with the other plotlines. One of which involves a pair of touring entertainers trying to make their way through customs. The second concerns a civilisation over obsessed with bureaucracy and an extreme caste system that appears to be on the way to either revolution or reform. This allows for the political machinations of Kalik and his sidekick. The story blends these three plots wonderfully together by its close.Read more ›