Doctor Who: Corpse Marker: The Monster Collection Edition Paperback – 6 Mar 2014
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The Doctor Who Monster Collection: Eight thrilling adventures, eight iconic monsters. You're going to need a bigger sofa...
About the Author
Chris Boucher is a respected writer of both novels and television drama. He wrote three highly popular Doctor Who scripts for Tom Baker's Fourth incarnation of the Doctor - The Face of Evil, The Robots of Death, and Image of the Fendahl. He continued to explore the Doctor's developing relationship with Leela in his novels for BBC Books.
Chris is also well known to genre experts as the Script Editor of every episode of the original TV run of Blake's 7, and wrote many of the most popular episodes of that series. As well as working on BBC drama sries like Bergerac, he also created Star Cops.
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In this story, which picks up some years later, those three humans have moved on with their lives - Uvanov, Poul and Toos have found ways to cope with what happened, and as far as the inhabitants of Kaldor are concerned, the events on the Sandminer never happened. The Doctor and Leela arrive on Kaldor and find themselves in the middle of a very nasty and deadly political, economic and cultural disturbance. And could robots be involved?
This novel is particularly strong in its building of the world of Kaldor. In Robots of Death we saw a very small glimpse of the civilisation of humans and robots from Kaldor, and only a very small part of the sandmining operations, as all the action took place on the sandminder. In this novel, that aspect has been broadened to encompass a whole world, with all its ramifications for the civilisation as a whole which depends on the precious minerals being mined, and which utilises robots for many menial tasks. The jostlings for political power and money are a large part of this cut-throat world, and Chris Boucher has taken characters from the original story and built them into this world view very cleverly.
The Doctor and Leela are also very well written here.Read more ›
The novel also continues to follow the lives of Poul, Toos and Uvanov, the three other survivors of Storm Mine Four alongside Leela and the Doctor. Each are trying to move on with their lives since the events of the `Robot of Death'. Toos seeks wealth, Uvanov seeks power and Poul seeks sanity. Because of their previous acquaintance and involvement in past events all three of them become involved in the various convoluted plans of Carnell. These were all characters created by Boucher. Thus he knows them well and continues to develop them.Read more ›
The book is set in Kaldor City and takes place some years after the events seen in the television story. The survivors of the Storm Mine murders - Uvanov, Poul and Toos - are once again targeted by killer robots. But what is the reason for this, and is it connected to the supposed return of the deranged robotics genius Taren Capel?
Chris Boucher's book is brisk and efficient, with not too much in the way of atmosphere and description. Dialogue - sometimes a little clunky maybe - is what drives the story forward. Apart from the return of the characters from Robots of Death, the other noteworthy thing about the book is the presence of Carnell - a pyscho-strategist that Boucher created in one of his Blake's 7 stories - Weapon.
Carnell doesn't have a great deal to do though, and the ending does seem to suggest that a follow-up to this was planned. So it could be that Boucher was considering a range of Kaldor City novels, which didn't happen - although a series of well received audio adventures did start around this time.
The fourth Doctor and Leela are well characterised, particularly Leela. This isn't surprising since Boucher wrote her first two television stories and probably has as good a grasp of her character as anyone. Leela is very much the warrior from Face of Evil here, although she has already started to learn about science from the Doctor. But she is also much more violent than could ever have been shown at Saturday tea-time!
The political wranglings of Uvanov and the identity of "Taren Capel" help to sustain interest in the book, although the ending is a little perfunctory.Read more ›
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Was Hoping for more as I loved the Robots of death on tv this was really disappointingPublished 1 month ago by Norrin Radd
This is Chris Boucher's only book that I think is quite good. I think that the characterisation is very good.Published on 1 Jun. 2014 by TARDIS Traveller
Corpse Marker is an exciting, fast paced and sometimes chilling sequel to The Robots of Death. Featuring the surviving protagonists from the earlier story it follows their attempts... Read morePublished on 26 April 2014 by patcusack