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Doctor Who: Corpse Marker: The Monster Collection Edition Paperback – 6 Mar 2014

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; Monster Collection ed. edition (6 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849907595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849907590
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 487,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 April 2014
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In 1977, the great Fourth Doctor and Leela story Robots of Death was based on board a huge Sandminer. On board are nine humans and numerous robots, ranging from `Dums' through `Vocs' and a `Super Voc' which controls the other robots. Robots are being utilised by this society to do work that humans cannot or will not do. But the robots are programmed to not be able to hurt humans - so when humans start getting killed, it can't be the robots - can it? By the time the Doctor and Leela leave on the Tardis only three humans are alive.

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.
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This book works as a sort of sequel to `Robots of Death'. The Doctor and Leela encounter the same civilisation (one that relies on the use of robots to the point of indolence) as they encountered in the televised serial. It must be quite a few years later for this civilisation but not that much longer in the time streams of the Doctor and Leela. Thus the Leela portrayed is very much an early version recently removed from the Sevateem. This is the Leela which the author is most familiar with as he scripted the story in which she made her initial appearance, `The Face of Evil'. He splits up Leela and the Doctor quite early on so that Leela is allowed to make full use of her martial abilities without the Doctor looking on disapprovingly at her behaviour. It also gives her a lot more independence in events than she ever had in `The Face of Evil' or `Robots of Death'. Leela's portrayal within the novel is very convincing and the author languishes plenty of attention on continuing to develop her character from the above mentioned television stories, especially the development of her trust for the Doctor. However, the characterisation of the Doctor is a little shallow at times.

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.
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Originally published by BBC Books in 1999, Corpse Marker was written by Chris Boucher and is a sequel to his classic 1977 TV adventure The Robots of Death.

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.
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