Doctor Who: Deep Blue Paperback – 1 Mar 1999
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It also neatly pairs him up with a Doctor not dissimilar to himself in terms of manner, appearance and outward age - number five, to be precise. This calls for a little creative jiggery-pokery - what are the Fifth Doctor, Tegan and Turlough doing in a Pertwee-era UNIT adventure? - but Morris handles it well. There's a touch of Robert Holmes about his style: the premise might not be the most startling or original (this is that old chestnut about little green men) but the pacing, insight and, above all, characterisation lift it to another level. Personally, I haven't watched a Fifth Doctor adventure since The Caves of Androzani was broadcast so I was stunned by the way he, Tegan and Turlough, and the UNIT regulars for that matter, sprang to life before my eyes. I know, I know - every reviewer seems to say that about these new BBC novels. But that's what puts them above other TV/movie tie-in novels: the original TV characters were so memorably written and acted that, unless the author makes a complete hash of it, the reader finds them coming to life again with very little mental effort on his or her part.
As for the set-up, well it's those damned alien invaders again, this time plaguing an English seaside resort. Why do aliens keep trying to invade Earth in the late twentieth century? Surely it's becoming a bit passe, like an intergalactic Majorca.Read more ›
The plot of Deep Blue revolves around an alien race landing in the sea and contaminating animals and human to spawn more of their race. People's bodies erupt when the alien emerges, and the resulting aliens like ripping limbs off and killing in brutal ways. It is safe to say that Deep Blue is a horror, which isn't to everyone's taste, myself included usually. As the story goes on it transpires that the vast majority of the humans in the book are slowly turning into the aliens, which is a nice touch, especially when you see the struggle to stay in control. Sadly the plot does stall a little at around the halfway mark, and it becomes a zombie novel, with the cast running away through deserted streets. I thought the ending was actually really well done. Yes it is all wrapped up a little too cleanly, but the big reveal as to the contaminations source was a good concept.
As previously mentioned the 5th Doctor is just dull in whatever guise he appears, that said Mark Morris does a good job of recreating his TV persona but he didn't really have much to recreate. Companion wise we have the mouthy Tegan and the slimy Turlough, as well as Mike Yates from UNIT who is actually a fairly decent companion for once. However once the rest of UNIT shows up he fades into obscurity as usual.
The alien race, the Xaranti, are a joke however..Read more ›
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This a great Doctor Who Book that certainly doesn't shy away from Horror. One thing a don't like is the way Turlough is written. Read morePublished on 1 Jun. 2014 by TARDIS Traveller
Inspired by the magnificent Bodysnatchers (another Dr Who title from Mark Morris), I thought I'd read this, his second contribution to the series. Read morePublished on 14 April 2003
I didn't enjoy this book. In my humble opinion it is too like a horror movie than Dr Who and also relies on past Dr Who for a lot of the intrest (UNIT etc.). My advice: avoid.Published on 24 Feb. 2000