Doctor Who: The Face of the Enemy Paperback – 5 Jan 1998
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Another ambiguity, the relationship between Ian and Barbara, is sensitively explored, as are the effects of their adventures with the First Doctor (you didn't think they could walk away from them unscathed, did you?). As if this wasn't enough, there's a surprise guest appearance, a surprise (well, to be frank, almost implausible) tie-in with a TV adventure, some touching revelations about the Master's past and a wonderfully lurid evocation of the London underworld circa 1976 (knew those old Sweeney videos would come in handy).
There's also no Doctor, but you'll be having too good a time to notice that.
A good story; one well in keeping with the time in which it is set, and the characters who people it; a bit of a shame there's not more of the Doctor in it, but that's a small quibble for what is a good story in the Doctor Who range of novels. I guess you could call this one an early "Companion Chronicle".
Ian and Barbara fans will be delighted with the sensitive portrayal of their relationship and Ian's plight in the novel which is a high point and deeply moving. his interactions with the Master are also another higlight.
A must have Doctor Who novel.
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it starts off as a British Seventies cop show mixed with the usual Roger Delgado Master escape shenanigans. Read more
The Face of the Enemy is a Past Doctor Adventure which doesn't actually feature a past Doctor. Well the 3rd is there briefly, but he isn't integral to the plot. Read morePublished on 12 Feb. 2013 by Steve White