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Doctor Who: The Face of the Enemy Paperback – 5 Jan 1998

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; 1st Paperback Edition edition (5 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563405805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563405801
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 11.4 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 382,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Absolutely essential reading for fans of Roger Delgado's Master and Ian and Barbara. In each case, McIntee manages to expand the character considerably while remaining true to the performance set by the original actor. The Master in particular is a real joy - the next best thing to a lost TV story - and in a speech on honesty, in which he defends his 'principles', McIntee nails the ambiguous appeal of the character as Delgado played him: that for all his evil there was a perverse sense of decency about the man.
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.
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This is a Third Doctor and Jo story, which pretty much doesn't have the Third Doctor and Jo in it! Apart from a brief appearance at the very beginning and the very end, they are absent as the Doctor tries to get the Tardis working - but without them, the Brigadier finds himself relying on the expertise and assistance of some of the Doctor's oldest friends - Ian and Barbara return - some years after they left the First Doctor, and married and settled back on Earth, they are asked by UNIT to assist in some weird matters. I found the characterisations of these old companions good, and I always like the Brigadier - Benton is there, as is Yates, and several other familiar (to Doctor Who fans) faces. So it's all good from that perspective. I did find all the "tough guy underworld London baddy" scene a bit over the top; but maybe that's just me.

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".
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A definate must for Doctor Who fans. though the Doctor is missing from the action this time the story manages to move along at a great pace and introduce new characters well and also introduce the existing characters into the narrative. the characterization of the Master, the Brigadier and Ian and Barbara is well handled and exciting, there's also an appearance from Harry Sullivan and it's very interesting to see the characters come together.

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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