Doctor Who: Last of the Gaderene: 50th Anniversary Edition (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection) Paperback – 7 Mar 2013
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The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection: Eleven classic adventures. Eleven brilliant writers. One incredible Doctor.
About the Author
Mark Gatiss is one of The League of Gentlemen from the award-winning television show, and the author of the novels The Vesuvius Club and The Devil in Amber. He has also written acclaimed radio and television scripts, including episodes of Doctor Who. He co-created and writes for the hit TV series Sherlock with Doctor Who show-runner Steven Moffat.
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An old friend of the Brigadier, Alec Whistler, is concerned about the goings on at the aerodrome in Culverton. A former spitfire fighter, he has a high regard for the place. A bored Doctor, whose feet are itching due to the end of his exile, agrees to investigate. Why has the fascistic organisation Legion International taken over the aerodrome? What's in their coffin-like cargo? Just who is the mysterious inspector from Scotland Yard? With the help of the local people, who are rather more friendly than the inhabitants of Royston Vasey, the Doctor breaks into the aerodrome. There's also something rather nasty in the marshes, and the squabbling of school friends leads to something more vicious...
With its shower of meteors and body snatching methods, the Gaderene aren't all that removed from the Nestene in Frontier from Space, but this hardly matters, since the novel is an enjoyable romp. Gaderene could easily have been a TV adventure, so true are the portrayals of the Doctor, the Brig, and Jo. Gatiss even manages to slip in the word 'chitinous' every now and then, revealing the impact that Doctor Who had on the vocabulary of a whole generation (although he wisely avoids forcing Pertwee to say it).Read more ›
The Third Doctor's characterisation, which I often believe misses the mark in many Doctor Who novels, is absolutely spot on here. There is also a particularly accurate portrayal of Jo Grant in which you can hear Katy Mannning delivering the lines. Even though they have somewhat smaller roles to play, it is also clear that the author is well versed in the behaviour and mannerisms of The Brigadier, Yates and Benton. The UNIT team shines here as it does in the very best of its television appearances.
This is also Roger Delgado's Master to a tee. Supercilious charm and malicious menace are delivered with equal smoothness. His bickering, mutually untrusting, alliance with Bliss (although similar to all the Master's alliances and thus not particularly original) is perfectly in character and utterly enjoyable. As parasitic, body snatching aliens the Gaderene aren't the most original or unique of science fiction species but there is enough to them to function more than effectively within the confines of this story and alongside the Master.Read more ›
Set in the early 1970s, there is plenty of nostalgia in this story. The Doctor, starting to get itchy feet with his life on Earth, agrees to go to Culverton when the Brigadier is contacted by a friend who flew in the RAF in WWII, concerned about mysterious goings-on in the village. This is a great story, and a great Third Doctor story. The key to good Doctor Who novels, I thought as I read this, is that the author absolutely must get the characterisation of the appropriate Doctor just right - if that's not done, then it just doesn't scan as a Doctor Who story at all. This story has the Third Doctor down perfectly. And the story is absolutely one that is a Third Doctor story - you can just see it rolling past you on the tv screen as you read.
Absolutely totally recommended as a Doctor Who, Third Doctor, and great story.
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Another poorly written Who tale. Another story that deserved an author who can write without being tedious and repetative, (someone should provide the Doctor Who writers with a... Read morePublished 12 months ago by MistyDee
Mark Gatiss has wrote a really good book that reminds me so much of Jon Pertwee's Doctor Who, I read this very quickly.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
A good solid read that ticked all the right boxes and everything I'd expect from Mark Gatiss. A joy to read.Published on 19 Jun. 2014 by Enigma62
I am not a great fan of literary extensions of TV shows, even if I love the original shows. However I have been working my way through this series of Doctor Who books as they are... Read morePublished on 19 Jun. 2014 by P. J. Dunn
A very good book with the characters very well written. Mark Gatiss has got all the characters written so well that they really jump off of the page. Read morePublished on 1 Jun. 2014 by TARDIS Traveller
Last of the Gaderene is a 3rd Doctor adventure by Mark Gatiss and his first novel since the lacklustre The Roundheads. I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge lover of Mark Gatiss. Read morePublished on 7 April 2014 by Steve White
You can feel the characters come alive in parts but the rest was hard going. Not a classic and disappointing when the author is someone I admire.Published on 18 Mar. 2014 by David L
The Third Doctor, companion Jo Grant and U.N.I.T. battle against alien invaders in a sleepy East Anglian village in this Invasion of the Bodysnatchers like tale. Read morePublished on 5 Dec. 2013 by Waylander101