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Doctor Who: Seeing I Paperback – 8 Jun 1998
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A classic Doctor Who adventure from BBC Books, featuring the Eighth Doctor as played by Paul McGann --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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He has no idea why Samantha Jones ran away from him.
Sam is homeless on the streets of the colony world of Ha'olam, trying to face what's just happened between her and the Doctor. He's searching for her, and for answers. While she struggles to survive in a strange city centuries from home, the Doctor comes across evidence of alien involvement in the local mega-corporation, INC - and is soon confined to a prison that becomes a hell of his own making.
Where did INC's mysterious eye implants really come from? What is the company searching for in the deserts? What is hiding in the shadows? Watching their progress?
Faced with these mysteries, separated by half a world, Sam and the Doctor each face a battle - Sam trying to rebuild her life, the Doctor to stay sane. And if they do find each other again, what will be left of either of them? --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Seeing I starts with Sam looking for shelter and a job after being sent to sent to Ha'olam after the events of Dreamstone Moon. She soon gets a job with INC and starts to live her life without The Doctor. The Doctor continues to look for her, and finds her name in INC's records but it soon becomes clear that there is more to INC than meets the eye. However before he has a chance to find out, he is captured and put in a prison even he cannot escape from.
Jon & Kate got the 8th Doctor down perfectly in Vampire Science and that trend continues in Seeing I. The Doctor is both charming and a bit bumbling at the same time, and you know it's McGann. The novel has him locked up for the vast majority of it, but the authors keep us with him the whole time. As the Doctor struggles to escape his sanity takes a bashing and it's down to Sam to rescue him and restore his mindset.
We also catch up with Sam and you soon realize that previous authors have really struggled to write for her. Jon & Kate do the seemingly impossible and make her interesting, and someone you actually care about right off the bat. Throughout Seeing I, Sam matures greatly and even has a stab at normal life. It helps of course that the novel encompasses a 3 year period, but right from word go the authors have you on Sam's side.
When Sam does finally rescue the Doctor, it really is a truly brilliant moment and fairly emotional. It's good to see them back together and back on form, but that could be because Jon & Kate write well for both characters. Let's hope this partnership is as good carrying forward.
Seeing I is odd in that there are very few supporting cast. It is written as a Doctor & Sam story, with alternating chapters catching up with the other party until they meet. There are other characters around, but they are all mostly just background noise, it's just the leads doing what they do best, and with Jon & Kate at the helm, they do it well.
The enemy is kept well hidden until the end of the book.At the start of Seeing I we are introduced to INC which is a faceless corporation which has fairly unethical practices. Of course Sam instantly campaigns against them and the Doctor finds out that INC are using Time Lord technology so he is fighting against them too. Once the Doctor and Sam reunite, then it soon becomes clear that the technology was planted by a collective known as the I, in order to harvest data and they've come to get it back. I didn't enjoy this third of the book as much as the first two, put it serves to show exactly what the Doctor and Sam do bring to the table, and that they do need each other.
Seeing I ties up the "Sam is Missing" arc nicely. Whilst it breaks no new ground in the same way that Alien Bodies did, it does advance time by 3 years, and serves to refresh the series, and Sam in particular, before the start of year two. It does help to have read Longest Day and Dreamstone Moon first which most casual fans will want to skip, but no one will want to miss out on Seeing I as it really is a very good story with great characterization.
Sam finds herself broke and alone on a foreign planet and ends up spending time at a homeless shelter where she eventually grows up. True to form, however, she hooks up with a libertarian group that helps build shelters for inhabitants in the desert. Through this group she continues her work she started on Earth with Greenpeace and groups like that.
The Doctor, in the meantime, is trying to find Sam and by hacking into the database of INCorp suspects Time Lord technology has been used to scoot along the planet's development and INC's profits. He ends up getting busted by the INC and is taken to a minimum-security prison in the desert where he is to be held - forever. They are afraid of his knowledge gained while in the systems. No matter what he does he cannot escape and when he is indirectly responsible for the death of another inmate during another abortive escape attempt he totally begins to lose his sanity.
Once Sam finds the Doctor on the prison lists and breaks him out the real hurt/comfort scenes begin and the book will tear your heart out. I felt physically worn out after finishing this story. Classic Doctor Who and a worthy addition to the Cannon.
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