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Invasion of the Cat-people (Doctor Who Missing Adventures) Paperback – 17 Aug 1995

2.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who (17 Aug. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426204409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426204404
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.8 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 829,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Synopsis

Thousands of years ago, Earth was invaded by aliens who made alterations to the planet's structure. Now, another hostile race of feline beings have discovered the sites and are preparing to adapt them for their own nefarious means. The second Doctor must act before the Cat-People blow up Earth.


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Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book, firstly as it has Cat-People in it, there have been many Cat-People in Doctor Who before, i.e the Tharils, cheetah People and the Kitlings who were cats that could teleport people to other worlds. This book linked it all up, saying what galaxy the Cheetah People came from and that they where all connected.

This book also has one of these Doctor Who Paranormal things where the "Ghosts" turn out to be aliens that where stuck in some machine or time. I have seen that one before. Other than that, this book is chilling and if you are lightly entertained then you will enjoy this book, please do ignore the reviews before, as that is just their opinions.
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Whilst I have to agree with the previous reviewer (Lords of the Storm is pants), I have to disagree slightly regarding this offering. Whilst it is clearly not Russell's finest hour there are far worse books out there (think The New Adventures' 'Legacy' for a start. The main problem with Cat People is that it is too long - there is a lot of unnecessary filler - but that aside it is an enjoyable, if undemanding read.

The Doctor (in his Second incarnation) becomes embroiled in a plot by the eponymous felines to destroy the Earth. His companion Polly appears to have some kind of latent phsycic ability that means she is of great importance to both the cat people and some other aliens who came to Australia 40,000 years ago and influenced the Aboriginal peoples. This is where it all becomes a bit vague but if you are looking for cohesion and meaningful concepts then you shouldn't be reading a Doctor Who 'Missing Adventures' novel anyway!
Overall a solid entry in the Doctor Who canon which is intriguing but doesn't break any new ground.
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By A Customer on 15 Nov. 1998
Format: Paperback
After the excellent Legacy novel I expected great things from Gary Russell. Instead I found myself wading through a truly dire book. Take my advice and judge this book by its cover, it is that bad. The story is poor, the characters are poor and the villains - the cover says it all. Sadly this book seems to be the way of things as Mr Russell's next effort (Scales of Injustice) was even worse. Read Legacy and leave it at that.
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By A Customer on 18 Jan. 1999
Format: Paperback
I read this book about 3 years ago. Or at least I think I did... Taking it off my shelf again this evening a few vague memories about cat-people mewing at the Doctor, but the book was so forgettable and so badly-written that I can't remeber anything whatsoever that happens in it, whereas conversely I can remember vividly books that were read to me when I was five years old. By far Gary Russel's worst book. Probably the worst of the Virgin MA's (although Lords of the Storm runs it a close thing). I always liked Patrick Troughton, so its a shame all the books with him in a re rubbish, oh well...
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Amazon.com: 2.8 out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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1.0 out of 5 stars awful stench from the litter box 21 Oct. 1999
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Format: Paperback
Horrendous. Simply god awful. Like the last few seasons of Doctor Who (Ghostlight, Happiness Patrol, Delta and the Bannermen), there seems to be a faction within Who fandom that have decided that Doctor Who stories must make no sense and be numbingly violent and stupid. As bad as THE MAN IN THE VELVET MASK and that's bad. For the reader, I will identify the exact spot where the book just dies. When "Tim" tells Ben and Polly that he's an alien. From that point on the story ceases and the reader is treated a mishmash of events just slapped together. It's as if the author just had something better to do. The book is very PC. If that helps.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Gary, come on, try! 19 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Following on from his excellent "Legacy", Russell follows with a drab, self-indulgent effort which does not fit in with the era of the Second Doctor. Poorly written, characterised and structured.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Garys' Cats are OK. 26 Jun. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Having just become a Doctor Who fan , i started buying some of the books by virgin. One of the first was IOTCP. I adored this book and thought that the cast list at the end was a nice touch. The way the chapters are in episodes are a very nice concept and the cliff hanger at the end of Episode 3 is fantastic. The writing of the doctor is very much that of Patrick Troughton , another plus. Polly and Ben are OK and true to the show. When they are in the book shop and see the biography of River Phoinix is very touching. The Cat-People are a little to unrealistic bad a a good enemy. Over all this is a great story. Well done Gary Russell.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre, fantastic, and exciting 29 Sept. 1998
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Format: Paperback
Gary Russell manages to capture both the charm of the early days of Doctor Who and the sophistication of the later episodes & novels. The characters are odd, the science is wonky, and the plot is strange, but it is all very intertaining. Perhaps one of the best parts of the book is the reactions of Ben & Polly, two characters from the 1960s, to the 1990s. Having traveled to the fictional far future and the distant past without so much as a shrug, we get to see these characters' reactions to the real future of England awaiting them in 30 years time: CDs, personal computers, and McDonalds hamburgers!
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