The Menagerie (Doctor Who Missing Adventures) Paperback – 18 May 1995
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The second Doctor takes Jamie and Zoe to a primitive city built on the ruins of a technological civilization. The practice of science has become a crime punishable by death. Now the city is being plagued by abominations living in the sewers and the Doctor uncovers intrigues involving freak shows.
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A nameless city on a primitive, rain-sodden planet. The ruling Knights of Kuabris strive to keep order as hideous creatures emerge from the sewers to attack the populace. It seems that there might be some truth in the prophecies after all.
While Jamie languishes in the castle dungeons, the Doctor is forced to lead an expedition beneath the city to search for the fabled Menagerie of Ukkazaal. Meanwhile Zoe has been sold as a slave to a travelling freak show - and one of the exhibits in coming to life.
Featuring the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe, this adventure takes place immediately after the television story The Space Pirates. The novel itself is average; The Mecrim are the aforementioned creatures faced by the Time travellers and it is a pretty generic story really.
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We both particularly enjoy the Second Doctor, and because he has so few tv stories in existance, we have taken to reading the novelizations of his tv episodes together, and original Second Doctor novels. To date, we have read all the novelizations of his missing tv episodes, and 5 original novels featuring the Second Doctor. We have also read about a dozen novels featuring other Doctors.
I've explainied all this so you understand that we have read enough to have a reasonable expectation of the content, subject matter, and age-appropriateness of these novels.
We got about 25 pages into this book. First, the prologue described in detail the experimentation on, disfigurement of, and torture of, lab animals by a sadistic female scientist. The first chapter featured extremely graphic descriptions of the population of a city being literally torn to shreds by genetically engineers monsters. Next up was a vile male character very frankly "chatting up" the local "whores" - the book's word, not mine-. Finally, there's a woman that goes to see a man, apparently unknown to her, and she proceeds to have sex with him to help "cure his disease". And again, very graphic discussion of the subject.
With that, and the fact that the Tardis and it's crew were still nowhere to be found in the story so far, my time with this book came to an abrupt end.
Now, I have no problem with violence or sex in my reading material. I've read many horror and adultish novels. And a few of the Doctor Who novels we've read have delved into these areas, but in a very PG way. Our last novel, Dreams of Empire, had a fair amount of violence, romance, and even an affair between 2 characters, but again it was all Doctor Who appropriate.
This novel was really, really over the top. It was almost as if the author had already written a slasher novel and just stuck the Doctor Who characters into it. If that's your thing, then enjoy it, I guess. But there is nothing Doctor Whoish about this story, and I recommend avoiding it.