Plague of the Cybermen (Doctor Who) (Dr Who) Hardcover – 11 Apr 2013
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From the Back Cover
‘They like the shadows.’
‘What like the shadows?’
‘You know them as Plague Warriors…’
About the Author
Justin Richards has written for stage and screen as well as writing novels and graphic novels. He has also co-written several action thrillers for older children with the acknowledged master of the genre Jack Higgins. Justin acts as Creative Consultant to BBC Books’ range of Doctor Who titles, as well as writing quite a few himself. Married with two children (both boys), Justin lives and works in Warwick, within sight of one of Britain’s best-preserved castles.
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It seems reasonable to assume that this book takes place, at least for the Doctor, sometime between `The Angels take Manhattan' and `The Bells of St. John', so there is no Clara. The companion role is fulfilled by Olga who, as an older, more mature `companion', seems to work quite well with the often childish attributes of the Eleventh Doctor. The Doctor himself is portrayed a little generically at times and one of the Doctor's other incarnations could easily have fitted into various scenes. This is often the more toned down and contemplative version of the Eleventh Doctor rather than `the mad a man with a box' act.
The book is quite light on other characters, many just making up the numbers, and most aren't particularly memorable. Humans augmented by cyber technology aren't that original now and this story offers no expansion of or different insight into such things.Read more ›
The book isn't fault free. A lot of the characters are very bland and two dimensional, and they all seem far too trusting and accepting. Most of them simply struggled to seem 'real'. The Watchman and his machinations added a layer of additional intrigue to the story, but its implications and aftermath seemed muted and unconvincing.
Nevertheless, the Cybermen were particularly effective in this novel, powerful and relentless, with something of their early body horror restored. The Doctor is also well written, his actions and dialogue clearly expressing Matt Smith's take on the role.
Overall, a triumph, though the secondary characters and plot do detract.
It features the Eleventh Doctor. Travelling on his own.
It runs for two hundred and fifty four pages. It's divided into a prologue and then eighteen chapters.
It is suitable reading for all ages. Although there are some scenes of Cyberman style horror which can be a little gruesome.
As ever with this range the lead character is perfectly written, with dialogue you can imagine having come straight off the show.
Set in nineteeth century middle Europe, it sees the village of Klimtenburg having problems. People are dying from a strange plague. And the dead are coming out of their graves.
Local tales speak of the deadly 'Plague Warriors.' An old enemy of the Doctor's is about to wake up...
These books can't do anything to alter the status quo of the show or amend what has come before. The writers have to work with set rules, so it's always a case of what they can do to make the book memorable.
For the first third, this is really good at doing that. With an interesting setting. Adding some good depth to the supporting characters. Some really good scary and creepy moments. And an atmosphere that is positively gothic.
It also helps that it's almost entirely seen from the point of view of the supporting cast rather than the Doctor, which helps to keep him mysterious.
Beyond that first third, though, as things become apparent as to what's going on, it does start to get a bit more familiar. So what comes next isn't quite as involving as the first third. But it's still very good. Managing set pieces the tv show would struggle to mount. Putting in plot surprises at just the right points. And managing still to elicit emotional responses about the supporting characters.
A slightly above average entry in the range, then. And as a result, worth a look.
The story is a simple affair which sees the Doctor curing an apparent plague and fighting off a group of crashed Cybermen. Some scenes of the frozen Cybermen were very much in the vein of Tomb of the Cybermen, and worked well in the context of this story. The atmosphere is created well, and the cast of characters are fine if a little dull. I liked Olga, though. I could see her as a possible tv companion with some fleshing out.
If you like reading the Doctor's adventures, then this shouldn't disappoint you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really liked this book because it has more steel then the film, and it accepted me in the book not to go and read another book because the beginning it makes you go straight into... Read morePublished 1 month ago by rebecca moore
Excellent story. I could imagine Matt Smith playing this on tv thanx to Justin Richards ability to capture his Doctor's character and mannerisms.Published 8 months ago by mike bowman
Great book, yet another amazing storyline. Quick delivery, great productPublished 11 months ago by Lewis Hackett
When I first picked this book up I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I was actually pleasantly surprised, I think this is a fantastic book with a great story which I did find to... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jane Astrop
I found plenty to like in this one, although a couple of areas grated a little too.
The best part were the locations. Read more
what an adventure for the doctor who. In my opinion the cybermen is the one that I fear the most not the darkles or the weeping angles. What a blast. Read more