Scales of Injustice (Doctor Who Missing Adventures) Paperback – 18 Jul 1996
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When a little boy goes missing & a policewom an begins daubing cave paintings on a wall, the Doctor suspe cts it''s all down to a group of homo reptilia. Liz Shaw has her own ideas & has teamed up with a journalist to search fo r people who don''t exist. '
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The book is well written by Gary Russell and the departure of Liz Shaw is quite mooving. All the regular characters in UNIT are handled well as is the Third Doctor - you can almost hear Jon Pertwee speaking his lines through the pages.
Like all the Missing Adventures this book is now out of print and therefore highly collectable. With the success of the new series I would have thought these books would have been reprinted. It would be nice if they could be. If not you can allways purchase them from an Amazon seller.
Overall, I found this to be a very good story. It has lots of action and suspense, and it is great to see the third Doctor back in action. Yes, this book tries to tie up a lot of loose ends, including the departure of Liz Shaw and the dissolution of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart's marriage, so it is a more complex story than most of those presented in the television show, but that just makes it a better book.
This is an interesting story, with lots of interesting characters. If you are a fan of the third Doctor, then you will enjoy this book!
There’s a lot going on in this book, and it takes concentrated reading to make sense of all the people (some of whom remain nameless throughout, which doesn’t make it any easier to keep track of them), places and happenings in what is a fairly busy book. There’s a lot of continuity from the tv series, and the UNIT soldiers are often recognisable names. There are also references to other stories that crop up throughout. That’s good, as it gives a sense of ‘reality’ to the story within the Third Doctor timeframe.
Above and beyond the Silurian storyline, there is a lot of other action to be read about as well – the political manouevrings of the Government ministers and the bureaucrats in charge of UNIT and C19, as well as the private life of the Brigadier, and of Liz Shaw, which is a nice touch, as we don’t often get to see that. And it does all add to the story; the Doctor is able to get a head start on the Brigadier, and Liz is sidetracked from keeping an eye on the Doctor’s doings because of their own concerns. The UNIT side of things is nicely done, and the characterisations of Benton and Mike Yates in particularly are really reminiscent of the tv series. Overall, a really good story which incorporates a lot of elements. I think this book needs to be read more than once to really get the nuances of it all, which is not a bad thing.
The whole book fails - the plot is poor, the characters are either uninteresting or bland, and the structure is poorly thought out....The book thinks its clever but only succeeds in being irritating. I came away from this book saddened that I had wasted a couple of hours reading such drivel. The only good thing that came out of reading it was that I had added a name to the list of authors to avoid.
Miss this book...and count your blessings.
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