- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Dr Who; paperback / softback edition (1 Dec. 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 042620431X
- ISBN-13: 978-0426204312
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 545,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
State of Change (Doctor Who: The Missing Adventures) Paperback – 1 Dec 1994
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In Ancient Egypt, Doctor Who and Peri watch as Cleopatra's pleasure barge glides up the Nile in preparation for her fateful meeting with Mark Antony. An alien presence observes the TARDIS, waits for it to dematerialize, then pounces.
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The story takes place in Ancient Rome; but it’s an Ancient Rome which is not like the one in the history books. The Doctor and Peri find themselves in a world that’s familiar, yet different in respects that seem to portend someone has been messing about with history. Or have they slipped into another time line? Peri finds that that a legacy from her time on Varos with the Doctor in an earlier adventure comes back to haunt her; or is it a blessing? And the Doctor must stay alive and on the right side of not one, but three potential rulers of Ancient Rome and Egypt – Cleopatra Selene, Ptolemy Caesar and Alexander Helios. While they fight for the ultimate supremacy, are they missing the real battle that’s going on around them?
This is a really good Doctor Who story. It has the familiarity of the Doctor, and he is here portrayed here very empathetically, showing great compassion towards Peri and those who he tries to help; and of Peri, whose humanity shines through in every action and word in this story. The author has placed these familiar and welcome characters in a very unfamiliar environment, but one which has hints of familiarity to the history of Earth. What does it all mean? Peri and the Doctor must find out, and the reader is taken along with them on a journey that is filled with well-written characters, larger than life landscapes and environments, exotic creatures and high stakes.Read more ›
The gist of the story is that The Doctor and Peri find themselves in Ancient Egypt circa 41BC witnessing Cleopatra's famous passage along the Nile. As they dematerialize, an alien presence hitches a ride and when they arrive in Ancient Rome they are appalled to discover electricity generation, airships, radio and other anachronistic discoveries...
Set between the TV stories 'Revelation of the Daleks' and 'Trial of a Time Lord', 'State of Change' is a fast-paced all-action adventure reminiscent of the best 70s and 80s TV stories. Chris Bulis draws likeable characters, exotic locations and well-thought-out dialogue and produces a cracking yarn; filled with gladiatorial encounters, manipulative rulers, bumbling tomb-robbers and to top it all, One of The Doctor's most understated enemies...what more could a reader ask for?
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I have said in a few reviews how I like Christopher Bulis' work, and often end up bagging it. I am very happy to review this book because it is the kind of Christopher Bulis book I like - the characters are well-portrayed and engaging, the plot is sensible and unfolds cleverly, and the whole thing is a joy to read.
The inclusion of the returning enemy took me by surprise (and isn't mentioned on the cover, so I won't name names) and was a worthy addition to the stories featuring this foe.
This book is an example of the Sixth Doctor done right.