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State of Change (Doctor Who: The Missing Adventures) Paperback – 1 Dec 1994

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Product details

  • 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)
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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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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 Jun. 2015
Format: Paperback
This is the fifth in the series of Missing Adventures, stories which tell of adventures of one of the previous Doctor’s incarnations and their companions. In this case, the story features the Sixth Doctor, as played by Colin Baker, and his companion Peri, as played by Nicola Bryant. The story takes place between Revelation of the Daleks and Trial of a Time Lord.

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.
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Having read a number of the Missing Adventures series I think this is the best by far. This is mainly because it is so true to the original series and doesn't try to be too complex, thus avoiding the trap of becoming too bogged down in jargon or 'Who lore'. The only slightly jarring aspect is that The Sixth Doctor is not nearly as brash and abrasive as his TV counterpart - he is unfailingly 'nice' throughout the novel and this doesn't quite ring true if you've seen Colin Baker's television portrayal.
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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This story has a Interesting consept of a Parallel universe. Even though it is not it is sort of like a Fragmtn of one. First and formost Peri is a changed character in book form in TV form she is a bit bland. But she shines in this book. And the Rani is brillant one of my favourite who 80's villians. It also explains how she escaped from her supposed fate in The Mark of the Rani. The Only thing that is annoying is the book is very slow paced and it feels like you are going to be readuing it forever. And roman history is not my strong point I did npt even know they invaded Egypt until I read this book.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rome taken down in days 15 Sept. 2006
By Michael Battaglia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Some years back I was a fairly regular reader of the original Doctor Who novels, back when they were supposed to take the place of the dearly departed show in our hearts. I read the vast majority of them but wound up missing a number of them, especially toward the end, when Virgin was getting their license yanked and print runs were lower. The last time I read one was probably the year I graduated high school, which was, um, 1997 or so. Ooh. It's been a while. With the new series reigniting my interest in all things Doctor Who, I figured I'd track down the ones I was missing and make a clean sweep of all of them. Which I have done. So here we go. This novel here is a Missing Adventure featuring Colin Baker's Doctor and Peri, as they stumble upon a Roman Empire that has a few bits out of place, like airships and nuclear weapons. Thus trapped, they now have to figure out what went wrong and how to get out of it without breaking too many things. Bulis keeps things moving at a quick pace, cutting between a number of different plots while keeping the storytelling clear. He sets up the situation well, detailing a Roman empire with anarchronistic gadgetry that doesn't feel too contrived and creating a host of characters who are all basically trying to kill each other, with the Doctor appearing in the middle of it throwing everyone's plans off. The mystery is fairly clever, including an appearance of an old foe that you may or may not see coming. Bulis captures both the sixth Doctor's and Peri's personalities well, managing to convey the often mercurial depiction Baker gave to the part (I like his Doctor, who often gets a bum rap because the quality of the writing in his seasons wasn't really the best the show had ever seen) and nobody really does anything too out of character. My only gripes were that the foe's final plan seemed to come down to "I'm going to take over everything!" which I expected a little better of and the entity that was the cause of it all talked in babytalk, which was a bit annoying and almost threw me out of the story. Still, it does what it has to do, which is entertain and it does read fast. The Missing Adventures were always a bit more conservative because they had to fit into established continuity, as opposed to the New Adventures, which did whatever the heck they wanted and did a lot to expand the concept. So you can't expect the radical nature of that line to pop up here. It does the trick though and is a nice addition to the neglected canon of the Sixth Doctor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A change for the better 18 Feb. 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Doctor and Peri witness the an event in Cleopatra's life, they pop forward a bit to see how things turn out but find themselves in a Rome which is nothing like it should be - it was electric lights, radio and even gunpowder. To make matters worse, interference with the TARDIS causes the Doctor to revert to earlier incarnations, Peri is being transformed into a bird-creature (a legacy from 'Vengeance on Varos') and there's an old enemy just around the corner...
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.
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