on 18 April 2009
`It is said that this city rests over the great menagerie. Men who felt tempted to meddle in science were cursed and turned into beasts.'
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.
on 14 March 2011
As the previous reviewer suggests this is a very pedestrian effort from Martin Day; apart from anything else The Second Doctor comes across as pretty uninteresting - Patrick Troughton's portrayal of the Time Lord was always hard to put into print I felt - despite being the supposed linchpin of the novel, while the story is ultimately an uninspired runaround on a bland planet with unimaginative monsters and forgettable humanoid protagonists.