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Timewyrm: Genesys (New Doctor Who Adventures) Paperback – 20 Jun 1991

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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who (20 Jun. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426203550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426203551
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An adventure featuring the Doctor and his companion Ace from the BBC TV series "Doctor Who". This is an original story rather than a novelization of a TV storyline, and is designed to appeal to adults and mainstream science fiction fans rather than young fans of the series.

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Format: Paperback
When the death knell sounded for British television's most enduring Science-Fiction show, few expected it to return. Its revival was delayed but it was dramatically assured nearly fourteen years later. However, prior to this, a mere two years after the show was axed the Doctor and his companion Ace were given a new lease of life in the Virgin 'New Adventures' series.
The series kicked off with the 'Timewyrm' series, a tetrarchy of original stories featuring the Seventh Doctor as embodied by Scot, Sylvester McCoy. These were to be followed by a trilogy and then a series of original stories. The first four novels received a lukewarm response form the public and this, the first in the series, attracted its fair share of criticism. Ultimately 'Timewyrm:Genesys' is a decent read, free from the constraints of the BBC SFX department John Peel develops the central characters and introduces a worthy foe in the form of the evil Timewyrm, a renegade 'queen' who was executed for treason but survived, replacing her vital organs with machinery.
The 'historical stories' always seemed to bring out the best in DW writers and this is no exception; swarthy medieval warriors, serving wenches and court musicians all rub shoulders with intergalactic nomads whilst the Doctor and Ace renew their friendship after the drama of 'Survival'. Terrance Dicks was to pick up this thread with even greater success in the next Timewyrm story:EXODUS.
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 4 Mar. 2015
Format: Paperback
After the suspension of the tv show of Doctor Who in 1989, Virgin Publishing started working with authors to produce a series of New Adventures, which were published from 1991. This is the first of the New Adventure range, and is itself the first of a linked series of four novels featuring the Timewyrm theme.

The story picks up right after the end of the last tv story, Survival. A Prologue has the destruction of a spaceship and the survival of a dangerous passenger. The narrative shifts to Ancient Mesopotamia, where Gilgamesh the mighty King of Uruk is spying on his neighbour and enemy, Kish. Here he meets a mysterious woman who he takes to be the personification of the goddess Ishtar. Meanwhile, the Doctor and Ace are in the Tardis, where the Doctor has rather inconsiderately managed to wipe Ace’s memory in his attempt to declutter his own mind. After sorting that out, the time travellers are rather surprised to receive a warning from one of the Doctor’s other selves about the Timewyrm. The Doctor knows he must investigate.

This is a great start to the New Adventures. It is a story which would always have been beyond being shown on the small screen at the time, yet it takes the Doctor and Ace and places them in a situation where they are still utterly familiar to the reader (remember, at the time these “new” adventures were a wholly new experience for Doctor Who fans). The story is, as advertised, broader and deeper than the stories we had been used to. The author, an authoritative writer on Doctor Who, has taken the Doctor and his companion and placed them in an environment where aliens meet history and where the Doctor must use all his skills to safeguard the future of humanity. Even better, at the end of this story he knows that he still has to fight the menace of the Timewyrm – on to the second New Adventure, Timewyrm: Exodus by Terrance Dicks.
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The 'New Adventures' series of books were never officially declared as 'canon' to Doctor Who. That is to say, they were never officially a sequel to the TV series which had finished with the story 'Survival'. However, most fans see the books as just that, and they can be read as such with ease.

Like the series they are based on, the books are a bit hit and miss. A good book often following a bad, although it should perhaps be mentioned that there are only a very few real 'stinkers' in this series. The early books often had plots originally destined for the TV series itself and the cancellation of the show was instrumental in the books being written (it was felt the scripts should not go to waste).

As the New Adventures series progressed the writers let their lead characters develop. There is a sense of change from the old to the new that can be seen when these books are read retrospectively after seeing the new Doctor Who productions from Russell T Davies. Naturally, it helps to be familiar with the 7th Doctor stories as these books are written for the McCoy era fans. Many of the writers of these books have since gone on to write for the new TV shows or have written for Torchwood. Other writers had already been involved with the TV series, and Genesys writer John Peel is a name familiar to all Doctor Who fans.

If you are planning to read them all you should be aware that when the characters are allowed to develop this often involves a certain amount of snogging (and sometimes more, although nothing too graphic), and the entire series suffers from certain writers trying to get their favourite bands mentioned in the plots (this happened a lot until there was a bit of a fan backlash about it).
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