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Deadly Old London Town
on 29 March 2011
To the newly forged Dr Who fan, the 8th Doctor is amongst the forgotten. Played by Paul McGann he only appeared in one lacklustre TV movie and was replaced some years later by the Eccelesator. This is not true for fans of the books, as the 8th Doctor actually represents one of the golden periods of the written series, a time before the books were seemingly written from 12 years olds and printed in a size 16 font. In `The Bodysnatchers' the Doctor and his assistant Sam are in foggy old London town circa late Victorian era. They stumble across a mystery that is rather unpleasantly leaving human remains around the place. Can the Doctor et al save the Earth once again?
`Bodysnatchers' is an above average adventure in the 8th Doctor series and is a classic example of what they do well - science fiction adventure stories for adults. The 8th Doctor is a little softer than those that have gone before and he feels every death that is at his hand. Like in all good Who books what the good guys do, is not always the right thing. Author Mark Morris is not shy in sharing some of the more grisly details and this does separate it from the later kid friendly books. The story is fast paced and rips along. The aliens on offer are interesting and also seem somewhat realistic (in a sci fi alien sort of way). With plenty of action and a cracking pace `Doctor Who: The Bodysnatchers' is another good performance from the 8th Doctor series of Who books.