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Damaged Goods (Virgin New Adventures #55)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  125 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
The Doctor's continuing investigation of human psi powers brings him to a council estate in Thatcher's Britain. He discovers that there's a lethal new batch of cocaine on the streets--and the man who's dealing it has been dead for two weeks.
Mass Market Paperback, 1st, 272 pages
Published November 24th 1996 by Virgin Publishing
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Daniel Kukwa
Jan 04, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: doctor-who
Before Russell T. Davies resurrected Doctor Who for the 21st century television universe, his love for the show lead him to a darker literary contribution to the longest running TV series. "Damaged Goods" is uncompromising in its violence, unremitting in its bleak depiction of a low rent estate at the height of Thatcherite Britain, and unafraid of exposing the terrifying power behind the clownish mask of the 7th Doctor. It's not a book for the timid -- and not to be taken as the template for Dav ...more
Matthew Kresal
Apr 19, 2015 Matthew Kresal rated it liked it
Almost twenty years years ago, and nearly a decade before he became the man who regenerated Doctor Who on TV for a new century, Russell T Davies made his first contribution to the series in an entirely different medium. At a time when Doctor Who was off the air and being continued via the Virgin book ranges, a then up-and-coming Davies would write what is still his only novel for the New Adventures. With it having been recently adapted as an audio drama by Big Finish, now seemed an opportune mom ...more
Lori S.
Feb 20, 2013 Lori S. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Whovians
This review will be some what chaotic, but it is what it is. I hope you're able to follow it.

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Travis
Nov 15, 2009 Travis rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
The Seventh Doctor, Roz and Chris are on the trail of an alien drug and find themselves in a lower income apartment block. The Doctor finds himself out of his depth, dealing with 'normal' people, while Chris and Roz, two policemen from the future are able to blend in enough to gather info.

There's some nice bits of Who history to keep the dark tone of this story from getting too heavy and a nice bit where you realize the desperate lengths people will go to can make them every bit as scary as an a
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James Lark
In the mid 80s, Doctor Who's script editor Eric Saward came under a fair bit of criticism for his predilection for gratuitous violence and the way he allowed characters to be pointlessly killed apparently for the sheer titillating hell of it, such as an episode where three characters went on an arduous journey to hijack a Cyber-spaceship only to be unceremoniously electrocuted at the end of it all.

Well, Saward's got nothing on Russell T. Davies. 'Damaged Goods' sees a veritable plethora of chara
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Kevin
Mar 12, 2009 Kevin rated it it was amazing
Awesome. Darker than most of the other Dr. Who books I've read and a lot more interesting.
Nicholas Whyte
Jul 20, 2014 Nicholas Whyte rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor, who, 7th, na, xl, 2014, 1406
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2310165.html[return][return]I think Russell T. Davies is the only Who showrunner to have written a novel set in the Whoniverse before he took over, and this is it: published in 1996, set in 1987, and a really important taproot text for New Who and particularly for Rose, its very first episode. The number of common elements is pretty remarkable:[return] [return] The first character we encounter in the story is the daughter of Mrs Tyler, who is a single mother [return ...more
James Bowman
Sep 03, 2015 James Bowman rated it it was ok
RTD's first official Doctor Who work, a Seventh Doctor novel. Well-written and compelling, but the setting is so gritty that it's hard to really enjoy. (Still, it is interesting to see lots of precursors to ideas he used in the New Series...)
Jess Norman
Heavy on the ominous foreshadowing, climax a bit difficult to get your head around, but overall an outstanding book - not just as a Doctor Who adventure but on its own legs... pages.
Shannon Appelcline
May 21, 2014 Shannon Appelcline rated it really liked it
A well-written book that clearly foreshadows his later work rebooting the Doctor Who TV show. It's at times shocking and touching, and is overall a strong adventure.
John Parungao
Aug 25, 2011 John Parungao rated it liked it
Shelves: read-dr-who
A book written by Russell T Davies, the man who would eventually bring Doctor Who back to television. You can see the seeds of Davies' vision for Doctor Who in this book. The contemporary setting, with an alien influence lurking in the shadows. Even some of the characters found on the local council block called the Quadrant seem to be prototypes for Rose Tyler and her family. It's interesting that this book was written in 1996, long before Doctor Who made it back to TV screens. Look forward to f ...more
Jeffrey
Nov 25, 2008 Jeffrey rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who know Doctor Who, in particular, the New Adventures line
A continuity laden and slightly flawed book, but enjoyable if not entirely remarkable. Having not read these New Adventures novels as they came out, I find myself quite lost in the overarching metaplot, but RTD's version of the Seventh Doctor rings true as ever and provides a reliable center to a dark, despairing read.
Clarissa Allen
Mar 18, 2010 Clarissa Allen rated it really liked it
Was good in a crazy, manic, spastic kinda way LOL What I learned... Don't use cocaine or your head will explode into a ginormous metal object and then go on a massive killing spree! And Lithopaedians are creepy!
Christopher Buchanan
Interesting story but way too dark and WAY too gory and violent for DW.
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Russell T Davies, OBE, is a Welsh television producer and writer. He is a prolific writer, best known for controversial drama serials such as Queer as Folk and The Second Coming, and for spearheading the revival of the popular science-fiction television series Doctor Who, and creating its spin-off series Torchwood. Both are largely filmed in Cardiff and the latter is set there.
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