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Doctor Who: System Shock (Virgin Missing Adventures #11)

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‘We’re dicing with death on the information superhighway to hell.’

A rebellion on another planet. A kidnapping in central London. The head of MI5 assassinated. A hostage siege suddenly and violently ended by the SAS. A computer CD slipped into the Doctor’s pocket by a dead man...

It’s 1998, and the global information superhighway is about to come on line. OffNet controls eve
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Paperback, 1st, 326 pages
Published June 15th 1995 by Dr Who
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David Layton
Jan 08, 2016 David Layton rated it it was ok
Justin Richards tries to take on the emerging Internet culture as a subject of this near future, for the time, novel. The Doctor and Sarah arrive in London 1998 when the total world wide web is set for complete linkup. Harry Sullivan now middle aged and working for MI5 is investigating a shady tech company called I Squared. The Doctor and Sarah get involved when they are sitting in a pub minding their own business and an agent investigating I Squared is now on the run from one of its homicidal e ...more
Christian Petrie
Dec 30, 2015 Christian Petrie rated it liked it
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The Doctor felt like he had been running all his life. - pg. 201

That quote seems familiar. As if Justin Richards was predicting a common concept in the new series of Doctor Who with the Tenth Doctor. As with the book System Shock , it tried to predict technology a couple of years in the future. This technology prediction, and some other plot points, made it a decent book. Yet due to the time period it was written in, the book does cry out I was written in the 90s.

We start off with the Doctor an
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Jacqueline O.
Jun 18, 2016 Jacqueline O. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Doctor Who fans, Cyberpunk fans
System Shock is an original novel in Virgin Publishing Doctor Who Missing Adventures series and it's an enjoyable and fast read. The novel features the fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and Sarah Jane Smith. However, they meet and work with a much older Dr. Harry Sullivan, who is Assistant Chief of Staff at MI5. Sarah and Harry are both somewhat perplexed by the meeting, but since both have time travel experience, they deal with it OK.

The plot, which takes time to reveal, includes alien invasion as one
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Nicholas Whyte
Dec 17, 2010 Nicholas Whyte rated it it was ok
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System Shock doesn't quite make it to being better than average, unfortunately. The Doctor and Sarah Jane arrive in London in 1998 to find aliens invading and Harry Sullivan now senior in MI5. The aliens are amusingly addicted to management-speak, and there are some nice riffs on the digital culture of the era. But inserting the quintessentially 70s characters of the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith into a late 1990s setting is a bold stroke that someh
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Brian Moreau
Oct 29, 2014 Brian Moreau rated it it was ok
It captured the Fourth Doctor's persona pretty well but dragged on and on in too many places. The editor should have told the author "You need to cut AT LEAST fifty pages."
Daniel Kukwa
Feb 14, 2013 Daniel Kukwa rated it did not like it
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Such a disappointment. Justin Richards isn't my favourite "Doctor Who" author, but he is capable of some great writing, especially with novels such as "The Burning", "Theatre of War", and "Martha in the Mirror". But other times, he can read very blandly...and this is the worst of the lot. A lot of "tell, don't show" scenes, too many characters I never warm up to (or give a damn about), and it doesn't feel like a story from the 4th Doctor/Sarah Jane era. A few moments aside, this story is as cold ...more
Travis
May 19, 2008 Travis rated it it was ok
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An interesting monster and some nice characterization can't save a rather plodding story. Feels like the author is trying to write it as a TV episode but the book format doesn't quite support it.

Though, to cut it some slack, System Shock does lead to Millenium Shock, which was a much better book.
Simon Curtis
Feb 24, 2010 Simon Curtis rated it really liked it
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Love it, classic Fourth Doctor action, any new material with Harry Sullivan is worth its weight.
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Justin Richards is a British writer. He has written many spin off novels based on the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, and he is Creative Director for the BBC Books range. He has also written for television, contributing to Five's soap opera Family Affairs. He is also the author of a series of crime novels for children about the Invisible Detective, and novels for older children. ...more
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