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Doctor Who: The Deviant Strain (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #4)

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  1,163 ratings  ·  77 reviews
The Novrosk Peninsula: the Soviet naval base has been abandoned, the nuclear submarines are rusting and rotting. Cold, isolated, forgotten. Until the Russian Special Forces arrive and discover that the Doctor and his companions are here too.

But there is something else in Novrosk. Something that predates even the stone circle on the cliff top. Something that is at last waki
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 25th 2013 by BBC Books (first published 2005)
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Sean Homrig
Everybody but everybody assumes that the BBC "dumbed down" its Doctor Who novels for the new series, presumably to appeal to younger readers. "The Deviant Strain" is no exception.

However, the story's panache lies in its brooding atmosphere and the ever-lingering dread that there's something verily lying just under the surface of the frozen Russian setting. The characters aren't particularly fleshed out, but we don't need them to be; "The Deviant Strain" is, after all, a creature feature, and str
Helen Cranberry
Пять звезд! не за ценность данной книги в мировой литературе, а за то, что придя домой, усталая и голодная, я всего лишь хотела посмотреть ее начало - и на несколько часов выпала из жизни! Браво! Кажется, для меня это станет удаленными сценами сериала Доктор Кто :)
After binging on Doctor Who-yet again-I find I'm always disappointed at the insufficient amount of episodes, especially including the ones with Rose, nine, and ten (and 11 and River but none of those exist) so I did what anyone would do; Fanfiction.

Except a lot of Fanfiction sucks. I write my own and I try very hard to keep the characters in character. Just one word they speak, one action, can completely shatter the image and leave you thinking, "okay, this is NOT who this character is." Thus, i
Mar 29, 2015 Jimmy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jimmy by: I'm a fan of the TV series.
Set Between Episodes ‘The Doctor Dances’ & ‘Boom Town’
I liked this book better than the previous one. I found myself more caught up in the story and the mystery. I believe that ‘Winner Takes All’ was perhaps an attempt to be more light-hearted and humorous that just didn’t quite make it for me. In ‘The Deviant Strain’, I found similarities that reminded me of Stephen King’s ‘Tommyknockers’ and of SyFy’s ‘BattleStar Galactica’. Because of Captain Jack, (hubba, hubba) the Doctor is morally ob
Casi Hamilton
This is probably the worst Doctor Who book I've read. And I've read a lot of them now. Richards seems to have little concept of the Doctor, Rose, or Jack as characters. His storyline lacks focus and direction. His efforts to build suspense are misguided and frustrating. As short as this book is, it took me ages to read. There are so few 9th Doctor Books, it makes me really sad to know that this is one of them.
I had high hopes before I even picked this book up because my favorite episodes will always be the ones with Nine and Rose and Jack, so having a whole book of their adventures... Dream come true right there. And the book did not disappoint.

It amazed me how the book could follow so many plotlines, take so many twists and turns, and then tie itself back together so neatly. It was utterly perfect. Jack was perfect, Rose was perfect, Nine was perfect, I loved every second of it. I read the whole boo
What a fast-paced read! Set at a Russian research institute alongside derelict nuclear subs and a village of people just barely eking out a living (a "village of the damned" so to speak), the 9th Doctor, Rose, and Jack Harkness respond to an alien distress signal. And what they find is worthy of a horror movie. (Less blood, but more chilling.)

I enjoyed reading an adventure with Rose AND Captain Jack present. Sometimes the dialogue seemed almost too light for their situations, but that's typical
More of a 3.5 stars than four really.

This is the fourth Doctor Who novel in the NSA that I have read and, so far I have to admit that it is not one of my favourites.

I found the plot not as innovating as it could have been and the action disjointed since it was separated between the Doctor, Rose and Jack.

The beginning was sluggish and about less than halfway through, it felt overly dragged on until the end that went much too fast leaving me going "Eh?!?" I must though admit that the final scene w
Callie Rose Tyler
This was the worst one that I have read thus far which was really disappointing since the last two in the series, i felt, were 5 star quaility. The only reason I didn't give it 1 star was because, it's Dr. Who which might not be the best reason but I can't bring myself to rate it any lower.

The plot is ridiculously complicated and boringly simple at the same time, a tremendous feat within itself. The characters even Rose, the Doctor and, Jack (yes capt. Jack is in this one) seemed flat. It was ve
Rebecca Gordon
The Doctor and his companions can never have a day off. Jack accidentally pushes a button that answers a distress call in the TARDIS, the doctor must answer it. When they arrive at their destination they discover that they are in a secluded Russian village. The village has been experiencing odd problems for some time now. Soon they hear of a mysterious death and the strange case of a girl who was once young and full of life who is now aged and lifeless. Eventually, special agents arrive and they ...more
John Parungao
A Doctor Who book by Justin Richards. They had me with just that. Richards has written numerous books for the Doctor Who range, mostly featuring the previous classic Doctors. What Richards gives us with this book is a novel with the feel of modern Doctor Who, but with some of the classic tropes of Doctor Who. Most notably: "base under seige".

The Tardis responds to a distress call and ends up near a deserted Russian naval base. The Tardis crew come across Russian special forces there to investiga
Apr 01, 2015 Jimmy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Doctor Who Fans & Those Who've Seen Series 1
Recommended to Jimmy by: Doctor Who TV show
Set Between Episodes ‘The Doctor Dances’ & ‘Boom Town’
I liked this book better than the previous one. I found myself more caught up in the story and the mystery. I believe that ‘Winner Takes All’ was perhaps an attempt to be more light-hearted and humorous that just didn’t quite make it for me. In ‘The Deviant Strain’, I found similarities that reminded me of Stephen King’s ‘Tommyknockers’ and of SyFy’s ‘BattleStar Galactica’. Because of Captain Jack, (hubba, hubba) the Doctor is morally ob
Jules Jones
Fourth of the new series tie-in novels. This one has Rose and Captain Jack as the companions, in a story set in a remote Soviet naval base abandoned after the end of the Cold War. The nuclear submarines were simply abandoned to rot as the cheapest method of dealing with them, as were the people from the village that had been there since before the base was built. The last real link with an unheeding government is the research institute which still receives limited funding and supplies. At least ...more
Doctor Who: The Clockwise Man nous proposait des personnages secondaires attachants, avec une grosse tendance à ne pas être ce qu'ils semblaient être au premier abord, et les plus grands retournements de l'histoire étaient justement bâtis autour de cette idée. C'était un très bon point pour le livre, et il réutilise à peu près la même recette pour the Deviant Strain... et ça marche de nouveau. Ici encore ils ont tous leurs secrets cachés, qui nous sont dévoilés au fil de l'histoire avec un effet ...more
Mary Davis
Jan 14, 2013 Mary Davis rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die-hard Doctor Who fans
Shelves: books-read-2013
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Traci Haley
MEH. I'm realizing, now that I've read four of these books, that Justin Richards is *not* my favorite author to write the Doctor. I've actually read some of JR's young adult books and always liked them, so it's surprising that I don't feel he fits very well with Doctor Who. All of the characters are written *just* off the mark. Like the Doctor is the Doctor... only he's not quite in character. He's a lot grumpier and a lot more condescending to the human race. He and Rose have no rapport and eve ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
The Doctor finds himself on a remote, Soviet naval base with Captain Jack and Rose, after Jack mistakenly answers a distress call. A mysterious stone circle, unexplained deaths and and unknown killer mean adventure and disaster. What is the Deviant Strain and can the Doctor and his friends discover the truth?

The story is full of chases and running and campy sort of octopus-like jelly monsters. It also includes Captain Jack, and while he's still brave and heroic, he's also a bit of a tender heart
At first impression, I didn't think this was going to be a very good book. The setting was rather depressing, there was nothing beautiful or inspiring about it, and not much was actually happening, really.

But the more I advanced, the more I noticed how swiftly the pages went by, how easily I got drawn into it, and that there actually was some typically black russian humour hidden in there, that made me laugh. The mere fact of having Captain Jack vs. aliens with tentacles... well that's an innuen
The audiobook reading was really crap. The narrator did very posh voices for both the Doctor and Rose. The Doctor with touch self-important professor and Rose almost constantly bewildered. It was so far out of character. Jack's accent was very successful either, and the Russian all sounded alike with stereotypical exaggerated Russian accents, which didn't make sense anyway considering the Tardis was translating. It would have been much better to read it without different voices.
Given the reading
And I really, really, really loved it. As a friend already pointed out, it's SOOOOO good. And it really was! I think this is one of my favourite Doctor Who books so far (mind you, I only have read three now).
Oh, but it was exciting! Also, you've got the old time team! The ninth Doctor, Rose and Jack. And they've got a whole lot to do! I think my favourite scene was the one when Rose had to get away from Sofia. Wow, very few gripping scenes.
Also, the whole plot about that young-old girl Valeria w
Doctor Who: The Deviant Strain is a book by Justin Richards featuring the ninth doctor Rose and Captain Jack. With all these fantastic elements one would think its a can't mss home run of a short read. This is where you'd be wrong. Richards describes the inside of the Tardis well. The setup for the book s thoughtfully crafted. However, Richards fails in making the reader care at all about the situation. Even the interaction of the Tardis crew is very flat. There was on scene somewhere in the beg ...more
Normally books based on TV shows feel a bit forced, but this was surprisingly fun. (Might only be because I had low expectations, but oh well). It was nice to be excited about Doctor Who again! Also, this book featured Jack and Rose, so that made me really happy. Might have to rewatch a couple old episodes now...

Book 30/50 for my personal 2015 reading challenge: "A book with nonhuman characters."
R. Vesna
This was an excellent Dr. Who book. The characters stayed in character and were still captivating. The overall plot was different enough that it kept you guessing until about 2/3 of the way through the book. The plot was great in that it was the Doctor saving mankind from its own stupidity. Loved it.
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]This was the first book published to feature Jack Harkness as a character. It foreshadows Torchwood, no doubt unintentionally, with Team Tardis resolving abandoned alien tech and local human factionalism in an Arctic port in contemporary Russia. Richards has caught Ecclestone's portrayal of the Ninth Doctor very well, and builds up a decent sense of terror driven by blue glowing aliens with life-6orce-sucking tentacles. We fanboys would h ...more
Doctor Who series featuring the Ninth Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack. Russia, some godforsaken forgotten place where people are existing and surviving on the nuclear submarines the Russian military "forgot" there. Captain Jack answers some distress signal and the Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack stumble into this terrible forgotten place where a lost alien artifact is waiting to be found. That's mostly the plot. It's in the scary with slimy aliens genre. Interesting enough to keep my interest. Jack ...more
In The Deviant Strain, the Doctor, Rose, and Jack answer a distress signal and end up at an abandoned Soviet nuclear base complete with decaying nuclear submarines and, of course, an alien menace.

Because there are three characters, the plot of this book is able to branch out and fold back in on itself, and it feels a lot like the way an actual episode would. As is typical for the Doctor Who novels I've read so far, Rose and Jack are basically just shells, not really given a lot of the characteri
Matt Niehoff
This was my first Doctor Who audiobook not read by the Doctor in the story. This was not even a companion to the Doctor reading the story. I understand Eccleston did not really go bananas over his role as the 9th Doctor, but Barrowman or Piper would have been better readers. I feel like each actor and actress bring so much to the character that it is hard to hear a complete 3rd party narrating all events.

Overall the story just didn't grab me either. Perhaps I got too distracted by the fake Russ
I don't think this is my favorite of the Ninth Doctor books I've read so far, but it was pretty good. Nine himself is pretty perfect here, Justin Richards has his "voice" down pat, although Jack didn't feel quite so "Jack" to me... not enough flirting, hah! I really liked the "monsters" in this one, too, but then I just love anything to do with zombies. The only thing I might have liked more was a little more banter/connection between the trio of Rose/Jack/Doctor... but I've noticed that a lot o ...more
Lizabeth Tucker
When Captain Jack Harkness responds to a mysterious distress signal received by the TARDIS, the Doctor is forced to go to the Novrosk Penisula to help. The former Soviet naval base was abandoned long ago, leaving the residents of the nearby town to fend for themselves. Our heroes must join forces with the Russian Special Forces team who also received the signal. The question is whether the signal is from an alien or due to something that Soviet scientists were working on in the area.

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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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