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Doctor Who: Legacy (Virgin New Adventures #25)

3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  162 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
'So, that's an Ice Warrior. Brings a whole new meaning to the concept of shell suits.'

The Doctor is pursuing a master criminal. The trail leads to Peladon: a desolate world once home to a barbaric, feudal society. Now the Galactic Federation is attempting to bring prosperity and civilization to the planet. But not all Peladonians support the changes, and when ancient relic
Paperback, 1st, 320 pages
Published April 1st 1994 by London Bridge (Mm)
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James Barnard
Apr 09, 2014 James Barnard rated it liked it
My word, Gary Russell liked continuity, didn’t he? What’s intriguing, from re-reading his first novel, is how his view on such matters has changed over 20 years. This is the man who went from this, to trying to tie up the Eighth Doctor’s adventures into one coherent narrative, to firmly and explicitly stating that the Big Finish stories were not connected to the BBC Books range. He certainly wouldn’t write a novel like ‘Legacy’ today. Mind you, neither would anyone else. Like the Peladon the sto ...more
David Sarkies
Feb 19, 2012 David Sarkies rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Doctor Who Fans
Recommended to David by: Somebody from Church
Shelves: sci-fi
A Doctor Who story about the Ice Warriors
19 February 2012

This is probably the last Doctor Who book that I ever read. It was given to me at a birthday party a while ago and pretty much sat on my shelf until such a time that I felt like reading it. I guess by the time that I had got around to reading it I was a little over the Doctor Who books and had moved onto books that I had found somewhat more interesting. It is not that this book was bad in a way, but it was more because I had probably grow
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 16, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it really liked it
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My own personal choice for most under-rated of the 7th Doctor New Adventure novels. "Legacy" is the ultimate comfort food: a warm, nostalgic revisit to a fondly-remembered alien world from the early 1970s, with some lovely enhancements along the way. It's far from being a dark & challenging novel, but it pays off 100% in the contentment department. Something to read when life seems very grey, and you need a hit of that wonderful Doctor Who magic to lift your spirits.
Dee Bitner
Jun 22, 2015 Dee Bitner rated it it was ok
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I was so happy after Decalog, so sure I was going to be able to dive right back in and get the project going again!

Then I hit the first few pages of Legacy and the steam just left the engine. Wow. I began to refer to it in my imagination as "Lag-acy," because of the lag in posts. I finally forced myself to get through it, but I am now craving a really good one to be the next book.

It's not that there are no likeable characters at all. I actually enjoyed the Ice Warriors, and I could see so much w
Nicholas Whyte
Apr 08, 2009 Nicholas Whyte rated it liked it

Peladon is one of a surprisingly small number of planets to figure in more than one televised Who story, and though Big Finish have visited it twice I think this is the only spinoff novel set there. Gary Russell starts with the story of how the planet lifted itself from barbarism, and the stranded human astronaut who married the king; we then get folded into a fairly complex tale of an ancient off-world relic with Ice Warriors, Alpha Centauri, Peladonian f
Jan 26, 2014 Mel rated it really liked it
When I read this I didn't realise it was Gary Russell's first novel. I liked it quite a lot. Peladon was always one of my favourite storylines and I thought he did a great job with carrying on the setting and the feeling of the television episodes. It had a very strong feeling of being half way between a Bernice Summerfield adventure and a Doctor Who adventure. (But that might just be because of the Pakhar which I'd only come across in the Benny audios before). But she really shone in this, part ...more
Siskoid Albert
Jan 17, 2012 Siskoid Albert rated it liked it
Or as I call it, Legacy of Peladon. Russell is well known for his obsession for continuity plug-ins, which at their worst turn out like Divided Loyalties, but here, I think it stands up. It's possibly the best Peladon story in any medium (ok, the bar isn't very high, I know). There are tons of winks to continuity, as well as inside jokes, only some of which I'm equipped to get. The history of Peladon, the Ice Warriors and Bernice are all very well used, but then there are more gratuitous referen ...more
David Layton
Jan 04, 2016 David Layton rated it liked it
The maturation of the Ice Warriors, from stock baddies to honorable soldiers, has been very good to see. Treatment of aliens as intelligent and reasonable is one of the reasons that Doctor Who is so far superior to most American TV science fiction. Russell has kept Brian Hayles' creations intact, from the Ice Warriors to Alpha Centauri to the Peladonians. His own additions, the rat-like Pakha, and a complicated plot involving galactic politics and a lost icon, make the story eminently enjoyable. ...more
Christopher Buchanan
Has all the trappings of your basic Peladon story. Weak king with advisor trouble, over zealous Aggador follower, lots of listening at doors and half-heard conversations, ice warriors with questionable intent, the Doctor runs afoul of the law, and of course, a large olive green, squeaky-voiced talking penis. Throw in a bunch of Gary Russel continuity patches and you get the idea. It's pretty obvious who the baddie is pretty early on, which is sad as there's not much else by way of reveals. Some ...more
May 16, 2008 Travis rated it liked it
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I love the Peladon TV episodes so was really looking forward to this book. The stuff about Peladon is well done and builds on the history established on the show nicely.
Always nice to see the Ice Warriors.

All the plots and counter plots and everybody being up to something wore a bit thin, as a lot of the cast wasn't that interesting.

All in all one of the better, non-grim and gritty New Adventures.
Remarkably self-assured debut novel from Gary Russell. Hard to believe it is fifteen years old. If there is one fault, it is that as a whodunit, it's fairly obvious. Then again, so were the original Peladon stories. Maybe it's an homage...
Shannon Appelcline
Russell's inexperience occasionally shows through, and the book has definite pacing problems, but still this is a fun third return to Peladon that nicely balances the others.
Adam James
Oct 26, 2015 Adam James rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, doctor-who
Ya know - I wasted enough time actually reading this mess - I'm not going to waste even more time writing about it.

Gary Russell shouldn't be allowed to write books.
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Gary Russell is one of the script editing team for Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, and the author of many novels and reference books in the Doctor Who range. A former editor of Doctor Who Magazine, he also was the producer of Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish Productions for eight years. He was also an actor and is best known for his role as Dick in the 1978 television se ...more
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