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Legacy (Virgin New Adventures #25)

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'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...more
Paperback, 1st, 320 pages
Published April 1st 1994 by London Bridge (Mm)
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James Barnard
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
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 grown out of the Doctor Who books somewhat.
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Nicholas Whyte

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...more
Siskoid Siskoid
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
Daniel Kukwa
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.
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.
The story was decent, but the writing was horribly sloppy.
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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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