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Lucifer Rising (Virgin New Adventures #14)

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  126 ratings  ·  12 reviews
This new series of original novels takes up where the TV series left off. Novels published in 1992 demonstrated the scope of this series, from all-action space adventure to psychological thriller to mythic fantasy. All stories feature the Seventh Doctor and his new companion Bernice Summerfield.
Mass Market, 1st, 346 pages
Published May 20th 1993 by Dr Who
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Despite the constant scene-shifting and abundant action, it still managed to be kind of boring. There were a whole host of local characters that could've been interesting, but I think their initial introduction was too revealing and subsequently I felt like there wasn't much else to discover about them. They ended up feeling kind of pointless, which wasn't helped by the plethora of characters who showed up and were instantly killed off while the main set went about their business.
Ace's change o
Christopher Buchanan
I really enjoyed this one. It was conceptually really interesting with the gas giant and the Angels and the weird alien tech moon set up. Very imaginative world build. Very bizarre and thought provoking. The story itself was a lot of the little man versus the mega-corporation kind of thing that seems to be a theme in the Virgin New Adventures, especially the last couple. The author does an excellent job of drawing you into the characters lives. You get to know their motivations and foibles. He g ...more
James Barnard
I’m glad I decided to re-read this one. It’s an impressive debut from two writers who’d go on to stamp their mark on Doctor Who fiction, an impressive New Adventure and – most remarkably – an impressive sci-fi novel in its own right.

There’s a real confidence about this one and, with hindsight, the markings of the tropes which made Mortimore and Lane such impressive writers of solo works. Here, we see Mortimore’s ability to pack a real emotional punch within a genuinely epic story on (and I use t
This is either a very cleverly plotted story or a confused mess. I remember thinking that much the first time around; nothing has changed in the interim.
There are some seriously good plus points here:
- the concious nod to using time-travel to visit certain specific places, and then finding out that your actions are indeed responsible for things that happen later;
- the nods to hard SF like Rendezvous with Rama where the alien technology is properly alien and all the humans do is fail to unders
New Adventure (NA) with Benny and Ace, and a powerful!Doctor (a bit too so, as he then has to make ridiculous mistakes). Well written at first, although all the gross stuff is laughably unresearched and un-thought through. Unfortunately, after chapter 8 (presumably where the editor stopped) it's an unfocused, malicious, amateurish mess--pointlessly meandering, silly, non-sensical, and often stupid, like a movie made by a teenager. On a personal level--and typical for Doctor Who original novels-- ...more
Nicholas Whyte

Rather a good Seventh Doctor story, with Ace returning to the Doctor/Benny setup, and mysterious and murderous goings-on in orbit around the planet Lucifer, but in a setting invoking many of the more space operatic Who stories - particular shout-outs to Colony in Space and Caves of Androzani, but various others are also referenced. Lots of incidental characters who almost all get decent treatment (in narrative terms). We also have the reunion of the Doct
Reads like an episode, except that the writer doesn't want people thinking that, so he adds a lot of sub-plot and it just drags the story down.
Most of the cast is uninteresting and the bad guys that show up at the 3/4 mark are even less interesting.

The three leads and there relationships are well done, the setting it cool and 'Legion' is a very clever take on aliens.

If they'd just shaved off a lot of the personal angst and sub-plots this would have been a solid story. For trying too hard, it on
I quite enjoyed this one... Mostly due to well written characters and the fleshing out of future history. The plot was a little less exciting, but I'm finding there's more continuity in the New Adventures books than the TV series and it makes it easier to judge the series as a whole as you move along rather than individual books... Although some of the writers clearly have a better way with words than others.
Daniel Kukwa
A properly epic "Doctor Who" novel, that luxuriates in its extra-long page count, and keeps a taut, gripping storyline going with much pace & style. This is a hard, violent, devious world that the novel presents...but it never once feels as if it tips into maudlin, overwrought bilge. It's also a fabulous example of what two authors can produce when they're firing on all cylinders.
Shannon Appelcline
Generally strong writing with strong characters and a nice murder to kick things off. The action-adventure that ends the story goes a bit long, but is still OK.
The Master
Part murder mystery, part space exploration epic, a decent book. More conflict between Ace and the Doctor, with Bernice caught in between as events unfold.
Simon Curtis
Epic space adventure, Ace getting to be not the most likeable character, an interesting development.
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