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Doctor Who: Mad Dogs and Englishmen (Eighth Doctor Adventures #52)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  158 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews

The greatest book ever written.

Professor Reginald Tyler’s The True History of Planets was a twentieth-century classic; an epic of dwarves and swords and wizardry. And definitely no poodles. Or at least there weren’t when the Doctor read it.

Now it tells the true tale of how the Queen of the poodles was overthrown; it’s been made into a hit movie, and it’s going to
Mass Market, 256 pages
Published January 7th 2002 by BBC Books
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Jun 03, 2016 F.R. rated it really liked it
‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’ makes an interesting double bill of a Doctor Who novels with ‘Imperial Moon’. They’re completely and totally different in tone, but both are riffing on literary models of science fiction and fantasy. ‘Imperial Moon’ takes on a far more boy’s own early science fiction adventure, while ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’ – as befits arch post-modernist, Paul Magrs – gives us skewed versions on J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis: a novel about fusty middle-aged men in gowns having rich f ...more
Apr 16, 2008 Travis rated it it was ok
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Convoluted, not terribly funny book from that period where it was considered 'modern' and 'clever' to either add depth to the Doctor and his companions by portraying them as really screwed up or by writing stories that were so absurd and surreal that the make the 'Yellow Submarine' movie look normal and straightforward.

The evil poodles were mildly amusing as was the big 'reveal' about the mastermind behind this, but it was mostly a mess.
Gottfried Neuner
Dec 31, 2013 Gottfried Neuner rated it really liked it
The problem with Doctor Who novels is the same as with a lot of franchise-based stuff: you never know what you will get. And not all of them are good. Funnily enough though when they actually are good they sometimes are quite excellent. The literary medium allows authors to play with things in their stories that would never have been able in a low-budget TV series (even though they tried, oh god, how they tried...).
Mad Dogs and Englishmen starts with The Doctor (number 8), Fitz, and Anji arrivin
James Barnard
Aug 11, 2016 James Barnard rated it really liked it
This was a strange choice for a book to celebrate 100 BBC Doctor Who novels with. Light, fluffy and pink - a rare case of the front cover truly reflecting the contents - it's something of a sidestep for the range. Those hoping to see the strands of the preceding 'The Adventuress of Henrietta Street' picked up and developed would have been - and indeed were, as I recall - hugely disappointed. And the reappearance of Iris Wildthyme (this isn't really a spoiler, surely?) seemed to undermine the pre ...more
Joseph Teller
Sep 18, 2012 Joseph Teller rated it really liked it
The 100th BBC Doctor Who Novel features a homage to the other novels involving the eight doctor and his companions and past adventures.

History has gone awry and it appears to have been caused by a Tolkein-like author having been influenced by a Crowley-esque popular lurid fiction writer helping pervert his epic fantasy of elves and faeries and the like into the tale of the rise and fall of the queen of the poodles that rules over a planet of talking dogs that evolved functional hands.

There's not
Nicholas Whyte
Apr 08, 2009 Nicholas Whyte rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor, who, 8th, fitz, eda, xm, anji, 2014, 1403, iris[return][return]This was hilarious. A group of Cambridge academics calling themselves the Smudgelings listen to each others' writings, including the annoying Cleavis (who lives with his younger brother) and Reg Tyler, author of that great classic The True History of Planets, with its epic tales of "elves and trolls running about the place with nothing on their hairy feet." But the Doctor gets involved via a visit to a planet ruled by dogs; sinister force ...more
Dec 21, 2014 Ellie rated it liked it
Shelves: 1-doctor-who, comedy
I mean it kind of sustains itself solely on its own ridiculousness, but if you're the sort of person who would look at the cover, which is hot pink and features a dog with human hands, and think "Wow, I have to read this Doctor Who book about dogs with hands," then you should probably read this. It is definitely a Doctor Who book about evil time-traveling sentient poodles with human hands. That is an accurate description of this book. Also Noel Coward is in it a lot? I didn't know who he was and ...more
Feb 04, 2011 Basicallyrun rated it really liked it
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Dude, how can one not love a book featuring revolutionary poodles and a time-travelling Noel Coward? It's so insane, I just sat there going 'Oh, you didn't. Oh. Oh you did! <3' And, weirdly, it all makes sense, and if the the denouement felt a little rushed, that was pretty much lampshaded by Coward (actually, nearly everyone was incredibly Genre Savvy in it, which I like). Also, it contains the immortal exchange: 'You know of such things?' 'We are poodles, Doctor. Of course we know of such t ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Apr 09, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it really liked it
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The cover is just the start of what may continue to be the most oulandish & outrageous Doctor Who novel of all time. Never mind the antics of animated vending machines that Magrs plays with in "Sick Building"...where else are you likely to find the Doctor and friends battling evil talking dogs? Where else will you find Noel Coward in the middle of it?!? Best to simply experience it and try to scoop up off the floor your melted-yet-entertained brain cells after you have finished the book.
Mar 03, 2013 Rachel rated it liked it
Cute. The sense of humor is very much like Douglas Adams or P. G. Wodehouse, and the plotline is utterly absurd (appropriate for both the sense of humor and for the protagonist). In fact, it was so absurd that I still had no clue what was going on halfway through the book. There were alternate timelines and parallel timelines in multiple different years, and it was all properly timey-wimey and confusing.
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Nov 12, 2014 Adam Highway rated it really liked it
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You know, I'm still not entirely sure what I read here. As I wasn't when I first read it years ago. I do, however, know that I just read *something*. It's fun, funny, clever, and foolish. It's impossible not to like this, even though you wouldn't by any means want all of your Doctor Who this way. Garbled, garrulous, garish and yet, genuinely genius.
Mar 01, 2012 Charlotte rated it liked it
This book is as mad as its cover. Revolutionary alien poodles attempt to achieve domination through meddling with the plot of a LOTR-expy and pop songs. Includes a time-travelling Noel Coward.
The real amazing thing about this book isn't its absolute madness, but the fact that it manages to deliver a pretty solid story in the end.
A fun, but absolute bonkers romp.
Feb 12, 2016 Christopher rated it it was amazing
Utterly bonkers from start to finish, but then I never expect anything less from Magrs. From poodles with hands, to a time travelling Noel Coward and a bunch of weird and wonderful surprises in-between.
An absolute riot, well worth a read.
Jun 18, 2013 M rated it it was ok
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This book was a bad joke. The entire book. The only reason I gave it two stars is because the author seemed to agree with me. It's like he didn't even try.

I mean, any book in which someone literally has to shout "HEY I THINK WE'VE REACHED THE DENOUEMENT!" is probably just not very good.
Jan 23, 2012 Gareth rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf, comedy
You need to be a clever author to write a book this light. A witty literary romp that targets JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, George Lucas and Noel Coward. Dogworld is a funny creation and the regulars are well used. A good way to celebrate 100 Doctor Who novels.
Dave Bowmore
Apr 30, 2014 Dave Bowmore rated it liked it
Quite confusing, but ultimately satisfying Eighth Doctor Adventure.
Poodles with ray guns, Noel Coward, a twisted version of Lord of the Rings, and 60's Vegas.
James Bowman
Sep 02, 2015 James Bowman rated it liked it
A bizarre Eighth Doctor novel (the pink cover with a gun-wielding poodle represents it well), but it's also quite entertaining. Also has added appeal if you get some of the cultural references...
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Mar 02, 2010 Simon Curtis rated it liked it
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Great fun, Noel Coward, pink cover, fluffy dogs! Standard Paul Magrs really.
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Feb 04, 2012 Gayle rated it really liked it
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Bonkers but fantastic! A must-read for those who like a romp-riddled read!
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