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Doctor Who: Verdigris (Past Doctor Adventures #30)

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Iris Wildthyme and her new friend Tom visit the Doctor at home in 1973. While out on a day trip, a single carriage materializes out of nowhere, full of comatose bodies in eighteenth century dress. As they arrange for these people to be taken to the hospital, they are watched by an oddly-dressed boy and gift, who quickly vanish. Meanwhile the train passengers die and crumbl ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 244 pages
Published April 3rd 2000 by BBC Worldwide Publishing
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F.R.
Jun 15, 2015 F.R. rated it it was amazing
Hooray! It’s Doctor Who facing his most dangerous enemy yet:

Literary post-modernism!

We’re in the reign of The Third Doctor and so there’s a lot of willingly suspended disbelief to be challenged – which means there’s a great deal of fun to be poked. So we have it pointed out to Jo Grant that all the aliens she meets have blue lines around them and look like crap special effects, a Dalek is opened up to reveal the space for an actor inside, the Silurians and The Sea Devils are mocked for their sho
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James Bowman
Aug 30, 2015 James Bowman rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, sf, dr-who
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David Layton
Jan 03, 2016 David Layton rated it did not like it
This book seems to be an attempted parody of The Tomorrow People, here called The Children of Destiny. Instead, it just rambles along without rhyme or reason from one stupid incident to the next. It shifts point of view for no clear reason, and the author indulges far too many throw-away ideas as though they were inspired acts of genius. The basic idea is that a low-rent Time Lord, the loudly drunk Iris Wyldthyme, has concocted a plot to rescue Doctor 3 from his exile on Earth, but has for a lon ...more
Jono Mcdermott
Jul 12, 2016 Jono Mcdermott rated it liked it
This was a baffling one, but certainly fun and a great adventure for the third Doctor and Jo (and new character, the Time Lady Iris).
Magrs seems to have crammed as much as he could into this small volume, which is both its strength and its failing: I found myself losing track of all the different plot strands, which were tied together in a somewhat obscure manner that the reader could not find pleasure in piecing together by themselves until final details were revealed at the end. However, when
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Patrick Hayes
Jul 04, 2012 Patrick Hayes rated it it was ok
The Doctor (the third incarnation) and Jo are joined by Iris Wildthyme and Tom, two characters created by author Paul Magrs who have turned out to be a highly respected duo, the first being a scatterbrained Time Lord, the other her companion. This pair has had several books focusing on them as well as several Big Finish audio productions. I would not want to read or listen to their adventures any further. I found this book adequate, except when this other pair was involved. I found Iris highly u ...more
Nicholas Whyte
"http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/1269669.html[return][return]A novel featuring the Third Doctor, Jo Grant, UNIT and Magrs' own invention, Iris Wildthyme, a renegade Time Lady whose Tardis is shaped like a double decker bus and who claims to be the Doctor's on-off girlfriend. Magrs recycled a lot of the jokes and some of the plot from this book for the Big Finish audio Excelis Dawn, with Iris (as per usual) played by Katy Manning. But Verdigris is an amusing sideways look at the Third Doctor era, w ...more
Travis
Apr 16, 2008 Travis rated it liked it
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Another one of those surreal Doctor Who books that were supposed to breathe life into the old show, but instead just seemed to me to get very quickly annoying and pointless.

Nice portrayals of the Doctor and Jo and Iris is a fun, odd character, but the big reveal was a bit dumb and don't get me started on the bad guys evil minions.

Nice character bits, shame it was set in a really dreary story.
Angela
Jan 12, 2015 Angela rated it really liked it
The Doctor and Jo, with Iris and Tom. Do you need to know more? Some aliens are turning up in the form of fictional characters, and to top it all UNIT HQ has disappeared. This is a lot of fun, light hearted and I loved all the references. I particularly liked the inclusion of the Tomorrow People. A very good read.
Alias Pending
Mar 31, 2014 Alias Pending rated it really liked it
The single most surreal and fantastical adventure the Doctor has every been on. And probably one of the top 5 for Iris Wildthyme. Thoroughly humorous with several laugh out loud and/or jaw dropping moments.
Warren
May 29, 2016 Warren rated it did not like it
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I've tried twice to read this book, and twice the author lost my faith when a well established character turns two dimensional and is folded up and put in a handbag. Rubbish. Life is too short and there are far better Doctor Who adventures out there.
The Master
Sep 22, 2010 The Master rated it it was amazing
Mad fun.
Christopher Buchanan
Well, it was an amusing little romp with lots of intriguingly bizarre stuff going on but the end was a whopping let down. Kind of a great big build up and then just a weak fizzle at the end.
Sonya Couch
Mar 07, 2013 Sonya Couch rated it it was amazing
loved this defitenly 1 of my top 5 doctor who books brilliant thoroughly enjoyable then again paul magrs always writes good doctor stories
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