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Doctor Who: The English Way of Death (Virgin Missing Adventures #20)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  186 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
The Doctor, Romana and K-9 arrive in 1930s L ondon to return some overdue library books. They plan to tak e a rest after their recent adventures, but Romana detects a distress signal from the future and the Doctor is attacked by a suffocating green mist. '
Paperback, 1st, 279 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Virgin Publishing
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Jun 09, 2015 F.R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whereas some Doctor Who novels fail because they throw all manner of random elements together but can’t make them all coalesce into a coherent whole. Gareth Roberts’ absolute genius in ‘The English Way of Death’ is that he takes all kinds of disparate ideas – fashionable London of the 1920s, your actual brain-eating zombies, an Italian adventuress, gas which isn’t just poisonous but actually murderous, a bluff colonel of the Agatha Christie regiment, an unpleasant biscuit magnate, and time trave ...more
Nicholas Whyte
Aug 23, 2010 Nicholas Whyte rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor, who, xo, 4th, romana, ma, k9, 2014, 1409[return][return]It's a fairly standard story, with zombies and a disembodies evil mist, but gives some excellent lines to the Doctor, Romana and K9, as they romp around the English countryside of the 1930s saving the world again. What makes it of interest for New Who fans is that Gareth Roberts used the same time period for the Ten/Donna TV story The Unicorn and the Wasp - it doesn't lean too heavily on the earlier book, but the background is there if yo ...more
Scott Haworth
Near perfect Doctor Who. Good humor, good horror. Loads of fun to read.
David Layton
Jun 12, 2017 David Layton rated it it was ok
The English Way of Death follows the joking, send-up style of the 1979 Doctor Who to a fault. Basically, a pastiche of 1930s society novels, this one has The Doctor, Romana, and K9 fighting a living, green cloud that smells like rotting vegetables that wants to destroy the Earth just because it can, and goes to enormous lengths to accomplish it, mostly by creating zombies. Joining our crew are a writer of mediocre detective novels looking for "artsy" types to boost her social life, a bunch of ti ...more
David Sarkies
Jan 28, 2012 David Sarkies rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Doctor Who Fans
Recommended to David by: My friend Paul
Shelves: sci-fi
Doctor who and the brain eating zombies
28 January 2012

I guess what attracted me to this novel was the front cover, and also because it was Doctor Who. This was a time between the two incarnations of the series and the only things that we could turn to to get our Doctor Who fix, or at least a fix from an original story, was the novels. Things have changed now, and with the new Doctor Who series (and the multiple spinoffs) we also have a new series of books based on the new Doctor and his compani
Jacqueline O.
The English Way of Death is an original story in Virgin Publishing's Missing Doctor book series. It features the Fourth Doctor, as played by Tom Baker, Romana II, as played by Lalla Ward, and K-9. The Doctor unplugs the randomizer that is supposed to keep he and Romana safe from the Black Guardian so he can return some over-due library books.
Soon he and Romana are involved in events, which include admonishing a group of time-travelling tourists from the future - and stopping an evil alien menace
Feb 12, 2017 Steve rated it it was amazing
Shelves: doctor-who
Pitch-perfect Doctor Who story seamlessly plucked from season 17. Gareth Roberts totally nailed the knockabout fun of that most bonkers of years. It contains loads of scenes which couldn't be realised on TV, featuring zombies every bit as gruesome as on The Walking Dead, but it never stops being a romp. K-9 has never been funnier and the Colonel is such a great creation. Simply my favourite non-Target Doctor Who novel.
Chris Wing
Feb 20, 2015 Chris Wing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A solid fourth Doctor yarn, evoking the period it is set in (both in terms of genre and chronology of Doctor Who)

It seems that Gareth Roberts, whilst fearing this becoming a cliched observation), was born to write for the fourth Doctor. This, his second venture into the adventures of the fourth Doctor and Romana II, observes a Geeves and Woucester genre pastiche, a polar opposite to his previous book (set in the far future, out in space), but nontheless perfectly captures that era of Doctor Who.
James Lark
May 03, 2016 James Lark rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
As in 'The Romance of Crime', Roberts captures the atmosphere of season 17 perfectly. Perhaps a little too perfectly: although this would have made for an agreeable romp on TV, it all feels a little too lightweight to sustain a novel, and I found my attention wandering at times because, world-threatening psychopath notwithstanding, it is all rather inconsequential. It doesn't do Gareth Roberts any favours to bring up the oft-cited similarities with Douglas Adams (who WOULD benefit from such a co ...more
Ian Banks
Aug 27, 2016 Ian Banks rated it liked it

Pretty ordinary: a whole lot of promising ideas weave themselves into a coherent and interesting story but just fail to grab my interest. I liked the structure of the story, the fact that it contains my favourite Tardis Team and how it mirrored the Classic series, as well as the conceit that everything that happened could just possibly be conceived upon the budget of Series 17, except possibly for K9 moving on the beach. Also, I may have imagined it, but I think Mr Roberts was sneaking song lyri

Christopher Buchanan
A P.G. Wodehouse style Doctor Who story. I've seen this attempted before in a more recent novel and it come out very poorly. Roberts has done a remarkable job of it here though. The blithe English banter and dry humor peppered across a dark landscape of malign alien intelligences and zombie intrigue makes for a very entertaining read.

The characters are well developed, if a bit cliche, but I suspect that was intentional. Roberts does the 4th Doctor well and that is a difficult task in print. So
Nov 08, 2011 Mel rated it it was amazing
I have to say this didn't make me giggle quite as much as the first one but it was still brilliant. K9 had some amazing lines! The doctor and Romana were perfect!! (though unfortunately didn't have enough scenes together). The minor characters were all pretty funny and enjoyable. There were evil mist zombies that wanted brains! And retired time travellers! And the Doctor trying to return some library books to a library very close to where I used to work! There's one other Gareth Roberts Romana I ...more
Daniel Kukwa
May 06, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
Trust Gareth Roberts to toss the 4th Doctor, the 2nd Romana, and prissy old K9 at the 1930s English seaside, simply to watch them mess-up everything & everyone around delightful effect. Consider it a successful prose practice-run for similar historical ambitions with the 10th Doctor & Donna in the 1920s, in Roberts' script for "The Unicorn & the Wasp".
Nov 28, 2015 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, doctor-who
It's hard to rate a sci fi t.v. tie-in novel. This isn't fine literature. But as far as these Doctor Who new adventures go, this one is better than most. The characterization of Tom Baker's Doctor is correct and the supporting characters in this story are entertaining. Surprisingly, there's quite a few good jokes along the way. A fun, easy commute-to-work read.
Gareth Roberts is one of the good ones. If you're a Whovian, you will never be disappointed with his writing, and it'll feel like getting ankle-deep into a classic episode. This was no exception.
Ben Reed
A decent story. Slow in the beginning, solid in the middle with a rather disappointing ending. Still it's a fourth doctor story with K9.
Stephen Hartwell
A top notch read. Roberts manages to craft a novel that happily slots into its era and packs a real punch with both the plot and characters. Highly recommended.
Aug 30, 2015 Emilie rated it liked it
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Apr 06, 2014 RC rated it liked it
A novel which perfectly captures the era when Doctor Who was The Tom Baker Show. The story itself is uninspired.
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Gareth Roberts has written TV scripts for various soap operas (including Brookeside, Springhill, and Emmerdale), Randall & Hopkirk (deceased), the revival of Doctor Who, the Sarah Jane Adventures, and Wizards vs Aliens.

Also for the Doctor Who universe, he has written the interactive adventure Attack of the Graske, the mobile phone TARDISODEs accompanying the 2006 series, several Big Finish aud
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