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Doctor Who: Island of Death (Past Doctor Adventures #71)

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Sarah Jane Smith and her friend Jamie Fitzoliver investigate a strange New Age cult. Business as usual for investigative journalists. But what is less usual is the demon-like creature the cultists worship. When the Doctor and UNIT arrive to investigate they discover a plot involving government ministers, alien narcotics, and an official cover-up. As an evil scheme develops ...more
Paperback, 281 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by BBC Books
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Michael Battaglia
Aug 14, 2013 Michael Battaglia rated it it was amazing
Barry Letts' "Who" credentials are pretty much assured in whatever odd dimensionally transcendent hall of fame exists for such things. Before John Nathan-Turner came on he was the longest serving producer and the one pretty much responsible for the Third Doctor's "UNIT Family" years, where the show had a fairly regular cozy supporting cast and lots of earthbound adventures. Not only was he a producer but he also directed several episodes and was responsible for the casting of Tom Baker, another ...more
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David Layton
Jan 03, 2016 David Layton rated it it was ok
Barry Letts knows his characters and knows his navy stuff. That is for sure. The story itself is somewhat light and simple. A bunch of insect aliens are posing as leaders of a Hare Krishna style cult. Jeremy Fitzoliver has joined the cult. The Doctor, Sarah, and Brigadier have to save him and the world from being sucked dry. The story moves along at a good pace, but there really is not enough of it there for a novel. So, Letts employs multiple delaying tactics to keep the Doctor and crew away ...more
Travis
Mar 18, 2009 Travis rated it liked it
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A very slow moving, generic Third Doctor story is saved by the fact that it was written by Barry Letts, one of the guys in charge of Doctor Who for most ( if not all) of Jon Pertwee's run on the TV show.

Every line/movement etc of the Doctor, Sarah and the Brig are right on the money and you can see the actors saying and doing everything in this book. Nothing feels forced or out of character.
That saves a lot of draggy and cliche moments.

Otherwise, it's a okay story about some pretty generic alien
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Nicholas Whyte
Jun 09, 2014 Nicholas Whyte rated it liked it
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http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2293711.html[return][return]Barry Letts' last novel, published in 2005 just after New Who began, but taking the Third Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith and the Brigadier to investigate a strange cult based around a mind-altering drug and rescuing Sarah's gormless assistant Jeremy (from The Paradise of Death and The Ghosts of N-Space). It's not great, to be honest; the story rambles and characters make rather arbitrarily stupid decisions in order to prolong the plot. But we s ...more
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Daniel Kukwa
Jan 22, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it liked it
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It follows on from Barry Lett's 3rd Doctor radio plays of the mid-90s...and it's not bad, with an exotic setting, enough plot for everyone, and a less annoying outing for cub-reporter and Sarah Jane-sidekick Jeremy Fitzoliver. However, the writing style is (irritatingly) more akin to the youthful stylings of many of the New Series novels...when it deserves the more mercurial & adult style of Letts' earlier novelization of "The Daemons".
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Barry Letts was a British actor, television director, writer and producer. He was most associated with the television series Doctor Who for many years, with active involvement in the television series from 1967 to 1981, and later contributions to its spin-offs in other media.
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