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Doctor Who: Deceit (Virgin New Adventures #13)

3.02  ·  Rating Details ·  165 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
'Take Arcadia apart if you have to.'
The middle of the twenty-fifth century. The Dalek war is drawing to an untidy close. Earth’s Office of External Operation is trying to extend its influence over the corporations that have controlled human-occupied space since man first ventured to the stars.
Agent Isabelle Defries is leading one expedition. Among her barely-controllable
Mass Market Paperback, 325 pages
Published April 15th 1993 by Dr Who
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Adam James
Feb 28, 2016 Adam James rated it liked it
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Catching up on 20-year-old Doctor Who stories is a goose chase.
That being said, randomly discovering the one story of 61 New Adventures that contains Virgin's Doctor Who's editor's Afterword is pretty amazing. Reading Darvill-Evans's Afterword is amazing too.

Actually - his afterword might be more worthwhile than his actual novel.

The Afterword is a curious look at the hiatus of the show and the New Adventures's responsibility to continue to carry the torch. Darvill-Evans, as the series' editor
Mar 05, 2014 Mel rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one I'm not sure why it's been getting bad reviews. It was kinda cyberpunk/far future scifi. One of the things that was really great about it was that there were a LOT of women characters, not just Ace and Benny but women soldiers, women in charge of spaceships, women in control of AIs as well as noble women. It is so rare in this genre, and in Doctor Who, to have such a strong female supporting cast. Not to mention there was also (rather subtly) a BDSM lesbian relationship.

Aug 20, 2011 Brad rated it really liked it
The action sequences were a bit on the long side, but overall well written, and the re-introduction of Ace was handled in an interesting fashion. Her character has definitely done some growing while she was away from the Doctor.

Overall I think what made the book a little more satisfying than some New Adventures novels is the fact that while there were a few mysteries to be uncovered toward the end, for once the author lets you in on some of the key details along the way so that you don't just fe
Jan 24, 2013 Don rated it it was ok
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Had read all the terrible, terrible reviews for this book, but decided to read it anyway due to it featuring the return of Ace.

My impression? It's not nearly as bad as I'd been led to believe. It's a dull slog, yes, but not moreso than Time's Crucible or others.

Still, it's not exactly what one would call a good or exciting novel, either. And it's certainly not worth the time invested in reading. Hopefully I've now learned my lesson, and this is the last time I'll try reading a Who novel just bec
Palindrome Mordnilap
Some context: this is a New Adventure novel written by the then series editor. He wrote it in part to understand the process he was putting his own prospective novelists through, and to test out his own editorial guidelines. If you treat it in this way, it helps explain - to an extent - the nature of the story and why it is written in the way it is.

I say this because, at the start, I had a nasty feeling it was going to become another 'Transit' awfulness. For almost the entire first quarter of th
Sep 19, 2016 Alexandra rated it it was ok
I give this one a solid 'meh'.

Peter Darvill-Evans wrote this book as a proof-of-concept, to ascertain whether, as editor of the series, he was placing reasonable demands on the writers. I find that, ultimately, he just ended up proving that meeting those criteria does not a good story make.

There were certainly high notes. Ace was very well written in Deceit, and Bernice had great range (though the enmity between the two at the end felt artificial and kind of tedious). There were great story bea
David Sarkies
Jul 22, 2014 David Sarkies rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fanatical Dr Who fans (of which there are many)
Recommended to David by: Somebody
Shelves: sci-fi
The first of the New Adventures that I read
28 February 2012

Doctor Who with profanity just simply does not seem to be Doctor Who. I say that because this was one of the first of the New Adventures that I read and at the time that it did not seem to grab me as much as I was hoping that it would. I had been waiting for some decent new Doctor Who adventures ever since I started watching the series again with the group of friends, and we watched an awful lot of them. We loved it even though the spec
Aug 14, 2015 Shane rated it liked it
Keeping up with the New Adventures (even when some are dire) pays off with this one. Yes, the characters are vapid but you don't read Doctor Who for such things, and there's a good bit of character development in Ace, which is very welcome for two reasons, now she has had enough experience in her future, she can keep up with the Doctor and Benny, and doesn't become the doting sidekick. And secondly, she's more mature. It disturbs me that someone who has travelled through time and space and has ...more
Nicholas Whyte
Dec 17, 2010 Nicholas Whyte rated it liked it

Next in the New Adventures series, reuniting the Doctor and Benny with a confident and sexy Ace, for whom a couple of years have passed, and bringing in as a guest character none other than Abslom Daak, Dalek Killer, from the old Dalek annuals, along with a fake medieval planet and a pool of disembodied brains. It's a decent novel, but is particularly interesting for the author's afterward, where he reflects on i) writing a book in a range for which you
Christopher Buchanan
I'm very surprised that this gets the low rating that it does. I very much enjoyed it. The Doctor and the Tardis are finally off their timewyrm hangover; Ace comes back; we get an introduction to DK's in the person of Abslom Daak; Benny, how can you not love Benny? Plenty of action. Great idea for a story too. Mega corporation with a hive brain and a colony of human cattle. Wow, good stuff. Block transfer computation consturcts, hello there, 'bout time you showed up again. The subject of Mega ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 24, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it it was ok
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The best of Peter Darvill-Evan's three Doctor Who novels...but that's not saying much. At least it's a stronger effort at world building, though the world in question tends to paper over the interesting details with (surprisingly well written) violence and profantiy.
May 24, 2014 M rated it it was ok
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I appreciated the alien planet and the very 'classic who' style plot, but there's some kinda kinky stuff in there. As the cover suggests, it's also pretty trippy (but that's just 80's-early90's Who for you).
By the end I was very tired of all the corridors.
Shannon Appelcline
Not the best written book. Flat characters and an excessive length both drag it down. It actually works better as a "meta" book, connecting up several bits of continuity and setting up the next stage of the adventures, and that was enough to carry it for me.
Jun 21, 2008 Travis rated it liked it
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Not bad, but aside from the Absolom Dak guest appearance, lots of Ace action and the hope some Daleks are going to show up, it's a bit unmemorable.
Mae R
Jan 03, 2014 Mae R rated it it was ok
A love letter to Our Lady of the Mary Sue, otherwise known as Ace. Otherwise, a bit on the weird side, a bit on the dull side, and by no means the best this series has to offer. Cool cover, though.
Jun 28, 2014 Billy rated it really liked it
Strong action, great female characters, cleverly constructed world and convincing continuity for the Doctor, Ace, and Bernice.
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Peter Darvill-Evans is an English writer and editor.

He was born and lived in Buckinghamshire until he went to university, graduating in 1975 from University College, London with a degree in History.

In 1976 Darvill-Evans joined the staff of Games Centre, a specialist games shop in London. He became the manager of a branch of the shop, then manager of wholesale sales, selling board games and eventua
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