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Doctor Who: Demontage (Eighth Doctor Adventures #20)

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  134 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
The Doctor, Sam and Fitz land on the Vega station, a pleasure center given over to gambling, shopping and the Arts. It hangs on the edge of Battrulian Space, close to the Earth colony's frontier with the Canvine, huge, wolf-like dog creatures.

The Earth colony president is arriving to attend an exhibition of the 3-D reality scans in oil paintings of Toulour Martinique. But

Paperback, 1st, 288 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by BBC Worldwide Publishing
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Nicholas Whyte
Apr 08, 2009 Nicholas Whyte rated it liked it

Demontage is one of the many Who novels of Justin Richards, who has written more of them than anyone except Terrance Dicks. It is one of the better ones as well, takin the Eighth Doctor, Sam and Fitz to a space station which thrives on gambling with an underpinning of organised crime, but also features an art exhibition where the pictures are more than they seem; ideas which have been done elsewhere, including elsewhere in Who, but are done well here with
Simon Curtis
Mar 01, 2010 Simon Curtis rated it really liked it
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One of my favourite Who novels, and, oh look, it's Justin Richards again! Good setting, good characters, good conceit.
Jun 28, 2012 M rated it it was ok
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I was initially intrigued by the cover. That intrigue turned into resigned disappointment after the first few chapters of boring character introductions. The drama had too many characters, with too little focus on the Doctor. Poor Doctor took a back seat for most of the story. Even Sam was small and insignificant (although she didn't die or get mortally wounded for once, so I doubt she minds).
I still don't like Fitz. He has few redeeming qualities, and I am a bit incredulous every time Sam seem
James Barnard
Mar 03, 2015 James Barnard rated it really liked it
This is probably the most enjoyable EDA from its year of publication, and one of the last genuinely standalone novels before the Faction Paradox saga sent the range hurtling up its own backside. In a lot of ways, it’s an old-school Doctor Who story – almost a Base under Siege tale, but with a lot of, to coin a phrase, Artistic License on display.

Justin Richards excels at Doctor Who books. There doesn’t seem to be a sub-genre he can’t master, and 16 years from first publication, this has lost non
Daniel Kukwa
Feb 28, 2014 Daniel Kukwa rated it really liked it
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A novel full of interesting, well-drawn characters, a beautifully realized 8th Doctor/Sam/Fitz combo, that positively sings from the page, and a use of paintings that actually prefigures something similar being used in "The Day of the Doctor" by over a decade. But the most pleasant aspect of this novel is its pace. There is quite a bit going on, yet it's never in a hurry; it draws you in slowly & methodically. You can't binge on this novel -- it demands that you read it a few chapters at a t ...more
Jan 19, 2015 Nenya rated it liked it
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Good fun scary mystery in this one. I think this was the first book where I started to like Fitz, for the times when he's trying to hard to be James Bond and failing. I like that unexpected vulnerability, and how he admires the Doctor, and how pretending to be him (from a combination of imitation-as-flattery and not wanting to back down and lose face) gets Fitz in way over his head. Looking back (it's been a while since I read this one) I wish there were more Sam, Fitz, and Eight books; they're ...more
Dec 13, 2009 Leela42 rated it liked it
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Eighth Doctor Adventure (EDA) with Fitz and Sam. The book that set the tone for many of Fitz's misadventures. A pleasant enough read, although if you're an experienced reader there are no surprises; the circumstances are just extraordinary enough that you keep reading out of curiosity as to how it's all going to work. It is occasionally obvious that the author is making characters thick just to stretch out the time. The climax is bad; worse, it doesn't fit with the rest of the book and it doesn' ...more
Apr 13, 2014 Angela rated it liked it
The Doctor and Fitz got to a space station casino for a competition. Sam, meanwhile is bored and visits an art exhibition. The art is incredibly weird, and there is trouble on the station. This is a light hearted read, a welcome break from the previous books. It's nice to see the Tardis crew actually setting out to have fun before the adventure starts. Fitz is funny trying to be like James Bond. A good read.
Apr 15, 2008 Travis rated it liked it
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Fun read with an odd menace and some great scenes of Fitz trying to be a man of action and ending up in way over his head.

The Eighth Doctor books are real hit or miss, but I like the companions. they tried some different types than just the usual 'girl from earth'.

Feb 26, 2014 Andy rated it liked it
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3.5 stars really, a good story that I think would work better on tv strangely enough
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Justin Richards is a British writer. He has written many spin off novels based on the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, and he is Creative Director for the BBC Books range. He has also written for television, contributing to Five's soap opera Family Affairs. He is also the author of a series of crime novels for children about the Invisible Detective, and novels for older children. ...more
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