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Doctor Who: Blood Heat (Virgin New Adventures #19)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  190 ratings  ·  21 reviews
‘Not men, Ace. Silurians. The original rulers of the Earth.’

The TARDIS is attacked by an alien force; Bernice is flung into the Vortex; and the Doctor and Ace crash‐land on Earth.

An attack by dinosaurs convinces the Doctor that he and Ace have arrived in the Jurassic Era. But when they find a woman being hunted by intelligent reptiles, he begins to suspect that something i
Paperback, 1st, 309 pages
Published November 7th 1993 by Virgin Publishing (first published October 21st 1993)
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The very 1st Doctor Who book I ever owned. Read it when I was about 15, and it got me hooked on.
Adam James
You can tell that Jim Mortimore was a super fan of "Doctor Who and the Silurians." You can also tell Jim Mortimore was a fan of titles that sound more like Cinemax movies.

I suppose it's the author's prerogative to re-imagine a novel's universe ( or alternate universe ) however he/she desires. And yes, this is a hypothetical world where the Doctor is dead and the Silurians have murdered all but a million humans. But, as a reader, it's pretty unsettling to watch two characters you absolutely love
Mary JL
May 19, 2014 Mary JL rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any Dr Who or SF fan
Recommended to Mary JL by: I am a fan of the series
In the televised episode "Doctor Who and the Silurians" , the Third Doctor defeated a race of intelligent reptiles to save Earth.

This novel asks the questions: What if the Thrid Doctor had been killed and the Silurians completed their conquest of our planet? The Seventh Doctor and Ace find out when they are spun into an alternate universe where the Silurians are masters of Earth, opposed by a small remnant of humanity.

In this alternate universe, we meet the Brigadier, Liz Shaw, Jo Grant and othe
James Barnard
It's novels like this that show the benefits of the approach Virgin Books wanted to take. For the use it makes of the existing continuity of the series, and the way it subverts everything and moves things along, this is one of the range's strongest offerings.

It's an epic tale. The fact that it marks the beginning of the Alternative Universe cycle is almost an irrelevance. Given the knots Daniel Blythe, Steve Lyons and even Paul Cornell would tie themselves in to try and accommodate it into works
This was unexpected. I could remember bits of this one from first time around, but most of it turned out to be wrong..!

After a run of perfectly serviceable titles, we suddenly erupt into a proper story-arc (for the first time since the original set of NAs) and this first entry is a cracker, positing an alternate universe in which the Silurians apparently unleashed a world-changing virus as a result of the Third Doctor's actions in the original series (although this explanation is rather skimmed
There were a few highlights but for the most part it was ridiculously melodramatic and dull.

I knew it was a divergent timeline from the very beginning but the characters were painfully slow on the uptake. Rule One of Doctor Who should really be that the reader should never out-think the Doctor. This book series almost always fails in that respect. It's so disappointing.

All of that post-apocalyptic imagery might have been trendy in the early 90's but it's so over-done these days. And what was u
David Sarkies
Apr 17, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Die hard Doctor Who fans
Recommended to David by: Old Primary School Friend
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An alternate universe where the Silurians won
21 January 2012

This book is part of a series of books that was written to initially give Doctor Who fans their monthly dose of Doctor Who. The series (The Virgin New Adventures) follows the adventures of the Doctor after the series was first cancelled, while another series (The Virgin Missing Adventures) was written around the previous Doctors and are set between many of the older episodes. These books did add a new dimension to Doctor Who in that th
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Nicholas Whyte

What if the Silurians had killed the Third Doctor in the 1970s and taken over the earth, leaving the Brigadier and Liz Shaw as leaders of a hunted and dwindling human resistance? Jim Mortimore brings the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Benny to a parallel universe to find out. It was particularly interesting to read it soon after listening to a slightly different alternate timeline for Liz (The Sentinels of The New Dawn) and also the Ace-in-devastated-England stor
Christopher Buchanan
This is a great idea for a story but with a lot of mis-steps and some heavy mellow drama. Over all it's pretty damn good, but some of the individual components of the whole are cringe-worthy. I don't know how to rate this. It was kind of horrible, yet I liked it. I'll call it a 3 and get on with my life.
Siskoid Albert
The first of a 5-part arc in which the 7th Doctor, Ace and Bernice Summerfield are spun into various alternate universes by an unknown hand. In this one, the Silurians won back in their premiere story and the world's been taken over by dinosaurs as the last vestiges of UNIT fight the good fight. Except the Doctor still wants to make peace! A good adventure yarn with memorable set pieces (Benny's not in it enough for my tastes though), but rather dark (a staple of the series). Jim Mortimore's pre ...more
Andrew Perron
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Andy Stehr
Okay. Not a huge fan of the alternate history arch.
Interesting idea with a lot of Who history ( always nice to see old friends and enemies) but it feels like it's the middle book of a trilogy, as there's a pretty big sub-plot which the main story hangs on that isn't fully explained in this book.
It's frustrating, as I didn't read the New Adventures in the order they were published, so this plot thread came out of nowhere and I'm really not sure what book it gets resolved in.

This sort of thing happened in a bunch of the books featuring the sevent
The Master
One of the best VNAs so far. The TARDIS crew are blasted into an alternate universe where the Silurians have overrun the Earth. Loads of action, lots of scheming on all sides, and a solid ending. Best of all was the alternate universe version of the Brigadier: TOTAL BADASS. Loved it.
Richard Byrne
really not a very good book at all. I had forgotten how poor some of the NAs were.
Not a happy story, but a good one. I love alternate histories and this is a solid Dr. Who story. Although it does seem like Bernice didn't really become a great character until she got her own series (we'll have to see about the later books).
Daniel Kukwa
Ridiculously epic & terrifying. This is one of the most successful "Doctor Who" stabs at an alternate universe storyline; it's full of "what-if" scenarios that fans have dreamed about for years. Some of the imagery is truly breathtaking.
Simon Curtis
The very first grown up Doctor Who book that I read, and I loved it then and enjoyed it just as much second time around many years later. An excellent parallel-world tale.
There were a few cliched lines of dialog, and some of the characters weren't as strong as they could have been, but I thoroughly enjoyed this story.
Shannon Appelcline
A nice action-adventure with good focus on the UNIT era and on Ace.
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Jim Mortimore is a British science fiction writer, who has written several spin-off novels for popular television series, principally Doctor Who, but also Farscape and Babylon 5.

When BBC Books cancelled his Doctor Who novel Campaign, he had it published independently and gave the proceeds to a charity – the Bristol Area Down Syndrome Association. He is also the writer of the Big Finish Doctor Who
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