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Doctor Who: The Final Sanction (Past Doctor Adventures #24)

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It is the second and so far final encounter between the Doctor and the Selachians, first introduced by Lyons in his previous Second Doctor novel, The Murder Game. The year is 2204. The Doctor is caught in human history. When the TARDIS is stolen and Zoe is kidnapped by a Selachian he is forced to intervene in a war. The Doctor most make a painful choice which is more impor ...more
Paperback, 285 pages
Published July 5th 2000 by BBC Pubns
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Apr 10, 2011 Matt rated it really liked it
In the follow-up to the author's previous Second Doctor Past Doctor Adventure The Murder Game, the Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe find themselves on a relatively wet planet under siege by the terrifying Selachians. While the general narrative doesn't have much to do with its predecessor, the villains are the common thread. The Selachians are my favorite of any species created for tie-in media. They are pinkish, strange looking aquatic creatures that, by reason of being threatened for years, were forced ...more
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Jan 03, 2016 David Layton rated it really liked it
Since the Virgin novels days, Lyons has been working on the history of his pet monsters, the Selachians, the sharks of outer space. This is the final? book about them. In one sense it is, because it movingly and compassionately tells of the demise of their race. As with "Warriors of the Deep," the overall mood is not outrage at war, but sadness at the destruction, personal and social, that it causes. Lives are ruined in all sorts of ways. My one complaint is that this story may have been better ...more
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May 21, 2010 Nicholas Whyte rated it liked it

A fairly standard romp - Team Tardis get stuck in a space war, Zoe gets captured by one side, Jamie starts fighting for the other side, the Doctor tries to stop the war. But there are a couple of interesting points. First, the Doctor is trapped by his knowledge of the awful end of the war, yet fears punishment from the Time Lords if he interferes. Second, the full perspective of the war is well portrayed - this isn't just two random groups of people in a
Sep 13, 2014 Angela rated it liked it
The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe land in the middle of a battlefield. Humans are fighting a shark like race. The Doctor knows his history, and that the war gets a lot worse. Can he justify changing history to save his companions? This is a fun, but harrowing adventure for the crew of the TARDIS. All the characters are incredibly well portrayed, and you could imagine this being a tv story if they had the effects of nowadays. Jamie's sense of honour, and his background as a soldier are well done. A good ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Feb 16, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it really liked it
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A superb command of the 2nd Doctor (no easy task in print), a fantastic moral & historical dilemma, and a civilization of space sharks you are actually FORCED to take seriously! One of the few Troughton-era novels that I thoroughly enjoyed.
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Mar 08, 2010 Simon Curtis rated it really liked it
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Sequel to The Murder Game, excellent once more
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Completely brilliant, this book displays the futility of war in the midst of a great adventure.
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Steve Lyons is a science fiction writer, best known for writing television tie-ins of Doctor Who for BBC Books, and previously, Virgin. The earliest of these was Conundrum in 1994, and his most recent was 2005's The Stealers of Dreams. He has also written material for Star Trek tie-ins, as well as original work.
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