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Doctor Who: Head Games (Virgin New Adventures #43)

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'This isn’t Hell,' the Doctor assured her. 'It’s only a sequel.'

Stand by for an exciting new adventure with Dr Who and his companion, Jason. Once again, our time-hopping friends set out to seek injustice, raise rebel armies, overthrow dictators and beat up green monsters.

But this time, Dr Who faces a deadly new threat: a genocidal rogue Time Lord and his army of combat-ha
Paperback, 1st, 258 pages
Published December 1st 1995 by Virgin Publishing (first published October 19th 1995)
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Daniel Kukwa
Jun 08, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it liked it
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What I like about "Head Games": Steve Lyons' excellent prose, the awesome cover, the twisted use of the Land of Fiction, and the amazing use of Mel...proving that she had far more potential than what was seen on screen in 1986 and 1987.

What bothers me: everything that I love and loathe about the attitude of "The New Adventures" at this time. On one hand, it takes the mickey out of the novel range's cliches, and examines its flaws in much depth. On the other hand, it revels and celebrates those s
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Oct 14, 2013 Mae R rated it liked it
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Nicholas Whyte
Jan 12, 2013 Nicholas Whyte rated it liked it
Shelves: sf, doctor, who, 7th, na, benny, ace, xl, 2013, chris, roz, 1306, mel[return][return]this is the only spinoff novel (as far as I know) which unites Mel with the Seventh Doctor (and Ace as well, along with current regulars, Benny, Chris and Roz), in a slightly surreal tale where the Doctor must deal with his alter ego, Dr Who, emanating somehow from the Land of Fiction and threatening the universe, or at least the planet Earth and another world. It's a sequel to Lyons' earlier Conundrum, and I confess I had forgotten many ...more
Apr 24, 2015 Kaoru rated it liked it
The truly awful cover aside it's not too bad of a book, but it takes the manipulative side of the 7th Doctor a little too far. Or at least the other characters' perception of it. Gee, I got that Mel (who makes a return) is shocked at what became of him after 3 pages, but stating the point over and over again makes it a little heavyhanded.

Anyway, it's not the weakest entry in the series but not the best either.
Mar 14, 2013 Nicholas rated it liked it
One of the better New Adventures with a wicked concept. Offers great insight into both the psyches of 7th Doctor and the 6th Doctor, as well as laying ground for a future confrontation between a forthcoming Doctor and the Valeyard (or even the 6th Doctor). Features a cornucopia of companions; including Benny, Ace, Mel, as well as a cameo for Glitz.
Shannon Appelcline
Great character work, especially for its insights into Seven's nature, but a really meandering plot and some weirdly bad writing.
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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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