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Doctor Who: The Taking of Planet 5 (Eighth Doctor Adventures #28)

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Twelve million years ago, a war touched the Earth briefly. Now, in Antarctica, an archaeological team has discovered the detritus of the conflict. And it’s alive.

Twelve million years ago, a creature evolved that was capable of consuming all life in the universe. Now someone, or something, is desperate enough to want to revive it.

Outside the ordered universe, things move. T
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Paperback, 1st, 288 pages
Published October 4th 1999 by BBC Books (first published April 4th 1999)
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Alex Sarll
In which the Doctor gets involved in a war 12 million years ago, where Time Lords from his own subjective future are attacking the Antarctic city of the Elder Things from At the Mountains of Madness. Which the Doctor knows full well to be a work of fiction, written by his old friend HP Lovecraft. Obviously, given the title and the cover, the Fendahl is also involved, and there are definite traces of an Invisibles influence. This, in other words, is the good shit. It's also exactly the sort of th ...more
Levi Amichai
Sep 01, 2015 Levi Amichai rated it liked it
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Not bad considering this is an officially-sanctioned and entirely shameless Doctor Who/Lovecraft crossover.

My main complaint is that I just finished Doctor Who: Interference - Book One, which is queer-ly casual about gender. For instance, it contains this slightly infamous exchange:

‘Can I ask you something personal?’ he [the Doctor] said.
I.M. Foreman nodded. ‘I warn you, though. If it’s anything to do with how I got this body, the details are going to be messy. You’ve never been a woman, have yo
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Daniel Kukwa
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Was this designed as a tribute to the "Doctor Who" writing of the late Craig Hinton? It certainly feels that way...and I bet he wouldn't change a single word, had the fanwank master written it himself! A recipe that mixes HP Lovecraft, a time war that would never happen, gossiping TARDISes, and an idea for a sequel to 1977's "Image of the Fendahl" that is both audacious & worthy of copious amounts of appreciative fanboy screaming. One of those "Doctor Who" stories that is especially aimed at ...more
Angela
Nov 26, 2014 Angela rated it liked it
The Doctor finds out that something exists on Earth that really shouldn't, and he goes to investigate. At the same time, time lords who are from the future and at war are also investigating the incident. They want to release Fendahl to help with the war effort.
This is a decent plot, and the war of the time lords is intriguing. It feels more like a prequel than a story in its own right. A good read.
M
Dec 21, 2012 M rated it really liked it
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Oh! Now this one was interesting!
Some good Gallifreyan shenanigans. The Doctor isn't a major character, but the story manages to be interesting enough anyway. The bit about the universe whales was trippy.

If you love learning random facts and the history of the Whoniverse, read it!
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Simon Bucher-Jones is a British author, poet, artist, and amateur actor, best known for his Doctor Who novels for Virgin and the BBC and as a contributor to the Faction Paradox spin-off series.

He is known for a hard SF approach. He has also written Cthulhu Mythos short stories. He also reviewed books for the Fortean Times, and for small press papers. He maintains a blog at http://www.simonbjones.b
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