Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Doctor Who: A Device of Death” as Want to Read:
Doctor Who: A Device of Death
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Doctor Who: A Device of Death

(Virgin Missing Adventures #31)

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  13 reviews
'As a member of an inferior race, you either work to serve the cause of Averon, or die.'

Sarah is marooned on a slave world where the only escape is death. Harry is caught in the middle of an interplanetary invasion, and has to combine medicine with a desperate mission. And the Fourth Doctor lands on a world so secret it does not even have a name.

Why have the TARDIS crew be
Paperback, 1st, 256 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by Virgin Publishing (first published February 20th 1997)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Doctor Who, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Doctor Who

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.33  · 
Rating details
 ·  87 ratings  ·  13 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Doctor Who: A Device of Death
John Barclay
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. I love Doctor Who, and of course this is my favourite Doctor, but more than that, this was a good read. I didn't expect all the things that happened, it was (as the best Doctor Who stories are) full of interesting ideas and a moral crisis as well as the Doctor's unique perspective and vision. What more could you ask of a book?
Miss Zero
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This might be one of my favorite Doctor Who stories. I could easily see it translating to an episode on the screen. It had a lot of 1970s vibes from that era, it was easily one of my favorite stories from the EU.
Jacqueline O.
A Device of Death is a volume in Virgin Publishing's Missing Adventures series of Doctor Who original novels. This story features the Fourth Doctor as played by Tom Baker, Sarah Jane Smith, and medical doctor and naval officer, Dr. Harry Sullivan. The novel opens with the Time Lords in an emergency monitoring station, monitoring a Time Quake as a result of the aired story, Genesis of the Daleks. They attempt to rescue the Doctor and his companions from the quake, but it doesn't quite go perfectl ...more
Christian Petrie
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
Terrance Dicks once said the best way to write a Doctor Who story is to get the Doctor and the companions separated at the beginning. Christopher Bulis starts the story off with this concept in a major way.

The Doctor, Sarah Jane, and Harry start off the story in three different locations. They also have no idea on how they arrived in those locations. This helps the plot by keeping the reader in the dark on what the main issue is.

This type of plot structure not only creates the question of why th
David Layton
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
"A Device of Death" is probably the best Christopher Bulis novel I have read. It works well conceptually, with the three lead characters separated and then brought back together consistently with the central idea. The Doctor, Sarah, and Harry get blasted off course while traveling back to Nerva Station via the time ring. They each find themselves in a different section of a long interplanetary war. However, the war is not quite the war that it is publicized as. Bulis does a good job with the com ...more
Nicholas Whyte
Aug 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor, who, ma, 4th, sarah, jane, harry, 2014, 1406, xo[return][return]The Fourth Doctor ends up separated from Harry and Sarah as they are leaving Skaro by Time Ring, and the three are caught up on different sides of a protracted war which turns out not to be all it seems. It's a story which has been done both before and since, but it's done well enough here and Sarah gets to befriend and humanise an android without pushing my I-hate-cute-robots buttons. ...more
Book collector
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Featuring a favourite tardis team in the fourth doctor, Sarah Jane Smith and harry Sullivan this was a good science fiction tale from bulis. Its also one I've been meaning to read again for over 20 years. I enjoyed it when I first read it. Bulis gets the characters down well and I liked the plot.
Daniel Kukwa
Dec 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
The plot is forgettable, and it's an attempt to take advantage of a moment of pure fanwank & retroactive-continuity. But it's more than salvaged by a solid command of the regulars, and an atmosphere that would allow this story to easily fit in with the other stories of Tom Baker's first season as the Doctor. Better than its reputation would suggest.

Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
A conspiracy theory storyline which Doctor Who is better off without.
May 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Slightly predictable and a little bland. Not a bad story as it goes though.
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Set between Genesis of the Daleks and Revenge of the Cybermen, the Fourth Doctor, Harry Sullivan and Sarah Jane Smith wind up in the middle of a war. Or is it?
Simon Curtis
Mar 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
I remember reading this, as I've read many Doctor Who books, while reclining in the sun in Provence!
rated it liked it
May 09, 2012
rated it it was ok
Nov 14, 2012
rated it really liked it
Jan 10, 2013
rated it it was ok
Oct 19, 2018
rated it it was amazing
Nov 07, 2014
rated it really liked it
Jul 28, 2019
Portable Loki
rated it liked it
Feb 22, 2018
Two Envelopes and a Phone
rated it really liked it
Jul 07, 2020
rated it liked it
Sep 11, 2015
rated it liked it
Feb 03, 2015
Jamie Ashworth
rated it it was ok
May 16, 2019
rated it did not like it
Sep 22, 2012
Ross Baker
rated it liked it
Oct 23, 2017
rated it it was ok
Dec 02, 2013
rated it really liked it
Jan 01, 2011
Keri Jervis
rated it really liked it
Jan 06, 2015
Paul Ranson
rated it liked it
Apr 23, 2017
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Doctor Who: Cold Fusion
  • Doctor Who: Scratchman
  • Doctor Who: The Eight Doctors (Eighth Doctor Adventures, #1)
  • Doctor Who: The Murder Game
  • Doctor Who: Vampire Science (Eighth Doctor Adventures, #2)
  • Lungbarrow
  • Doctor Who: The Devil Goblins from Neptune
  • Doctor Who: Wolfsbane
  • Full Throttle
  • Doctor Who: The Drosten's Curse
  • Criss Cross (Alex Cross Book, #27)
  • The Room With No Doors
  • Doctor Who: At Childhood’s End
  • Doctor Who: The Bodysnatchers (Eighth Doctor Adventures, #3)
  • Doctor Who and the Sontaran Experiment
  • A Theory of Everything (That Matters): A Brief Guide to Einstein, Relativity, and His Surprising Thoughts on God
  • Doctor Who and the Revenge of the Cybermen
  • Escape Routes
See similar books…
Christopher Bulis is a writer best known for his work on various Doctor Who spin-offs. He is one of the most prolific authors to write for the various ranges of spin-offs from the BBC Television series Doctor Who, with twelve novels to his name, and between 1993 and 2000 he had at least one Doctor Who novel published every year.

Bulis' first published work was the New Adventure Shadowmind, publishe

Other books in the series

Virgin Missing Adventures (1 - 10 of 34 books)
  • Doctor Who: Goth Opera
  • Doctor Who: Evolution
  • Doctor Who: Venusian Lullaby
  • Doctor Who: The Crystal Bucephalus
  • Doctor Who: State of Change
  • Doctor Who: The Romance of Crime
  • Doctor Who: The Ghosts of N-Space
  • Doctor Who: Time of Your Life
  • Doctor Who: Dancing the Code
  • Doctor Who: The Menagerie

News & Interviews

    Pulitzer Prize–winning literary critic Michiko Kakutani, the former chief book critic of The New York Times, is the author of the newly...
54 likes · 16 comments