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Doctor Who: The Menagerie (Virgin Missing Adventures #10)

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"It is said that this city rests over the great menagerie. Men who felt tempted to meddle in science were cursed and turned into beasts."

A nameless city on a primitive, rain-sodden planet. The ruling Knights of Kuabris strive to keep order as hideous creatures emerge from the sewers to attack the populace. It seems that there might be some truth in the prophecies after all
Paperback, 1st, 256 pages
Published May 18th 1995 by Virgin Pub (first published 1995)
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Christian Petrie
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Jacqueline O.
The Menagerie is part of Virgin Publishing's Doctor Who - The Missing Adventures paperback original novels series. This one features the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton), Zoë, and Jaime, which is one of my favorite Doctor and companion combinations. However, the story is just, well, to be frank, pretty awful actually.

The Doctor decides to take his companions to a low-technology world for a nice vacation. The TARDIS lands, and the three wander to the local village and enter the pub. Within minut
David Layton
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it
In this novel, Martin Day manages to keep several mysteries going and reveals them at just the right times, though the main mystery, the identity of Zaitabor, becomes clear too soon. The Doctor and his companions are well managed. In particular, it is entertaining to see Zoe handle matters on her own, without always relying on the Doctor or Jamie to get her out of a "situation." The novel might win the award for the funny names in a SF book award: try Mecrim, Defrabax, Zaitabor, and Rexulon, for ...more
Nicholas Whyte
Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: doctor, who, 2nd, xo, jamie, zoe, 2013, 1302, ma[return][return]I found this rather a confused and slightly tedious tale, the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe landing on a planet where medievalish humans are dominated by an anti-science cult and various subterranean alien races emerge to do battle or otherwise prop up the plot. The is one nice scene with Jamie and Zoe driving a hovercar together. And there is a nice continuity touch: the I in IMC originally stood for Issigri.
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 22, 2011 rated it liked it
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Martin Day is on record as not being very proud of this novel. Technically, it's his weakest Doctor Who book...but only by comparison, as his later novels were so damned good. It has a forgettable plot, but the main cast is handled particularly small feat, as I believe the 2nd Doctor is the hardest to capture in print. It deserves more praise than it usually receives...if it receives any at all.
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
I must admit I wasn't that fond of this. The setting was just too forced and messy. A planet that was reverting to barbarism but in rather a confusing and not very believable way. There wasn't really enough of the Doctor, Jamie or Zoe and when they were there they were more caricatures than themselves. Zoe in particular seemed poorly written and the Doctor seemed really hard on her much prefering Jamie. I must admit I gave up on this one about a third of the way through.
Nov 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
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The plot is so-so, the bad guys aren't that interesting and the author doesn't seem to know what to do with the Doctor's companion, Zoe, so she just comes across as either boring or a bit snotty.

Not one of the better 'Missing Adventure' books.
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Martin Day is a screenwriter and novelist best known for his work on various spin-offs related to the BBC Television series Doctor Who, and many episodes of the daytime soaps Doctors and Family Affairs.

Day's first published fiction was the novel The Menagerie in 1995, published by Virgin Publishing as part of their Doctor Who Missing Adventures series. Following the withdrawal of Virgin's licence
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