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Doctor Who: Matrix (Past Doctor Adventures #16)

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It is Victorian London and Jack the Ripper is stalking the streets -- or is it the Doctor?

A crystal from the TARDIS' telepathic circuits has a serious effect on the Doctor's mind, and Ace finds herself isolated and in danger.

What part is the Doctor being forced to play? What is the secret of the 12 shadow-TARDISes which eerily wait in silence for events to play out? Only a

Mass Market Paperback, 280 pages
Published October 5th 1998 by BBC Books
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Daniel Kukwa
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it
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Sci-fi loves messing around with Jack the Ripper, and "Doctor Who" seems to be no exception to this rule. That said, while I think the use of the Ripper in this novel is far superior to both the efforts of "Star Trek" and "Babylon 5", I do have a hard time wrapping my head around the plot machinations and reasoning...never mind the massive fanwank involved at its core. What manages to salvage these mind-bending games with evil incarnate is the amount of atmosphere on display: a dark, terrifying ...more
M Christopher
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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An orignal Doctor Who novel, featuring the Seventh Doctor and Ace, this is a dark, dark tale of the Galifreyan wanderer, well-written but troubling. It is a fitting sequel to one of the most controversial chapters in the original run of "Doctor Who" and lays open the possibilities of the shadowside of Time Lord technology. Published in 1998, "Matrix" gives us a prescient glimpse into what may have overcome the Time Lords during what we now know as the Time War, forcing the Doctor into his apocal ...more
Matthew Kresal
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Considering the fact that the seventh Doctor and his companion Ace (though to a lesser extant) were the stars of sixty different novels as part of the Virgin New Adventures range, it would be hard to believe that there was much else to be said about these two characters. Yet as this BBC Past Doctor Adventure (PDA) by Robert Perry and Mike Tucker from 1998 shows us that is most definitely not the case. Like the best books from the New Adventures range, Matrix pushes its main characters to their l ...more
May 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Challenged by a mysterious enemy the Doctor decides to Journey back to 1963 to leave Ace with his first incarnation. Instead they arrive in a London that bears little resemblance to what it should be and the Doctor seems never to have existed. The sense of doom and wrongness is reinforced by an encounter with Ian and Barbara who apparently never taught a Susan Foreman nor met the First Doctor as they should have.

The dark tone of the book is unrelenting as Ace ends up abandoned on the unforgivin
Nicholas Whyte
Mar 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Matrix is a Seventh Doctor / Ace Past Doctors Adventure, set not long after Survival, which couldn't really have been done as a New Adventure because by the time the series had matured to the stage where a story like this could have fitted, Ace's continuity had moved on. It has a remarkable section featuring an alternate Ian Chester and Barbara Wright in whose world the UK has been annexed by the USA, and also manages to breathe fresh life into the Sixth Doctor's trial and the Cheetah Planet, ne ...more
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Doctor and Ace land in a London where the Americans rule. Something is attacking the Doctor's psyche, making him change who he is. They end up in a Victorian setting that is well done, and incredibly creepy. Ace struggling to survive without the Doctor takes up most of the book, but the story is tat involving you don't actually mind. There's a number of surprising plot twists and the end is satisfying. A very good read.
Shannon Appelcline
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Has a nice sense of horror and also does a good job of both addressing loose ends from the original series and respecting the continuity of the show.
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Very dark novel. The Seventh Doctor was great at being a manipulator, a clown and a very troubled man. Highly recommended
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