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Doctor Who: Prime Time (Past Doctor Adventures #33)

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Detecting a mysterious sub-space signal in the Time Vortex, the Doctor and Ace land on the planet Blinni-Gaar. They soon discover that the native population are little more than zombies, addicted to the programs of the dangerously powerful Channel 400. As the Doctor investigates, he finds that the television company has a sinister agenda that has nothing to do with enterta ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 234 pages
Published July 3rd 2001 by Doctor Who Books
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Michael
May 15, 2009 rated it liked it
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Unlike most Mike Tucker books I can't really recommend this one. It's a very lightweight read that's more of a train journey time filler than a comfy armchair treat.

The book is already one of the slimmest volumes in this range and that doesn't even take into account all the blank pages slipped into the gaps between the television show style breaks and previews (rather like the way I used to try to pad out my school projects).

The similarity to Vengeance on Varos is so close that I'd be more i
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John Parungao
Jun 19, 2012 rated it liked it
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What happens when The Doctor and Ace are drawn to the planet Blinni-Gaar by a television transmission beamed into the Tardis? They arrive on a world obsessed with television and under the control of the sinister Channel 400. What follows is a cross between Max Headroom and the Running Man. As The Doctor and Ace face various dangers, all of their exploits in this world are televised for the viewing pleasure of the planet.

This book features a variety of sinister characters, including corupt networ
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Nicholas Whyte
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I'm realising that Mike Tucker is one of the unsung talents of Who spinoff fiction. He has specialised in the Seventh Doctor/Ace period immediately between Survival and the New Adventures; here he brings them to a satire on reality television secretly controlled by aliens which is reminiscent of both Vengeance on Varos and Bad Wolf, but frankly hits the target rather better than either, and also brings in a body-horror Master who is still infected with t
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SUMMARY:
Detecting a mysterious sub-space signal in the Time Vortex, the Doctor and Ace land on the planet Blinni-Gaar. They soon discover that the native population are little more than zombies, addicted to the programs of the dangerously powerful Channel 400. As the Doctor investigates, he finds that the television company has a sinister agenda that has nothing to do with entertainment.As the Doctor is drawn deeper and deeper into a web of intrigue and deceit he discovers that he has an unexpec

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Leela42
Dec 14, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: pda, seventh-doctor
Past Doctor Adventure (PDA) with the seventh Doctor and Ace. Written like a TV episode (and I don't mean just the gimmick with the section titles), unfortunately a bad TV episode. Unsophisticated, gets more and more simplistic as it goes, and doesn't stand up to scrutiny. Very visual, and the characters are similar to how they were in the show, but they're treated like dolls. I could believe this story being submitted in Sylvester McCoy's day, but I'd be appalled if this was the final product.
Daniel Kukwa
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
Up to this poing in the BBC Books Past Doctor line, the Mike Tucker/Robert Perry books have been anywhere from unremarkable to pleasant distractions. However, in his first solo outing, Mike Tucker goes to town with a breezy 7th Doctor adventure that manages to be both a hommage to the late 1980s style and an engaging story in its own right. Plus points for being one of the few occasions to see the return of the Anthony Ainely incarnation of the Master...and he's on top form.
Angela
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Doctor and Ace arrive on a planet where TV rules, and the ruling company want to use them for a TV show. I really enjoyed it, particularly the character of one of the bad guys. It was so like the TV version, I could hear their voice. It would have been a great TV show, can't really say much more without spoiling it. A very good read.
David
Oct 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The Doctor and Ace trace a mysterious signal to the planet Blinni Gaar. It's not long before the Doctor and Ace are fighting for their lives as part of a sinister tv programme. Adding to the plot is the Doctors arch-nemesis the Master, who claims to be a victim of the plot as well.

An excellent portrayol of the Doctor, especially the air of mystery surrounding the character.
Shannon Appelcline
An interesting foe in the Fleshsmiths and some nice action. Unfortunately, the book is badly plotted, we have to constantly close our eyes to fake-outs that the Doctor and Ace should see, there's pretty bad use of the [SPOILER], and then everything anti-climaxes on a deus ex machina.
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Mike Tucker is a special effects expert who worked for many years at the BBC Television Visual Effects Department, and now works as an Effects Supervisor for his own company, The Model Unit. He is also the author of a number of original tv tie-in Doctor Who novels (some co-written with Robert Perry), and three books based on episodes of the television series Merlin. He co-wrote the factual books A ...more
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