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Doctor Who: Deep Blue (Past Doctor Adventures #20)

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When a lighthouse keeper reports seeing a ball of light plunging into the sea off Tayborough Sands, UNIT sends Mike Yates to investigate. He is surprised to bump into an old friend, the Doctor, who has brought his friends Tegan and Turlough there for a holiday -- a holiday which is short-lived after the crew of the boat Papillon are discovered slaughtered.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by BBC Worldwide Publishing
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Nov 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Clever idea, in that UNIT, the government agency that deals with aliens, calls the Doctor for help and the wrong Doctor answers. Instead of Doctor #3, Doctor #5 arrives on the scene.

Otherwise this is a pretty typical 'Doctor and UNIt save us from aliens' story. The aliens were interesting and I liked how Doctor #5, knowing a bit more about the UNIt regulars futures interacts a bit differently with them.
Dawn Livingston
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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If you wanted to read a story involving one of the original 7 Doctors from Doctor Who, this would be a good book to start with.

The story is certainly very Doctor Whoish and I could imagine this being a tv episode. So, not an innovative story, but then most people don't read a past Doctor book for it's innovation they typically want a cozy book reminiscent of the series. Honestly, the 5th Doc and his companions are not my favorite but I really liked this Doctor interacting with the Brigadier and
David Layton
Jan 03, 2016 rated it liked it
"Deep Blue" might have been a good novel had there been at least one more serious go-round at editing. In particular, if the fan wank stuff were removed and the story told without all the intertextual references, it would have worked quite well. The premise is typical Doctor Who. There is an alien menace out for blood (lots of it) and attacking a small town of no consequence (a beach resort). The problems begin when we start with UNIT in the 1970s, but have Doctor 5 instead of Doctor 3 dealing w ...more
Aug 09, 2013 rated it liked it
A pertwee era style story starring the 5th doctor. Overall, a good and entertaining story. The characterizations of the doctor and Teagan were bang on. Turlough didn't seem that important to the story and only served to fill in when Teagan wasn't around (the too many companions syndrome common to the 5th doctor's era). The author had this annoying habit of spending a few pages introducing characters and giving them a back story (like they were going to be around for a while) only to kill them of ...more
Nicholas Whyte
Aug 06, 2011 rated it liked it

a Fifth Doctor novel featuring Tegan and Turlough, but also bringing in UNIT in the interval between The Green Death and Invasion of the Dinosaurs, giving pride of place to Tegan and Mike Yates - not the most obvious of pairings, but in the context where both have recently survived mind control, they are well placed to comprehend an Invasion of the Body Snatchers scenario in an English seaside resort in the early 1970s where Turlough, the Brigadier and Ben
Apr 17, 2014 rated it liked it
The Doctor, Tegan and Turlough land in the 70s at the seaside. There's a virus that is transforming people into monsters. UNIT gets involved too. It's a decent Brigadier and Yates story. Warning, it is incredibly gory and the monster transformations are disturbing. This is not for the faint hearted. A good read.
Aug 18, 2012 rated it liked it
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The writing style wasn't brilliant (but it never is with these TV books) but the story hooked me in and I really enjoyed it. The alien was a pretty awesome one, but the ending felt a little too... easy.
Adrian Sherlock
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is top notch, scary body horror stuff with the Brig and Mike Yates guest starring in the Fifth Doc era with Tegan and Turlough. Mark Morris writes a compelling, even poetic and dark tale. Recommended!
Daniel Kukwa
Apr 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Mark Morris' most successful "Doctor Who" novel. It's an unexpectedly successful mix of two eras, combined with a creepy, gooey monster story, plus a dash of doomed romance. What more does one need?
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great and gristly story where team TARDIS works with 1970's UNIT to stop aliens from mutating the population of a seaside town into a conquering army. Exciting and very creepy indeed.
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Interesting enemy in this one, quite gory as I remember it.
Simon Curtis
Mar 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Rip roaring adventure, and very creepy to boot. Brilliant.
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Though the conclusion of this story was far too easy, I thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the book. Thanks for a rare, riveting Past Doctor read, Mark Morris :)
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Mark Morris became a full-time writer in 1988 on the Enterprise Allowance Scheme, and a year later saw the release of his first novel, Toady. He has since published a further sixteen novels, among which are Stitch, The Immaculate, The Secret of Anatomy, Fiddleback, The Deluge and four books in the popular Doctor Who range.

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