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Doctor Who: The Man in the Velvet Mask

(Virgin Missing Adventures #19)

3.17  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  17 reviews
'The triumph of virtue. The misfortunes of vice. Who said the play had to be like the book?'

24 Messidor, XXII: the TARDIS has landed in post-revolutionary France, or so it appears. But the futuristic structure of the New Bastille towers over a twisted version of Paris. And First Deputy Minski, adopted son of the infamous Marquis de Sade, presides over a reign of terror tha
Paperback, 1st, 272 pages
Published February 15th 1996 by Virgin Publishing
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Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
An interesting take on an alternative history set around post-revolutionary France, it’s not an era that I’m overly familiar with so most of the references and side characters past me by.
Though of course it’s one of The Doctor’s favourite time periods!

I was quite glad that this was a relatively short read compared to other books in the range, the story itself was interesting enough.

Set between The Savages and The War Machines, I’d hoped this ‘Missing Adventure’ would have some nice moments with
David Layton
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a very strange, depressing, potentially off-putting novel, which perhaps explains its low ratings and that no one has yet written a review of it on this forum. It is something like Stephen Marley's "Managra" in that the Doctor and companion arrive in an Earth that both is and is not like one they or we know, and that runs by a peculiar logic outside the bounds of ordinary rationale. It takes place in Paris, 1804, but instead of the rule of Napoleon, France is run by the supposed son of t ...more
Jacqueline O.
The Man in the Velvet Mask is part of the Virgin Publishing Doctor Who Missing Adventures series. It features the First Doctor (as played on the classic television series by William Hartnell) and Dodo, an under-used companion. The Doctor and Dodo land in the TARDIS in what appears to be Post-Revolutionary France. Yet almost immediately something seems very off. Historical characters who are known to be dead are alive. People who should be alive - are dead. And everything is just off. Yet, for tw ...more
Jason Bleckly
Jun 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
A book only for obsessive Whovians. It's a short story padded with turgid repetitive prose to masquerade as a novel. The characterisation of Hartnell's incarnation was bad. It was a struggle to read it to the end. I would not recommend this book.
Benedict Reid
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Well written, interesting with a good premise based on a twisted history... but probably the Dr Who novel I've least enjoyed reading. I think it is the underlying sexual threat behind a lot of the action, which never actually occurred but added a weird vibe to the whole thing.
Feb 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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If the object of the Missing Adventures is to present Doctor Who stories that feel like they could have been produced in the era of the show's history in which they are set then this novel misses about as much as it is possible to miss.

The Man in the Velvet Mask sets out however intentionally to subvert the period of the show that it features, taking the innocence of a character like Dodo and putting her through an 'adult' experience designed to show an entirely different side to her (and also t
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]Once again, (and immediately following Steven's departure in The Savages) the TARDIS lands in what appears to be a familiar Earth environment, in this case post-revolutionary France. But all is not as it seems; the supreme leader is not Napoleon, but a mysterious Minski, under the patronage of none other than the Marquis de Sade. The Doctor gets involved with trying to work out What Is Really Going On, while Dodo falls in with a theat ...more
Oct 02, 2008 rated it it was ok
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Wow, was that a let down. A decent idea and setting and some really nice characterization of the first Doctor and Dodo is completely dragged down by tons of padding and angst.

It was like trying to read one of those black and white European art films. Just dreary.

I did like the Doctor dealing with the fact that he's getting old and is feeling nervous because it'll be his first time regenerating. Dodo also had more personality and depth in this one book than the entire season she spent on the TV s
Daniel Kukwa
Feb 18, 2011 rated it liked it
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One of those novels that many people will LOVE...but most fans will have a hard time trying to LIKE. This is dark and twisted, and disturbing and brilliant, and completely outrageous. It does things to characters that are in keeping with the use of the Marquis de Sade...but plants it firmly in a Doctor Who context, in spite of the darkness and strangeness. It's not a novel I'd personally rush to read again (not quite to my taste)...but first timers will definitely find this one a provocative rea ...more
Andy Simmons
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
I found this book a bit of a chore to read, to be honest. While the setting, a steampunk version of Revelutionary France, had some appeal and was well presented the book as a whole did not grab me. I felt that the representations of the Doctor and Dodo did not match their TV characters and only a few of the book's "native" characters had any life. I did like some of the nihilistic feel of the setting and the idea that the British worshipped the Devil (or in the book's reality an alien power) bec ...more
Nov 05, 2013 rated it liked it
A very different flavor of a Dr Who story; maybe because one of the key characters is the Marquis De Sade. The general feeling of the novel is a little somber. The First Doctor is nearing the end of his life, and his body is starting to fail on him; Dodo realizes her time with the Doctor is coming to an end, and so is desperately trying to prove herself on her own. It's an interesting story, but definitely more adult-flavored than other entries in the series.
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent 1st Doctor adventure filled with plenty of atmosphere. O'Mahony showcases an aging Doctor nearly out of life and breathes some much-needed life into Dodo. Also, explains why the Doc had only 1 heart (tying in with the revelation that he is half human.
Simon Curtis
Feb 24, 2010 rated it liked it
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For a Doctor Who book, I remember this as being rather sexual. Well, it does have the Marquis De Sade in it after all.
S Shipp
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was creative and unique which made it an intriguing and interesting read.
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it
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An interesting concept but a bit let down by too many "adult" touches. Not sure any plot purposes or character development really come from vomiting whilst drunk or Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
Gavin Mills
Aug 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
Utter trash. Daniel O'Mahoney should write for Torchwood.
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