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Doctor Who: The Fall of Yquatine (Eighth Doctor Adventures #32)

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Yquataine--cultural, political and economic center of the Minerva System. A planet with a month to live.

Fitz knows. He was there when Yquataine fell. Now, trapped a month in the past, he doesn't know if the Doctor survived. He doesn't know where Compassion has gone. He doesn't know who the invaders will be.

But he does know the date and time when he will die with the mill
Mass Market Paperback, 1st, 288 pages
Published April 6th 2000 by BBC Worldwide Publishing
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Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
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Loved the alien culture stuff, less enthused about Fitz's general approach to women, or the DEATH AND DISASTER! ending. Also needed more female speaking roles, but was a lot better on this than the next book. Last space adventure for a while I think. (I'm catching up on my backlog of reviews for these books!).
Christopher Buchanan
The 8th Doctor and two of my favorite book companions, Fitz Kreiner and Compassion (now functioning as the Doctor's TARDIS), arrive in the Minerva System on the planet of Yquatine just in time to witness it's destruction. In the interest of avoiding the Time Lords, the Doctor fits Compassion with a black market randomizer he bought from a pie salesman and it fuses with her and puts her in quite a huff. How the hell did he not see that coming? Anyway, about that time, doom starts raining from the ...more
Patrick Hayes
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Now this was a great Doctor Who outing! The eighth Doctor has returned to the center of the Minerva System (you don't have to know anything about his previous visit there) a month before the system is destroyed. He is separated from his two companions, Fitz (a human) and Compassion (the TARDIS--don't ask, just roll with it). The Doctor lives through the apocalypse with the surviving species, while his companions get shot into Minerva's past, with Fitz stranded there and Companion abandoning him. ...more
Nicholas Whyte
Apr 08, 2009 rated it liked it

Doctor Who attempts to take on Babylon Five, just a little, in Yquatine, a world where humans and various alien species coexist in uneasy alliance. Except that when the Doctor arrives, it all gets destroyed, and then Fitz is warped back a couple of weeks and falls in love with the President's girlfriend as planetary doom approaches. Several ideas from this book also popped up in last year's TV Who, including the shape-shifting entities which deceptively co
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Doctor fits Compassion with a randomiser, she is not happy. Meanwhile, the planet they are on is under attack and they can't use the TARDIS to escape. Fitz ends up on his own in the past, not able to tell anybody what is going to happen. The Doctor tries to save those left after the invasion. This is a surprisingly good character based story. The plot has enough twists to keep you interested, though again I wonder exactly how much pain Fitz can cope with before he goes mad. It is a tradition ...more
Mar 25, 2011 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. Doctor, Fitz and Compassion arrive on Yquatine to get a Randomiser for Compassion, that way the can keep a step ahead of the Time Lords, except Compassion is non to happy about that. At the same time Yquatine is invaded by an unknown enemy.

I liked this one, We had equal time with the books namesake and the companions. Unfortunately they were pretty much impotent in the whole affair. Fitz spent most of the time in Jail, The Doctor spent most of his time trying to get people t
Sean Homrig
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a gem of a find, not to mention a love letter to Fitz Kreiner, arguably the Eighth Doctor's best companion in print. The villain of the piece takes a backseat to some clever writing, with Fitz trapped in the past on a planet he knows will be destroyed in a month, and the Doctor in the future, struggling with bureaucracy and the usual warmongers. It works not only as a "Doctor Who" story, but as a piece of science fiction in general. Ignore the banal cover and track down a copy; mandatory ...more
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Yes, we all know about the cover, but put that aside and you find a very enjoyable space romp.
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