|Reviews for Island of Death
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|Hatman, In line of sight
|Friday 26 May 2006
Unbelievably random. The campness (and buoyancy) is kept at a suitable minimum. Randomly mentions the Nobel prize.
|Good, if you like this sort of thing...
|Josh, Sitka, Alaska
|Friday 9 April 2010
For those of you who don't know it this book is a follow up to the two BBC radio dramas that Jon Pertwee did in the early nineties, just before his death. This in mind I was very eager to read this book, as I enjoyed those radio dramas, ('Paradise of Death' and 'The Ghosts of N-Space').
Island of Death is a Doctor Who adventure that you will enjoy if you liked the radio dramas. While this is not the best Doctor Who story I have ever read, it was certainly a very fun read. I also learned that a Time Lord's respitory bypass system makes them naturally boyant (no idea if I spelled that right) in water.
The only problem I had with this story is that, like many other BBC Doctor Who stories, the climax comes far to quickly at the end. (I often wonder if the BBC enforces strict guidelines on how long a book can be!)
Other than that it is well worth the read.
|Trevor Smith, Nottingham, United Kingdom
|Friday 12 June 2015
Have to agree with the other reviewers. Not a bad novel but nothing particularly great either.
As you would expect, Barry Letts gets the third Doctor, Sarah Jane and the Brig spot on but the story just never kicks on and the aliens were frankly dull. 6/10
|Old Time Serial Adventure
|David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
|Tuesday 7 July 2015
Barry Letts knows his characters and knows his navy stuff. That is for sure. The story itself is somewhat light and simple. A bunch of insect aliens are posing as leaders of a Hare Krishna style cult. Jeremy Fitzoliver has joined the cult. The Doctor, Sarah, and Brigadier have to save him and the world from being sucked dry. The story moves along at a good pace, but there really is not enough of it there for a novel. So, Letts employs multiple delaying tactics to keep the Doctor and crew away from confronting the aliens for quite some time. The confrontation itself is typical of Letts, with the Doctor trying desperately to talk down the aliens from their nasty ways. There is some fun to be had with the Brigadier and some hallucinogenic mist. Because of all the delaying chapters, the whole reads like a novelization of an old movie serial from the 1940s.