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Get your fangs into this

By:Tom Lingwood, Broseley, Shropshire
Date:Thursday 20 June 2002
Rating:   8

Goth Opera is the first book of the 33 Missing Adventures and it’s a good book to kick off the series.

The plot sees the vampires of Great Britain receiving a message about the arrival of their evil messiah is imminent. Whilst on holiday in Tasmania, Nyssa is attacked by a demon child and is slowly becoming a vampire. The Doctor and Tegan must find a cure to save her before it’s too late. Meanwhile, the descendants of the Great Vampire want the blood of a Time Lord. This book has cameos from Romana, Glitz and the Drashigs.

It’s advisable to read the New Adventure Blood Harvest before this (though I haven’t). Goth Opera is a juicy, gritty tale, which I enjoyed. Every Doctor Who fan should have this book. Recommended.

Best missing Doc book

By:Peteley, London, England
Date:Thursday 24 October 2002
Rating:   10

The first and still the best, The Doc and Tegan in particular and brilliantly portrayed it was hard to realise it was only a book as the characters jumped out of the page, Nyssa's torment was very believable. This book is good for everyone, old hands who like references to old stories (state of decay), new adventues (Blood Harvest) and new stories as you needed no knowledge of these as it stands very well alone. Well recomended the best still to date and a must read for all 5th Doc or Tegan fans. Excellent

Decent Start To The Line

By:David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
Date:Thursday 10 February 2005
Rating:   6

As the first book of the "Missing Adventures" line, "Goth Opera" is not a bad start. It has plenty of adventure, atmosphere, suspense, and last minute surprises, all typically Whovian. Cornell tends to be a fan-wank kind of writer, and there are a few such moments in the book, but not too many. As the cover indicates, Nyssa gets a fairly large role in the story. Except for "Snakedance" and "Terminus," she was a sorely underused character in the regular series, and one gets real pleasure from her prominence in this novel. The main problems with the book, however, are typical for Cornell's imagination. The baddies have far too much unexplained power, and are able pretty much to do whatever they want to us poor, weak humans. Only the Doctor has any power of resistance, and this tends to limit the function of other characters. The total mind control creatures from the dark side (anyone remember "Image of the Fendahl"?) just gets overdone in his stories, and though less prominent in this novel than in other works of Cornell's, it still limits the possibilities too much.

Top range stuff!

By:Max Allen, London, United Kingdom
Date:Thursday 14 April 2011
Rating:   8

Top range stuff!

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