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  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • Doctor Who: The Deviant Strain
  • Justin Richards
  • English
  • 22 March 2019
  • 0563486376

10 thoughts on “Doctor Who: The Deviant Strain

  1. Ken Ken says:

    A perfectly creepy Ninth Doctor story set in the chillingly creepy abandoned Soviet naval base.With this being the first of the recent batch of NSA that tied into the second half of Eccleston s only series as The Doctor, meaning Captain Jack is also aboard the TARDIS.I always prefer three people aboard this ship and they are all utilised perfectly.As soon as they arrive at the base the time travellers meet Colonel Levin, suspicion arise especially with Jack s American accent The group are soon t A perfectly creepy Ninth Doctor story set in the chillingly creepy abandoned Soviet naval base.With this being the first of the recent batch of NSA that tied into the second half of Eccleston s only series as The Doctor, meaning Captain Jack is also aboard the TARDIS.I always prefer three people aboard this ship and they are all utilised perfectly.As soon as they arrive at the base the time travellers meet Colonel Levin, suspicion arise especially with Jack s American accent The group are soon thrust into a mystery as a body has been found by a local stone circle and is in a bad state.A really strong adventure that has some really scary effective moments during the second half of the novel as the alien involvement is discovered and the unique plan has been revealed.There s a good Bad Wolf mention.For a TARDIS team that wasn t onscreen that long, it s great that we have these additional adventures


  2. Sean Homrig Sean Homrig says:

    Everybody but everybody assumes that the BBC dumbed down its Doctor Who novels for the new series, presumably to appeal to younger readers The Deviant Strain is no exception.However, the story s panache lies in its brooding atmosphere and the ever lingering dread that there s something verily lying just under the surface of the frozen Russian setting The characters aren t particularly fleshed out, but we don t need them to be The Deviant Strain is, after all, a creature feature, and str Everybody but everybody assumes that the BBC dumbed down its Doctor Who novels for the new series, presumably to appeal to younger readers The Deviant Strain is no exception.However, the story s panache lies in its brooding atmosphere and the ever lingering dread that there s something verily lying just under the surface of the frozen Russian setting The characters aren t particularly fleshed out, but we don t need them to be The Deviant Strain is, after all, a creature feature, and strives to be nothing else.The problem is not just with the insipid characterization of Captain Jack this was written, after all, pre Torchwood , but with the way the action takes a 180 degree turn from an atmospheric thriller to a standard runabout with zombies and blobs Talking zombies, mind you There s also a badly predictable whodunnit in there and plenty of running through corridors in a scientific research base that has a seemingly endless supply ofwell, corridors.Overall, not as bad as what some of the other reviewers have written about it, but The Deviant Strain has probably already lost itself in the quagmire of mediocrity that are the BBC NSAs in the last nine years


  3. Harry Williams Harry Williams says:

    This is the second Justin Richards book for the new series adventures and personally I think this is a muchof an improvement than his first entry, The Clockwise Man which, wasn t bad but wasn t good either I ll start off the review by talking about the characterisation The book features The Ninth Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack and they re all fairly well written They all get quite a lot do in the story, especially Jack who I think is probably one of the best things about the book as he d This is the second Justin Richards book for the new series adventures and personally I think this is a muchof an improvement than his first entry, The Clockwise Man which, wasn t bad but wasn t good either I ll start off the review by talking about the characterisation The book features The Ninth Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack and they re all fairly well written They all get quite a lot do in the story, especially Jack who I think is probably one of the best things about the book as he does have some really good moments One of the things I liked most about The Deviant Strain is the tone The new series books often go for quite a light hearted tone but this one is probably the most serious new who book I ve read and definitely felt a lotadult which I really appreciated Another positive is that it s packed full of story which is one of the reasons I found myself quite engaged with the book Richards really nails the atmosphere in this story as there are moments where it really feels like a proper base under siege story I could almost see this working as a second doctor story Even though I liked the amount of story there was in the book, there were times where I found it to be somewhat convoluted and a little bit hard to follow I still enjoyed it, however I did find myself a bit confused in some parts of the book Another problem I had with the book is there s quite large number of characters and there weren t many which I really cared about The villains themselves are quite underwhelming and the theme of immortality has already been done quite a few times in Doctor Who but it wasn t really well executed in The Deviant Strain Overall it s not a bad book and I ll admit after reading a few of Justin Richard s books, I m not really in a hurry to go and seek outof his work Great characterisation, somewhat interesting story even if it is a little convoluted and villains that weren t all that interesting Definitely not a terrible book by any means


  4. Fangs for the Fantasy Fangs for the Fantasy says:

    A soviet era nuclear naval base has been abandoned The town surrounding it is surviving essentially at a subsistence level There is something fardangerous than the radiation leaking from the subs It s been there quite a long time sending out a message for help, which Captain Jack inadvertently answers forcing him, Rose and the Doctor to ride in for the rescue Though their Russian is perfect, at least one person knows that there sto the arrival of the threesome than their cover st A soviet era nuclear naval base has been abandoned The town surrounding it is surviving essentially at a subsistence level There is something fardangerous than the radiation leaking from the subs It s been there quite a long time sending out a message for help, which Captain Jack inadvertently answers forcing him, Rose and the Doctor to ride in for the rescue Though their Russian is perfect, at least one person knows that there sto the arrival of the threesome than their cover story implies I love Doctor Who with a ridiculous passion but that being said, this book left so much to be desired Because Eccleston was only the Doctor for a short time, these stories are precious After all, who doesn t want a bitof the Fantastic Unfortunately, this book is almost painful to read It s a scant 256 pages and yet felt like a tome that was never going to come to an end This is the first of the Doctor Who books that I almost gave a DNF rating.When the Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack arrive, they discover one young man dead and his girlfriend Valeria drained of her youth She is nothing but a husk, with no ability to communicate and absolutely incapable of taking care of herself Because this is not the first time something like this has happened, townspeople have become suspicious and actually blame Vourdalk a vampire from Russian folklore That sounds interesting doesn t it Naturally, it cannot possibly be Vourdalk as we discover when the Doctor begins investigating Nope, it s all about aliens, glowing blue blobs and zombies It seems some people decided that they want to live forever The story takes a massive turn and feels like a bad rip off of Stephen King s Tommy Knockers Since King already told this story and brilliantly at that, inserting the Doctor does nothing but remind us that we re reading an author with less than half the talent of King The story quickly turns from an intelligent investigation to the Doctor, Rose and Jack running from the blue blobs, and setting shit on fire That s when it absolutely lost me because it felt like a complete bait and switch Yes, I get that as much as the Doctor is a super brilliant Time Lord, he spends a good deal of time running and dodging to get away from the bed guys but that usually comes with a coherent story which The Deviant Strain greatly lacked.In terms of characterisation it was absolutely off Yes, I can picture Captain Jack running into combat and working to save someone he saw as vulnerable and need of his help My question however is where did my smiling, flirtatious Jack go He was absolutely generic Even though The Deviant Strain is set before Torchwood, there should still be some sense of who Captain Jack is This character is such a cardboard cut out with no personality that he really could have been anyone with the name Captain Jack tacked on for fan service.Then there s Rose, who runs around tossing herself at anything that looks dangerous She s like a fish out of water I didn t recognise her at all She seemed to be there so that the Doctor could explain what is going on Yes, I realise that this is the main function of the companion in the Who universe, however each companion has a personality that is distinct Rose just ran and threw herself at stuff without trying to figure out the big picture or even giving the Doctor a sense of humanity which is something that she was really good at.Read More


  5. Katie Brock Katie Brock says:

    I always like Justin Richards books for Doctor Who because they re just that little bit darker and that makes for great reading This one follows The Doctor, Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness in early 21st Century at an abandoned Soviet base after the cold war There s Russian soldiers, zombies, jellyfish aliens and bodies with the life sucked out of them.What s going on, and can the Doctor save the day I did forget that Jack wasn t immortal because he was travelling with the Ninth Doctor an I always like Justin Richards books for Doctor Who because they re just that little bit darker and that makes for great reading This one follows The Doctor, Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness in early 21st Century at an abandoned Soviet base after the cold war There s Russian soldiers, zombies, jellyfish aliens and bodies with the life sucked out of them.What s going on, and can the Doctor save the day I did forget that Jack wasn t immortal because he was travelling with the Ninth Doctor and once I remembered his near death experiences were a lotdramatic.Oops Sorry Jack Although his compassion toward one of the victims was lovely There was no flirting, just genuine care I flew through this book like I always do with Doctor Who novels Nice to continue with the Ninth Doctor s adventures in the form of written fiction 5 5 stars.Really enjoyed


  6. Maya Maya says:

    The audiobook reading was really crap The narrator did very posh voices for both the Doctor and Rose The Doctor with a touch of self important professor and Rose almost constantly bewildered It was so far out of character Jack s accent was very successful either, and the Russians all sounded alike with stereotypical exaggerated Russian accents, which didn t make sense anyway considering the Tardis was translating It would have been much better to read it without different voices.Given the r The audiobook reading was really crap The narrator did very posh voices for both the Doctor and Rose The Doctor with a touch of self important professor and Rose almost constantly bewildered It was so far out of character Jack s accent was very successful either, and the Russians all sounded alike with stereotypical exaggerated Russian accents, which didn t make sense anyway considering the Tardis was translating It would have been much better to read it without different voices.Given the reading, I really can t fairly judge if the characters were otherwise in character The plot was ok


  7. Casi Hamilton Casi Hamilton says:

    This is probably the worst Doctor Who book I ve read And I ve read a lot of them now Richards seems to have little concept of the Doctor, Rose, or Jack as characters His storyline lacks focus and direction His efforts to build suspense are misguided and frustrating As short as this book is, it took me ages to read There are so few 9th Doctor Books, it makes me really sad to know that this is one of them.


  8. Helen Helen says:

    An interesting premise, and I love both Rose and Captain Jack, but again I struggle to see Eccleston s doctor here A bit too generic.


  9. David David says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The Ninth Doctor was my first introduction to the series Having the opportunity to see another adventure with the Doctor, Rose, and Captain Jack was a thrill Overall I enjoyed the story and felt that it was worth the read.One thing that I loved about this story involves Jack saving Valeria When they first find her withered and unresponsive he carries her and refuses to abandon her Later on he continues to risk his life for her, even when she is abandoned by her family Jack risks his life re The Ninth Doctor was my first introduction to the series Having the opportunity to see another adventure with the Doctor, Rose, and Captain Jack was a thrill Overall I enjoyed the story and felt that it was worth the read.One thing that I loved about this story involves Jack saving Valeria When they first find her withered and unresponsive he carries her and refuses to abandon her Later on he continues to risk his life for her, even when she is abandoned by her family Jack risks his life repeatedly saving this girl that everyone thinks is completely gone Then in the end as they say farewell Valeria silently embraces Jack Moving for the first time since the incident, showing that she is alive and present That ending was the most powerful moment for me.I realize that the story is written at a level that it s easy for fans of all ages to read and understand However, I wish there was a littledescription on the additional characters to help better distinguish them Additionally I would have enjoyedbanter between the Doctor, Rose, and Jack


  10. Robin Robin says:

    A Russian set adventure in which the Ninth Doctor struggles to overcome the stark gloom of an abandoned Soviet village where some villagers have died in bizarre fashion The story was not without interest, but I struggled to get into it None of the background characters struck me as likeable enough for me to be overly concerned if they survived or not Captain Jack spends a lot of time running about, dodging blob monsters but lacks his characteristic charm or sexual ambiguity.The true villains A Russian set adventure in which the Ninth Doctor struggles to overcome the stark gloom of an abandoned Soviet village where some villagers have died in bizarre fashion The story was not without interest, but I struggled to get into it None of the background characters struck me as likeable enough for me to be overly concerned if they survived or not Captain Jack spends a lot of time running about, dodging blob monsters but lacks his characteristic charm or sexual ambiguity.The true villains of the piece would have benefited from greater character development to make their schemes seemmenacing and less rushed The whole dangerous tech idea would have made this plot well suited to a Torchwood story though admittedly a Cardiff setting would not have that air of crushing, grey despair about it


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Doctor Who: The Deviant Strain[Ebook] ➢ Doctor Who: The Deviant Strain ➨ Justin Richards – Thomashillier.co.uk The Novrosk Peninsula the Soviet naval base has been abandoned, the nuclear submarines are rusting and rotting Cold, isolated, forgotten Until the Russian Special Forces arrive and discover that the D The Novrosk Peninsula the Soviet naval base has The Deviant Epub ß been abandoned, the nuclear submarines are rusting and rotting Cold, isolated, forgotten Until the Russian Special Forces arrive and discover that the Doctor and his companions are here tooBut there is something else in Novrosk Something that predates even the Doctor Who: MOBI :↠ stone circle on the cliff top Something that is at last waking, hunting, killing Can the Doctor and his friends stay alive long enough to learn the truth With time running out, they must discover who is really responsible for the Deviant Strain Featuring the Ninth Doctor as played Who: The Deviant PDF/EPUB Á by Christopher Eccleston, together with Rose and Captain Jack as played by Billie Piper and John Barrowman in the hit Doctor Who series from BBC Television.


About the Author: Justin Richards

Justin Richards is a British writer He has The Deviant Epub ß written many spin off novels based on the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, and he is Creative Director for the BBC Books range He has also written for television, contributing to Five s soap opera Family Affairs He Doctor Who: MOBI :↠ is also the author of a series of crime novels for children about the Invisible Detective, and novels for older children His Doctor Who novel The Burning was placed sixth in the Top of SFX magazine s Best SF Fantasy novelisation or TV tie in novel category of Who: The Deviant PDF/EPUB Á .