- Title: Doctor Who: Dancing the Code
- Author: Paul Leonard
- ISBN: 9780426204411
- Page: 250
- Format: Paperback
The Brigadier s going to shoot you, Jo, the Doctor said grimly, and then he s going to shoot me Both of us are going to die The Doctor builds a machine designed to predict the future It shows the Brigadier murdering him and Jo in cold blood Unable to tell where or when this event is destined to occur, the Doctor and Jo decide that they must stay a The Brigadier s going to shoot you, Jo, the Doctor said grimly, and then he s going to shoot me Both of us are going to die The Doctor builds a machine designed to predict the future It shows the Brigadier murdering him and Jo in cold blood Unable to tell where or when this event is destined to occur, the Doctor and Jo decide that they must stay apart Jo is sent on a top secret mission to the war torn Arab nation of Kebiria But upon arrival, she is immediately arrested and consigned to a brutal political prison The Kebirians have something to hide deep in the North African desert, an alien infestation is rapidly growing And the Doctor and UNIT soon discover that unless it is stopped, the alien presence will spread to overrun the entire world.
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While it wants to be a Doctor Who story it fails by having too little of the Doctor, UNIT used as gun fodder and far to bloody and sweary. The other major problem with this piece of fan fiction is the editing, their are many underplayed plots, abrupt stops and what seems to be some superflous characters.All in all a book that could have been edited so much better.
There's a certain relative innocence to the Letts/Dicks era of Doctor Who. This book took that relative innocence and chucked it right out the window. It is, of course, a matter of taste as to whether that is a good thing or a bad thing. I for one appreciated the attempt but I didn't care much for the result. The book takes a lot of the tropes of the era and tries to use them in an extremely bloody and violent setting that it just doesn't work well in. And damn is this book bloody. By the end of [...]
"Dancing the Code" is a particularly gory novel that I think is supposed to be an anti-war statement. The story centers on the fictional north African country of Kebiria, which is in the midst of a civil war. The country is run by a typical strong-man dictator who wants to wipe out (read genocide) the tribal peoples fighting against him. He believes he has a novel way to do this by using some alien cyborg insects that have been lying in the desert for centuries. This description perhaps gives aw [...]
I believe I have said this before, though I could be wrong, the Missing Adventures help to expand the Doctor Who universe in areas that could not be seen on TV. Dancing the Code does this, though it has mixed results.When it comes to books by Paul Leonard for the Missing Adventure series he is able to create alien races that are different from the standard ones you see. this allow a more realistic view of what aliens could be, this is good and bad. Here we are presented a race of aliens that are [...]
The great thing about "Dancing the Code" is that it's a great run-of-the-mill Third Doctor adventure. The bad thing about "Dancing the Code" is that it's a run-of-the-mill Third Doctor adventure. Like many of the Virgin Missing Adventures, this one is full of the flavor of the era without really contributing anything major, albeit an exotic location in the midst of a civil war in this case.It's a solid story with intriguing villains and a clever bunny trail of a subplot involving the Doctor's (a [...]
nwhytevejournal/2217422ml[return][return]One of the earlier Virgin Missing Adventures, which piqued my interest when I realised that a substantial chunk of the plot revolves around a conflict bordering Morocco and Algeria, a situation to which I have a professional connection. However there's one important difference - Leonard's fictional country of Kebiria is on the Mediterranean coast rather than the Atlantic. The plot is actually rather similar to the last Eighth Doctor novel I read, in that [...]
The characterization in this story is great. However, I have a silly, picky problem with one aspect of the prose: the author's apparent aversion to using 'and' and 'then' in lists of actions. He continuously wrote such things as "The Brigadier looked at his list, found Al-Batir's call sign." and "He ducked down again, asked, 'Where are we going now?'"It irks me for some reason.
It's a rather dark and thrilling novel. Unfortunately, I find that it's not really a "Doctor Who" noveld it's certainly not one reflective of the period in which it's set. Hell, even a season seven-centric Pertwee setting would still makes this novel seem incredibly incongruous and hard to enjoy.
Big disappointment here.Strong characterization of the UNIT crew is about all this book has going for it. The aliens weren't that interesting, UNIT gets used as cannon fodder instead of being allowed to do much and an interesting sub-plot between JO and a young terrorist/freedom fighter gets cut short just as it's getting interesting.
This book was surprisingly graphic and real in its portrayal of human deaths. It was powerful and moving in the way it handled the complexity of killing, and moral ambiguity in war. The plot, however, was lackluster.
Dr Who books range from OKish to completely awful usually but I really liked this
A solid Third Doctor adventure, nicely told through a number of viewpoints. Biggest flaw is a rather rushed ending.
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