Specially Matts era Looking back at that gap between televised Doctor Who that listed between December 1989 and March 2005 it is sometimes hard for me to understand how it could be called the Wilderness Years There was one book after another virtually every month Big Finish audios coming out monthly from 2000 a new issue of Doctor Who Magazine coming out every month and so forth Then again I came into Doctor Who in 2007 when the New Series had established itself and the Wilderness Years were well and truly over That time period though produced some extraordinary and influential tales including this 1997 novel from Lawrence Miles a book I ve spent years trying to track down at an affordable price and one that I ve finally managed to read at lastThose readers familiar with the New Series especially its most recent seasons under Steven Moffat will likely find themselves experiencing a bit of deja vu There s the idea of a war in the Time Lords future the Doctor encountering his own future dead body a companion whose revealed to have multi time lines or sets of bio data as its referenced to here and a seuence early in the novel where someone jumps into the TARDIS as it sits parked on the side of the building to name just a few examples Anyone even vaguely familiar with the New Series will see the influences on The Last Great Time War that has dominated much of its back story as well as the influences on several Moffat stories including Impossible AstronautDay Of The Moon and Name Of The Doctor especially There s to it than that thoughAlien Bodies also features pre echoes of the New Series in style as well There s the way for example that Miles reinvents one of the most maligned monsters of the old series echoes some of the successful reintroductions of recent years Also while Miles is writing for the eighth Doctor and certainly captures Paul McGann s Doctor his dialogue especially echoes that of Matt Smith s Doctor Indeed once one moves past the prologue it feels like a New Series two parter expanded upon to fit the novel s page count with the last scene of the novel easily being a final scene with some voiceover and a Murray Gold score on top of In the end then I can t help but feel that for all Miles rails on his blog against the New Series in this one novel he invented so much of it in the space of 313 pagesMoving on from its influences on the New Series Alien Bodies is just a damn good book In a way it s interesting to compare Alien Bodies with its immediate predecessor in the EDAs John Peel s ill regarded War Of The Daleks Both books make strong use of the show s then 35 year continuity with references from it sprinkled throughout interludes between large chunks of the narrative and large cast of characters Miles manages to do all of that and he does it successfully than Peel Why Because unlike Peel he doesn t become a slave to continuity and is also than capable of poking fun at the same time that he s rehabilitating a much maligned monster His interludes are connected to the main story helping to fill in chunks of what got the characters to where they are at the novel s beginning rather than be inconseuential cutaways just to bring in a random piece of continuity While I would argue that Peel did well with his characters in War of The Daleks the ones that Miles presents feel tangible real possibly because they re not all Thal soldiers or DaleksIt also helps that Miles has a wonderful writing style His prose flows rather nicely and he handles the ever shifting tone of the narrative deftly as he goes from serious revelations those cliffhanger moments of the classic series to Douglas Adams style moments of whimsy to explosions and character moments without the narrative ever getting lost This is also the book that introduced Faction Paradox and the aforementioned war in the Time Lords future against the Enemy that would come to dominate much of the range for years to come It s easy to see this book as being to the EDAs what I think Paul Cornell s Timewyrm Revelation was for the New Adventures where they really began For all that and for so much Alien Bodies might be the best Doctor Who book you ve
read Now I m sure the majority of you reading this review have read but for fans such as myself who came in after the party that was the Wilderness Years had given way to the New Series it s a book that we might never get the chance to read It s certainly the ind of book that we re unlikely to ever see Doctor Who produce again So if you can find it and can afford it once you have get it Chess games spanning decades and lifetimes an auction for a mysterious body and TARDIS models disguised as humans I loved it The Eighth Doctor s first meeting with the time travelling voodoo cult nown as Faction Paradox what could you possibly ask for I read this circa 2002 and have to say that this book was the catalyst for not only getting me back into classic Doctor Who but also getting me hooked on the continuing adventures of the Paul McGann Doctor through the EDA range of novels So much so that I now count the Paul McGann Doctor as one of my favourites even though his screen time was limited to one outing the much maligned American TV movie It was such a shame that he wasn t given of an opportunity to flesh out the TV movie It was such a shame that he wasn t given of an opportunity to flesh out the via a TV series but on the flipside due to the Big Finish Audios and the EDA novel range the Eighth Doctor has been given a distinct voice that very much makes him a part of Doctor Who canonDefinitely one of my favourite EDA s and recommended to any Doctor Who fans as a good starting point for getting on board with Paul McGann s DoctorVery much overdue for a reread of this one as well A startling reminder that before he was a ranting man on the internet Lawrence Miles wrote startlingly good Doctor Who You can see why a man might be bitter though when he came up in the space of this one book with the Time War a human female TARDIS and a story in which the Doctor s corpse is the starting pointBut then some of the stuff he doesn t like is here too For all that he complains about Moffat s overuse of the Doctor s reputation as a weapon in itself or the tendency to upgrade the Doctor into an all round superhero this is the story of the great powers of the galaxy superhero this is the story of the great powers of the galaxy some less celebrated parties trying to get on to that level gathering to bid on a relic of great and unspecified powers That relic beingthe corpse of a future Doctor whose adventures in the meantime have left his biodata even valuable than it already was Who even in death can mess with events And so forth In other words this is excellent So s the new series They re clearly the same Doctor Who whatever anyone might say to the contrary Why can t people just get along Doctor Who EDA Books 6 Alien BodiesClearly the best EDA Book out of the six I ve read so far in the EDA marathon reading It got better and better as the book progressed pages 1100 810 pages 101200 910 pages 201313 1010The plot is very simple collective powers around the universe come together for an auction We see Humans Timelords The Faction Paradox and some other interesting faces come into the scene Get a bit of Daleks Master Plan vibes of different collective powers all meeting but for a completely different reason To place a bid for the relic What the item or artifact is well that s for the reader of course ixotl is the one setting it up and him and the Doctor have an interesting historyI would say out of every single Doctor Who book I ve read this is the best put together Dr Who novel I ve read It does rely on heavy exposition to move the characters storiesintentions along but I don t see it as a bad thing at all I enjoyed hearing. To be the deadliest weapon ever createdWhen the Doctor and Sam arrive in the city the Time Lord soon realises they've walked into the middle of the strangest auction in history and what's on sale to the highest bi. .
never read Now I m sure the majority of you reading this review have read
Their parts Some complain about it I don t now why it was executed very well to bridge the cliffhanger sections Similar to War of the Daleks interludes but done SO MUCH BETTER here I was thinking Nightshade is potentially in trouble of being Histologie knocked off the thrown as my all time favourite Doctor Who novel short answer no it didn t Nightshade is still No1 But damn isn t this novel fucking amazing My favourite part I d say is when everybody found out about the Doctor s identity in the auction and everybody turned and freaked out causing complete anarchy and chaos this eventually leads into a dark but awesome confrontational moment of The Doctor and ixotl never seen or witnessed the Doctor especially the 8th incarnation so pissed off Besides The Faction Paradox and The Shift we have a very surprising villain here I think originally it was suppose to be The Daleks as referenced but perhaps War of the Daleks made the change whonows Again that s for the reader to find out I wouldn t of guessed them ever being in a book like this Alien Bodies as we all L'Attaque des Titans T28 know it starts off a lot of plot strands events and arcs in the EDA range1 The Faction Paradox The Grandfather Paradox As discussed in the loose preuel Christmas on a Rational Planet2 The War in Heaven arc 3 The Celestis4 The Shift it s employers5 The Enemyand some other small stuff but that s the big juicy stuff to focus on Id give Alien Bodies a 9510 It s exposition galore and does rely on it to move it forward and I expected this to go down that path to establish certain things and set things up for the progressionof the range Next is Kursaal and would appreciate something light after the heavy arc set up novel but awesome book none the less which is Alien Bodies easily one of the best Doctor Who books I ve read If I could give a book zero stars this one wouldn t even get one Actually having read comments by the author I d love to give this book negative stars Arrogant douche But I ll try to confine this review to the book itselfOkay so this book introduces giant new plot twists to the Eighth Doctor Adventures in the form of a Time War set somewhere in Gallifrey s future from the Doctor s perspective This is an incredibly ambitious idea and in the hands of a good author I am sure the story would be highly entertaining Lawrence Miles is not that author The actual result was a preposterous train wreck I truly never thought I would read a worse story than The Icewind Dale trilogy something I regret even admitting to have read even if I was sixteen or seventeen at the time but this one takes the cake I truly have never read a worse novel than this and I hope never to read one worse stillFirst of all forget the story The format of the book was awful I have to imagine that this idiot is a fan of the Silmarillion the way heeeps skipping to idiotic character backstories literally every other chapter He does this to create false cliffhangers and as a time travel gimmick each subseuent backstory is a piece of the Relic s story only told in reverse The problem is they re stories about characters that we just don t goddamn care about He literally spends an entire chapter in the current story telling us who worthless and laughable the Krotons are and seriously of all the monsters of the week he could resurrect from the original series he picked KROTONS just before launching into the Kroton backstory chapter wherein he goes into significant depth about the biology and society of the Kroton race I nearly threw the book across the room at this point So freaking terrible I can t begin to comprehend this Incidentally this is what I referred to in my review of War of the Daleks People complained about the interludes in that book but there were three times as many interludes in this book At least that book only threw one in in between major sections of the book serving to split the story up in a fashion not unlike the original series serials This book s Interludes Being Every Other being every other just served to jumble the story weakening an already weak tale But I digressAs for the story again in better hands such a concept could have been intriguing The Doctor shows up at an auction for the Relic a weapon desired by several opposing factions in the aforementioned future Time War The mystery is Mises en situation professionnelle AS: Aide-soignant kind of silly since it becomes uickly apparent what that Relic is long before Miles intended reveal The mystery of the various factions is only slightly interesting but uickly becomes absurd Miles decided to delete the Celestial Intervention Agency from reality and rename them Celestis in their outside of reality but not really new home I m sorry if you shorten Celestial to Celestis then that i still has the sound of a long E in my head which makes their name utterly ridiculous soundingAlso how far are we supposed to swallow the splintering of Gallifreyan culture There s the original Gallifrey the Celestis Faction Paradox which is both silly and also originally Gallifreyan and now the Enemy an unnamed future antagonist in this future War of Miles We meet a member of the Enemy in the Celestis home at the end of the story and he s described as wearing Gallifreyan garb So basically every faction making serious bids on the Relic not counting younow the Krotons and the still not time aware humans are all Gallifreyan and every last one of them at odds with each other The fact that the Celestis want to pretend to neutrality and the fact that Faction Paradox adopts members of all races does nothing to change that factIn short Lawrence Miles set out to write the most ambitious book in the history of Doctor Who and failed miserably And then wondered why no other authors wanted to use his plot elements sighs The sole light in this darkness is that somebody eventually did and in doing so wiped this future War nonsense out of existence Causing Lawrence Miles to pout take his toys and go home Sadly I have to suffer through Miles before I get to that glorious point but I will revel when I get to that story For a pretty thick book 313 pages the plot is sort of straightforward it s just you will come across sections of the book that are Flashbacks to Specific people in the story telling a bit of their history and explained why they came to ixotl s Auction I don t want immediately jump right to it as I do have something to say about the starting point So the story really started off on very emotional tone not that much but enough for this section to gently pull your Heart Strings especially if you have the Love for DogsNow to the Plot point is that Representatives of each Species have been invited by ixotl who have uite of a history with the Doctor to his Auction the Representatives are Human Time Lords and Yes Faction Paradox There is one representative but I don t want to spoil the funLong story short ixotl is selling an Item which is nown simply as The Relic and everybody wants to get their hands on it as it looks upon as a perfect Weapon The Doctor soon learns the horrifying truth about itSo What I think about this story Well I can see why it s so popular It really introduces a lot of Concepts to Doctor Who But the thing that bothers me is well it seems like Biology plays a big role in this story
But The Fact That Thisthe fact that this titled Alien Bodies so what to suspect I must of thought way completely different of the meaning of that titleAnyway the pacing Like I said the plot does feel straightforward but I think what throws it off are the Flashbacks To me it feels like that these Flashbacks are just exposition pure exposition I mean like I said earlier it just exploits the other Characters and explains why they came to the AuctionI say that be it I rate this Story 9510. Dder is something horrifying than even the Doctor could have imagined something that could change his life foreverAnd just when it seems things can't get any worse the Doctor finds out who else is on the guest list.
Free download ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ê Lawrence MilesI ll be honest I used to sneer at spin off books of TV showsfilms Whether they be Doctor Who or Stark Trek or Star Wars or The Dukes of Hazzard or The A Team I ve always looked at the spin off books as hack work There for some author to churn out uickly and make a uick buck while the franchise it s linked to was still popular I am realising though as I get older and wiser there are writers who are truly inspired to do great work in the fictional universes they inherit Writers who aren t just content with churning something out but writing excellent books that just happen to be based in pre existing universes In science fiction that s doubly true as in novels there is no limit to special effects or locations any panorama is open any place is time or space is possible That s why I ve finally decided to explore the Doctor Who novels and maybe even Star Trek and Star Wars somewhere down the line It s a chance for further adventures a chance of brand new worlds I am opening my mind people Although if I m honest I ll probably still steer clear of any Dukes of Hazzard or A Team spin off novels I findIt s easy to see why Lawrence Miles s Alien Bodies is so well regarded in Doctor Who circles Clearly its influence stretches far into the new series We have The Doctor himself as a fetish object who is feared and hunted by the rest of the universe The Pandorica Opens we have the Doctor s bodily remains being a power unto themselves The Name of the Doctor we have a character falling out of a window and into the Tardis which is parked on the side of the building The Day of the Moon and in the character of Sam a girl whose timelines have been manipulated to put her in front of The Doctor we surely have Amy Pond That s before we get to the bits about The Time Lords losing a war to a race who are similarly time active It s all in this book and even though Lawrence Miles has never written for it and indeed holds a large grudge against it Alien Bodies gives a much deeper understanding to Nu WhoSo how good is Alien Bodies Well it s a mix of gothic fantasy science fiction and Douglas Adams with its own pixyish charm There are characters who do blood rights whilst wearing skull masks there are spaces constructed entirely in mathematics and there are jokes that Adams would have been proud of for example the authors of the various reference books uoted It s a book which stacks ideas on top of ideas and is clearly than a little in love with its own intelligence And that for the most part is great as the book is intelligent and I appreciate the witty little gags there just to show off its cleverness But it seems to me that Miles loses control of these ideas So many are introduced and they are piled so high that it becomes frustrating when the whole thing starts to topple over and various ideas are just left scattered on the floor And at that point the cleverness in tone of the book becomes a hindrance as clearly it s not as clever as it thinks it isThe Doctor finds himself at an auction in the South Pacific with various shady emissaries The lot they re bidding on is The Doctor s own dead body Whichever way you look at it that s a hell of a good set up For the most part it deliver on the promise of that opening and I was thrilled reading it Ultimately though as entertaining as it is the book just slips away from the author Where oh where to beginWell for one thing why was I not informed that this book is absolutely hilarious I think it was suggested that it was rather witty but I think that understates the case somewhat this is a side splittingly funny novel uite reminiscent of Douglas Adams with it s wheeler dealers in outer space and it s Raston Cybernetic Lapdancers But also reminded me of Robert Anton Wilson s Schrodinger s Cat Trilogy particularly the layers of conspiracy and the bizarre Bureaucracy of UNISYC Over all though however much it may remind me of other SF humor it is definitively a Who story A glorious waltz through three decades of continuity and in jokes Not the leaden clunky ponderous mess of The Eight Doctors Nor the forced cobbled together trite of War of the Daleks but a loving commemoration of so much that had gone before If it reminded me of any particular era in the series then it would be the Tom Baker it s a very Gothic esue novel if not a Gothic novel per se and the Time Lord intrigue along with the comedy definitely gave it that sort of moodOooh and that intrigue Isn t it just so intriguing hehehe This is the start of it The Second War in Heaven precursor to and in my mind the First Act of The Last Great Time War I ve cheated somewhat in that I long ago read up on The Enemy Faction Paradox and just about every plot arc this story sews the seeds of but since these forces are really rather mysterious even at there most understood I don t think I spoilt them much for myself but rather added weight to them when introduced they are well conveyed over all although none of them fully developed yet It s fun trying to
guess who represents who at the auction Also there are some Funny Anurism Moments regarding the Time Lords opinion ofwho represents who at the auction Also there are some Funny Anurism Moments regarding the Time Lords opinion of DaleksI actually found The Faction to be the least menacing in this story but I suspect later agents will be in their elementHomunculette was a great character and his seuence in London was much fun all the little cutaway sections were wonderful especially Laika Pro tip picture Homunculette as a slightly exhausted Barack ObamaUNISYC were rather entertaining too with all their oddball procedures and displacer syndrome I m an old UNIT softy but their sheer uirkiness won me over even if I felt they were under used Pro tip picture Kortez as Freddie Mercury and I think that brings us to The Krotons I was sort of expecting Kroton ness from Alien Bodies it was one of the things most commented upon this was the book with which rescues them from the villain scrap heap etc But in fact they were rather late comers to the story surprise guests and when they arrived i d gotten so wrapped up in this being a Time Lord story that i d forgotten it was a Kroton story Their introduction is then all the cooler for that however I was a little concerned when they proceeded to not do much of interest and be a little bit comically clumsy was this the glorious rise of The Krotons but then we get inside E Kobalt s head and then we get his flashback and then they start showing off their weapons capabilities and by the end of it I m utterly endeared to this proud warrior race Also they get an awesomely logical but clever origin storySo lastly Doctor et Sam watch diddle diddle deee for the first half we don t get much time with The Doctor and the story all feels a bit unrelated to him The chess scene pokes again at the uestion of how much he s altered in his latest incarnation which I always like exploring Then once the truth about the
is made clear we get much of him and inside his head in a way that I don t think the EDAs have done well until here the other two attempts really being at the start of The Eight Doctors and The Bodysnatchers As for asm we don t really get much of her and I wonder if Miles has something against her as a character certainly when we do get some Sam plot it s in the unconventional form of him suggesting that her entire sugary sweet character has been an altered timeline and she ought in fact to be a teen drug addict living in ing s cross Deduce what you will from that but I found the development to be an exiting one even if I d heard all about it beforeSo all in all Brilliant a bit thinly spread I wanted of everything but that s not much of a criticism So many elements of this story now feature heavily in NuWho On an island in the East Indies in a lost city buried deep in the heart of the rainforest agents of the most formidable powers in the galaxy are gathering They have been invited there to bid for what could turn out.Relic Is Made Clear We Get Much Of Him And