- Title: Doctor Who: Last of the Gaderene
- Author: Mark Gatiss
- ISBN: 9780563555872
- Page: 304
- Format: Mass Market Paperback
My name is Bliss, said the newcomer, and I bring great news for you all The new owners of a Second World War aerodrome promise a golden dawn of prosperity for the East Anglian village of Culverton The population rejoices with one or two exceptions Former Spitfire pilot Alec Whistler knows the aerodrome of old, having found a strange, jade coloured crystal there yea My name is Bliss, said the newcomer, and I bring great news for you all The new owners of a Second World War aerodrome promise a golden dawn of prosperity for the East Anglian village of Culverton The population rejoices with one or two exceptions Former Spitfire pilot Alec Whistler knows the aerodrome of old, having found a strange, jade coloured crystal there years beforeWhen black shirted troops appear on the streets, Whistler takes his suspicions to his old friend Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart The Doctor and Jo are sent to investigate and soon discover that all is not well in the seemingly idyllic village.What are the black coffin like objects being unloaded at the aerodrome What horror lies behind Legion International s impeccable facade And what is the monstrous creature growing and mutating in the marsh As Culverton gears up for its summer fete, the Doctor finds himself involved in a race against time to prevent a massive colonisation of Earth For the last of the Gaderene are on their way
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Mark Gatiss gives good Who. This is most obvious in 'Past Doctor' books where he makes sure that what he is writing is, first and foremost, Doctor Who.Other authors burst free from the constraints of 1970's television. They fill the sky with fleets of invading spaceships or send the doctor to far flung corners of the globe to fight huge monsters in epic battles of sex and blood.But not our Mr Gatiss. He realises that proper Doctor Who aliens invade Earth by sneaking into small villages in the ho [...]
I'm a little bit crazy when it comes to Doctor Who. Chances are, if it involves the Doctor, I want in on it -- I want to see it, I want to read it, Pin it, and/or I want to collect it. I pretty much begged the tour coordinator (thank you, Lisa!) at TLC Book Tours to get on the tour for at least one of the books in this 11 book, 50th Anniversary Collection. I must have convinced her that I was a Whovian since I ended up with two books from the series PLUS the new Who-ology Doctor Who book. I have [...]
I don't really like writing negative reviews, but unfortunately I feel compelled to do so after reading Doctor Who: Last of the Gaderene. My comments are not wholly negative; merely cautionary. And of course, your mileage may vary.I normally enjoy Mark Gatiss' work, but in this instance I found his text over-written, rich in adverbial excess and passive voice. The pacing is meticulous to a fault, with the writer's attempts to breathe life into the supporting cast (an admirable goal) falling prey [...]
Probably one of the best Doctor Who books I have read so far. It is very much in the style of the series at the time with the extended UNIT family being used to good effect.
I can honestly say that the third Doctor, amazingly portrayed by John Pertwee, really was my first Doctor. I have vague recollections of watching the last story in which the third Doctor, receiving a fatal dose of radiation, regenerates into the fourth Doctor. I remember being terrified at the spiders, and haunted watching the third Doctor struggle and fight for life.So imagine my joy when I got to review a book about my very first Doctor, written by Mark Gatiss. If you are unfamiliar with who M [...]
Mark Gattis has written some of the most well-received episodes of the new series to date. Who can forget The Unquiet Dead? Or The Crimson Horror? I even like Victory of the Daleks(Yes, that's it. Facepalm all you want.). But how does his book compare to his Doctor Who episodes?Well, the answer is, remarkably well. Mark Gattis has written a story here that never grows dull. You are entertained right from the moment Whistler loses his girlfriend during World War 2 to the part of the book where th [...]
Really good story, and some very good characters. Noah and the Wing Commander were great. But points taken away for hissing. At least five times, "Hissed" is used instead of said. As in, "Go away!" he hissed. This doesn't normally bother me, even when the phrase doesn't have any sibilant sounds. I know what the author is intending. But 5 times? Really, find another phrase. And then we have the Master, who snap his fingersortly after being described as wearing gloves. Ever try to snap your finger [...]
*Special Content only on my blog, Strange and Random Happenstance during I ♥ ♥ The Doctor (October-December 2013)Wing Commander Alec Whistler fell in love with the town of Culverton, as well as a young lady, when he was stationed there during the war flying spitfires out of the aerodrome. He might have lost the love of his life in an air raid, but thankfully he survived the war and went on to make Culverton his home. Though as the village fete approaches it is a sad day in Culverton because [...]
"Doctor Who and the Last of the Gaderene" is a Doctor Who prose book featuring the Third Doctor and his companion/"assistant", Jo Grant. The word "prose" may be new to you, so allow me to explain briefly; Doctor Who has a very unique view of canon, in that time travel can change the outcome of certain events that aren't "time locked", and that the Doctor can travel to other worlds in his TARDIS, as well. This means that each specific line of Doctor Who media has its own canon; the Doctor Who sho [...]
I will also do a video review here at my channel: youtube/magicofbooks"Last of the Gaderene" by Mark Gatiss features the Third Doctor and his companions Jo Grant and Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. Black-shirted troops appear mysteriously in the town of Culverton, taking over the aerodrome. Strange things are happening to the villagers, and the Doctor figures out that these mysterious figures are set out to colonize the Earth, with the help from a familiar someone from the Doctor's [...]
This turned out to be much better than I expected. I get the feeling that the writing is lacking a bit in the "Doctor Who" books, which is really a shame as there's so much potential. However, I really respect Mark Gatiss as both a writer and an actor and his writing was not bad at all. I feel it was the plot, rather than the writing which made me unable to give this more than a 3.5 rating.There were small things in the plot that bothered me which, added together, left me feeling disappointed. I [...]
As a kid who grew up in America in the 70's and 80's my first Doctor was Tom Baker and for most kids of that time Tom Baker has always remained their favorite Doctor. Not me. Once I saw Jon Pertwee as Doctor Who when they started airing his episodes on public television I found my favorite Doctor. This still stands today. Jon Pertwee was a very suave Doctor with his smoking jacket and demeanor. He was very different from all the other Doctors. He was a scientist, a colleague and a friend. His ep [...]
I think it's safe to assume that the BBC chose this particular Third Doctor story to re-publish for the 50th Anniversary Collection because it's written by Mark Gatiss. Few Doctor Who authors have had the same kind of success as Mark Gatiss, thus, it makes sense that a little name recognition might sell a few more books.Which is a shame, because Last of the Gaderene is a dud.Not a terrible dud, mind you. Just a run-of-the-mill, mediocre, meh kind of dud. I'm still not entirely clear what The Mas [...]
(Well, if I'm honest, it might be between 3 and 4 stars, but I'm a hopeless Who apologist, so I'm rounding up.)This Third Doctor story, despite its problems (so many, many adverbs and characters' POV), feels very much in the spirit of Jon Pertwee’s time on the show. It’s interesting to see Mark Gatiss at an earlier writing stage, and it’s to our viewing benefit that he’s progressed so well. I still recommend Last of The Gaderene to fans of the show, and I’m hoping to further expand my [...]
Okay, I gave this a 4 star because overall, it was a pretty good story. The setting, action, story and resolution is VERY Third Doctor… The Third Doctor himself though, kind of slips in and out of his persona a little which is pretty disappointing as Mark Gatiss claims that Jon Pertwee was HIS Doctor (he's MY Doctor too!). Despite the wobbly wobbly nature of the Third Doctor's character being in question, everything and everyone else in the book is on form and the general plot is interesting. [...]
The Doctor, Jo, the Brigadier and UNIT go to the rescue of a friend of the Brigadier's and the other people in the same small village from a mysterious legion, suspiciously and increasingly more and more similar to an army bent on keeping secret all of their operations in the aerodrome they took base in. As villagers start acting weird and disappearing, the Doctor and his friends find out a much bigger danger, coming from very far away with the help of an old enemy of the Doctor's, is threatenin [...]
There is an extra oomph when the story is told with the location and time on present-day Earth because the author is given the additional challenge of incorporating alien life forms in an otherwise normal setting. The Gaderene were vile creatures (described comprehensively) that needed a new home at the expense of human beings. The Third Doctor lived up to his billing. It was accurate on Gatiss' part to include UNIT. However, the Doctor's scene with Rujjis and General Gogon were extraneous and t [...]
Mark Gatiss isn't the greatest writer in the world; I had to struggle over some clunky sentence construction and weird paragraph formatting issues to get to the story inside. The story, however, proves worth it. Monsters invade an idyllic small town, a la classic Who; the Brig and the Doctor respond each in their own way, Jo makes important discoveries while getting into trouble, a surprise guest puts in an appearance, and local heroes save the day. Good fun, great classic Who, and an excellent [...]
I can understand why some readers criticize this book for just being a standard Doctor Who adventure story, in that it does nothing groundbreaking or remarkably different with the characters or the story, but as a standard Doctor Who story, I can't really find fault with it. The horror elements of the story remind me of the Tom Baker years more than Jon Pertwee's era, but I'm not complaining. I've read too many below-average Doctor Who novels to complain about a good story told well.
nwhytevejournal/2235024ml[return][return]This is a satisfying return to well-known themes of the Third Doctor's era - the country village, the Master, the sinister scientific installation, the aliens taking over people's bodies - updated for the audience of the year 2000, with the government being rather more obviously malicious rather than incompetent.
OK fair does I have actually already read this book, but felt like re-reading it on the ole Kindle device as its part of the 50th anniversary reissue hooh-hah. This is a nice copper bottomed Pertwee era romp and v. enjoyable. By far the worst bit is in the first couple of pages where there is SLAVERING at Jo Grant in a hot pink bikini. We get it dude! Formative years and all that! But DO keep the screwdriver in yr pants.
This was by far the creepiest story I have read this year The imagery that Mark Gatiss conjures is, frankly, horrific. Scaly, segmented worms with hundreds of mandibles latching onto people's faces, feeding off innocent village folk like parasites are but a few examples of the terror contained within these pages. Oh God do not give this to a child. They will never touch a book again or seafood.
One of my favorite Doctors has to save the world, yet again! This was a great story of how aliens invade - more like the old stuff though, like body snatchers and puppet masters. This story had great amounts of horror, adventure, UNIT, and the best part - the Doctor! It even had the master, though to me it seems like he was thrown in there at the end, in order to make the plot work, which is the only reason I'm giving this a four, instead of a five.
This is the definition of a generic Third Doctor story. Extremely predictable. It does capture the essence of that era fairly well though. If you're a Third Doctor fan and looking for a breezy, comfort food kind of read, this is for you. It's so standard that it has to be intentional. It's not a bad read by any means but it brings absolutely nothing new to the table.
Mark Gatiss and his Spitfires again. Will he never learn?Good, though. Plot kept together nicely, an able cast of supporting characters, and Three is his badass self.
Quick, fun read. Mark Gatiss really loves this series, obviously.
A fun, creepy third Doctor story that captures the feel of the UNIT era and characters. Nothing groundbreaking, but a satisfying, meat-and-potatoes Doctor Who story.
After a reread I've decided that Lawrence Miles was right after all.
Confusing- I like Doctor who, I like the Third Doctor, I like Mark Gatiss' writing, but somehow these elements fail to coalesce.
A lovely 3rd Doctor story. Well written by Mark Gatiss. Plenty of suspense and action. Not too cheesy (which is nice).
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