Doctor Who: Alien Bodies

Doctor Who: Alien Bodies

Lawrence Miles / Jan 19, 2020

Doctor Who Alien Bodies 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 wha

  • Title: Doctor Who: Alien Bodies
  • Author: Lawrence Miles
  • ISBN: 9780563405771
  • Page: 130
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 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 to be the deadliest weapon ever created.When the Doctor and Sam arrive in the city, the Time Lord soon realises they ve walked into the middle of the strangeOn 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 to be the deadliest weapon ever created.When 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 bidder is something horrifying than even the Doctor could have imagined, something that could change his life forever.And just when it seems things can t get any worse, the Doctor finds out who else is on the guest list

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    1. 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 upgr [...]


    2. I’ll be honest, I used to sneer at spin-off books of TV shows/films. 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 quickly and make a quick 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 inheri [...]


    3. 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 tr [...]


    4. Where, oh where to begin?Well, 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. Quite 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 [...]


    5. The Eighth Doctor's first meeting with the time travelling, voodoo cult known as Faction Paradox - what more 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 out [...]



    6. 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 itself.Okay, 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 sto [...]


    7. The best Eighth Doctor book to date, and right up there with the best books from the Virgin series as well. It's terrific to finally see the BBC series pulled out of the mediocrity of action-filled retreads of TV shows!Part of this book's success is that Lawrence Miles fully engages with the science-fiction genre in a way that few Doctor Who writers do. This book is full of gonzo science-fiction ideas as well as a sophisticated and dense understanding of time travel.The number of great ideas it [...]


    8. "Qixotl glanced at one of the tapestries on the far wall, the one depicting the sentient dinosaur sawing the heads off the vestal virgins. The dinosaur’s eyes were leering in Qixotl’s direction, as if to say, “you’ve lost the plot, sunshine”."A mad, wild, incredibly thrilling fever dream of a novel. The narrative introduces characters and twists at a breakneck pace, constantly hopping back and forth between torrents of surreal ideas. But despite initial appearances, the internal logic [...]


    9. I'm blown away by how creative this was. Even though a lot of the major twists were spoiled for me (what The Relic was, Faction Paradox, Sam), that didn't spoil my enjoyment of all the other surprises to be found here. This was entertaining from start to finish. Certain elements felt underdeveloped, like some of the characters, and the Sam twist, but probably because they're meant to be explored more fully later on in the series. Lawrence Miles is great with the conceptual side of science fictio [...]


    10. The one problem with Alien Bodies is that it is very convoluted. The premise and plot is actually quite interesting, but it's so different from the previous Eighth Doctor adventures tales that it kind of throws you for a loop. It does introduce some interesting concepts, including the Shift and elaborates on the Faction Paradox, and uses a mostly-forgotten race from the annals of the Whoniverse (the Krotons), so that makes up for some of the muddled storytelling, and makes the tale worth reading [...]


    11. A wonderfully creative, innovative, mad story bursting with imaginative ideas. My issue with this Eighth Doctor Adventures range has been how concerned it has been with the past, when it’s featuring a new Doctor and would be better served creating a new distinct era of its own rather than pandering to eras of the past. Vampire Science set some actual strong characterisation for the range’s new characters, and Alien Bodies sets some actual new storytelling, lore, events, ongoing plot, worldbu [...]



    12. This is the first of the EDAs that was a slog to get through. I can see what Miles was going for but the skill just wasn't there. The tone tries for Douglas Adams witticism but becomes annoying and corny; There is a multitude of point of view characters (only two of which who are somewhat interesting) and not one distinct voice between them.


    13. I spent about half of this book expecting the body in the casket to actually be Laika, in the end. No luck. I guess that's more of a Gareth Roberts ending. Still, this is a great Doctor Who story. recommended


    14. "Wherever you went, you always made sure time ran its course. Until now, that is. Until this regeneration. You're not even thinking about the consequences anymore"C'est très curieux, ces EDAs: d'un tome à l'autre on passe de la catastrophe à l'extase. Et clairement, Alien Bodies se range en tête de gondole dans la 2e catégorie.J'ai ADORE ce livre. De la première à la dernière page, je me suis régalée, et je me suis même forcée à ne pas le lire trop vite histoire de pouvoir le savour [...]


    15. Context for this book - this is part of BBC Books' Eighth Doctor Adventures, which follow from the TV Movie. The Doctor is traveling with Sam Jones, a teenager who joined him in the late 1990s.The Doctor and Sam land in a jungle that isn't what it seems, and are pulled into a bizarre auction for a mysterious Relic. Among the participants are representatives of UNISYC (UNIT's future successor), the Time Lords, the time-twisting Faction Paradox, and even more unusual suspects. Things get even weir [...]


    16. This book is an eight Doctor novel, and requires very little knowledge of the TV show. If you, however, know absolutely NOTHING about the show, this may not be the best novel to start with. Fans of the current show should consider checking this book out, you'll see where current show runner Steven Moffat got a whole bunch of his most well used ideas from (without ever crediting the original author).The eight Doctor is playing chess with a UNISYC (formerly UNIT) general, when the general suddenly [...]



    17. I'm really upset I missed this one on my first read through the series! It turned out to be a huge plot-changer and I finally understand what happened to Sam in Doctor Who: Unnatural History. It was also a good story, although the action lagged a bit in some of the character-building flashbacks. The technobabble was borderline nonsense, but at the same time a little bit mind-blowing. I have to keep reminding myself that 'biodata' is a fictional construct of the Whoniverse and not actual science. [...]


    18. The first half of the book is either a love it or hate it portion. For me, I can acknowledge why somebody would like the first half, but I don't. The writing is fantastic, the story is interesting, but it's such a gigantic piece of set up. Because this is not a stand-alone story, in the way many stories contain themselves. This is setting up a past and a future for the Doctor. This is fleshing out his past (With UNISYC, Faction Paradox, and getting Sam and the Doctor to the auction). And there a [...]


    19. nhwvejournal/1091478ml[return][return]I am working through the 8th Doctor books not in order of internal continuity, but in order of popularity on LibraryThing (in the hope that I will thus discover some neglected gems towards the end). I'm afraid I didn't get a lot out of Alien Bodies. I liked the vignette of the Third Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith burying Laika at the very beginning; and I applaud Miles for bringing back and making effective the Krotons, of all unlikely Old Who baddies, half way [...]


    20. This is the first book in this series that decided it wasn't going to describe a tv show. EVERYTHING about Alien Bodies seems new and original. It IS a work of art.It introduces Faction Paradox, the Faith-based parallel to the Science-based Time Lords. Also introduced is one of my favorite creatures, THE SHIFT. Additionally, an old enemy from the black and WHITE era of the show returns (one of Robert Holmes', too).Of all the Doctor Who from the 90's, Alien Bodies was the most perused by the new [...]


    21. I'm a bit surprised I liked this as much as I did. 'The Adventuress of Henrietta Street' was my only other run in with Lawrence Miles to date and I consider that the single greatest turd of a DW book I've read so far. This story was very good despite the fact that Miles thinks his prose his a great deal more clever than it often is. At times it is quite clever, but it's just as frequently verbose and patronizing. I know Moffat gets accused of ripping this and other Miles stuff but I'm not seeing [...]


    22. Miles' previous book Christmas on a Rational Planet is one of only two books from the entire Virgin range that I gave up on half way. Alien Bodies, so soon after reading the dire War of the Daleks nearly killed the series off for me. The author goes to great pains to flesh out each and every one of the characters and results in me caring not one jot for any of them. The pacing of the book is so badly fragmented by the interjection of background vignettes that I found I couldn't spend more than a [...]


    23. The seventh Doctor, fresh from his latest regeneration, materializes at a key point in his own timeline. Someone is selling his dead body.Actually, we never learn for sure if this is the Doctor or the corpse of some pretender. The Doctor seems pretty convinced, but never opens the coffin to be sure; he just takes the word of the one who's selling it.Overall, the story was well told, and creepy in certain parts. This was my first exposure to the Doctor Who literary serials, and the Faction Parado [...]


    24. Can you imagine how excited I was about this book. In the days where the 8th Doctor was MY Doctor, to find out he would possibly be confronting his death AND The Krotons - I had to had to have this book!Now I want my life back - it was so long and drawn out. 20 words where 2 would do. The saving grace was THE KROTONS would we find out have the power to stop an entire Dalek saucer in its tracks, and a lot of lovely back story. But aside from that's boring.It was good that imponderables were left [...]


    25. Extremely fun, in a giddy way. The mystery is excellent, and the solution is even better. The quiet moments in the prologue and epilogue are also lovely. I totally loved the Doctor in this, and the book is full of very Douglas Adams descriptions, especially this:"Every now and then, Sam found herself thinking of the Doctor as a set of responses, not a man---half-man---person at all. A function of the universe, whose purpose was to (a) break into places and (b) break out of them again."


    26. I got side-tracked into rereading this (I can't remember how many years ago I originally read it) after listening to half the November podcast for the Doctor Who Book Club, which is dicussing it. It's a quick read - I wouldn't be trying it if it wasn't - and I am enjoying myself. The only problem is that it makes me want to finish reading the BBC Eighth Doctor Books (of which there are 60 or 70) when I originally only got up to about #35. There are too many other things I'm trying to read and re [...]


    27. i love when Doctor Who goes epic and introduces a much wider universe then simply a monster of the week episode. Alien Bodies does astonishing things with the continuity Miles produced imaginative concept after imaginative concept. Even Sam works,along with the Dark Sam concept. I fell in love with the idea of biological TARDIS Marie who's chameleon circuit lets her disguise as one of the inhabitants of the planet on which she lands. Perhaps most notably it properly introduces Faction Paradox an [...]


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