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Only Human” by Gareth Roberts (2005) — Doctor Who

Synopsis

A “dirty” rip in time and a Neanderthal in 21st Century London. That’s enough to draw the Doctor’s attention. However, whenever and wherever he came from, the Doctor can’t get Das the Neanderthal back to his own time without the effects of time travel killing him, so the Doctor enlists Captain Jack Harkness to mind him for a month to acclimate him to the 21st Century while the Doctor and Rose investigate the past, only to find a party of scientists from the future experimenting on humanity’s ancestors.

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The Last of the Gaderene” by Mark Gatiss (2000) — Doctor Who

Synopsis

Something mysterious is happening with mysterious people mysteriously at a nearby abandoned airfield, which is the cover for an impending alien invasion. Already the aliens have taken possession of several Very Important People at the Defense Ministry to smooth other everything and are hunting for the Lost MacGuffin in order to begin the invasion. Fortunately someone was old friends with the Brigadier and knew just how to bypass security to contact him directly. The Brig, of course, sends the Doctor, after he gets back from a little side trip that has nothing to do with the main story, and soon everything turns into (pseudo) Zombie Apocalypse! with villagers getting implanted with alien embryos to control them to hold off the UNIT troops until the actual invasion begins. All is saved when a WW II Spitfire airplane dives into the teleportation beam and halts the invasion permanently.

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The Harvest of Time” by Alastair Reynolds (2013) — Doctor Who

Synopsis

Mysterious events involving disappearing oil rigs and a secret Defense Ministry project attract UNIT’s attention, especially when the Master’s involvement becomes apparent. The Master is being used as a consultant by a Ministry of Defense communications project but in reality he is using them to broadcast a tachyon rescue signal to his past and future selves. However, the rapacious alien race of the Sild intercept the signal and use it to pluck various incarnations of the Master out of time, starting to erase him from existence. Then the alien invasion begins, whose object is to capture the Master himself as the Master Stroke of their Master Plan of creating the Master Computer, built of all the incarnations of the Master they were collecting. 1 They don’t find him, thanks to the interference of the Doctor who came to rescue him, which only leads to the aliens capturing him anyway in the far-flung future. But that is exactly what the Master wants, because the Master is in control of the computer, not the Sild, as they discover.

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Doctor Who Novels Reviewed

Over the past month, I read three Doctor Who novels.

Three Doctor Who novels, selected at random at the library without even checking the contents.

Three Doctor Who novels which all had elements of mind control. Even with the propensity for mind control in the early Doctor Who episodes, this can hardly be coincidental, can it?

Two Doctor Who novels with the Master. That’s a little more believable as those two novels featured the Third Doctor. Still, I didn’t know that about one of these two before I selected it.

So: three Doctor Who novels with mind control elements. Three reviews in the next three weeks. Watch for them.

Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman” — ‘A Lavish Banquet for Guys in Trouble’

Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman is a fantasy tale set in late 19th Century Japan. When the black ships returned to Japan in the 19th Century, the 200 year old rule of the Shogun was overturned, and with it came mass social instability and rampant crime. Fortunately the people one town have a Robin Hood-like protector, Roman, who is actually “Mister Helper” by day. Aiding Roman is his sister Koharu (dressed as a ninja) and their cute dog Sakura (disguised with a kerchief over his head). There’s also a full cast of characters supporting him, whereas others are hunting him and some whose motives are still unknown.

This is Roman on the left, in disguise, and his sister Koharu beside him. In the middle is Suzuki Magoichi,  the new investigator with a hidden mission and a master of gun-fu. To the right of him is the mysterious geisha Lady Okuma with a hidden agenda herself, and on the far right is probably the villian’s comedy relief henchman.

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A Lavish Banquet for Guys in Trouble’

The episode opens with master thief Ishikawa Gojuemon gloating over the success of his most recent robbery at the behest of Lady Okuma. What he stole wasn’t revealed, but his reward was a night with her, which didn’t exactly turn out all that well: he winds up drugged and paralyzed, laying on the matting, and they the geisha leans over him, catching his gaze as her eyes turn into hypnotic kaleidoscope patterns. In the next scene, the poor thief is wandering the streets of the city in a daze, until he is noticed by the police, upon which starts to wake up but the image of her eyes is too strong and he dives into the river to his death.

And what was stolen? It was a map of the country, the most complete map ever made, describing every natural landmark and waterway, an essential source of information for any invading army, and just it so happens there is a Western military force already established in a hidden fortress nearby, where the mysterious geisha has just delivered it. Roman and company have to invade the fortress and retrieve the map to save Japan from invasion. Magoichi is also involved, as his mysterious superior orders the death of the fortress commander. From then on, the map switches hands several times until the fortress commander rides away with it, proving in the process that he, too, is a master of gun-fu.

Commentary: If the characters, especially Roman, and the overall theme of the series appears to resemble Lupin III, it is because both were the visual creations of Monkey Punch. Whether Roman is supposed to be an ancestor of Lupin is doubtful, given the time frame, as Lupin III grandfather, the original Lupin, was French.

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