Doctor Who - King Of Terrorby Keith Topping
A Fifth Doctor, Tegan and Turlough novel Two alien races the Jex and the Canavitchi are engaged in a battle to invade and either conquer or destroy the planet Earth. The Doctor is summoned to a meeting with Brigadier who shows him a photograph of a powerful media mogul named Sanger who has bought enough plutonium to destroy the world ten times over. UNIT are on the case and it seems that Sanger is one of a frightening number of alien Jex who came to Earth twenty years ago to sow the seeds of their ruthless world-domination When the Canavitchi launch their counter-attack and their alien fleets embark upon full-scale destruction, the Doctor finds himself engaged in a race against time to save planet Earth
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Lust, vengence, corruption and greed. King of Terror has it all. A wonderfully sexy and dangerous mixture of spy story realism, technophobia and buddy-cop comedy, this is a novel that will make you laugh and laugh and laugh and then suddenly pull the rug from under you by killing a character you really liked. Topping's a star!
'King of Terror' starts with one of the best opening sequences of any Doctor Who novel that I've ever read - the UNIT professionals... sorry soliders in Schipol Airport. They're Jules and Vince, or Bodie and Doyle , or every other great double-act you've ever seen, I LOVE 'em. After that the plot settles down into a straight forward espionage run-around with lots of good action sequences and TWO (COUNT 'EM) alien races to revel in. This is a thoroughly well written, excellently-paced and very amusing novel. Hugely recommended.
As a Doctor Who fan, I was extremely disappointed by this book. It contained scenes which were more suited to an X-Files episode than to Doctor Who. In my opinion, the way the characters are portrayed is completley unfaithful to the TV show, and to other books. Many of the things that happen in this story would be completley unsuitable for an average Doctor Who audience. I just generally found this entire book extremely distasteful. I wouldn't reccomend it.