Sean here, posting for the first time ever, so watch out for those grammatical errors! Episode 6, in which we discuss Conundrum by Steve Lyons is now available here. This is the second Virgin New Adventures novel we've read (after Damaged Goods) and we're learning that this series is pretty deep. But listen as we discuss this mind-bending sequel (of sorts) to "The Mind Robber" and as Erik waxes eloquent on tropes and what not. And I think I say some stuff, too. (He is so going to hate me for saying that.) Also, a special thank you to Lillibet of Professor Dave's Ark in Space for lending us her dulcet tones by reading a passage from the book for us.
What steamy summer read do we have set for July? We're due for an BBC Eighth Doctor novel, and it's going to be Legacy of the Daleks by John Peel (ISBN: 0-563-40574-0), entry #10 in the Eighth Doctor series. It features the return of Susan, the Daleks (duh!), and a certain other character from the television series who I shan't mention (spoilers!). From the back cover:
England in the late 22nd century is slowly recovering from the devastation that followed the Daleks' invasion. The Doctor's very first traveling companion -- his granddaughter, Susan -- is where he left her, helping to rebuild Earth for the survivors. But danger still remains all around...
While searching for his lost companion, Sam, the Doctor finds himself in Domain London. But it seems that Susan is now missing too, and his efforts to find her lead to confrontation with the ambitious Lord Haldoran, who is poised to take control of southern England through all-out war. With the help of a sinister adviser, Haldoran's plans are already well advanced. Power cables have been fed down a mineshaft, reactivating a mysterious old device of hideous power. But has the Dalek presence on Earth really been wiped out? Or are there still traps set for the unwary?
The Doctor learns to his cost once again that when dealing with the evil of the Daleks, nothing can be taken at face value...
Have you ever noticed that there are very few Dalek novels in the entire range of Doctor Who novels, from the Missing Adventures on? As they are trademarks of the BBC, authors writing about them were legally obligated to pay a large portion of the book's proceeds to the BBC, so practically no one chose to write them. John Peel, as a close friend to Terry Nation, elected to pick up the gauntlet and wrote both Legacy of the Daleks and War of the Daleks. He also penned a number of Target novelizations of Dalek stories. I also can't help but feel tickled that he wrote novels for the Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? series. (Now good luck getting the theme song from the TV show out of your head.)
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