Doctor Who: St. Anthony's Fire

Doctor Who St Anthony s Fire No time They have come They have come at last The Doctor and Bernice visit Betrushia a planet famous for its beautiful ring system They soon discover that the rain drenched jungles are in turmoil A v

  • Title: Doctor Who: St. Anthony's Fire
  • Author: Mark Gatiss
  • ISBN: 9780426204237
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Paperback
  • No time They have come They have come at last The Doctor and Bernice visit Betrushia, a planet famous for its beautiful ring system They soon discover that the rain drenched jungles are in turmoil A vicious, genocidal war is raging between the lizard like natives The ground itself is wracked by mysterious earthquakes And an unknown force is moving inexorably forwar No time They have come They have come at last The Doctor and Bernice visit Betrushia, a planet famous for its beautiful ring system They soon discover that the rain drenched jungles are in turmoil A vicious, genocidal war is raging between the lizard like natives The ground itself is wracked by mysterious earthquakes And an unknown force is moving inexorably forwards, devastating everything in its path Ace wanted out she s resting on a neighbouring world But from the outer reaches of space, a far greater threat is approaching Betrushia, and even Ace may find it impossible to escape With time running out, the Doctor must save the people of Betrushia from their own terrible legacy before the wrath of St Anthony s Fire is visited upon them all.

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    1. There are a two ways to follow up an acclaimed debut novel, all of which bring pitfalls to the author. You can choose a style and setting that reflects the first book, and run the risk of being seen to offer nothing more than reheated leftovers. Or you can choose a style and setting that’s so radically different from the first that people may not even believe it’s a work from the same author, but then run the risk of alienating people who expected something different. Mark Gatiss, in his fol [...]

    2. Who could be the most suitable to write the book that sits exactly in the middle in the New Adventures series? Well, Mark Gatiss, of course. The most average Doctor Who writer of them all. And as with all things Gatiss "St. Anhony's Fire" is impossibly derivative and you have to examine it with a magnifying glass to find a single original idea. But eh, what can I say? It works and for a Gatiss story it's surprisingly gripping. It's a fast-paced read and I almost finished it in one sitting. Besid [...]

    3. Gatiss writes of aliens with sensitivity and a belief that they are, in their own way, people too. The villain in the book, such as it is, is the cult of St. Anthony. And here is where we see what Gatiss's concerns are. Cults, the military, nationalism, all are forms of bigotry because they rely on unthinking us vs. them mentality. When Ace is brainwashed by the cult of St. Anthony, that is an apt metaphor for how Gatiss sees these things - literally one gives up one's mind to the cause. The res [...]

    4. I really enjoyed this book, the second one Mark Gatiss wrote for the new adventures, i re read it recently. The alien world is visually well realized and the reptile warring factions are interesting, the plot kept me turning the pages, i liked the religious elements in this as it added depth to the novel. i would highly recommend this to all Who fans 10/10

    5. Three stars feels a little harsh for what is a rather decent entry in the series. But whereas Terrance Dicks pulled off a story of two entirely disparate halves immaculately in Blood Harvest, Gatiss tries to make his two halves fit together and they just don't.The main story on the alien world is excellent. The pointless war is very well evoked, and even the minor characters feel like they have proper backstories. Meanwhile, the crusading Church is also excellent as an idea. But it just doesn't [...]

    6. This is the only one of Mark Gatiss' "Doctor Who" novels I'd call a disappointment. While there is nothing instrinsically wrong with the story, it reads as if the author's heart simply wasn't in it. The beautiful characterization of the 7th Doctor evident in Gatiss' first novel, "Nightshade", is completely absentd the rest of the characters seem to veer between underwhelming & depressing. Consider this an aberration, and enjoy the rest of Mr. Gatiss' back catalogue.

    7. nwhytevejournal/1943995mlAn enjoyable book in the New Adventures series, with the Doctor and Bernice Summerfield getting involved in an ancient dispute between two groups of lizard-men and Ace embroiled in the external force which may destroy their planet. Benny gets some particularly good character moments.

    8. Over-all, pretty good stuff. I really liked the convoluted multiple apocalypse thing that was going on. Very interesting. Also, the Betrushians were quite well fleshed out and an intriguing new alien. However, I really could have done without the extremely camp, bond villain baddy with a midget accomplice. Kitten torture? Eating Babies? Really? Do we have to be that droll?

    9. Interesting aliens, decent characterization and not a bad story but the stuff with Ace and the religious fanatics felt very forced and tacked on. Almost like the author had two ideas for stories but neither was enough for a novel so he jammed them together.

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