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Product Details

  • Series: Doctor Who
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; Reprint edition (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849905975
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849905978
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Gatiss is one of The League of Gentlemen from the award-winning television show, and the author of the novels The Vesuvius Club and The Devil in Amber. He has also written acclaimed radio and television scripts, including episodes of Doctor Who. He co-created and writes for the hit TV series Sherlock with Doctor Who show-runner Steven Moffat.

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A great writer as well as an entertaining performer.
Gavin Finley
I have to say that after reading just this one book, Last of the Gaderene, I'm probably going to have to make sure I get the rest of the books in the series.
Renee Chaw
I received a review copy courtesy of TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bret M. Herholz on March 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
Mark Gatiss writes probably the best Third Doctor novel to date. The Doctor and Unit are informed that a strange military group known as Legion International have taken over an old WWII aerodrome in a small town called Culverton. Although, this group claims to have the towns peoples interest in mind, The Doctor feels that there is more to this Legion International than meets the eye. This novel is so engrossing that you'll find it hard to put it down. Mark Gatiss writes the story so well, you almost want to believe that this was an episode. All the characters, not only the lead ones, have depth and personality that makes the story all the more enjoyable. In the wake of how The Third Doctor was mistreated in parts one and two of "Interference", this book is a breath of fresh air. A compelling story that is a must have for all Doctor Who fans. Plus a surprise I'm sure everybody will enjoy. Great work Mr. Gatiss.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marcelo on March 28, 2013
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Most of the reviews I've read prior to reading this novel stated that "it perfectly catches the spirit of the Doctor Who show in the 70s", wich after finishing I can assure this. All the main characters, Doctor, Jo Grant, the Brigadier, are really well represented with great fidelity. It really feels like an episode, but without any budget restrictions, it adds a little bit to the formula, actually making those awkward actiony finales, feel like a blockbuster, with epic battles and fighter swopping through the battlefield.

BUT, what I miss in this novel, and the reason I like reading these Doctor Who books, is when it adds that little touch of depth in the characters that makes the whole story feel a little bit more mature. And by that I don't mean violence, killing and sex, which I think a lot of people mistake fot "matureness", it's those moments when the Doctor, or any other character, really weigh on their decisions, regret them, when the emotions and depth are not only subtly mentioned like on the show, since it's geared to an all-age audience.

So, in the end, it feels like an average Doctor Who adventure, a really good one, but not more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
Mark Gatiss is obviously a great fan of Doctor Who. Not only in his BBC-published novels, Big Finish-produced audio adventures, his portrayal of the Doctor in a series of sketches on BBC's Doctor Who night, but several earlier fan-produced video and audio stories, show his wide appreciation of the show in its every aspect.
'The Last of the Gadarene' is set towards the end of Doctor Who's tenth season - the Doctor's exile to Earth has ended, although he still uses it as his base of operations. Jo Grant is still his assistant (but not for much longer - how long between this book and 'The Green Death' is debatable), and UNIT are more the Doctor's friends than employers.
The Brigadier is contacted by an old friend after a private company purchases an old air force aerodrome. ALC Whistler is suspicious as to exactly what is going on. And there's more to him than the Brigadier is aware of...
The Doctor and Jo head off to Culverton to investigate. There is certainly something strange about Legion International's operation and even personnel.
A fairly traditional Doctor Who story, well told and thoughtfully plotted. A delight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
I'll admit to being somewhat jaded in this review on two counts - this was the first Dr. Who novel I had ever read and the Third Doctor/Jo Grant combination is my favorite Dr. Who era.
Simply put, this is a very well done story that stays true to the Dr. Who legacy. It's got the perfect combination of a UNIT adventure and the "strange goings on in small town England" story line going for it. The characters are well rendered and the whole thing is just fun.
While I doubt that any Dr. Who novel would win the Booker or the Noble Prize for Literature, they are a fun break from the "hard stuff" - read and enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Renee Chaw on May 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
I'm a little bit crazy when it comes to Doctor Who. Chances are, if it involves the Doctor, I want in on it -- I want to see it, I want to read it, Pin it, and/or I want to collect it. I pretty much begged the tour coordinator (thank you, Lisa!) at TLC Book Tours to get on the tour for at least one of the books in this 11 book, 50th Anniversary Collection. I must have convinced her that I was a Whovian since I ended up with two books from the series PLUS the new Who-ology Doctor Who book. I have to say that after reading just this one book, Last of the Gaderene, I'm probably going to have to make sure I get the rest of the books in the series.

What, you may be wondering is this book about and why is it worth reading? Well, for starters it's written by Mark Gatiss who isn't just an author of books, he's a multi-talented guy. He's written a few episodes for the actual Doctor Who TV series AND co-created a certain TV series about the world's only consulting detective for BBC and Masterpiece Mystery that you may have heard of called Sherlock (insert obligatory picture of Benedict Cumberbatch)! I know, right?! I thought just based on the author's background that it was probably going to be a stellar book and I wasn't disappointed at all.

Enough about the author, you really want to know about the book itself, right? Well, if you are at all familiar with any of the TV series's, the classic episodes or the reboots, you might know that the Doctor's favorite thing to do is to run! While we don't meet the Doctor in this book until a few chapters in, when we do meet him what do you think he's doing but running? This gave me a chuckle because I honestly didn't know what to expect in a Doctor Who story since (GASP!
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