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Option Lock (Dr. Who Series) Paperback – March 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: Dr. Who Series
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Pubns (March 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 056340583X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563405832
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,666,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Justin Richards has written dozens of novels as well as non-fiction books. He has also written audio scripts, a television and stage play, edited anthologies of short stories, been a technical writer, and founded and edited a media journal.

Justin is the author of The Death Collector, The Chaos Code, The Parliament of Blood and The Invisible Detective series. He is also Creative Consultant to the BBC's best-selling range of Doctor Who books.

His novel 'The Skeleton Clock' is available as a Kindle eBook.

He lives in Warwick with his wife and two children, and a lovely view of the castle.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. O'Sullivan on April 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
A better title for OPTION LOCK might be - DOCTOR WHO, OR HOW I STOPPED WORRYING ABOUT THE BOMB AND LEARNED TO LOVE SAM IN A WET T-SHIRT... and yes, the wet t-shirt does make it into this novel, and it's just as odd and misplaced as pretty much everything else found between the pages. OPTION LOCK, the Eighth 8th Doctor adventure, is an odd mix - just by reading it you can tell that nearly all of this book must have been written and submitted by Justin Richards to other publishing houses and rejected. It's a gripping tale of US nuclear policy and a secret space defense platform known as STATION NINE - with this in hand, he hammers in the Doctor and Sam, steals BIG from the Third Doctor's adventure - THE DAEMONS (almost all the plot and feel from that adventure is in OPTION LOCK - if the BBC didn't own it, and this wasn't a DOCTOR WHO novel... they would have sued), plus adds in the Fifth Doctor's THE AWAKENING - and hopes for the best. But it dosen't work - Sam and the Doctor are hardly in this novel, and even when they are, they are reduced to playing roles that just outright bore you and make you cringe (see said passage about the wet t-shirt). Sam still is one of the worst WHO companions - and I think I finally have found the reason why, and it's this: she has no skills. None. Other than biting her fingernails, hiding, and still making eyes at the Doctor - she does nothing. At least with other companions, they had a talent - Ace could fashion explosives (and she could fight), Susan was a Time Lord, Viki was a mental giant, and on and on and on...Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is not especially hard to get into, but finishing it really is a challenge. The whole plot centres around a group of alien beings who crashed on Earth in the thirtienth century and now a wealthy Englishman is trying to revive them, even if it means starting a nuclear war. A solid enough plot. However, its just the way it's done that I dont like. The aliens feature in it at only two points both of which are relatively short. If it wasn't for those two brief sections of the story you wouldn't know the plot even involved aliens and at times it seems to run independently of them. It does feel very Bondian at some points, especially in the parts involving the Russians and the Americans. Not a bad novel, just incredibly boring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamala P. Ritchie on December 31, 1999
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This book was hard to get through at times. The Doctor and Sam are forced to land the Tardis on Earth in the 21st century. They find themselves on a manor estate and get caught up in the sinister machinations of the "Lord of the Manor".
Frankly, although I like James Bond, the middle section of this book was boring to me. I kept thinking of stories like "Independence Day" where the suspence was kept to the breaking point without bogging down the story. If this is all accurate (and I suspect it is), I know more about the responses of the US Government to a nuclear strike than I ever wanted to. I suppose all that detail was necessary to the plot to explane why the LOTM was doing what he was doing. But, oh it was boring! Not enough Doctor in it.
That's another thing - the character of the Doctor was wrong. I can see a trend here - the authors of some of these books seem to see Sam as an Ace-wannabe that is growing into a Mad Max kind of woman. Strong, tough but can still be female and break down in tears. Humm - maybe, but it isn't quite right yet. Not a book I'll be likely to read again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Battaglia on January 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
Sometimes you get the impression that the writers of these books really wanted to write another type of novel, but the BBC requires their Doctor Who line of novels to actually mention the title character once in a while and so suddenly they have to shoehorn the Doctor in there somehow. Granted, the inclusion of the Doctor isn't that awkward here but one does get the impression that Richards wanted to write a suspense filled novel of high espionage but instead settled for a novel of nuclear war and aliens and oh, right, the Doctor. That aside, the bits with the Doctor are pretty good, he and Sam are pulled off course and land on present-day Earth and find themselves guests in a house where some strange plan seems afoot. These sections are interesting as the Doctor tries to piece together an unfolding mystery before the people in the house figure out that he isn't on their side and afterwards he's just trying to stay one step ahead. However, interspersed with all the alien fun as scenes involving the US government either engaged in conspiracy, being victims of a conspiracy or discussing whether a conspiracy is actually present. As much as I enjoy global politics, for some reason I don't find the sequences with the US President interesting at all and found myself flipping pages to get back to whatever the Doctor is doing. This is sort of a compliment because I think Richards writes a really good Eighth Doctor, he's got a mixture of the other incarnations but slightly different enough that he stands out and he does manage to carry most of the novel without doing anything too mysterious or deus ex machina. He even get to be an action hero for a little bit.Read more ›
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