Book Review: Doctor Who: The Deviant Strain by Justin Richards

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Read between: 16th-18th March
Format: Hardcover
Number of pages: 256
Synopsis: The Novrosk Peninsula: the Soviet naval base has been abandoned, the nuclear submarines are rusting and rotting. Cold, isolated, forgotten. Until the Russian Special Forces arrive and discover that the Doctor and his companions are here too.

But there is something else in Novrosk. Something that predates even the stone circle on the cliff top. Something that is at last waking, hunting, killing. Can the Doctor and his friends stay alive long enough to learn the truth?

With time running out, they must discover who is really responsible for the Deviant Strain…

Featuring the Ninth Doctor as played by Christopher Eccleston, together with Rose and Captain Jack as played by Billie Piper and John Barrowman in the hit Doctor Who series from BBC Television.
Published: September 8, 2005
Publisher: BBC Books


The Doctor, Jack, and Rose find themselves at an abandoned Soviet base, the Novrosk Peninusla, in Siberia, at the aftermath of the Cold War. It’s cold, people are being drained of their life force, and on top of that, the Russian army turn up. Could it get any worse? Add zombies and blobby aliens and yes it can. It’s clear they’re already in trouble.

Can the Doctor save the day?

I always find that Justin Richards writes darker adventures for the Doctor and I love that because not only does it make it flow, but there is never a boring moment and it keeps me interested in the novel. I want to know what’s going to happen next.

Although this is a Ninth Doctor story, I’m so used to the fact that Jack Harkness is now immortal that I forgot he wasn’t at this point in his storyline- so when he was facing death I was just like ‘meh’- because I told myself he couldn’t die.

Sorry Jack!

I admit that it was nice to see him being caring and compassionate towards a young girl who had become the victim of the Deviant Strain, he wasn’t flirting with her, he was genuinely concerned for her and that was a lovely character trait.

I flew through this book like I always do with Doctor Who novels. It was nice to continue the Ninth’s Doctor’s adventures in the form of written fiction, his sassiness lives on!

5/5 stars!

Thanks for reading!




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