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Ek redemption for their sins A new gang is claiming the streets And a watchmender called Smith is leading a revolt against the Ramsey Mob's protection racketWhen Tommy strikes back at his enemies a far terrifying threat is reveal. I don t think Doctor Who likes the 1950s It s understandable really the show was created in the 1960s and was a product of its time Let s face it the 60s were a reaction against the 50s so wherever a story is set in that decade we re treated to a remarkably similar look and feel the threat of WW2 may have abated but the atmosphere is repressive depressing and dark The TV episode The Idiot s Lantern is the same despite the ever present sunshine something which as this novel points out is at odds with the actual weather during the Coronation the tale is far from free easy and cosy Here in a book published four years before that story was broadcast this AMorality Tale is set in a smog filled gangster ridden east end dominated by a character who also seems to be based on The Idiot s Lantern s Jamie Foreman For that reason I m glad this remains a novel rather than a TV episode it would be too easy to send aspects of this story up which would be a shame because it deserves far betterDavid Bishop has a gift for communicating a setting through an economical use of language He also succeeds far better than most in allowing a moral standpoint to shine through without seeming overly preachyIt is ironic how the aspect that would doubtless form the main hook of the story today Sarah becomes the girlfriend of an east end gangster is buried within the book as a whole Of course BBC Books didn t need a hook to keep their readers interested this was a niche market where the audience had little choice but to buy the novel anyway as it was one of the few ways they had to maintain their addiction I doubt a casual viewer would choose to seek out and read this book nowadays If they did I think they d find much to appreciate in this tale of an alien tribunal poisoning the bread the church is distributing to the poor and using police officers to send countless innocents to their deaths Yes an atypical book in many ways But in Bishop s hands it works very well It s coherent well plotted and concisely told giving a chilling meaning to the phrase Bread of Heaven Good stuff

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Amorality Tale

Ed Within hours the city's air turns into nerve gas and thousands succumb to the choking fumes London is dying An adventure set in 1950s London featuring the Third Doctor as played by Jon Pertwee and his companion Sarah Jane Smit. returnreturnPast Doctor Adventure taking Three and Sarah Jane back to December 1952 where smog East End gangsters and aliens form a deadly brew I thought it was pretty poor The East End gangsters talk like college students The portrayal on the Church is anachronistic and unrealistic There are some good desriptive moments and some elements of pathos but it s really not great returnreturnIn particular the aliens evil plan is uncomfortably close to the Holocaust As has been discussed at length by people better ualified than me this is one of those topics that Who can never really do Doctor Who however seriously we may sometimes take it is fundamentally entertainment the Holocaust is not The book has a gross error of taste and judgement at its corereturnreturnI have enjoyed Bishop s later work particularly the second series of Sarah Jane Smith audios but this is a wobbly start to say the least

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When gangster Tommy Ramsey is released from prison he is determined to retake control of his East End territory But new arrivals threaten his grip on illegal activity in the area An evangelical minister is persuading people to se. The Great Smog is one of those semi forgotten parts of recent London history Industrial smoke combined with smoke from the stoked up home fires of the populous keeping themselves warm in a particularly cold winter creating a smog that cost the lives of an estimated 12000 citizens It would be a great setting for a novel It would be a great setting for a Doctor Who novel Unfortunately this Doctor Who novel isn t it It s flatly written unexciting and has largely cardboard old school love their mothers only hurt their own Cockney gangsters It does manage to conjure okay versions of The Third Doctor and Sarah Jane but keeps them apart too much to be truly effective In short an interesting set up for a fairly uninteresting bookHowever there is one moment of amusement when Tommy Ramsey the gangland leader at the centre of the story suggests to The Doctor that the two of them are very similar So is The Third Doctor like a London gangster Well they both offer protection to their chosen environs in Tommy s case Old Street London in The Doctor s case the Earth they both like to have a uiet word with their enemies before moving on to forceful measures and they both have their own private armies there to back them The Doctor s is of course called UNIT Suddenly your memory of Jon Pertwee s crooked smile takes on a different flavour doesn t it Disappointingly the book never progresses the idea beyond that initial observation from a disreputable character I ve actually developed it further which is a shame as this rather dull book could have done with a bit of cheeky subversion


10 thoughts on “Amorality Tale

  1. says:

    The Great Smog is one of those semi forgotten parts of recent London history Industrial smoke combined with smoke from the stoked up home fires of the populous keeping themselves warm in a particularly cold winter creating a smog that cost the lives of an estimated 12000 citizens It would be a great setting for a novel It would be a great setting for a Doctor Who novel Unfortunately this Doctor Who novel isn

  2. says:

    A really creepy tale with The Third Doctor and Sarah Jane Set amongst the backdrop of the London smog and West End gangs Bishop wonderfully transports the read back to the 1950’sA great Doctor Who novel

  3. says:

    While investigating the deady 1952 smog that killed thousands within only a few days the Third Doctor and Sarah Ja

  4. says:

    When Sarah Jane Smith discovers a picture from 1952 of the Doctor shaking hands with an East End mob boss the two travel back in time to investigate events They arrive in a London on the eve of an environmental disaster and a neighborhood on the brink of a turf war But who is organizing the homeless young men into a new gang? And how is it related to the American priest whose sermons are galvanizing the community against the sin in their

  5. says:

    I don’t think ‘Doctor Who’ likes the 1950s It’s understandable really – the show was created in the 1960s and was a produc

  6. says:

    How very English Mary thought Forming an orderly ueue for your own death She was sure they were all going to die But she f

  7. says:

    returnreturnPast Doctor Adventure taking Three and Sarah Jane back to December 1952 where smog East End gangsters and aliens form a deadly brew I thought it was pretty poor The East End gangsters talk like college students The portray

  8. says:

    This novel pairs up the Thrid Doctor Jon Pertwee with Sarah Jane Smith Elozabeth Sladen Although Sarah Jane was only with the Third Doctor for one season they really make a good pair There are lots of great scenes between the two of themThe story is a average Dr Who story entertaining with a good feel of the era it is set in just after World War II in LondonRecommended for any Dr Who fan but strongly recommended if you

  9. says:

    A wonderfully chilling tale set in a not too distant past with plenty of morbidity and dark imagery

  10. says:

    This story was bound to become one of my favorites It had so many elements working in it's favor; it features my top favorite Doctor 3rd and 5th share that status for me it is a Historical setting set in a period that I find fascin