Tue, 1 October 2013
It’s Virgin Missing Adventure time at The Doctor Who Book Club, but this month’s adventure wasn’t really missing in the first place and, well, it doesn’t really prominently feature a Doctor, either. This month we bring you Downtime, based on the independently written screenplay by Marc Platt which was filmed in the early 1990’s and released a year or so before the novelization was published. From the back cover:
Across the room, in a high-backed leather chair Victoria saw the old man from the reading room. His face was curiously young for someone so long dead.
In 1966 the Doctor defeated the Great Intelligence, but he knew it wasn’t a final victory. And his companion Victoria, whose mind had once hosted the evil entity, might still fall prey to its power.
Now it seems that his fears are justified. In a Tibetan monastery, the monks display unearthly powers – UNIT are investigating. A new university has opened in London with a secret agenda that may threaten the whole country. Victoria, abandoned in an age very different from her own, and haunted by visions of a father she refuses to believe is dead, is slipping into despair and madness. But are the visions which plague her really hallucinations? Or has the Great Intelligence once again made Earth its target for invasion?
If you enjoy irony, it’s worth noting that Platt intended Downtime to be the last installment in a trilogy (after “The Abominable Snowmen” and “The Web of Fear”) and to resolve the conflict of the Great Intelligence. One wonders if he did a bit of air-punching this last Christmas day.
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