Thu, 31 October 2013
This month we take a detour from our usual schedule and, instead of reviewing a Virgin New Adventure (which would naturally come after a Virgin Missing Adventure), we elected to talk about Paul Cornell’s Scream of the Shalka, which was recently released on DVD and seemed like a timely novel to discuss. From the back cover:
When the Doctor lands his TARDIS in the Lancaster town of Lannet, in the present day, he finds that something is terribly wrong. The people are scared. They don't like going out onto the streets at night, they don't like making too much noise, and they certainly don't like strangers asking too many questions.
What alien force has invaded the town? Why is it watching barmaid Alison Cheney? And what plans does it have for the future of the planet Earth?
The Doctor is helped (and hindered) by his new military liaison Major Kennet and his Royal Green Jacket troops. His old enemy the Master also plays a small part. During the course of this adventure he encounters a brand new race of ferocious alien monsters, and strikes up a friendship with his latest companion, Alison.
While starting with a small community under threat, this old-fashioned, very traditional but very up-to-date Doctor Who adventure takes in the entire world, from New Zealand to India, Siberia to the USA, and cosmic expanses beyond.
Scream of the Shalka originally appeared as an animated six-part web series in 2003 featuring Richard E. Grant as the Ninth Doctor, and more stories may have been produced had the release of the new series not been announced soon thereafter. In 2004, Paul Cornell published this novelization of the series, which included 50 pages of production notes on the web series. Cornell also penned Timewyrm: Revelation, Love and War, No Future, Human Nature, and Happy Endings, all Virgin New Adventures.
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