"We're not like you - we can't be whole on our own."Seeking respite after the traumatic events in the thirtieth century, the Doctor and Chris travel to 1950s London. But all is not well in bohemian Soho: racist attacks shatter the peace; gangs struggle for territory; and a bloodthirsty driverless cab stalks the night.While Chris enjoys himself at the mysterious and exclusi"We're not like you - we can't be whole on our own."Seeking respite after the traumatic events in the thirtieth century, the Doctor and Chris travel to 1950s London. But all is not well in bohemian Soho: racist attacks shatter the peace; gangs struggle for territory; and a bloodthirsty driverless cab stalks the night.While Chris enjoys himself at the mysterious and exclusive Tropics club, the Doctor investigates a series of ritualistic murders with an uncommon link - the victims all have no past. Meanwhile, a West End gangster is planning to clean up the town, apparently with the help of the Devil himself. And, in the quiet corridors of an abandoned mental hospital, an enigmatic psychiatrist is conducting some very bad therapy indeed.As the stakes are raised, healing turns to killing, old friends appear in the strangest places - and even toys can have a sinister purpose....
|Title||:||Doctor Who: Bad Therapy|
|Number of Pages||:||272 Pages|
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Doctor Who: Bad Therapy Reviews
I must have read this before when the books came out because I can remember the one before (I liked it) and I can remember the one after (I didn't like it), but I don't remember reading this one.I was kind of surprised at how much I liked it. It was a very good, solid story as the Doctor and Chris try not to deal with the consequences of the last book and end up having to do so. The mystery was good, the surprise arrival worked within the course of the story and it all held together very well.I'm a bit sad we're nearly at the end of the series and I haven't decided if I read the next one in conjunction with the podcast (did I mention I didn't like that one), but the rereads have been fun. I may go back to the beginning and do some selective rereading.
Great, emotional story with wonderful characters and some nice continuity hits. I also love that this is the earliest Doctor Who book I’ve read where homosexuality was not only quite openly and unapologetically displayed but the main love interest story was two men. It was great and well done. On top of all that, it was a really intriguing story. I enjoyed it from start to finish.
A surprisingly addictive read: part chase caper, part pure historical, part gangster flick...with a bit of fanwank thrown in for good measure. It's the last of these that bothers me a bit; it's not my preferred version of Peri Brown's ultimate fate, but it's written very convincingly. There are also great swaths of compartive imagery to the other recent exploration of the 1950s, the TV episode "The Idiot's Lantern", but here there are larger shades of darkness entwined into the story. The cherry on the top of this confection is the very authentic portrayal of the 7th Doctor. A neglected, forgotten little gem in the "Doctor Who" New Adventures line.
An absolutely fantastic doctor who book. This was an incredibly gritty read and an absolute page turner. I was constantly wanting to go back and read more of this virgin new adventure and I ended up reading it in about 5 days. Definitely one to pick up even if it is quite rare. Bad Therapy is a must for your collection!
The Doctor discovers a psychological experiment27 December 2011 This is one of many books in the 'New Doctor Who' series which was published by Virgin Publishing between the years 1991 and 1997. The idea was that the books continued the story of Doctor Who from the final episode of the television series. Basically, the television series have pretty much entered a hole from which it wasn't to recover until about fifteen years later, and these books were written to give Doctor Who fans their monthly dose of Doctor Who. Now, I like Doctor Who, but I found the challenge of reading each of these books, and in order as well, along with all the other rubbish that I read, too much so I ended up picking and choosing the ones that I read. Now, books are a lot more flexible than television shows in that they are not constrained by budgets and limitations of technology. The author (remembering that they do have time constraints) is free to develop the story however they see fit. Now, the original Doctor Who's were hardly children's shows, though as the series developed, it began to drift that way a little. However it is clear that these books are targeted at the young adult market. This, once again, is not surprising as many of the young adults reading these books grew up with Doctor Who. This book is set in the 1950s and, as can be expected, involves aliens and a mystery. The Doctor stumbles across a murder, but this is no ordinary murder, but somebody who turns out to have little, in fact nothing, of a background. Not only that, but there is a driverless black cab haunting the streets of London. After a bit of digging around the Doctor works out who the aliens are, though they claim to be refugees. Once again, as can be expected with Doctor Who, all of the elements tie up together and the mystery surrounding the murders is revealed. In a way I found it quite clever in that the victims were actually artificial humans with emphatic abilities who read the emotions and desires of their 'patients' (they were used in therapy) and morph into what those desires reveal. However, as can be expected, something goes wrong and the creatures are being hunted down one by one. As is typical with the Doctor, all intelligent life is sacred, and despite them being a failed experiment, they still deserve to live. I guess in a way this book tries to address the ideas of discrimination and the morality of killing an intelligent being if it has ceased to be of use. However, while we are not yet at the stage were we can create life (beyond the natural ways obviously) it is still something to mull over. However, we still must remember that this is a book that has been churned out by a publisher to satisfy a niche market. It was never meant to be a work of literature.
At the start of this story, I was struck by how similar it was to Delta and the Bannermen. Aliens on earth in the late '50s are being hunted, and the Doctor arrives to save them. There's even a side story involving an alien queen! Granted, some of these initial suppositions prove to be false, and the environment is quite different (urban vs. rural), but I think you'd want to work hard to avoid stepping so closely upon another story involving the same Doctor.Anywho, this story's core idea of creatures that become what people want them to be is intriguing, and Jones a few times uses it to talk in interesting ways about loneliness and community. He also puts it to good use as the eponymous "bad therapy" to help Chris move past Roz's death. These are all clear highlights of the book, which also had two reveals that caught me by surprise, which usually adds to my enjoyment.But the core plot just wasn't that interesting. Granted, Doctor Who often has a problem where it's all about racing back and forth to fill four 23-minute episodes. And that certainly goes on here with enough back and forth to fill at least a four-parter. (To the asylum! Back from the asylum! To the asylum! Back from the asylum!) But the good Doctor Who episodes have that, but they simultaneously have a spark of something that makes them exciting ... and this book was largely sparkless. To be more clear: for the most part, it was dull.OK, onward to the big surprise: we eventually learn that the alien queen is Peri Brown, abandoned by the Sixth Doctor, with her plot never having a good resolution in TV land. This was one of those exciting reveals, and I generally agree with the fact that her story deserved a better resolution. (Amusingly, I actually thought she was dead for many years, having seen just part of Trial of a Time Lord.) Deciding to position her as angry and abandoned was a good choice that really allowed us to look at the character of the Doctor.But as soon as Jones gets Peri to 1958 earth, he seems to lose all interest in her. We should have gotten great scenes between her and the Doctor, and given that there were no actor constraints in the novels, we could even have gotten her tagging along for a book or two. Instead she's pushed totally to the sidelines, and all she gets to do is offer advice. What a waste of a return.This was Jones' first novel, and sad to say it shows in dry text and unfulfilled promises. A pity, because there was promise. I gave this one a 6 out of 10.