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Author: Stephen Cole,Natalie Dallaire
ISBN: 0563555904
Publisher: Bbc Pubns; paperback / softback edition (February 1, 2000)
Language: English
Category: Humanities
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e-Book Parallel 59 (Doctor Who (BBC)) epub download

by Stephen Cole,Natalie Dallaire

Ships from and sold by booklync. But Anghelides seems to have carried on with the most effective device of the previous novel (his own 'Frontier Worlds'), by having Fitz narrate his time in Mechta.

Parallel 59 is a BBC Books original novel written by Stephen Cole and Natalie Dallaire and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the Eighth Doctor, Fitz and Compassion. The Cloister Library - Parallel 59. Parallel Worlds title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database.

By Stephen Cole, Natalie Dallaire. If the Doctor's knowledge helps Parallel 59 to succeed, the consequences for the rest of the world could be devastating. Fleeing a doomed space station in tiny life capsules, the Doctor and Compassion find themselves prisoners of Parallel 59, a militaristic power on the planet Skale. Meanwhile Fitz finds himself apparently safe in Mechta, a colony for convalescents. But Fitz knows nothing of his friends' predicament

Doctor Who: Parallel 59. (Eighth Doctor Adventures. Published January 4th 2000 by BBC Worldwide Publishing. I am disappoint, Stephen Cole.

Doctor Who: Parallel 59. And possibly Natalie Dallaire too, though through a tenuous connection with The Ancestor Cell, I'm going to make the sweeping statement that Cole's books tend to be pretty good at the MCs when they're actually onscreen, but that said MCs tend to get sideswiped by a ton of unlikeable OCs and an over-complex plot (although that one.

You Do It to Yourself. I imagined that blackness in the room, of course, I must’ve done. Or I had a funny turn of some kind – I’m not my mother’s son for nothing. Or it could’ve been some kind of trick – maybe even some kind of warning from the man I followed, I don’t know.

Used availability for Stephen Cole's Parallel 5.

January 2000 : UK Mass Market Paperback.

Parallel 59 was the thirtieth novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Natalie Dallaire and Stephen Cole, released 4 January 2000 and featured the Eighth Doctor, Fitz Kreiner and Compassion

Parallel 59 was the thirtieth novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Natalie Dallaire and Stephen Cole, released 4 January 2000 and featured the Eighth Doctor, Fitz Kreiner and Compassion.

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Parallel 59 was the thirtieth novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures published by BBC Books. Written by Stephen Cole and Natalie Dallaire, it featured the Eighth Doctor, Fitz Kreiner and Compassion.

When an outpost in space begins to break up, with the TARDIS crew aboard, escape is only possible in tiny life-capsules. Fitz is bundled unconscious into one, while the Doctor and Compassion take another. Steering the capsule back to its planet of origin to try and get help, the Doctor finds a hostile welcome awaits. Fitz's capsule takes him to the apparent safety of the colony of Mechta. The Doctor decrees that Fitz's new-found utopia must be totally destroyed.
Hey! A Doctor Who novel written by a woman! That doesn't happen too often, Kate Orman aside, so it's kind of worth pointing out even if it doesn't really speak to the quality of the book or the lack thereof (Orman's books tend to stand out not because she's a lady but because hers tend to be really good) . . . interestingly enough, we get a fairly standard Who adventure here, not so much formulaic as nothing spectacular. Entertaining without being exciting. Perhaps I should explain.

Landing entirely by accident in a space station that is governed by a cybernetic entity and containing many people kept in suspended animation, things go wrong immediately and the team gets separated before the story even properly starting, with the Doctor and Compassion winding up on the planet and captured by the people running the facility and poor Fitz winding up in a perfect world with other people who are all there to relax and be cool.

On the planet, the Doctor and Compassion start to unravel the intricacies of this world, which is obsessed with furthering itself in a space race (and is in competition with several other Parallels) and thus winds up being somewhat paranoid, with practically everyone suspecting him of being an alien (they're right, as it turns out, but for the wrong reasons) and alternating between attempting to interrogate him or wanting to execute him. Just another day at the office, really.

Meanwhile, Fitz begins to sleep his way through the colony. I'm only half-kidding, as he begins to take apart the mystery of where he is and what it all means.

Given this description, you can probably guess that Fitz isn't actually on a colony and this will not end well, and its to the authors' credit that they manage to construct a society in less than three hundred pages that has a scope beyond what we see on the page. The Skale are nuts in some respect but it's a logical kind of nuts and once you accept that logic you begin to see why they're not real balanced. There's all these little components parts that would probably fall apart under close examination but work for the purposes of the story. Then you do what Doctor Who generally does best, which is drop the Doctor and his pals into a currently running but somewhat tenuous situation and allow him to run amok as best he can. As only he can, really.

Given this situation, it's still not surprising that it's less than exciting in parts. The early scenes with the Doctor dueling with the station dwellers, toying with them in and aggravating them at the same time while trying to find out as much information as he can, are interesting in watching this Doctor probe and prod without being overt about it (or so overt that they think he's just kidding). Especially when we don't know much about the situation. But we get to a point of diminishing returns and eventually the story devolves into the various people on the station trying to double cross or one-up one another because everyone is paranoid or working as a traitor. Even the Facility Head's gradually growing paranoia never comes to the fever pitch you hope it will (which, alas, would be reminiscent of every head of every station in every Doctor Who story, so maybe it's for the best) . . . this leads to a lot of passages, especially in the middle of the book, where everyone is just talking at each other and you're waiting for something to happen.

The Doctor acquits himself well in this situation, but the authors don't seem to know what to do with Compassion as they shunt her off into a side plot where she teams up with some rebels and generally acts aloof and mean to them. Her relationship with the Doctor is interesting enough at this point to warrant more space (she's probably the first full time companion we've seen who doesn't actively think he's the keenest but doesn't seem to realize that she's headed for a meltdown of sorts) but instead the writers just have her generally acting cold and callous. She's a hard character to write because she goes against the grain of several companions and doesn't act at all warm or cuddly, but she seems particularly sidelined here.

Which means it comes down to Fitz. And, to his credit, his sections tend to be the most interesting, if only because we spend a good portion of the story wondering what this has to do with the rest of the book. The gradual onslaught of creepy things happening and senses that This World is Not Quite Right gives the book an atmosphere that the generally sterile space station/planet sections don't really have. And as we get an unpeeling of what is really going on and thus things in that world start to get a rather unsettling significance, the book begins to pick up. Although I don't know when his sudden desire to do anagrams all the time came from, it certainly seemed to come out of left field (and gets kind of abandoned eventually) but might have been a side effect of the situation.

The ending of the book helps things mightily, giving us not real exciting hand to hand space station combat on the one hand (it doesn't help that people have switched sides so often that I wasn't sure who was siding with who or why) but Fitz's world getting some real emergency and poignancy, especially when you find out what is really happening. The general level of panic increases and the book sports what has to be one of the most downbeat climaxes I have ever seen in the novels, where everyone's worst fears literally come true. And then it's over. I wasn't sure whether to take that as a daring move or the authors just not sure what else to do.

In any event it's well done. Good portions of the novel may not register with you at all a half hour after reading them and there's certainly very little stylistic flair on display here. But it's done competently and manages to be generally entertaining, even if it's just a stepping stone marking time for the big events to happen in later books.
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Escaping from a doomed space station, the Doctor and Compassion splash down in the waters of the planet Skale. Fitz, as per usual, has gone his own way, and arrives on the pleasant world of Mechta. Compassion and the Doctor are not so lucky, as they are captured by Parallel 59, owners of the orbital station. The Skalens are a paranoid, competitive bunch who have divided their planet into seemingly arbitrary power blocs. In contrast, the Mechtans are chilled, relaxing in convalescence. Fitz literally becomes immersed in their culture. So Fitz once more acts the playboy, where his only anxiety is keeping each of his lovers unaware of the others. But is there really something sinister in Central, as Fitz's circle would have him believe? And what's happening to the people who leave Mechta?
Convinced that they're from another planet, Haltiel, the Skalens set about interrogating the Doctor and Compassion. But the denizens of Parallel 59 are very politically charged, and some of them don't want the Doctor to repair the damage to the space station (which had unwittingly been caused by the Doctor and friends). Compassion escapes, and finds the obligatory band of rebels. However, she and the Doctor are marooned, forced to leave the TARDIS behind in the space station. Not only must the Doctor recover his beloved time machine, but he must also save Fitz from the true nightmare of Mechta...
This is the first novel by the editor of the BBC books, Stephen Cole, and it looks as though it could have been a real disaster, a case of too many chefs (Peter Anghelides is acknowledged to have helped out also). But Anghelides seems to have carried on with the most effective device of the previous novel (his own 'Frontier Worlds'), by having Fitz narrate his time in Mechta. This again brings us closer to Fitz, a character who had previously seemed lifeless. There's nowhere near the same level of wit as in Frontier Worlds, and Parallel 59 appears to be quite formulaic (how many cultures has Fitz lived in now?), and Compassion seems to bear a gun as unthinkingly as any Ace (but without the same gung-ho). The opening's also quite dull, as we're told about the dramatic escape from the space station, rather than being shown it. This adventure is also the first to feature an unclothed Doctor, but this sight doesn't seem to faze his cell companion, Compassion, so we must assume that the Doctor is fully humanoid in appearance (no hidden appendages like the Centauri in B5). But then it's hard to see Compassion reacting to anything much.
There is a point in the novel where all the plots and counterplots seem facile, but there's an even bigger twist towards the end. And this novel's conclusion is it's real saviour, for it is genuinely pulsating. If you go and reread the opening pages, you do realise that there are subtle signposts to what's going to happen. With three authors contributing, Parallel 59 could have been a disaster. It's a triumph that a clear narrative emerges, and the authors certainly couldn't be faulted for the use of their imaginations. There are duff parts certainly, but the final drama, I think, makes up for it. Parallel 59 certainly gave me that always desired DW buzz.