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God bless Mark Gatiss Just as some of us were thinking he d turned his back on Doctor Who fiction, he came back with this, a book which easily matches hispopular work in terms of quality No issues here with an author being unable to capture Patrick Troughton s Doctor in print This is a thoroughly entertaining tale which really feels like it could have actually been made by the Season Four production team, if they hadn t decided not to bother with historical stories.Naturally, The Hig God bless Mark Gatiss Just as some of us were thinking he d turned his back on Doctor Who fiction, he came back with this, a book which easily matches hispopular work in terms of quality No issues here with an author being unable to capture Patrick Troughton s Doctor in print This is a thoroughly entertaining tale which really feels like it could have actually been made by the Season Four production team, if they hadn t decided not to bother with historical stories.Naturally, The Highlanders is the main inspiration Gatiss uses this to great advantage The presence of Jamie as a companion rather than a bystander, for whom this is, after all, farrecent history than it is for 1960s companions Polly and Ben, adds an interesting layer to things His avowed disinterest in English as opposed to British history means he finds the whole thing a lot easier to cope with than his companions do Jamie is often used as comic relief, and there s an extent to which this applies here, but this is a novel way of using the character.I also thoroughly enjoyed the book s depiction of genuine historical figures As the TV series did so well in the 1960s, the book casts light on people and events who may otherwise have been forgotten To wit, poor old Richard Cromwell Buffoon he may be, but one can t help but feel some sympathy for him when he gets hold of the Doctor s potted history of England and realises future generations will remember him as littlethan a disdainful footnote if at all I admit, I don t think I d even have heard of the man without this book And having read up on him because of it, I think Gatiss portrayal of him is largely accurate.Of course, it s Oliver Cromwell who dominates things here He s an enormously divisive figure, which is not lost on Gatiss, who portrays all aspects of the man s reputation and personality convincingly The bit part players work well, too, drawn as they are with broad strokes, laugh out loud humour and at times very serious intent We re not allowed to forget that these were dangerous times, and when violence does erupt, it hurts.This is how a historical tale should be It s pretty close to note perfect, in fact We d hate it if everything we read was like this, but every so often a Doctor Who book comes along which reaffirms everything that works about the entire franchise.This is yet another demonstration of reason why Gatiss continues to be involved in the show Few people can tell a Doctor Who story as well as him, and fewer still ever managed to do it better I am really glad I re read this one (((Free Ebook))) ⇚ Doctor Who: The Roundheads ★ With the Civil War won, the Parliamentarians are struggling to hang on to power But plans are being made to rescue the defeated King Charles from his prison With Ben press ganged and put on board a mysterious ship bound for Amsterdam, Polly becomes an unwitting accomplice in the plot to rescue the King The Doctor can t help because he and Jamie have been arrested and sent to the Tower of London, charged with conspiracyCan the Doctor and Jamie escape, find Ben and rescue Polly while making sure that history remains on its proper course An adventure set in the aftermath of the English Civil War, featuring the Second Doctor as played by Patrick Troughton and his companions Ben, Polly, and Jamie A great Second Doctor story set during the aftermath of the English Civil War.It s nice to read a pure historical set around this time, as the show had fazed then out by this point. return return Gatiss takes the Second Doctor, Ben, Polly and Jamie back to late 1648 for a pure historical story they get involved with Oliver Cromwell and a plot to liberate Charles I from captivity I ll have to say up front that this didn t completely work for me Simon Guerrier handled this period setting his story a year later, and the other side of the Irish Sea far better in The Settling Gatiss s characters talk like history lessons ap return return Gatiss takes the Second Doctor, Ben, Polly and Jamie back to late 1648 for a pure historical story they get involved with Oliver Cromwell and a plot to liberate Charles I from captivity I ll have to say up front that this didn t completely work for me Simon Guerrier handled this period setting his story a year later, and the other side of the Irish Sea far better in The Settling Gatiss s characters talk like history lessons apart from his rollicking sailors In addition, the precepts of historical Who stories are somewhat violated by allowing Richard Cromwell to read a history of the Civil War though this is dealt with and, ratherdramatically, having Charles I s escape plan succeed, if only temporarily, provoking the Doctor to intervene rather un Doctorishly to put history back on track indeed the last few chapters have everyone acting a bit out of character Also Gatiss seems a bit hazy about the location of the Solent, which appears in his account to be somewhere in the London suburbs return return There are some nice bits too Ben falls in with the aforementioned rollicking sailors and goes to Amsterdam and back Polly has an almost romance with a young man called Whyte, which I found personally amusing Charles I himself is moderately well rounded as a character So it s not awful, just not as good as it might have been Maybe it was because I had low expectations and expected a boring historical story akin to The Reign of Terror ducking now to avoid the eggs being thrown , but Mark Gatiss hits it out of the park with this one It remains only one of two historical adventures written solely for the books and for me is perhaps the best historical Doctor Who adventure yet The treatment for this story is an episode for disaster, with too many characters, a hokey subplot involving pirates, and the assumption t Maybe it was because I had low expectations and expected a boring historical story akin to The Reign of Terror ducking now to avoid the eggs being thrown , but Mark Gatiss hits it out of the park with this one It remains only one of two historical adventures written solely for the books and for me is perhaps the best historical Doctor Who adventure yet The treatment for this story is an episode for disaster, with too many characters, a hokey subplot involving pirates, and the assumption that the reader knows something about English history to understand what s going on Nevertheless, like a creamy risotto, Gatiss handles the subject matter with an elegant ease that makes this story digestible The story works on a number of different levels, perhaps the greatest being that the Doctor and his friends unintentionally alter the course of history and are forced to put it right again, even if it means siding with forces that may not necessarily be on the good side If I had to say anything critical about this story, it would be the over abundance of pirate tropes, but it s still all good Obviously, recommended An average Doctor Who story, set in the time of the English Civil War.The time travlers are split up we follow Ben Jackson s adventures on a mysterious ship The Doctor and Jaime are in London Tower , suspected of treason and Polly is swept up in a plot between the forces of Cromwell and King Charles I.The characterization of the se cond Doctor is acceptable, but he is not on stage very much and has little to do The plot has a few really rough spots Not a bad book but very little to lift An average Doctor Who story, set in the time of the English Civil War.The time travlers are split up we follow Ben Jackson s adventures on a mysterious ship The Doctor and Jaime are in London Tower , suspected of treason and Polly is swept up in a plot between the forces of Cromwell and King Charles I.The characterization of the se cond Doctor is acceptable, but he is not on stage very much and has little to do The plot has a few really rough spots Not a bad book but very little to lift it out of the ordinary.Worth reading once for fans of Doctor Who The Roundheads reads unmistakably as a Mark Gatiss novel If you don t enjoy his writing style, this will not be the book to convince you otherwise, nor is it likely to lessen your opinion I enjoy Gatiss style quite a lot and his characterisation for the Second Doctor, Jaime, Ben, and Polly are all excellent.Though everything does come together at the end, aaccurate title may have been The Roundheads, and Ben s serendipitous side quest to Holland Polly is given a chance to shine, never The Roundheads reads unmistakably as a Mark Gatiss novel If you don t enjoy his writing style, this will not be the book to convince you otherwise, nor is it likely to lessen your opinion I enjoy Gatiss style quite a lot and his characterisation for the Second Doctor, Jaime, Ben, and Polly are all excellent.Though everything does come together at the end, aaccurate title may have been The Roundheads, and Ben s serendipitous side quest to Holland Polly is given a chance to shine, never coming across as a damsel in distress and showing great initiative and kindness, while The Doctor and Jaime are always a delight together, and Ben is unceremoniously shunted off into a pirate adventure which pure narrative convenience dictates will be a surprise tool that will help us later.An understanding of this period in British history certainly helps with enjoyment, however, Gatiss strikes a good balance between providing necessary context and only giving the reader as much information as the characters actually know about their surroundings However, it is a spectacularly unmemorable novel Having only moments ago finished the book, the extent of my memory is the synopsis and a handful of tongue in canon s cheek lines The Doctor chuckled You don t think a little elementary hypnosis is beyond me, do you I knew someone ages ago who taught me Of course, he was an absolute master Brilliant I really enjoyed this book I have a big love of the seventeenth century and was pleased to discover that this wasn t just an adventure which happened to include the Roundhead army, but that History and the characters within were woven, incredibly, successfully throughout I don t know how much you d appreciate this book withoutthan passing knowledge of the Civil Wars though Gatiss writes for this TARDIS team beautifully, neatly capturing their voices throughout At no point Brilliant I really enjoyed this book I have a big love of the seventeenth century and was pleased to discover that this wasn t just an adventure which happened to include the Roundhead army, but that History and the characters within were woven, incredibly, successfully throughout I don t know how much you d appreciate this book withoutthan passing knowledge of the Civil Wars though Gatiss writes for this TARDIS team beautifully, neatly capturing their voices throughout At no point is any one of them a spare part, but all have their stories to tell and their own adventures to embark on This has been my favourite of the Past Doctor Adventures range that I ve read so far It was incredibly exciting and well characterised A Gatiss penned outing for the 2nd Dr and an encounter with Oliver Cromwell and Civil War shenanigans Relatively unfamiliar companions Ben and Polly encounter press ganging and Cavalier conspiracies leaving the Doctor and Jamie to impress Richard and Oliver Cromwell with their uncanny ability to see into the future.As always with Gatiss there are twists and a touch of the gothic as well as a definite devotion to and healthy respect for the subject matter Highly enjoyable hokum. An interesting setting and the companions and the Doctor were well written However, there was hardly any of the Doctor in the books, I thoughtcould have been done with the characters disrupting historical events it feltlike a minor sub plot , and the scenes with Ben and the pirates were really over the top and full of stereotypes But it was a fun read