Book Review – Doctor Who: Invasion of the Cat People

  • Title: Invasion of the Cat People
  • Series: Virgin Publishing Missing Doctor Adventures
  • Author: Gary Russell
  • Characters:  Second Doctor, Ben, Polly
  • Date Reviewed on GoodReads: 7/22/2013

Invasion of the Cat People is part of Virgin Publishing’s Doctor Who the Missing Adventures series. The Missing Adventures series features Doctors 1-6. This novel has the unusual Doctor and companion combination of the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) with Ben and Polly. Ben and Polly were the First Doctor’s final companions, who carried over. Troughton is more famous for having as his companions the Scottish Highlander, Jaime McCrimmon, with either Victoria or Zoë. But it was interesting to read a story that features Ben and Polly with the Second Doctor.

Overall, this story of dual invasion. Four aliens landed in pre-Colonial Australia and not only taught but learned from the Aboriginal people there. Several thousand years later, a race of, well, Cat-People, arrives, meaning to destroy the Earth to use it as a power source.

Overall, I’d give this particular Doctor Who novel a 3.5 rating. It was interesting to see Ben and Polly, and I liked the way the author wrote their confusion and “out-of-sync-ness” at being just a few years in their own future. But I felt the plot would have been better not split between the two groups of invaders. I tended to pick-up and put-down the book a lot, and that’s not a good sign.


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