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Fusion with the Fifth Doctor, the Seventh Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan, Adric, Chris and Roz
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The Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric meet the Doctor, Chris and Roz
The Fifth Doctor meets the Seventh Doctor at last!
I purchased this ‘Doctor Who’ book as part of my own winter sale on Amazon over Christmas 2011. I had the intention reading this novel, but couldn’t get the chance. I eventually read the novel whilst I was on holiday with my parents in Scotland in the summer of 2014 and enjoyed the book very much.
I listened to ‘The Fifth Doctor Box Set’ on audio and watched Peter Capaldi’s first three episodes on TV on holiday. But I also read a trilogy of Fifth Doctor novels including ‘Cold Fusion’; ‘The Sands of Time’ and ‘Goth Opera’. I’m happy I read them and hope Big Finish will turn these into audio dramas.
I enjoyed reading ‘Cold Fusion’ by Lance Parkin who would go on to write the Doctor/Nyssa story ‘Primeval’. It was one of ‘The Missing Adventures’ novels from the Virgin Publishing range of ‘Doctor Who’ books. It is notable for being a multi-Doctor story featuring the Fifth Doctor and the Seventh Doctor.
The Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric arrive on an icy snowy world that is a human colony dedicated to order and science. They also meet the Seventh Doctor with Chris and Roz and have to save the universe involving a mysteriously beautiful lady called Patience and the ghost-like Ferutu.
‘Cold Fusion’ is unusually constructed as a six-part adventure in this novel. The book is divided into 18 chapters, with three chapters for each of the six episodes. As one of the Missing Adventure novels of ‘Doctor Who’, it’s presented as a Fifth Doctor adventure than a Seventh Doctor adventure.
For the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric, the story is set between ‘Castrovalva’ and ‘Four To Doomsday’ and is presumably set after ‘Psychodrome’. For the Seventh Doctor, Chris and Roz, this story is set between ‘Return of the Living Dad’ and ‘The Death of Art’ during the New Adventures.
I liked the themes and the concepts in this adventure. There’s the Scientifica, a futuristic technocracy dedicated to science and logic. There are also the Adjudicators who bring a sense of law and order in the story. There are some time travel themes; a sense of alien invasion and a cold war atmosphere.
I enjoyed reading the Fifth Doctor who’s recently regenerated. He’s curious about what’s going on and gets to share an adventure with Adric before they split up and soon bumps into Tegan. There’s a connection between him and Patience which I found interesting as their relationship gets explored.
The Seventh Doctor is the manipulative, darker Doctor from the New Adventures series. He seems to know what’s going on and meets up with the Fifth Doctor who he dismisses and isn’t entirely happy working with. The Seventh Doctor knows about the Ferutu and plans ahead in order to defeat them.
I love Nyssa and what she does in this adventure. There’s a connection made to her loss of Traken. I liked her first scene with the Fifth Doctor in the cloister room and when she shares scenes with Tegan. I found Nyssa’s adventure with Chris very appealing as she gets to show her more ‘sexy’ side.
I enjoyed Tegan who wants to get back to Heathrow and not travel with the Doctor. Tegan gets to go and stay at a hotel with Nyssa. She immediately distrusts Bruce (Chris) and calls him a ‘pervert’ and not seeing reason. She meets up with Doctor and gets to share an adventure with him and Patience.
Adric gets to shares an adventure with his Doctor as they explore the colony planet and have an encounter with Roz. They both meet Medford and Whitfield and get taken to where it happens at the Scientifica. Adric also gets to wear an Adjudicator outfit and meets up with the Seventh Doctor.
For those unfamiliar to the New Adventures novel series, the Seventh Doctor is joined by his companions Chris Cwej and Roz Forrester. They are both former Adjudicators from the 30th century who made their first appearances in ‘Doctor Who’ in the New Adventures novel called ‘Original Sin’.
Chris Cwej is a charming, muscular, well-built man. He is a former Adjudicator, who likes to charm the ladies and is presumably a bisexual character. He uses the alias ‘Bruce Jovanka’ when Nyssa and Tegan meet him. He tries to charm his way to Tegan and fails. But when he charms Nyssa, he wins.
Roz Forrester is another former Adjudicator. She’s an African woman who’s rough; tough and ruthless. She gets into a struggle with the Fifth Doctor and Adric and even kills a member of the Scientifica. She and Adric soon meet up with the Seventh Doctor before the Fifth Doctor joins them.
In this story we meet Patience, a beautiful blonde-haired Time Lady from Gallifrey. When the Doctor and Adric find her, she’s a lifeless corpse called ‘the Patient’ before she regenerates. I imagine that Patience would be a Virginia Hey character. Her descriptions are precise right down to her long legs.
The story’s human protagonists are Medford and Whitfield. I’m positive the names were taken from the BBC sitcom ‘Terry and June’. Medford is the Provost-general of the Adjudicators and Whitfield is the Chief Scientist at the Scientifica. It’s clear that they’re both in a romantic relationship together.
The ‘monsters’ in this story are the Ferutu. They are ghost-like beings who appear in our universe from another dimension. They seem to be causing a threat to human society. It turns out the Ferutu are the Lords of Time from an alternative timeline. The Seventh Doctor goes to see inside their world.
I found the story’s conclusion unsatisfying, as it felt anti-climactic. I wished that there was more of the two Doctors together and the companions meeting each other. In the end however, Doctor Five gets knocked out and left there by the story’s end. But I have enjoyed reading the book very much.
I would like ‘Cold Fusion’ to be turned into an audio drama someday. Certainly with Matthew Waterhouse returning as Adric in ‘The Fifth Doctor Box Set’; and Travis Oliver and Yasmin Bannerman playing Chris and Roz in the audio adaptation of ‘Damaged Goods’, the possibility seems very likely.
So ‘Cold Fusion’ has been a great book to read. It has a weak conclusion, but apart from that this is a great story where the Fifth Doctor meets the Seventh Doctor. Let’s hope we won’t have to wait too long for ‘Cold Fusion’ and other books like ‘Goth Opera’ to be turned into audio dramas by Big Finish.
‘Cold Fusion’ rating – 9/10
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