Seeing I Paperback – Jul 1998
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Seeing I is the second in the BBC range from coauthors Kate Orman and Jonathan Blum. The first 170 or so of the book's 279 pages drag interminably as Sam and the Doctor spend three years being unable to meet up due to the fact that the Doctor has been locked up in an inescapable prison for the crime of trying to locate his companion using somewhat unorthodox methods. Sam in the meantime becomes a quasi-ecoterrorist seeking to undermine the controlling techno-company on the planet. It's this same organization that holds the Doctor, and it isn't until Sam finds his details on a file pirated from the company that they get to finally meet, after almost three whole books spent apart.
It's not explained quite how Sam knows this is the Doctor (presumably there was a photo) since he was going under the name of Doctor Bowman, but within a few pages she manages to break into the prison and rescue him. Bang. All over in a flash.
Then the rest of the plot kicks in. The company has been using eye-implant technology, which the Doctor has realized is alien to this culture at this time. The trouble is traced to a Gallifreyan mind control device, which is supplying power to the company. Furthermore, this device has been "seeded" on the planet by an insectoid race of aliens called the I so that they may come along later and harvest whatever use the indigenous population have made of the technology.
Seeing I is a curious mixture of well-written character pieces and a paper-thin plot designed only to achieve the objective of forcing the characters to develop. The authors have decided to push against the general trend of the BBC's range and to present a work that only just manages to stand alone in its own right.
If you like talk, internal angst, and uncertainty as opposed to action, plot, and adventure, this novel is doubtless going to please you. For those who prefer a more traditional WHO yarn, you'd be better off starting elsewhere. --David J. Howe, Amazon.co.uk
Top Customer Reviews
The Doctor is well characterized here, but that isn't surprising as Kate Orman and Jon Blum are the team that gave us the first real characterization of the post-TV-Movie Eighth Doctor. There are a few places where his extreme touch-feeliness may feel a bit shallow and false, but there is something positive to be said about a Doctor who goes bungee jumping in between adventures. The plot is fairly thin and serves mostly to explore the two main characters, Sam and the Eighth Doctor, and their relationship -- something that had not been done as well or as in-depth in this BBC range it had been in some of the Doctor/companion teams of the Virgin-era books. This is something that the series was very much in need of -- in prior books, the Doctor and Sam had become almost faceless, with Paul McGann's one-time portrayal of the Doctor being reduced into small basic mannerisms that captured none of the charm and enthusiasm that had been brought to the role. SEEING I did a wonderful job of giving the Doctor more character than simply repeating his friends' a (not inconsiderable) number of times before addressing them.
All in all, this is an excellent return to form.Read more ›
First of all, THANK GOD Sam gets to grow up!
Secondly, I must admit my skin started to crawl at the description of what is done to the Doctor; how it affects him and the aftermath. Yikes.
Thirdly, the "I" are a very interesting creation. They sound pretty, and yet if you see one you should run as fast as you can (and faster) in the opposite direction.
And ladies, if you are into Hurt/Comfort stories at all, this book is for you. Fans of Sci-Fi will understand this reference. I promise you will ache to hold the poor, battered Doctor in your arms and smother him with love and protection. You get to pick the method of Love and Protection, of course.
All in all, I still say the team of Orman and Blum make a perfect story and understand the heart of the Doctor Who fan intimately. They write the best DW books around!
Most recent customer reviews
This is an appealing Dr Who novel.
It solidifies the relationship between Sam and the Doctor, after they had been apart for so long. Read more
This is the first of the "New" Dr. Who stories I have read, meaning the "original" stories that are not part of the series. Read morePublished on July 18 2001 by Black Cat de La Bear
Let's see, the Doctor's companion has to deal with living in one place and time, years pass, the Doctor is imprisoned, and alien insectoids are involved somehow. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2000 by Christopher Dudley
Though, remarkably, I am actually NOT Jennifer Hopkins Sastokes@bellsouth.net from Macon, I too liked this book. The Doctor REALLY suffers for years in prison!Published on Nov. 3 1999
This was a very fast read. The 8th Doctor and Sam work real good together. For the first time you see a side of the Doctor that has never beem seen before. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 1999