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Seeing I Paperback – Jul 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Pubns (July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563405864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563405863
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.4 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,647,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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,

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With SEEING I, we bring to a close the three book DOCTOR WHO mini-series that began with THE LONGEST DAY (which was followed by a solo Doctor intermission in THE LEGACY OF THE DALEKS), and followed by DREAMSTONE MOON - and up until now each story has tried to build on the one previous - but with little luck and even less entertainment. But with SEEING I we end on a high note which not only entertains, but also drops a few plot lines and problems with Sam that had dogged her since she first arrived on board the TRADIS. As for the story, it's a straight forward affair that will at once cause a few yawns, but at the same time open a few eyes (pun intended). The Doctor is still searching for Sam, and now having found her at the opening of the story, he is arrested and locked away for several years while we, the reader, pick up and follow Sam from girl to young woman as she lands without a friend on a distant planet, joins a environmental group, shakes up the place and battles a mega corporation - and all the while is allowed to grow up. I've never been a big fan of the Sam character. She was boring, annoying and her attraction to the Doctor was always a problem for me (and most writers tried to turn her into some kind of "sex object" for the Doctor to notice - see OPTION LOCK for the dreaded wet T-shirt scene), but here, finally, she allowed to grow up, acquire some skills (which she was seriously lacking in the previous novels - unless you consider screaming and running skills), and have a mind of her own. Like the rest of the series though, the fireworks are held back until the final third of the book and it's all rush, rush, rush from there until the last page, leaving the reader with abrupt conclusion to a story which was neither that exciting or surprising to begin with. SEEING I is not for first time readers, but for fans, it's one of the best and worth picking up.
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There was one moment while in SEEING I where I cheered out loud. It was the passage in which Sam Jones (having run out on the Doctor in an earlier book) gets fed up with her boring, routine, desk-bound, nine-to-five job and quits to try to make a life for herself that means something. And this portion demonstrates the strength of this book. No longer is Sam merely Generic Companion #1, but a thinking, living, human character who's forced to deal with life after her first series of travels in the TARDIS.
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.
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By A Customer on Feb. 26 2001
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I can't believe this. Here I am sitting down at my kitchen table reading the customer reviews on a book a that I have just ordered and I must say that this is really amaizing. Is this Doctor Who book really that good? If these other reviewes are anything to go by, it must be. All of them seem to give it a thumbs up.I have also read a summary of the plot in one of the reviewes and I must tell you, that I've been waiting for a Dr. Who book like this for years. I loved all the stories where the Doctor was dragged to edge of sanity and back. You see, I am also a Sci-fi writer, and I writer Doctor Who stories for my own enjoyment, but soon I'll be posting them on my website. If and anyone out there is interested email me at and I'll set you up. I hope you like them all. It's good to know that my colleagues are doing such a good job with this sieres. I can't wait until I get Seeing I. Kate Orman and her Co-author keep up the good work. Next to Terrance Dicks, you two are the best Doctor Who writers around.
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Wow, what a book! Starting with Sam in a homeless shelter (It's gritty, but good to see a companion live in the Real World for a change); to the Doctor fighting for his sanity in a kinder, gentler prison, this book will rock your socks off by the end.
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!
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