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It's Reading Week at the University of East Wessex, but not everything comes to a stop. The wood is still haunted. Experiments in telepathy, remote viewing, precognition and other paranormal phenomena continue in the Parapsychology Department. The department heads still think the Kellerfield Research Fellow is out for publicity rather than psychic results. A grisly murder r It's Reading Week at the University of East Wessex, but not everything comes to a stop. The wood is still haunted. Experiments in telepathy, remote viewing, precognition and other paranormal phenomena continue in the Parapsychology Department. The department heads still think the Kellerfield Research Fellow is out for publicity rather than psychic results. A grisly murder remains unsolved by local police. The students are still holding seances in the graveyard. When the TARDIS arrives in Norswood, the Doctor and Leela are caught up in events that are spiralling out of control. Leela is chased by a phantom, and the Doctor takes the waters. But soon it isn't the Parapsychology Department's funding that's in question — it's the whole of existence. This adventure features the Fourth Doctor and Leela.


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It's Reading Week at the University of East Wessex, but not everything comes to a stop. The wood is still haunted. Experiments in telepathy, remote viewing, precognition and other paranormal phenomena continue in the Parapsychology Department. The department heads still think the Kellerfield Research Fellow is out for publicity rather than psychic results. A grisly murder r It's Reading Week at the University of East Wessex, but not everything comes to a stop. The wood is still haunted. Experiments in telepathy, remote viewing, precognition and other paranormal phenomena continue in the Parapsychology Department. The department heads still think the Kellerfield Research Fellow is out for publicity rather than psychic results. A grisly murder remains unsolved by local police. The students are still holding seances in the graveyard. When the TARDIS arrives in Norswood, the Doctor and Leela are caught up in events that are spiralling out of control. Leela is chased by a phantom, and the Doctor takes the waters. But soon it isn't the Parapsychology Department's funding that's in question — it's the whole of existence. This adventure features the Fourth Doctor and Leela.

30 review for Doctor Who: Psi-ence Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Danny Welch

    Chris Boucher has done it again! Another brilliant classic! I really finds his work to be underrated, he’s a really good science fiction writer who brought us the fantastic Leela! Psi-ence Fiction is a brilliant but underrated story with parapsychology, very likeable characters and plenty of horror! It has some very interesting ideas and an ending that ties everything up really well! 9.5/10

  2. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Kukwa

    A novel of thirds. One third covers the 4th Doctor & Leela; in the hands of her creator, Leela shines from start to finish. Meanwhile, the Doctor comes off just as magnificently in prose as he would on-screen. The next third covers the cast of students and professors: a set of characters that have their charms, but their mutual bitchiness simply goes on for far too long...to the point where it seems to actually inflate the page count. The final third concerns the machinations of the police & the A novel of thirds. One third covers the 4th Doctor & Leela; in the hands of her creator, Leela shines from start to finish. Meanwhile, the Doctor comes off just as magnificently in prose as he would on-screen. The next third covers the cast of students and professors: a set of characters that have their charms, but their mutual bitchiness simply goes on for far too long...to the point where it seems to actually inflate the page count. The final third concerns the machinations of the police & the university rent-a-cops: a plot strand so uninteresting that it could be excised from the novel without damaging the rest of the story. The end result is a three star rating for a book that splits into three variable sections.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    The Doctor and Leela land near a university where someone is doing psychic research. Oh, and a demon is chasing students. This is a really good read that focuses on the character of Leela. It feels like its quite early in her travels with the Doctor, as she still has doubts. The way the ghosts are represented that it does look psychic and not science. The twist near the end is very clever. A very good read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Good plot but I couldn't take the constant insulting sexism from the male characters. Good plot but I couldn't take the constant insulting sexism from the male characters.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Watching Fourth Doctor episodes with Leela for the first time since I started paying active attention to Doctor Who put me quite in the mood to pick up my housemate's copy of Psi-ence Fiction, by Chris Boucher, a Fourth Doctor and Leela adventure. I am not, however, entirely sure of what I got for my reading effort. The dialogue and interaction between most of the characters, I have to admit--threw me. This includes the interactions between the Doctor and Leela, too. There is an overall sense of Watching Fourth Doctor episodes with Leela for the first time since I started paying active attention to Doctor Who put me quite in the mood to pick up my housemate's copy of Psi-ence Fiction, by Chris Boucher, a Fourth Doctor and Leela adventure. I am not, however, entirely sure of what I got for my reading effort. The dialogue and interaction between most of the characters, I have to admit--threw me. This includes the interactions between the Doctor and Leela, too. There is an overall sense of disconnectedness to it, for reasons which are actually pertinent to the plot; yet, something about Mr. Boucher's writing style didn't quite make it work for me. At least, during the first half of the book. I'll grant that towards the end, it started coming together better and feeling more like a Doctor Who story. I was further hampered by not liking most of the cast members du jour very much. Most of the characters are students who clearly don't like each other very much, and who, as a consequence, are always sniping at one another. As a reader, then, I had very little opportunity to find anything to like about any of them. Hands down, the strongest character in the plot is Leela--and then mostly in the contrast between her primitive view of the universe and the modern-day university setting she and the Doctor visit. There's something delightfully surreal about primitive Leela trying to interact with a parapsychology professor and his students, and there are moments in an otherwise erratically paced plot where that works quite well. The last issue I had with the story is the biggest, though: I felt it was a cop-out, since the Doctor doesn't actually get to be the one to resolve the problem at all. To have that just when the book was finally coming together for me threw it off the rails at the last minute. So ultimately, I'm giving this one two stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    David Layton

    The Doctor and Leela land in England ca. 2001 near a second-tier university where ill-conceived experiments in psi powers have caused an apparent rip in the universe. The book is typical of Boucher's science fiction in a number of ways, and reminds me a bit of Star Cops. One way is that characters are just a bit rounder than "types." They have backgrounds and hidden depths both good and bad. Another is the dialogue, which involves much sniping back and forth, with characters exercising power thr The Doctor and Leela land in England ca. 2001 near a second-tier university where ill-conceived experiments in psi powers have caused an apparent rip in the universe. The book is typical of Boucher's science fiction in a number of ways, and reminds me a bit of Star Cops. One way is that characters are just a bit rounder than "types." They have backgrounds and hidden depths both good and bad. Another is the dialogue, which involves much sniping back and forth, with characters exercising power through sarcasm. A third is that investigators, the Doctor and Leela in this case, sort of blunder into the correct answer rather than discover it. Some areas of this book are not as good as I have seen in other Boucher works. The college students are not differentiated enough in their dialogue, which makes them difficult to distinguish from each other and difficult to sympathize with. Another is that Leela seems to me to be too primitive, a surprising aspect given that Leela is Boucher's creation. A third is a problem haunting it seems all novels using Doctor 4, namely that he is just a bit too distracted and scatter-brained. Boucher puts this down to the effect of the rip in the universe, but even so, on TV Doctor 4 could give a straight answer now and again and could give a coherent explanation every once in a while. Not in this book. The merits of the book are mainly related to some tight plotting regarding the who, how, and why of the evil scheme. It's a decent enough read, but not hugely compelling.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Whyte

    http://nhw.livejournal.com/1014841.html#cutid5[return][return]Psi-Ence Fiction is certainly the best of the four Boucher novels. It is something of a re-take of Image of the Fendahl, with research in contemporary Britain (2001 rather than 1978, of course) unlocking dangerous space-time anomalies and tapping into the plans of sinister entities. The setting this time round is a university campus, a familiar setting which liberates Boucher from trying too hard at world-building (as noted above, not http://nhw.livejournal.com/1014841.html#cutid5[return][return]Psi-Ence Fiction is certainly the best of the four Boucher novels. It is something of a re-take of Image of the Fendahl, with research in contemporary Britain (2001 rather than 1978, of course) unlocking dangerous space-time anomalies and tapping into the plans of sinister entities. The setting this time round is a university campus, a familiar setting which liberates Boucher from trying too hard at world-building (as noted above, not his strongest point), as he can rely on smart-aleck students, infighting academics, and the local police trying to sort things out. Leela, as ever, excels; the biggest problem with the book is the resolution, where the Tardis itself plays an unexpected role, and the ending is a bit of a cop-out. But it was a good read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Book collector

    I found this one hard to get into. Boucher is a good script writer but his prose work can be weak. This seemed to feature a belabouring of plot points that became irritating after a while. I wasn't convinced by the story and just found it hard work. Not terrible but just ok. I found this one hard to get into. Boucher is a good script writer but his prose work can be weak. This seemed to feature a belabouring of plot points that became irritating after a while. I wasn't convinced by the story and just found it hard work. Not terrible but just ok.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    Interesting idea of having the 4th Doctor and Leela in a story set 'now', as I don't think they did many of them on the TV show but the story itself is just okay. Liked the setting of the college campus and having the primitive Leela dealing with the modern world, but the bad guy was not terribly interesting and the sub-plots involving the circle of students felt a bit over done. The two leads were well written, but the story wasn't the best. Interesting idea of having the 4th Doctor and Leela in a story set 'now', as I don't think they did many of them on the TV show but the story itself is just okay. Liked the setting of the college campus and having the primitive Leela dealing with the modern world, but the bad guy was not terribly interesting and the sub-plots involving the circle of students felt a bit over done. The two leads were well written, but the story wasn't the best.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Riku Sayuj

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anne

  12. 4 out of 5

    Menchie Apoya

  13. 5 out of 5

    Steven

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jay

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ivana Richards

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ivan

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bob

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mark Healey

  20. 4 out of 5

    Iain McLaughlin

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emmet

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michael Taylor

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alun Harris

  24. 4 out of 5

    Simon Curtis

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey

  26. 4 out of 5

    Steven Yull

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gundam Chan

  28. 4 out of 5

    GARETH J. BOWLEY

  29. 5 out of 5

    MJ

  30. 5 out of 5

    Philip

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