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Doctor Who - The Tenth Planet

“The Tenth Planet” is an adventure of the fourth season of “Doctor Who” classic series, which aired in 1966. It’s a four parts adventure written by Kit Pedler e Gerry Davis and directed by Derek Martinus.

The Tardis materializes in the Earth’s south pole in 1986. The First Doctor (William Hartnell), Ben (Michael Craze) and Polly (Anneke Wills) are arrested by the guards of Snowcap base, which among other things is a control center for space missions and is handling the contacts with a spacecraft in orbit. A series of strange observations worry the mission managers but that’s nothing compared to the discovery that an unknown planet is approaching the Earth.

The Doctor reveals that the mysterious planet is called Mondas and that its inhabitants will come soon to Earth but is not believed. While the spacecraft in orbit suffers a loss of energy, Snowcap base is attacked by three Cybermen, Mondas’ inhabitants who over time have replaced more and more of their bodies’ organic parts becoming cyborgs. The Cybermen want to bring the Earthlings to Mondas and make them become like them.

City at the End of Time by Greg Bear

The novel “City at the End of Time” by Greg Bear was published for the first time in 2008.

Ginny, Jack and Daniel are apparently normal persons but what could seem dreams are actually connections with a future so remote that the universe is completely different. Yet even in a hundred trillion years there are human beings, the result of a series of humanity’s rises and falls.

Jebrassy, ​​who wants to be a warrior, and Taidba, an explorer, live in this very remote future. Their connection to Ginny, Jack and Daniel involves all of them in the events that threaten the destruction of the universe. Is it possible to save those future humans from the strange entity that is destroying the universe?

Border Princes by Dan Abnett

The novel “Border Princes” by Dan Abnett was published for the first time in 2007.

Torchwood team is busy looking for the Amok, an alien artifact that can heavily influence the minds of human beings. They need to get it to safety as soon as possible because in Cardiff streets chaos is breaking out among the people in a state of confusion.

Captain Jack Harkness is concerned about a possible connection between the Amok and an alarm given to Torchwood 108 years earlier and must solve the problem. He too, Gwen, Owen, Tosh, Ianto and James suffer from the Amok’s influence and this makes the situation more complex. What does a strange diner at a Cardiff restaurant have to do with that?

The Whole Man aka Telepathist by John Brunner (Italian edition)

The novel “The Whole Man”, also known as “Telepathist”, by John Brunner was published for the first time in 1964 restructuring three novellas published in previous years.

Gerald Howson was born in very unfortunate circumstances: his father was a terrorist who died before his birth and the baby shows various physical deformities. His mother has little interest in him so while he’s growing he has to learn quickly to fend for himself. For the young Gerald things change when he realizes he has telepathic abilities.

Telepaths are rare and their work is important in the course of diplomatic activities needed to resolve crises that may break out around the world. Gerald Howson has learned to trust no one but when his telepathic emissions are picked up by others like him he’s forced to choose between living in secret and try to change his live.

Resurgence by Charles Sheffield

The novel “Resurgence” by Charles Sheffield was published for the first time in 2002. It’s the fifth book of the Heritage universe and is the sequel of “Convergence”.

The mystery of the Builders seems now become academic when in the distant stars of Sagittarius something starts destroying entire star systems. Is it a new manifestation of the Builders caused by an artifact not yet discovered becuase it’s a very far away from the Orion Arm? Are there other forces at work?

To find out what’s going on in that distant part of the galaxy the team that explored Builders’ artifacts is brought together again. However, this time the journey is longer than normal and the dangers are more unpredictable than ever. Will an expedition that includes a military team trained for survival be enough?