THE STORY TAKES
PLACE BETWEEN THE
TELOS NOVELLA "RIP
TIDE" AND THE BIG
FINISH AUDIO DRAMA
"THE COMPANY OF
OFFICIAL TELOS DELUXE
HARDBACK (ISBN 1-903
889-25-1) RELEASED IN
when the Doctor
ARRIVES ON A 32ND
CENTURY COLONY SHIP
arrives with his
friend Fyne seeking
a cure to A raging
has infected his
companion, he finds
a world on the brink
of the Tyger
Despite being the shortest of the first twelve Telos novellas by far, The Eye of
the Tyger was probably afforded the most fanfare. Billed as the fortieth anniversary release, a run of just forty ‘special deluxe’ editions of this novella were released alongside the usual ‘standard’ and ‘deluxe’ formats, each featuring the ‘deluxe’ edition housed within a fortieth anniversary slipcase.
However, Paul McAuley’s tale is far less assuming than its packaging. With more emphasis on character than spectacle, McAuley’s rich, beautifully written adventure conveys both the wonder and the terror of the Doctor’s world through the narration of a man who is not quite able to comprehend it, let alone express it. Here McAuley shows us humanoid tigers, baby Dyson spheres, and creatures that live inside black holes, all as relayed by a 1920s colonial Brit who is slowly becoming an animal.
crux of his story as Lieutenant Fyne succumbs to the Tyger virus,
the Doctor powerless to intervene. From there, the narrative leaps
back and forth with the agility of a tiger as it takes us from India in
the 1920s to a far-flung solar system a million and a half years in
the future. McAuley’s first person narration is insightful and alluring
throughout, but especially as Fyne’s transformation nears compl-
etion and he begins to find himself attracted to Casimir, a fellow
On a final note, Neil Gaiman has to be praised for providing one
of the best forewords in the range thus far. Not only is it absolutely
fascinating (and perhaps even a little contentious), but it is wholly
relevant to the novella that it is charged with introducing, Gaiman’s
theme of ‘infection’ segueing beautifully into McAuley’s gripping opening…
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This story is hard to place with any certainty. We have placed it after the Telos novella Rip Tide as the Doctor is travelling alone and apparently has his full memories in tact, as he did in his earliest Telos outing.
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