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Planet of the Daleks

I have recently watched the classic Doctor Who story Planet of the Daleks, which starts with The Doctor (Jon Pertwee) sending a distress signal to the Time Lords after having been shot by the Master in Frontier in Space. Delirious, he falls into a coma, so the Time Lords control the TARDIS remotely And land it on a strange Jungle planet populated by aggressive and highly poisonous plants who attack Jo Grant (Katy Manning) as she leaves the TARDIS to explore. The plants also rapidly cover the TARDIS leaving the Doctor in grave danger of suffocation. Jo, in the meantime, discovers a spacecraft in the jungle with a dead pilot. Elsewhere The crew of said Spaceship crew whose names are Taron, Rebec and Codal,  are exploring and find the TARDIS and rescue the nearly asphyxiated Doctor and explain that they are Thals from the planet Skaro. The Doctor learns from the Thals that his old enemies The Daleks are also on the planet and he is captured and taken to the Dalek base for interrogation.

Meanwhile, Jo is found by an invisible local named Wester who treats her wound and explains that she is on the planet Spiridon and that his people were invaded by the Daleks who landed on Spiridon hoping to find out the secret of the Spiridon’s invisibility and reproduce it for their own evil use, and that the Daleks killed of most of the population by releasing a deadly bacteria and now the remains of his people are trying to fight back against the Daleks,  He informs Jo that the Doctor and Codal have been captured and taken to the Dalek base. Jo is determined to try to free them.

The Thals meanwhile learn that there is an army of at least 10,000 Daleks in suspended Animation hidden somewhere on Spiridon, so Wester, the Third Doctor, Jo Grant, and the small group of Thals set on a dangerous mission to find the Dalek army and sabotage their equipment before all the Daleks are revived. Elsewhere The Dalek Supreme arrives on Spiridon to oversee the final stages in the revival of the Dalek Army….

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Tess Gerritsen M.D

Chinese-American novelist and retired physician Tess Gerritsen, M.D. was born June 12, 1955 Her first name is really Terry; she decided to feminize it when she was a writer of romance novels. While growing up in San Diego, California, Gerritsen often dreamt of writing her own Nancy Drew novels. Although she longe to be a writer, her family had reservations about the sustainability of a writing career, prompting Gerritsen to choose a career in medicine. In 1975, Gerritsen graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Anthropology, intrigued by the ranges of human behavior.She went on to study medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.She received her medical degree in 1979 and started work as a physician in Honolulu, Hawai’i.While on maternity leave, she submitted a short story to a statewide fiction contest in the magazine Honolulu. Her story, “On Choosing the Right Crack Seed,” won first prize and she received $500. The story focused on a young male reflecting on a difficult relationship with his mother. Gerritsen claimed the story allowed her to deal with her own childhood turmoil, including the repeated suicide attempts of her mother.

Inspired by the romance novels she enjoyed reading while working as a doctor, Gerritsen’s first novels were romantic thrillers. After two unpublished ‘practice novels’, Call After Midnight was bought by publisher Harlequin Intrigue in 1986 and published a year later.Gerritsen continued on to write another eight romantic thrillers for Harlequin Intrigue and Harper Paperbacks. In 1996, Gerritsen published her first medical thriller novel, Harvest. Having already decided to pursue the medical thriller genre, the plot was inspired by a conversation with a retired homicide detective who had recently been travelling in Russia. He told her that youngorphans were vanishing from the streets of Moscow, and police believed the kidnapped children were being shipped abroad as organ donors.

Harvest was Gerritsen’s first novel to be published in hardcover, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list at #13. Following Harvest, Gerritsen wrote three subsequent bestselling medical thrillers,Life Support, Bloodstream, and Gravity. In 2001, Gerritsen’s first crime thriller, The Surgeon, was released; it introduced the character of homicide detective Jane Rizzoli. Although Rizzoli was only a secondary character in The Surgeon, the character has been a central focus of a series of nine novels pairing her with medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles. The books inspired the Rizzoli & Isles television series starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. Although most of her recent publications have been in the Rizzoli/Isles series, Gerritsen wrote a stand-alone historical thriller, The Bone Garden in 2007. The Bone Garden, a tale of gruesome murders, takes place primarily in 1830s Boston and includes a character based upon Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Gerritsen’s books have been published in forty countries and have sold 25 million copies. Novels published by Gerritsen include Call After Midnight (1987)Under the Knife (1990)Never Say Die (1992)Whistleblower (1992)Presumed Guilty (1993)Peggy Sue Got Murdered (1994) re-released as Girl Missing and In Their Footsteps (1994)Thief of Hearts (1995) which was re-released as StolenKeeper of the Bride (1996).

Medical thrillers written by Gerrittson include: Harvest (1996)Life Support (1997)Bloodstream (1998)Gravity (1999)The Bone Garden (2007). Gerritsen has also written The Rizzoli/Isles series which includes the novels: The Surgeon (2001) which  introduces police detective Jane Rizzoli. The Apprentice (2002) which introduces medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles,The Sinner, Body Double, Vanish, The Mephisto Club, The Keepsake / Keeping the Dead, Ice Cold / The Killing Place and The Silent Girl.