The Tomorrow People in The Lost Gods

With Hitler's Last Secret and The Thargon Menace

by Roger Price

© 1979 Roger Price
This novel is the novelisation of the three Tomorrow People serials of the sixth season. I will review each story contained within it in turn.

The Lost Gods

"None of us are gods, evil, good, or any other kind of god. We are mortal. If I am cut, I bleed. If you are cut, you bleed. We are all flesh and blood. We are born. We live. We die. The only thing that makes us different is that we are a new kind of human being, One day everyone in the world will be like us. We are Tomorrow People, Hsui Tai, and you are one of us!"
-John in The Lost Gods

This is the story of Hsui Tai's breakout which was one of the most detailed and unusual that we ever got to see. I'll avoid spoiling too much, but this story brought a new twist to the way the Tomorrow People lived. Like most of the Tomorrow People novelisations, this is fairly faithful to the script but does introduce some more explanatory material. In particular we can an insight into John's relationship with Mike, which makes interesting reading.

The story itself was quite good, and this does translate very well into novel form.

Hitler's Last Secret

"That is an SS uniform you are wearing. The SS were bloodthirsty monsters who tortured and murdered millions of unarmed, helpless and defenceless men, women and children. Take it off!"
-John to Mike in Hitler's Last Secret

One of my favourite stories in the Original series, although one which is based on a pretty faulty scientific principle (this is The Tomorrow People after all.) This story and this novelisation are quite good for examining what happens when a Tomorrow Person is torn between their peaceful nature, and another force and instinct that is totally opposed to it.

The novel seems to (from recollection - it is some time since I saw the episode) add a fair bit to John's reaction to Mike apparently embracing Nazism. The story is also quite good, as for the first time, the British military are not portrayed as some sort of evil organisation, but are portrayed in a far better light.

The Thargon Menace

"The Thargons fight, colonize, govern strictly, and make war, but according to all that's known of them by the Galactic Federation, Thargons do not own slaves. Indeed their main saving grace is a tradition of respect for individual liberty.
-TIM in The Thargon Menace

In my opinion, this is the weakest of the three stories in the Novelisation. It does have an interesting basic idea - two groups with different stories and the Tomorrow People don't know who to trust, but personally I found it quite boring. Throw in a Third World dictator (who seems to be based on Idi Amin), who serves very little useful purpose and you still don't have that much to recommend this story. There's nothing wrong with it, but there's nothing great about it either.

Should I Buy This Book?

If you get a chance, certainly. It is the rarest of the old series novelisations and you can expect to pay a great deal more than the price at publication which was 70p. But any TP fan should own a copy if possible.

This review © 1997 Shaun Hately, but please feel free to link to it, or copy it.
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