January 31, 2014 at 3:52 pm #182079
It seems I probably should have read a handful of books between “Interference” and this one for there are references to events I don’t get. I know what happened to Fitz on Dust but Anji is new to me. I don’t remember what became of Compassion. Whatever events that caused the Doctor to lose his memory are a complete mystery to this reader. And there’s a mention of the destruction of Gallifrey. Fitz seems to know but doesn’t want the Doctor to but then Fitz is having serious issues of his own concerning his existence. I don’t like Fitz in this book but because I’m missing some references I don’t feel like I know Fitz. I got an instant liking of Anji. The Doctor isn’t himself in this book so I didn’t feel like he was represented well.
This book came across to me as a mix of ideas that got loosely jelled into a semi-cohesive whole. It works but is somewhat hard to follow in places. The pace is up and down as we follow the characters through the adventure.
The triplets were insane and I couldn’t bring myself to feel any sympathy for them regardless of their conception or of what transpired between their father, their mother, and Hanstrum, the chief technician. There’s certainly a twisted bit of plot-looping written into these characters but I couldn’t help feel they weren’t written consistently. Sometimes they had some depth, sometimes they were kinda hollow.
To me, the best part of this book was all the so very badly wrong Earth references used in the EarthWorld exhibit. I liked the ticking alligator. And I thought Fitz was going to have a seizure over the Arthurian mis-mythology.
Overall, I can’t say that I’m terribly impressed with this one.
For some people, small, beautiful events are what life is all about!January 31, 2014 at 10:01 pm #182101
Are you discussing the reprint version? I like that the BBC seems to be starting to reprint out-of-print Doctor Who novels, but I don’t think this is a good choice for the Eighth Doctor. If you weren’t reading the EDA’s on a monthly basis when they were first published, reading the reprint of this one probably would put you off. If you can track down all the EDA’s, go ahead and give them a try. Even getting through “The Eight Doctors” will be worth your while eventually!February 3, 2014 at 8:03 pm #182178
I was reading the original print in digital form. I started reading the EDAs a year, maybe a year and half ago… And actually started with the novelization of the telemovie, then “The Eight Doctors” and “Vampire Science.” I skipped forward to “The Taint” and “Demontage.” I skipped forward again to “Interference,” books 1 and 2. I, apparently, have made a reading faux pas. To better understand what had happened in the books between “Interference” and “EarthWorld,” I used the Doctor Who Reference Guide to read the synopses of those books. There’s A LOT that happens in those in between that I seriously need to read…
For some people, small, beautiful events are what life is all about!February 3, 2014 at 10:44 pm #182180
I was visiting family in England when I saw “The Taint” was first released and bought a copy. Apparently, that was a good starting point as I was soon hooked and, thanks to the internet, was able to find the previous releases and was able to keep ordering them when I got back to Florida. Of course now you can’t go in a bookstore and not see a Doctor Who book! Aren’t these days exciting!
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