At least this book was short. It has that going for it at least. Dave Stone is an interesting writer because he definitely has a different tone than the other Who writers. It's a bit denser, a little looser, more prone to strange metaphors and being goofy purely for the sake of being goofy, regardless of whether the story demands it or not. Most of the time it feels like he writes whatever story he wants and then sort of shoves Doctor Who material into it wherever he can. This story is really no exception, at times it feels like the Doctor and Peri have just wandered into someone else's novel. Word is that this was supposed to be some kind of Judge Dredd crossover, which mercifully was either cancelled, or saner heads prevailed. I don't know if that's true or not but the book cover certainly suggests it, with that MegaCity One looking fellow standing there with the handgun. Still, the Judges get converted into Adjudicators, which makes more sense from a Who standpoint, but it doesn't make the story anymore coherent. Basically, you have a religious nut and a racist nut and between them they're trying to kill everyone. And it's the fault of this entity that's trying to bond with a computer. Or something. The Doctor and Peri really don't try and make sense of it and neither should we. Stone's novels work best when you just sort of go with it and enjoy the ride. He separates the Doctor and Peri early on, which is good because he's kind of a jerk to her (though an anecdote near the end nearly redeems him) and Peri nearly becomes Warrior Woman, which feels just a bit out of character but hey, it's a Dave Stone novel. His mad ideas and prose are what saves this novel for the most part. He's clearly in love at times with the sound of his own writing but the little bits he throws in (the people who blow up livestock are hilarious!) are sometimes more worth it than the main plot, which is a variation on "this happened and this happened and then this and then, oh, it's over." His charactization of the Sixth Doctor seems a tad off, but he does capture that overweening arrogance of the character to a good extent and manages to rationalize Peri's friendship with him in the face of that, so that she doesn't look like a total idiot. Who readers are going to devour this regardless, everyone else is going to look at us and wonder why we like the show so much. It's readable, but there's better out there, including stuff from Stone.