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Doctor Who-Infinite Requiem (New Doctor Who Adventures) Paperback – 16 Mar 1995

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who; Television tie-in edition edition (16 Mar. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426204379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426204374
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 847,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At the end of history exists a psychically linked race of beings: the Sensopaths. When three of them betray the race's unity, they are scattered through time as punishment. The TARDIS has found them all, but if the Doctor makes a false move, he risks unleashing awesome destruction on the universe.

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By Captain Pugwash on 19 Dec. 2005
Format: Paperback
Once you get past the garish cover and pretentious title, Daniel Blythe's second entry in the Virgin New Adventures range is a passable Sci-fi novel.
The enigmatic 'Sensopaths' have travelled to Earth via an unborn child and they are soon unleashed; causing havoc wherever they go. The Doctor leaves Benny on a space cruiser with a hologram of himself (it's never really made clear why he does this) and attempts to contain the Sensopaths using his TARDIS and Jedi mind-tricks.
The dialogue is very much rooted in classic Sci-fi rather than the whimsical world of Doctor Who and the narrative struggles to rise above mediocre at times. Recommended for completists (such as myself) but would confuse anyone venturing into the world of 'Who' for the first time.
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Would calling it Infinite Tedium be too cruel? 17 May 2003
By Andrew McCaffrey - Published on
Format: Paperback
INFINITE REQUIEM was a book that I thought had a very strong beginning with a lot of potential set up early on. Initially, I enthusiastically turned the pages, extremely curious as to what was going to happen next. By the time I got to the end, I was somewhat disappointed and had ended up simply not caring what any of the characters did. The process of getting from one reaction to the other was so gradual that I really didn't notice it happening at all during my first read. But each time I picked the book back up after taking a break, it was with less eagerness than I had felt before. I can't describe any specific plot-point or event to say that this is where I got fed up; it just seems to be a case of too much build-up and not enough pay-off.
The beginning has a large portion focused upon events taking place on modern-day Earth, and it was these sections that I found most enjoyable. As the book progresses, the attention shifts towards future and outer space settings. The farther away the action drifts from Earth, the less interested I became in the events that were unfolding. By the time the story has reached the part where everything takes place in the distant future, on a far-away planet, in some strange virtual reality thingy (or whatever), I had just gone completely past the point of caring. This really is a shame, as Blythe tells the modern-day Earth sections with real heart. Once that setting is abandoned, the book becomes much poorer for it.
There are a few other things about INFINITE REQUIEM that I enjoyed. The Phractons are quite an interesting creation, feeling like proper aliens and far more worthy of attention than the vastly overrated and boring Chelonians. I also liked the follow-ups pertaining to events in the previous adventure, SET PIECE. One gets the impression that Kate Orman sent Blythe a checklist of all the bodily injuries that the Doctor and Benny had suffered in that book so that he could go through the bruises one by one. Blythe handles the sections dealing with the recent departure of Ace as sensitively and maturely as one would hope for.
There are also a few things in the narrative, their reason for inclusion being one that I just couldn't fathom. Benny finds a holographic projector that displays a simulation of the Doctor, and this projection becomes a running plot-strand in the story. Why is this in the book? I don't know; it doesn't add anything and only becomes annoying as the pointless distraction keeps getting pulled out. A character from Blythe's previous NA (THE DIMENSION RIDERS) comes back. Why? I don't know; he's an all-right character, I suppose, he just doesn't strike me as being interesting enough to merit a return appearance. The narrative goes to great lengths to expound on the familial relationship between two of the characters. Why? I don't know; I suspect that the story was going somewhere with this, but it just ended up being angsty and misplaced.
This isn't a particularly awful story, it just has an unfortunate inconsequential feel. Certain parts read as though they weren't thought through as fully as they should have been, as if the author came up with some potentially great ideas but never got around to integrating them properly with each other or with the story. I wouldn't mind seeing Blythe return to the Doctor Who book range. If he weren't attempting to squeeze too many science-fiction concepts into his work, I think he could produce something fantastic.
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