After what seems like an eternity, Dying In The Sun marks the return of the Second Doctor to the Past Doctor Adventures and it's a rather triumphant return.
Jon De Burgh Miller, making his full Doctor Who debut after previous co-writing the final New Adventure Twilight Of The Gods, does something more experienced Doctor Who authors have tried and failed in that he captures the essence of the Second Doctors character wonderfully well, with the result that I could hear Patrick Troughton saying each of the Doctors lines vividly.
The most important thing though about Dying In The Sun, is at it's heart it's a very enjoyable novel. The plot which sees the Doctor, Ben and Polly investigating something sinister in the Los Angeles of 1947 revolving around the opening of a new film, which is set to make a stunning impact on the world, is well crafted, with Miller ensuring that it moves along with pace.
The quality of the writing throughout the novel is to a high standard, and this helps the novel move through some of it's more predictable areas within the plot, which does on times prove to be a problem. The tension that Miller tries to create in these scenes doesn't really come off as well as it could when what happens next is as obvious as it is. But this is a very minor quibble with an essentially very enjoyable book.
With such a strong characterisation of the Second Doctor, and the high calibre of the writing, Dying In The Sun is arguably the best story featuring this Doctor that the BBC have published so far. An admirable novel.