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Doctor Who: Vanishing Point [Mass Market Paperback]

Stephen Cole
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2 April 2001 Doctor Who
An Eighth Doctor, Anji and Fitz novel. The planet Khnemu is a closed system, where space travel is prohibited by the white and black holes that distantly ring the galaxy. Each person on the planet carries in their genes a hereditary 'Godswitch' which enables 'God' to monitor their every move.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (2 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563538295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563538295
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 788,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
After the rather dull and plodding EarthWorld, Vanishing Point was a startling and refreshing read.
We leap right into the action, with Fitz already having thrown himself off a cliff in a customary display of macho showing-off that goes somewhat wrong. Anji gets fleshed out quite nicely throughout the book as she begins to settle into the old Companion Routine. It's nice to see an assertive, confident companion who isn't an arrogant snob (Compassion) or a Doctor Wannabe (Sam). Her quips need work, but at least she realises this ;) The Doctor seems to be setting himself a trend for getting bashed over the head as many times as possible in a single book. My memory may be hazy, but I think Vanishing Point managed it three times, with some good old Escape From Falling Building thrown in for good measure. But it was SUCH a relief to read a BBC Eighth Doctor adventure from cover to cover and NOT see the Doctor randomly slaughtering people, committing genocide, turning people into roses, or even breaking bones. It seemed to be a phase that the authors went through - the "Wouldn't it be shocking if the Doctor wiped everyone out" phase.
An absolute joy, though, was that the characterisation did not stop with the three central protagonists. Nathaniel Dark was stunning - a character that I truly felt for as his faith in the Creator is unravelled, and for whom I shed a tear or two in the Epilogue. He wasn't a Scenery Character by any stretch of the imagination. Vettul, introduced about half way into the book, has a distinct personality, despite how little she is seen. Etty seems a little less well-defined, as she wavers throughout the book between Character and Plot Device, and some of her actions seem a little forced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a really lovely idea for a bit of science fiction. But unfortunately, it just doesn't work. And that's because the planet on which the story takes place is too much like earth. Beyond the central conceit of the plot and the tardis there is very little other science fiction in it, and that makes for a book that is readable, but generally uninvolving and uninteresting. A shame, because the basic idea is really good
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1.0 out of 5 stars Badly Formatted - Dubious Product 20 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
There are a series of Doctor Who books appearing on Amazon which are badly formatted, overpriced and with horrible front cover images. These books are easily spotted at the purchase point, as they are "free to read" for Amazon Prime users (unlike officially licensed BBC products). Avoid these titles at all costs!
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