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Doctor Who: Fall of Yquatine [Mass Market Paperback]

Nick Walters
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6 Mar 2000 Doctor Who
The year is 4991. The TARDIS is dead and Compassion is evolving into a sentient replacement for it. To avoid the Timelords, the Doctor decides to fit a Randomiser but the only place he can obtain the components is the planet Yquatine.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; paperback / softback edition (6 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563555947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563555940
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 918,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Idea ! 1 May 2000
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A nice storyline, well written and presented. Some of the supporting characters are rather stereotyped though, but this doesn't detract too much from the plot. The Eighth Doctor is captured very well here, and the way he bumbles through is very reminiscent of the Second Doctor. However, amoung the lighter moments, the author manages to effectively convey the horror of the destruction of a whole planet. Give it a go and you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fall of Yquatine 15 May 2014
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The Fall of Yquatine is an Eighth Doctor Adventure and the second by Nick Walters. I was in the minority with Walters previous novel, Dominion, as I actually quite liked it. It was a pretty solid affair as first novels go, with only a few niggles to mark it down. I was hoping for more of the same.

Sadly first impressions are not good. Firstly any book which features a calendar of the planet it’s set on before the book marks it down as a serious piece of science fiction, which Doctor Who isn’t. Secondly the first chapter doesn’t feature the regulars, is far too long and again sets up a diverse multi-race system which suggests some serious sci-fi.

The story doesn’t really get underway until the 80 page mark, but when it does Walters starts to redeem himself. In short a war is brewing in the Minerva system and when Yquatine falls it appears the Anthaurk are behind it, a claim they strenuously deny but soon appears is the truth, but it isn’t going to stop them taking advantage of it. Whilst the Doctor helps to piece together what happened, Compassion abandons Fitz a short time prior to the fall, and he must try to help out whilst maintaining the timeline.

What follows is an absolutely riveting story which more than makes up for the slow start. My fears of it being all out sci-fi were unfounded with The Fall of Yquatine being primarily a political novel set in space. The ending was perfect, nothing was undone, and the Doctor and his companions slip away leaving the Minerva system to re-build.

Doctor wise, Walters still struggles with the 8th which isn’t that bad considering how this is more of a companion novel, but we’ve had far too many of those recently.
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This book has one tough task... it has to follow up SHADOWS OF AVALON, probably a controversial novel for reasons I won't go into here. Never-the-less, this novel follows up the plot threads started there, and does so very well. All the characters are well done here; the Doctor is a bit careless, though. Compassion's "angst" is very well explored; and Fitz is always satisfying. Nick Walters also wrote "Dominion", and like Trevor Baxendale, he doesn't disappoint.
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3.0 out of 5 stars PASSING TIME 29 Mar 2000
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BETTER THAN DOMINION, THIS IS EASY ENOUGH READING ALTHOUGH I TIRE TERRIBLY OF THE SEEMINGLY ENDLESS PARADE OF FUTURISTIC EIGHTH DR NOVELS. THE COMPASSION IDEA IS A GREAT ONE AND PROVIDES THE BEST MOMENTS, ALONG WITH FITZ'S "TIME DISPLACEMENT" WORRIES. AND FOR ONCE HIS REGULAR MONTHLY ROMANCE ACTUALLY SEEMS INTERESTING. ROLL ON THIS SUMMER'S THEMED PLOTS THAT WILL MAKE IT SEEM ALL WORTH WHILE...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Space Opera 19 April 2000
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A bit slow-paced, with much introspection on Fitz's part, but overall an enjoyable adventure. A lot more could have been made of the potential time paradox, and some of the supporting cast are a bit dull, but this is a good read if you like Fitz.
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