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5.0 out of 5 stars
The first of a new line of Doctor Who Novellas, 6 Dec. 2001
Not another Doctor Who book I hear you cry. This one is different, very different. The Virgin and BBC ranges have usually been authored by self-confessed fans of the show who took up writing in order to write a Doctor Who book. Kim Newman is an established writer of science fiction already and reading Time and Relative is a breath of fresh air because of it. Newman is not hamstrung by the fear of continuity he simply wants to tell a story, the same prinicple that applied to most of the production teams behind Doctor Who. Also setting the story in April 1963, six months before the show started gives us a look at a part of the Who universe never seen before. And what a fascinating place it is. Susan, the Doctor's grandchild suffering in an inner city Secondary modern writing her diary, hating her life and the cretinous alien earthlings she is forced to live with while the Doctor tinkers away in a scrap yard. The Doctor himself (not even called the Doctor yet) an alien creature almost unrecognisable to that of later incarnations who has no interest at all in the welfare of the Humans surrounding him and determined to keep to a policy of no interference. This Doctor is fascinating and truly alien, unlike later incarnations, where alien was simply defined as wearing loud jackets and making misquotations.
The book is fascinating, one really feels one is in 1963. I recommend it highly, even if you have always been turned off by the post tv series book ranges. This is Doctor Who and its return is very welcome.