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5.0 out of 5 stars Arc of Infinity, 13 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Who-Arc of Infinity (Mass Market Paperback)
In this 1983 story, Tegan, who left the Tardis crew at the end of Time-flight, is in Amsterdam to visit with her cousin and his friend who are travelling about. But she doesn't know that she is about to get pulled into a confrontation between the Doctor and an old enemy/friend of the Timelords. The Timelords on Gallifrey have found a problem in the Matrix which could result in the release of anti-matter into the universe; they seek to stop the issue by recalling and dealing with the Doctor who is caught up in the matter without his knowledge. Nyssa struggles frantically to save the Doctor, while Tegan and her friends in Amsterdam have problems of their own.

This was a very cleverly-put together story, I thought. Given that Tegan had apparently left at the end of the last story (and previous season), it was a surprise to find her reappearing in the Earth portion of the story with no upcoming clues that she was about to do so. Similarly, the links between her story and the Gallifreyan story with the Doctor being in deadly danger and Nyssa trying to save him is very clever, and results in a well-paced and well-characterised story. I always enjoyed the Gallifreyan adventures in the classic series, and the Doctor remembers to ask after his previous companion Leela who had stayed on Gallifrey some time before.

(In the televised version of the story (which I always bring to mind as I read the novelisations), this story is also particularly remarkable as a Doctor Who story perhaps for the return of Michael Gough, Leonard Sachs and Ian Collier, who have over the years eachplayed a few roles in Doctor Who. Also Elspet Gray as Chancellor Thalia who later played the Queen in Blackadder I, Paul Jericho who played the Castellan in a few Doctor Who stories, and some chap by the name of Colin Baker who played Commander Maxil in this story and went on to play a rather more pivotal role in Doctor Who a few years later.)

A really good Doctor Who story, and a good Terrance Dicks novel, not helped particularly by a rather dull cover photo showing the Doctor being held at laser point by (gasp!) a Gallifreyan traitor! All good stuff really.
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