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3.0 out of 5 stars Beware the Black Guardian, 14 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Doctor Who and the Armageddon Factor (Paperback)
With five segments already collected the Doctor, Romana and K-9 find themselves in the middle of an interplanetary war as they search for the final part of the Key to Time. But they are not the only ones searching for it.

The finale to the Key to Time storyline, whether in televised or book form, suffers from not being as exciting or enjoyable as its predecessors. This makes what should be an epic conclusion feel a little flat. In fact the actual conclusion feels as if it has been tagged on at the end. Even so, the Doctor's confrontation with the Black Guardian, with the couple of twists it entails, is perhaps the highlight of the story.

There are several intriguing characters but they are often under-utilised. The major antagonist, the Black Guardian, makes only a minor appearance and his lieutenant, the Shadow, never really has a chance to be developed or his arrangement/service with the Black Guardian explained. The Marshall starts as a strong character but by default gets left out of the latter stages of the story. Dax is also quite intriguing as he appears to be very different from the Timelords usually encountered but he only has a small role.

Aside from a little more depth and thus atmosphere during the creeping around in the caves, there is little embellished from the television version. A lot of the time events are passed through a little too quickly where some extra detail or information would be beneficial. The book certainly has scope to have been a little longer like some of the other six part stories.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid !!!, 1 Oct 2007
This review is from: Doctor Who and the Armageddon Factor (Paperback)
Like so many of the books released around this time, Dr Who and the Armageddon Factor fundamentally fails to do much more than mechanically turn the script into prose. There's no sense of scale or mystery, whilst dramatic moments are squandered and cliché reigns. This book is one to avoid.
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