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3.0 out of 5 stars A one-dimensional read, 22 July 2005
This review is from: Dimension Riders (New Doctor Who Adventures) (Paperback)
The latest in the Virgin New Adventures series borrows heavily from Douglas Adams' script for the unfinished BBC TV story 'Shada'. Set partly in Oxford and partly on a Star Trek style starship, the tale concerns a shadowy entity 'The Garvond' who appears from the Doctor's past in order to consume time itself. The creature is assisted by 'Epsilon Data' a renegade timelord, his beautiful android Amanda and a host of so-called 'time warriors', who can accelerate the ageing process of the human form with devastating results.
All of these elements combine well to form a coherent and fast-paced story but one which is ultimately dissatisfying. Ace and Benny smoulder at The Doctor's seeming betrayal and willingness to sacrifice others for the greater good; whilst Benny also gains a belated love interest in the form of the nice but wet Tom Cheynor. These elements are interesting enough however 'The Garvond' does not make for a truly worthy adversary (despite the author's best efforts) and the all-too-easily sacrificed crew of the starship add little to the action; even the noble yet misguided Captain Terran, a carbon-copy of Star Trek's own James T Kirk.
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Dimension Riders (New Doctor Who Adventures)
Dimension Riders (New Doctor Who Adventures) by Daniel Blythe (Paperback - 18 Nov. 1993)
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