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4.0 out of 5 stars Warm but not hot, 14 Nov 2005
This review is from: St. Anthony's Fire (New Doctor Who Adventures) (Paperback)
When Ace decides she needs a break from the TARDIS and its crew The Doctor takes her to the planet Massatoris whilst The Doctor and Bernice head for a nearby planet Betrushia which is reputed to be one of the most beautiful in the solar system. What they find however is a brutal civil war; styled as a parallel to Earth's WW1, complete with weary and edgy Captain, mutinous infantrymen and naively enthusiastic junior soldiers. An armistice is reputedly imminent but one-by-one a mysterious seemingly natural force is systematically destroying the planet and engorging itself on hapless soldiers; appearing as an amorphous yellow tide, intent on consuming all other life.
What I liked about this story was the sub-plot that threw up some grotesquely engaging characters; notably the insane 'holy man' intent on his unsubtly allegorical religous genocide and his abhorrent dwarf subordinate who has his own homicidal agenda.
Not quite as fascinating as Mark Gatiss' first entry in the series: the masterful 'Nightshade', this still engages and is a worthy follow-up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars complex novel of war and religion, 1 April 2012
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This review is from: St. Anthony's Fire (New Doctor Who Adventures) (Paperback)
An exciting, intriguing adventure that keeps itself very busy with lots of themes. There's a civil war on the planet Betrushia and a bizarre interplanetary religious sect led by a couple of sadistic psychopaths. And then there's another greater menace being unleashed on the planet itself...
The different storylines do not always blend together comfortably, but its quite well written and theres plenty to keep the reader interested. There's a big twist involving one of the doctor's companions too. Not as focussed or enjoyable as Gatiss's earlier Nightshade, but still a better than average read with plenty of action and some interesting if not always sympathetic characters
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St. Anthony's Fire (New Doctor Who Adventures) by Mark Gatiss (Paperback - 20 Oct 1994)
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