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on 15 February 2006
Like the hit single by Martika, 'Toy Soldiers' is a little gem - Leonard has produced a novel that is tight, focused and contains little or no excess fat - something that can't be said for many of his New Adventures colleagues' offerings.
Doctor Who stories located partially or entirely on the planet Earth usually work best when they contain a historical slant; in this case the Great War 1914-1918. On a remote planet the insectoid Q'ell are fighting a parallel war; using various species that they have kidnapped; including humans. Even worse, child humans are being employed as soldiers; their memories altered to ensure they fight to the death.
The Doctor and Benny infiltrate the group of humans who the Q'ell are using to do their kidnapping and soon find themselves embroiled in a galactic conspiracy; one which unless stopped, will bring about the destruction of the Earth...
The story rattles along at a great pace, The Doctor and Benny are aided by two new (temporary) companions; Cwej and Forrester and the action provides plenty for the reader to become involved in. One of the best so far!
on 7 April 2011
Well this started really, really well, the first hundred pages or so were real page turning stuff and I just couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. Sinister teddy bears, vanishing children, a mysterious war, all great stuff, and even the almost total absence of the doctor in the proceedings wasn't too much of a problem, it seems to happen in so many of the new adventures and the companions managed to keep things interesting admirably. Sadly the story's conclusion was just lame, things just happened but weren't explained properly, interesting plot strands just seemed to be abandoned, and we get the underwhelming and overused plot device of yet another malfunctioning super computer to explain things away. Could have been so much better, certainly started with plenty of promise, but like so many new adventures this just fizzled out to a disappointing and unsatisfying cobbled together conclusion. Definitely forgettable