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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2013
Quite a fun and enjoyable read but if you're looking for a rematch between the Doctor and Magnus Greel/Weng-Chiang you will be disappointed. As the title (and indeed the forward) suggests this is not a direct sequel. Instead it is concerned with the effects of Greel's previous activities. Concentrating on the activities of Li H'sen Chang's daughter the novel is centralised on how her father's involvement with Greel has affected her both physically and mentally many decades later.

There is no Magnus Greel, Li H'sen Chang, Jago or Litefoot. Instead the author provides a variety Chinese police and mobsters which are all quite developed and individual. Concerned with various machinations between these and the looming Japanese threat, the author creates a very believable impression of China leading up to the Second World War. The seriousness of these characters and their situation contrasts well with the more flippant nature of the Fourth Doctor. It is clear the Doctor is enjoying himself and although the characterisation of him isn't quite right occasionally some of Tom Baker's individuality is captured well. Romana, however, is a bit off but perhaps this is because she doesn't really have a great deal to do.

Sin is the only other character from `The Talons of Weng-Chiang' other than the Doctor to be featured in this novel. Even though his inclusion is a bit of fun to start with it doesn't progress any further and the mindless knife wielding gets a little repetitive. Then again there is not much you can do with such a limited character. It does seem he was included for the sake of it.

This is a novel that looks as if a fair bit of research went into producing it. The plot is a little ropey on occasion but the text is well written and the portrayal of this period of Chinese history feels quite authentic and atmospheric.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I have to say that I don't entirely agree with the previous reviewer about the quality of this 'Missing Adventure'. It isn't a sequel as such; as the cover shows it features a return of the murderous Mr Sin, but apart from the appearance of the Peking Homunculus Sin, and the other main villain being original baddie Li H'Sen Chang's daughter, there are very few links between this and the 1977 television serial Doctor Who and the Talons of Weng-Chiang.
As for the story itself, it's pretty generic stuff, and a surfeit of characters with Chinese names makes it reasonably hard to keep up with what's going on. However, what really killed my pig was the portrayal of Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor; constantly making references to modern TV and film icons such as Bruce Lee and Chow Yun Fat, he comes across as a proto-David Tennant; part of the Fourth Doctor's appeal was his mystique and 'alien-ness', this simply reduces him to an ordinary human-like hero. This aside though, it's solid and reasonably entertaining stuff, and kept me interested to the end.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 1999
My first thought on buying this book was "how could anyone write a sequel to the classic Talons of Weng Chiang?" It may sound cliched but I was pleasantly surprised. David McIntee has written a novel which captures the fun of the late 70s Dr Who stories, combined it with a cracking good yarn and produced a worthy follow-up to the original Tom Baker story. This has to be McIntee's best book yet and must rank as one of the best novels inspired by the TV series.
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