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INtriguing and a good story - would have made a good TV show
on 12 November 1999
If, like me, you actually liked Paul McGann's Doctor and thought he had a rough ride with the critics, then you probably agree that a series with Paul would have been very good indeed. In fact, this story would have been an excellent one for him to do, and would have given him something to get his teeth into. There were some very interesting ideas, especially surrounding the type 103 & 105 TARDISes (read the book and you'll see what I mean) and the individual background chapters for each of the characters gave an insight into their involvment. However there are some flaws, an annoying one being that the acronym for UNISYC is never explained (although some people might be able to make an educated guess - but I'm not one of them!) and the crater on earth is never properly explained either, so what impact did it have on the story? The book rambles in places and there are loose ends not explained, whereas the Doctor's interest in Laika the space dog is totally lost on me. However, that said, it is still a good read and certainly a must have for the collection. My recommendation is to read it and draw your own conclusions.