on 29 January 2013
Option Lock is an Eighth Doctor novel based on present day Earth and revolving around a complex plot to cause nuclear destruction. Sadly the word complex means just that. Within the first few pages the amount of different plot threads raised was staggering and served only to confuse this reader. That isn't to say parts of it were not interesting, there was just so much going I struggled to keep track. You have people collapsing, a plot to kill an obviously powerful American, dodgy ruins, and enough characters to fill a rather large hall.
After a confusing start, the novel then does get better. The Doctor and Sam are made welcome at the manor house under the flimsiest of cover and spend the next few chapters investigating the ruins, some spooky painting and something called the Philosophers Stone. It soon becomes clear that all is not as it seems and one by one the plot threads do sink into place and the final half of the book is exciting and interesting. The fact it took so long to reach this excitement rather ruined the book for me.
This is a fairly standard Doctor Who adventure which will please the majority of people but be forgotten within a month.
on 6 November 2000
...Although, I agree that there are points wee the reader will sit and laugh at this book, due to the sheer stupidity of it's main characters, I still found the story very enjoyable. Considering the state of other Who books, this storyline certainly stands above many others I have read. I would give it a 3.5 out of 5.
on 26 November 1999
Many of the early BBC Doctor Who novels were rather dire and dull. This is, sadly, no exception. It starts off aching with promise, and then just yawns to a conclusion. It's just not probable - why, if you were an evil mastermind intent on world domination, would you invite the Doctor to stay in your country house just because he popped up in the grounds? If you simply had to have him around, couldn't you at least put him up in a B&B nearby so that you can get on with your sinister midnight scheming? It's just one of those books where you end up dutifully suspending your disbelief so much you stop believing in the book entirely. And then you wonder why you're bothering.
on 21 March 2002
It started off so promisingly and then gradually fell apart. I was really looking forward to reading this, but in the end, the only reason I wanted to finish this book was because of the monotony. The alien aspect of the plot might as well has been non-existent. The only reason it's there is to provide the characters with some motivation. We see the aliens at the beginning and then again in the middle(and even then only as dessicated corpses). The plot was interesting but it would have been more absorbing if we'd seen a little bit more of the aliens. There is however, lots of action but I'm afraid that doesn't compensate for this novels bad points. However this novel does seem slightly better when viewed retrospectively.