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Doctor Who - The Placebo Effect
on 30 January 2003
A bit of a mess this one. I was looking forward to reading this after the author's introduction, I thought this would be a good traditional Who adventure, but it was just hard work.
I was never a big fan of The Wirrn anyway, but they were a bit more interesting in this adventure. However, this was the only plus point in a story that simply features far too many characters and at least half of them irrelevant. I found The Royal's farcical and the religious cult predictable and annoying. The idea of an intergalactic Olympics has a great deal of potential, but the arena is blown up before any action really kicks off.
As for the Doctor and Sam, once again they are lost in a sea of excess detail. After the revelations of Seeing I, I was expecting some good banter between the reunited pair and some development in their relationship, but this was virtually business as usual, and once again they were split up and Sam becomes involved with another hapless do-gooder, a repetitive feature of Sam's narratives.
Could've been a Gold medal winner but came in as a limping also -ran.