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4.0 out of 5 stars Leela as she should have been
One of he better Who novels. I find some of the characterisations of the Doctor a bit bland in the novels. Not here! The wit and ecentricity Tom Baker leaps off the pages - perhaps helped by the fact that the author scripted for the TV series in the mid 70s. In fact the author came up with the character of Leela for the TV episodes and I get the feeling that here he is...
Published on 13 Aug 2000 by tctaylor@dtn.ntl.com

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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but unspectacular adventure
Chris Boucher's first Doctor Who novel finds the 4th Doctor and Leela becoming unwittingly involved in the birth of an interplanetary revolution when they stumble into an alien biological weapons testing site. Boucher handles the regulars well (as he should being Leela's creator), and some bickering class divided investigators bring to mind the relationships he explored...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Leela as she should have been, 13 Aug 2000
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Last Man Running (Mass Market Paperback)
One of he better Who novels. I find some of the characterisations of the Doctor a bit bland in the novels. Not here! The wit and ecentricity Tom Baker leaps off the pages - perhaps helped by the fact that the author scripted for the TV series in the mid 70s. In fact the author came up with the character of Leela for the TV episodes and I get the feeling that here he is portraying Leela as he would have wanted her for he TV. Her character comes out as more rounded and more convincing. She is the only companion I would describe as scary. Give it a go and if you like it, try Corpse Maker by the same author and with the same characters
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but unspectacular adventure, 21 Jan 2005
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Chris Boucher's first Doctor Who novel finds the 4th Doctor and Leela becoming unwittingly involved in the birth of an interplanetary revolution when they stumble into an alien biological weapons testing site. Boucher handles the regulars well (as he should being Leela's creator), and some bickering class divided investigators bring to mind the relationships he explored with the Sandminer crew in Robots of Death. The plot is generally enjoyable, but the emphasis seems all wrong, with a rather rushed finale and the story of the revolution being underwritten. Some good action scenes and a fast easy pace make this a mostly enjoyable if undemanding read. Flawed, but not too bad.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing because of the high hopes I had..., 15 April 2000
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Last Man Running (Mass Market Paperback)
I had been looking forward to this novel for some time, thinking we would get a gothic horror adventure that was fun. I as wrong. We get a long drawn out plot that should have been shortened for publication - it just gets so boring to read. I had to keep putting the book down for a while before carrying on with it. That said though, it does have it's charming points that at least start to make up for the plot, like the insights into Leela's thoughts. Not recomended for the non-Who fan, but if you are a Who fan it might be an Ok read. But if you are wanting Chris Boucher at his best, read Corpse Marker, which is much more fun and has a touch of that charming Dr Who comedy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing, 1 Jun 2014
This review is from: Doctor Who: Last Man Running (Mass Market Paperback)
This book is a bit of a let down because of the high hopes I had had for it. It features a storyline that is so dragged out I think that it needed to be shortened when published. It gets so boring at points that you have to put it down. Even the 4th Doctor and Leela are written poorly. If you are looking for a good book written by Chris Boucher check out Corpse Marker.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Last Man Running, 20 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Last Man Running (Mass Market Paperback)
Last Man Running is the second 4th Doctor novel in the Past Doctor Adventure range written by Chris Boucher.

The main plot of Last Man Running is The Doctor and Leela arriving on a planet at the same time as a group of investigators who are searching for an escaped man (a runner). They soon find the planet has extremely odd vegetation and is almost totally devoid of wildlife and it becomes apparent they are part of a weapons testing facility and unwitting test subject of the runners experiments.

Boucher has created his own terminology for the group of investigators which is thoroughly offputting, The odd usage is bearable but they are also mentioned far too commonly and you wonder if you've missed a bit explaining just what they are. It then becomes clear that that is how Boucher wants it to be as the Doctor asks himself the same questions. A pointless sub-plot in my eyes.

The first half of Last Man Running is more about survival in the wild whilst the latter half switches to a more science fiction style. The two styles don't really work together which lets the book down, the actual heart of the story isn't a bad concept, it just isn't done particularly well and you do find your mind wandering ever so slightly in the lull between the more action packed scenes. For such a short novel the ending took a long time to get over and done with, and when it ended I wasn't entirely sure what had actually happened. It was fairly confusing, and the fate of the empire is still left unresolved.

The Doctor is a fairly mediocre 4th, only really discernible by his long coat, hat and scarf. I enjoyed the fact that the scarf is used early on as a plot device but other than that his characterization is lacking to say the least. Companion wise we have the annoying Leela, so annoying in fact that even the Doctor wants to be shot of her in the very first chapter. That said the story of the book does suit her quite well as a hunter and if you like Leela, then you'll probably approve of her characterization here.

The investigators are fairly dull, the usual mix of older people, younger people, people who want power, people who want to retire and a couple who just want to get it on. They serve the purpose of the story fairly well but Boucher's characterization just isn't that great and you don't feel for any of them. Even the plot twists, which I didn't see coming felt very lackluster as I quite simply didn't care.

Last Man Running is an average PDA which would probably have been better served as a TV serial than a novel. There is nothing much to love, but likewise nothing much to hate either. A forgettable, middle of the road adventure.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dire and turgid., 6 Oct 1999
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Chris Boucher can write TV but not Who books. A dull little TV plot is eeked out too far and palls a long way before the end.
Leela is reasonable (though worse than in Eye of Heaven) but the Doctor is unrecognisable and the support uniformly dull.
Strictly one to avoid.
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