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5.0 out of 5 stars Remember what made doctor who in the first place!!!
will all the patronising and, obviously, far more intelligent people than me stop wittering on about how "the science doesn't work" and "the characters are all too 2 dimensional" or "they were just like the proverbial doctor who monster!" - THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT MADE DOCTOR WHO IN THE FIRST PLACE - we all know how the daleks put doctor who in the history books by being...
Published on 25 Nov. 2002 by Mr. Ag Edens

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1.0 out of 5 stars A really bad Eighth Doctor EDA...
The Janus Conjunction, although it starts out well, is a terrible novel...The character of the Eighth Doctor is unconvincingly written and completely off - as a matter of fact, he's almost exactly like the Third Doctor, but much more annoying. Sam's character is also done terribly. She contributes nothing to the novel and only serves to annoy the reader. All the...
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1.0 out of 5 stars A really bad Eighth Doctor EDA..., 6 May 2001
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Janus Conjunction (Paperback)
The Janus Conjunction, although it starts out well, is a terrible novel...The character of the Eighth Doctor is unconvincingly written and completely off - as a matter of fact, he's almost exactly like the Third Doctor, but much more annoying. Sam's character is also done terribly. She contributes nothing to the novel and only serves to annoy the reader. All the characters in the story are flat and boring. Even Lunder, the only close to 3D character, you begin to hate after awhile because of his attitude.
The plot works, but it's very pedestrian. It's just a bunch of running around back and forth between Menda and Janus Prime - nothing particullarly exciting happens. The radiation melting the soldiers is just a new twist on an old idea (from page 18 of Vampire Science). There are some serious scientific errors in the resolution of the novel concerning the moons and the weapon, but by the time you reach that point in the book, you will probably only care that the book is almost over.
Overall, avoid this book at all costs!!! Perhaps this would have made a good Third Doctor and Jo story, but it's absolutely terrible with the Eigth Doctor and Sam. It's not a pain to read through, but by the time you finish, you WILL be thoroughly dissatisfied.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remember what made doctor who in the first place!!!, 25 Nov. 2002
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Mr. Ag Edens "anthony edens" (manchester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Janus Conjunction (Paperback)
will all the patronising and, obviously, far more intelligent people than me stop wittering on about how "the science doesn't work" and "the characters are all too 2 dimensional" or "they were just like the proverbial doctor who monster!" - THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT MADE DOCTOR WHO IN THE FIRST PLACE - we all know how the daleks put doctor who in the history books by being something to hide away from - this book goes right back to the essence of the tv show - a reasonably small core cast, some terrifying monsters and the doctor saving the universe from certain destruction - we didn't need to know how the doctor came up with the formula to save sam and the others, we just had to accept that he did - like we did all those years ago when we were kids - enjoying the show for what it was - these books aren't text books they're science FICTION - so to anyone who has read the bad reviews below, ignore them - this book in unputdownable (yes i'm sure that word doesn't exist, but look at me daring to use it!!) and reminds you what doctor who is really all about
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable novel, 1 July 2002
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Janus Conjunction (Paperback)
"The Janus Conjunction" is a well written and enjoyable story. Some people have crticised it for it's lack of characterisation and it's dodgy science. To be the honest, the characters are all pretty one-dimensional and it's hard to care wether they live or die. I didn't think the science was all that bad and i thought that the scientific method behind the Janus conjunction itself was well explained. It's true that there's nothing groundbreaking here, but then I dont think that it set out to acheive like that. Zemler was almost devoid of character and motivation. We dont see him that much and when we do he is mostly just sitting in a chair in a darkened room. It seems to me that his only reason for being in the novel is to set the Janus conjunction in motion. Lunder was quite irritating right from the start and I was very disappointed when, come the end of the novel he was still alive. And Julya just seems to be there to give the Doctor someone to explain things to. However, the setting was fantastic and i really wished that I could have seen it on screen. The spiders were good and I enjoyed the doomsday weapon plot. Not the best EDA novel but a highly entertaining read nonetheless.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great story with some original and surreal concepts, 22 Aug. 2000
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Janus Conjunction (Paperback)
A most interesting story with many fascinating ideas. The concept of Janus Prime being permanently eclipsed in darkness by its' own moon is brilliant and the characterisation is strong and believable. The idea of two factions of humans breaking apart and warring against each other after arrival on Menda also works very well, and as an alien race the Janusians are eerie and effective. The strong story is let down slightly by a rather weak ending, particularly with regards to the resolution to Sam's problem, but this is more than made up for by the high standards of the rest of the story. Overall, an exciting, thought-provoking read, with some nice incidental touches.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Janus Conjunction, 21 Aug. 2013
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The Janus Conjunction is an Eighth Doctor novel by Trevor Baxendale and one of the best of the range so far.

The Doctor and Sam arrive on Janus Prime, a planet permanently dark due to a fixed eclipse. The only light is a blue glow of the planets radiation. Upon arrival they save a Mendan from soldiers and then promptly get split up with the Doctor heading to Menda and Sam getting captured on Prime. It turns out a colony from Earth came to settle on Menda but crash landed, destroying their armed escorts way home. Once settled on Menda they find a link to Prime, where the armed escorts, led by Gustav Zemler retreat to. Sadly they all contact radiation poisoning due to prolonged exposure to Prime, and cannot leave without their bodies turning to slime. As it is their bodies are literally melting away at a very slow rate. Realizing Sam is in danger, the Doctor helps the Mendans to understand the link's technology and heads back to rescue her.

The Eighth Doctor is still wildly variable from novel to novel. Baxendale sadly doesn't do him very well and he comes across as more Pertwee than McGann however I have a soft spot for Pertwee style stories so I can't say I was that disappointed. He doesn't do anything un-Doctor like so no issues really.

Sam is back to the whiny teenage version, despite Baxendale referencing her maturity since the events on Dreamstone Moon. She gets captured and all she can do, whilst in great pain and wounded, is to try to be smart and flash but it comes across as rude. She even gives a guard the middle finger. Real maturity there. She gets slightly better when she is dying but still is so obnoxious that I half wished she would just die. This Sam annoys me no end, I prefer bland generic companion Sam to mouthy Sam and am getting more and more excited for the arrival of Fitz in a few novels time.

What Baxendale does do well are the supporting cast, which whilst totally stereotypically work really well to drive the story. As previously mentioned there are 2 groups who all came to Menda together, a group of colonists and there armed escort. The colonists are all farmer/scientist types who are fairly boring, however there number is swelled by Lunder, one of the armed escort who had fallen out with his comrades and didn't take the ill-fated first trip to Prime. Lunder is a typical solider type who distrusts the Doctor, but he has good intentions, spurred on by his obvious love for Julya, one of the colonists. His gradual softening has been done to death in Doctor Who previously, but it still was satisfying to read.

The Janus Conjunction is a fairly generic Doctor Who novel but very hugley entertaining nonetheless. The Eighth Doctor and Sam could be the Third Doctor and Jo and this novel would fit well into the PDA range, which for an EDA probably wasn't something the author was going for. That said it's an excellent story with very little to complain about, which keeps you wanting to read on. Perfect poolside reading and an ideal novel for fans and newcomers alike.
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