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4.0 out of 5 stars A Different Kind of Tension
Firstly, if you are a fan of the "The New Doctor Who Adventures" that were published during the 1990's you may be disappointed to note that the reason for the Sixth Doctor to trigger off his regeneration contradicts the reason placed within that series of novels. However, this is an enjoyable romp, and one, which allows the Sixth Doctor to depart on a real high: something...
Published on 30 May 2007 by L. Hutchinson

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2.0 out of 5 stars you can judge a book by it's cover
because this is as big a mess as it looks. Gary Russell is superb at writing the sixth doctor and mel, but his other characters are clumsily created and the pages they're on just aren't as good as the ones that the doctor is in.

With lots of beings from parallel universes running around, it's very hard to get a hold of this book, and the doctor and mel are...
Published on 14 July 2006 by Paul Tapner


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Different Kind of Tension, 30 May 2007
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L. Hutchinson (Newcastle Upon Tyne, Britain) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: "Doctor Who", Spiral Scratch (Doctor Who S.) (Paperback)
Firstly, if you are a fan of the "The New Doctor Who Adventures" that were published during the 1990's you may be disappointed to note that the reason for the Sixth Doctor to trigger off his regeneration contradicts the reason placed within that series of novels. However, this is an enjoyable romp, and one, which allows the Sixth Doctor to depart on a real high: something that wasn't realised during the television series or the "new adventures" (please debate here).

Of course, one shouldn't simply approach this novel from the regeneration aspect (although it is extremely pleasing that the sixth is allowed to depart on a real dramatic and heroic note), as this is a wonderful novel. The plot reels you in and keeps you hooked. Some may argue that technobabble is abundant. However, I find that it is unobtrusive and adds to the atmosphere and plot rather than getting in the way and having it for the sake of science-fiction necessity. I feel that this novel can be approached for either shear pleasure (i.e. simply an easy and enjoyable read) or you can approach it with the depth that the novel contains and bathe in the (sometimes) complex threads and enjoy the seemingly random plot-lines that tie-up delightfully. This may seem two completely contradictory approaches but honestly, they are both there. Take your pick!

Indeed, there have been better stories. However, that is no reason to decry this is a waste of time: it isn't. I enjoyed it immeasurably and I do strongly recommend that you buy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Story that needs to be adapted for audio, 16 May 2014
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This review is from: "Doctor Who", Spiral Scratch (Doctor Who S.) (Paperback)
The final story of the Sixth Doctor is an absolute tearjerker. The scenes when the Doctor is clearly dying is absolutely brilliant. And it gives Colin Baker the send off that his Doctor deserves.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy "Conclusion", 3 Aug 2005
This review is from: "Doctor Who", Spiral Scratch (Doctor Who S.) (Paperback)
An excellent addition to the classic series. Gary Russell has again captured the character of the sixth Doctor. The story is creative but the finale is perhaps the best part since it gives this incarnation a better and more nobel ending than that covered in the TV series.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars you can judge a book by it's cover, 14 July 2006
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: "Doctor Who", Spiral Scratch (Doctor Who S.) (Paperback)
because this is as big a mess as it looks. Gary Russell is superb at writing the sixth doctor and mel, but his other characters are clumsily created and the pages they're on just aren't as good as the ones that the doctor is in.

With lots of beings from parallel universes running around, it's very hard to get a hold of this book, and the doctor and mel are simply pushed round from one situation to the next.

I nearly didn't finish this because it go so hard going.

The last chapter is great - see the other reviews to find what happens - and I'd like to say it was worth it because of that [this would be a one star review otherwise] - but in all honesty, it's not
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3.0 out of 5 stars Leave the Grammar, Its the Plot I Want, 26 Sep 2005
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Poldy "Paul" (Darwen, Lancashire) - See all my reviews
This review is from: "Doctor Who", Spiral Scratch (Doctor Who S.) (Paperback)
Finally, the Sixth Doctor gets his real final story. The Doctor and Mel discover that a creature from the past of Gallifrey (yes, another one) has broken free and is intent on destroying all the many universes. Time sensitives from various planets in various alternative realities are abducted and forced to feed the creature, while the Doctor and Mel are sent to rescue them before it's too late. I could rarely feel that these characters were the Sixth Doctor and Mel that I've seen on TV. The plot feels jaded, as if Russell himself can barely work up any enthusiasm, and I was reminded of the TV story Logopolis, Tom Baker's swan-song, in so far as the writer was trying to give his Doctor a great, meaningful send-off, in a story way out of the ordinary. Unfortunately, it didn't work in Logopolis, and it doesn't work here. Far better would have been a straightforward adventure story, in the manner of Peter Davison's finale, The Caves of Androzani.
Russell's use of language leaves a lot to be desired. He has one character, meeting a social superior, "doffing his head". Given that "to doff" means to remove, e.g. a hat as a gesture of respect, this action should have elicited more comment than it did. He also seems to think that "fortuitous" is a synonym for "fortunate" ( it isn't: it means coincidental ).
The novel ends where Time and the Rani begins, and it is nice finally to have a proper send off for the Sixth Doctor, I just wish it had been rather better than this.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Technobabble kills the 6th Doctor, 8 Aug 2005
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Jane Aland (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: "Doctor Who", Spiral Scratch (Doctor Who S.) (Paperback)
Spiral Scratch is written as the final 6th Doctor adventure, in the process giving some rationale for the otherwise ridiculous TV regeneration forced by the sacking of Colin Baker. Unfortunately the story isn't up to much, being a confused tangle of multiple alternate 6th Doctor and Mel's, with some hideous technobabble explanation for some ravenous creature at the heart of the vortex who wants to eat the multiverse. Uncannily similar to the parallel worlds 8th Doctor novel The Last Resort, Spiral Scratch scores points for good characterisation of the Doctor and Mel, but the actual storyline is a bit of a mess. For completists only.
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