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under the volcano
on 6 November 2008
an original novel featuring the tenth doctor who, as played on screen by david tennant, and his companion rose tyler, played on tv by billie piper. as usual with this range: it presents an original story not done on tv, runs for roughly 255 pages, characterises the two lead characters perfectly, and can be read by readers of all ages.
and it seems to have polarised their opionion, to judge by the other reviews.
the story involves the tardis arriving in africa in the near future, and the doctor and rose dealing with alien infestation in an area near a volcano.
since you can't do anything to change the format and the main characters in these books, the art of lifting them above average is in the detail and the characterisation. the setting of africa is quite well realised, and the supporting characters aren't bad, all the human ones having decent motivation.
even though it does become a bit of a predictable runaround plot wise as it goes on, the alien characters are also quite original, and have a good motivation that is not something i've seen done in any who novels before.
so this is good enough to rate as a bit better than average. It's not great literature, but for an entertaining new doctor who story, it's alright