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on 28 October 2000
"Endgame" sees the return of Terrance Dicks to the novels of Doctor Who, this time with the Eighth Doctor facing the return of the Players from his previous Sixth (and Second) Doctor novel "Players."
"Endgame" is set in the time of the Cold War. Trueman is in the White House, Stalin is running the USSR and the Players have invoked an endgame which can only end with annihilation. Into this comes the Eighth Doctor still without his memory, and a Doctor who has become disillusioned with his existence. Throw in three notorius double agents and you have the makings of the best Doctor Who novel since "The Turing Test"
Dicks has such a no nonsense approach to writing that every page of "Endgame" is a joy to read. With a strong plot, an intriguing situation, the return of the excellent Players, Dicks has produced a refreshing change of pace from the usual style of novel that the Eighth Doctor series has become.
There are some neat touches to the novel as well. The Eighth Doctor almost meeting his previous self of Timewyrm: Exodus (Some of the dialogue and prose from Prologue Two is lifted directly from the second New Adventure) as well as further allusions to that story as well. Since the Doctor lost his memory it has become a little bit of a habit to feature famous historical individuals, nad Dicks includes spies like Guy Burgess and Kim Philby as well as the leaders of the USA and the USSR.
The plot is well paced and develops logically and quickly. Dicks is a master at churning out good readable books and this is no exception. The best thing about this novel though is that the Doctor is starting to seem more like the Doctor again by the end of the book. One of the characters tells the Doctor that he seemed to come alive at a particular point in the novel, and by the end of this one the Doctor, although still nowhere near himself yet, seems to have come alive once more and this bodes well for the concluding novels in this arc.
Overall "Endgame" is a well written and well plotted novel. Terrance Dicks has produced a good traditional feeling Doctor Who story. Recommended.
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on 29 March 2011
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unless you know the history of the subject at hand, ie the cold war. then this will bore you i found myself checking the chapter contents to see how long ive got to go befor the story evolves.

the story is set in the cold war and i have no understanding of what that period was about so reading the book was head scratching it felt like a spy book with a dr who logo and untill we got to the last couple of chapters it didnt feel like sci-fi what we have here is a spy called the doctor

the only thing that connects anything to the tv show, is the tardis thats it nothing eles altrough he dose ref some of his past lives . it dosent last trough to be perfectly honest

all that said the book is wrritten well we get in to the mind of the doctor and how he feels about the memory loss what he has to do to survive thats the stuff that makes this book if you dont know about the cold war

i gave it 3 stars because of the way terrance dicks handles the memory loss as i said if you dont know about the cold war then this will take away the fun you want from the dr who books

b+ ***
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on 29 December 2000
OOOPS he did it again. Dicks proves that he is still the master of his craft with this loving homage to the era of Graham Greene and the other third man.
This is how the BBC books should be written, unburdened by the anal retentive continuity and thrudting with new ideas.
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on 9 November 2000
He's back. Again. Nice to see Terrance turning his hand to another novel, and a good read it is too. It very much helps to have read his last book "Players" though, and coming after "The Turing Test" doing another spy novel in a row may not have been too wise. However, these Stranded on Earth books are hotting up well. Recommended but I think the best is yet to come.
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on 7 November 2014
The final book in a trilogy written by Terrance Dicks involving The Players [immortal bored beings who play games with human history] the first book was called The Players and involved the Sixth Doctor and Churchill, the second book [World Game] involved the second Doctor with The Duke Of Wellington. This book stars the Eighth Doctor with the spy Guy Burgess along with Harry Truman and Stalin as with the other books the narrative moves along at a great pace and the story is well told helped by Dicks liking for the more morally ambivalent characters in history [Burgess in this book, Talleyrand in the second book]. So this is a good story well told and although it helps to have read the other books it is not essential as the narrative carries you along. so in conclusion a good and enjoyable Doctor Who story written by an author who knows his subject well.
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on 18 January 2001
This book brings the standard back up for this story arc after the tedious 'Turing Test'. Dicks, one of the Doctor Who masters, has created an easy to read, enjoyable story. The Doctor in this book is a constant surprise I felt that I had to read more of the book just to see what he would do next, whether that be to use his venusian akido, break down and cry or have a flashback. I may have been too hard on the 'Turing Test' but it has no excuse when this book with some similar elements is so much better.
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on 23 April 2015
Enjoyed this story with a little history mixed in .confused about the doctor ? 7th or 8 th not that it matters .
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on 31 August 2015
This is not an authorised ebook.
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on 12 January 2001
This book must be great to read if you are about 6 years of age. Otherwise skip it. The arc won't miss it and you can read the superb Father Time instead
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on 8 March 2001
As an earlier reviewer's already said, this reads like a Boy's Own spy novel. No depth, no real characterisation, no complexity. And it has the most ludicrously cop-out ending a book could ever have. Not the worst Terrance Dicks book I've ever read, but it's far from the best.
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