on 25 June 2000
Wow! This is bar far the best Doctor Who book of the entire Eigth Doctor range, even beating Lawrence Miles Alien Bodies!
For someone who has never penned a Doctor Who novel before, Nick Walters begins startlingly well. The book is extremely easy to read without being simple, and I was drawn into the story within the first few pages.
I don't want to say too much about the content of this novel as I wouldn't want to give too much away - enough to say that you feel Walters understands the Eighth Doctor better than most other writers for the range. He writes him as a far more vunerable Doctor without compromising the character that we know and love from the TV series. This book could not have been written for any other Doctor other than the eighth, and serves as an example as to how future books of this range should be written. Even the blatent rip-off of Alien in one scene cannot persuade me to dock a star - this book had me feeling a way that no other book in this series has achieved - I laughed out loud on the train when reading the Doctor making piggie noises and welled up on reading the final page.
Someone commission this Nick Walters guy to write another novel - and soon!
on 31 May 1999
This is a bright beginning for Nick Walters. The TARDIS has landed in Sweden in 1999, near the epicentre of a wormhole which has already invaded the ship, taking Sam with it. But Sam is not the only missing person who has disappeared in mysterious circumstances. The Doctor and Fitz help the Swedish police, who puzzle over the equally strange appearance of alien bodies.
Who on Earth has created the wormhole? What has happened to Sam? These are the challenges facing the Doctor. However, with the absence of the TARDIS' telepathic circuits, the Doctor is incomplete, unprepared to face the reappearance of a familiar force... In creating the world of the Dominion, Nick Walters has certainly been creative, as this is one of the most fascinating arenas in any Doctor Who story. Despite such innovative elements, the novel does seem a bit too long, as it forces Walters to rely on a lot of clichés. At times, the plot is quite reminiscent of 'Terminus' and 'Alien', and he could have been a bit more original with the naming of the 'Dominion', and the way characters constantly change their minds is quite irritating. But Walters proves that he does have the scope to create powerful new worlds.
on 2 January 2014
Dominion is Nick Walters' first solo foray into writing Doctor Who novels so he had very little pressure on him to write a decent novel, but nonetheless manages to pull off something rather good.
The story of Dominion is fairly complex, but Walters puts it across in very simple terms. Basically there is a wormhole between Earth and the Dominion and it's up to the Doctor to put it right. Sam gets stranded in the Dominion, and the TARDIS is severely damaged, meaning what should be simple to fix, turns out to be not so. After a solid start Dominion does seem to stall somewhat throughout the middle section and the ending isn't as clear cut as I'd have liked, but still fairly enjoyable.
Walters has seemed to struggle a little with the 8th Doctor's character, and uses the lack of the TARDIS to explain this away. This didn't aggravate me as much as it did some fans, but his indecisiveness was slightly irritating. Sam is separated from the Doctor and Fitz for the majority of the novel and trapped in the Dominion. Sadly her bits fall flat as the totally alien Dominion just isn't my cup of tea. Walters is very descriptive, trying to paint this place clearly in your mind's eye, but I just don't care for this sort of environment, let alone this sort of environment with someone as irritating as Sam. Fitz doesn't get as big a role as he did in the preceding novel but portrayal is very good and he again gets thrust into an environment he obviously isn't comfortable with, with yet another woman in tow. Fitz's humour of previous books seems a bit lacking, but this isn't a massive thing.
For a first attempt Dominion is a very good novel and Walters has set the bar very high for his next novel. It is by no means the greatest Doctor Who novel to date, but neither is it the worst.
on 12 March 2008
This book is split into two sections. Any thing with the Doctor in is brilliant and anything in the Dominion is boring. Fortunatly we see more of the Doctor than we do the Dominion. From the dramatic and breathtaking first scene in the TARDIS to the Doctor hurridly setting course for San Fransisco, Nick Walters writing never falters. The Doctor justs jumps off the page with his boyish enthusiasm. Walters has nailed the character of the Doctor more than any other writer, and is clearly enjoying writng for the Eighth Doctor. I look forward to reading more from Walters.