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5.0 out of 5 stars Fall of Yquatine
The Fall of Yquatine is an Eighth Doctor Adventure and the second by Nick Walters. I was in the minority with Walters previous novel, Dominion, as I actually quite liked it. It was a pretty solid affair as first novels go, with only a few niggles to mark it down. I was hoping for more of the same.

Sadly first impressions are not good. Firstly any book which...
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3.0 out of 5 stars PASSING TIME
BETTER THAN DOMINION, THIS IS EASY ENOUGH READING ALTHOUGH I TIRE TERRIBLY OF THE SEEMINGLY ENDLESS PARADE OF FUTURISTIC EIGHTH DR NOVELS. THE COMPASSION IDEA IS A GREAT ONE AND PROVIDES THE BEST MOMENTS, ALONG WITH FITZ'S "TIME DISPLACEMENT" WORRIES. AND FOR ONCE HIS REGULAR MONTHLY ROMANCE ACTUALLY SEEMS INTERESTING. ROLL ON THIS SUMMER'S THEMED PLOTS THAT...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fall of Yquatine, 15 May 2014
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The Fall of Yquatine is an Eighth Doctor Adventure and the second by Nick Walters. I was in the minority with Walters previous novel, Dominion, as I actually quite liked it. It was a pretty solid affair as first novels go, with only a few niggles to mark it down. I was hoping for more of the same.

Sadly first impressions are not good. Firstly any book which features a calendar of the planet it’s set on before the book marks it down as a serious piece of science fiction, which Doctor Who isn’t. Secondly the first chapter doesn’t feature the regulars, is far too long and again sets up a diverse multi-race system which suggests some serious sci-fi.

The story doesn’t really get underway until the 80 page mark, but when it does Walters starts to redeem himself. In short a war is brewing in the Minerva system and when Yquatine falls it appears the Anthaurk are behind it, a claim they strenuously deny but soon appears is the truth, but it isn’t going to stop them taking advantage of it. Whilst the Doctor helps to piece together what happened, Compassion abandons Fitz a short time prior to the fall, and he must try to help out whilst maintaining the timeline.

What follows is an absolutely riveting story which more than makes up for the slow start. My fears of it being all out sci-fi were unfounded with The Fall of Yquatine being primarily a political novel set in space. The ending was perfect, nothing was undone, and the Doctor and his companions slip away leaving the Minerva system to re-build.

Doctor wise, Walters still struggles with the 8th which isn’t that bad considering how this is more of a companion novel, but we’ve had far too many of those recently. Compassion is now a TARDIS but still as moody as ever, especially when the Doctor tries to fit her with a randomiser. Her pain, suffering and redemption are done really well. The star of the show however is Fitz, trapped in the past, on a planet about to get destroyed he does the only thing he can do. Shack up with the president’s girlfriend. Through his womanising and laddishness a light shines however, he really cares about the future, about the people he meets and struggles with his conscience after leaving them to their fate.

My main criticism character wise is that Walters goes to great lengths to introduce us to some really interesting characters who are then not used. Lou Lombardo for instance has you interested as a Sablom Glitz type pie seller dealing in dodgy temporal equipment, he’s even on the back cover. Lou is hardly in the book however, having a few fleeting scenes and never living up to the man of mystery we are promised. Likewise the presidents girlfriend Arielle gets her own, far too long, opening chapter then is only used for plot points. Why bother bigging them up in the first place? All we needed to know was that Arielle was the presidents girlfriend, not her history taking up space.

On the flipside you cannot really fault Walters characterization of the non-regulars as they are all done really well, with you getting clear imagery in your mind. It might not be needed, and it might just take up unnecessary space, but it’s very good. The president comes off best, showing a humanity which is lacking from many “good” characters. The Anthaurk threat is really just pantomime villainy, until the end but the threat they pose builds tension.

The Fall of Yquatine is an excellent book but one which tries far too hard. Story wise it’s spot on, and Walters has created a thriving system filled with different races, and included many different characters, most of which are done brilliantly. I can’t help but think Yquatine was part of Walters own sci-fi franchise which he tried to fit into a Doctor Who novel. I’d love to get more in depth with the area, as Walters obviously has it all thought out and a book with 280 pages just isn’t enough to do it justice. That said there is something oddly appealing about the novel, with it hooking you in once you get through the first 80 pages. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Idea !, 1 May 2000
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A nice storyline, well written and presented. Some of the supporting characters are rather stereotyped though, but this doesn't detract too much from the plot. The Eighth Doctor is captured very well here, and the way he bumbles through is very reminiscent of the Second Doctor. However, amoung the lighter moments, the author manages to effectively convey the horror of the destruction of a whole planet. Give it a go and you won't be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good effort from Nick Walters... and a fine novel!, 8 May 2000
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This book has one tough task... it has to follow up SHADOWS OF AVALON, probably a controversial novel for reasons I won't go into here. Never-the-less, this novel follows up the plot threads started there, and does so very well. All the characters are well done here; the Doctor is a bit careless, though. Compassion's "angst" is very well explored; and Fitz is always satisfying. Nick Walters also wrote "Dominion", and like Trevor Baxendale, he doesn't disappoint.
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3.0 out of 5 stars PASSING TIME, 29 Mar. 2000
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BETTER THAN DOMINION, THIS IS EASY ENOUGH READING ALTHOUGH I TIRE TERRIBLY OF THE SEEMINGLY ENDLESS PARADE OF FUTURISTIC EIGHTH DR NOVELS. THE COMPASSION IDEA IS A GREAT ONE AND PROVIDES THE BEST MOMENTS, ALONG WITH FITZ'S "TIME DISPLACEMENT" WORRIES. AND FOR ONCE HIS REGULAR MONTHLY ROMANCE ACTUALLY SEEMS INTERESTING. ROLL ON THIS SUMMER'S THEMED PLOTS THAT WILL MAKE IT SEEM ALL WORTH WHILE...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Space Opera, 19 April 2000
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A bit slow-paced, with much introspection on Fitz's part, but overall an enjoyable adventure. A lot more could have been made of the potential time paradox, and some of the supporting cast are a bit dull, but this is a good read if you like Fitz.
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