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A strong start for the Eleventh Doctor
on 13 May 2010
This is a good promising start to the Eleventh Doctor in print. It's a run-around romp with spaceships, moonbases, brainwashing, and plenty of running down corridors. The other reviewer so far compared it to a Patrick Troughton story, to me it really reminded me of a Jon Pertwee-style caper, partly thanks to some dodgy science and especially towards the end when the monsters are revealed. It's not especially clever or ground-breaking but it's good fun.
The Doctor and Amy both work very well and are utterly in keeping with what we've seen in the TV series so far. As is often the case it's Amy who's the real focus of the story for much of the time, but she comes across as very likeable so no problems there. The Doctor absolutely shines and gets plenty of witty lines. He begins to feel a bit like a 'greatest hits' of the best attributes of previous Doctors all rolled into one.
There are some interesting little allusions to the 2010 'story arc' about humans forgetting the Doctor's previous Earth adventures. As I write this (13th May) we're still mid-series so we don't know how that will all turn out but this story fits in very nicely to that, without it really getting in the way.
The little cliffhangers on most chapters make it ideal for kids who might be reading it in smaller chunks.
It's not an amazing or gripping novel but a fun read and a good Who book.