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on 21 June 2013
This is the story chosen to be representative of the Sixth Doctor era for the 50th anniversary celebrations. Terrance Dicks is a prolific Doctor Who writer and his books always, to my thinking, verge on the fairly simplistic. This is no exception. The story is an `historical' one, featuring the Doctor and Peri as they zip through various stages of time with Winston Churchill as the key feature in each period, from the Boer War to the Abdication Crisis. I found this book to be a bit of a disappointment, certainly insofar as it does not, to my thinking, represent the `best' of the Sixth Doctor era, which would have been good for the 50th anniversary edition.
The characterisations of the Doctor and Peri are fairly superficial, and they largely seem to exist as props for the narrative which features mysterious `Players' tinkering with time and attempting to influence those periods in which Churchill becomes more powerful and prominent. The Doctor and Peri are not the characters that they could be, and really could be just about anyone who happens to be in the right place at the right time.
Overall, not a great Doctor Who story, not a great Sixth Doctor story, and while it's nice to have Terrance Dicks represented in the writers for the 50th anniversary commemoration stories, I feel certain there was a better story that could have been put up, and a better story lurking in the skeleton of this specific story.