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5.0 out of 5 stars A great sendoff for 8th Doctor!
I love Paul McGann's Doctor and this was an exciting and fitting swansong for one of my favourite Doctors. The story is littered with subplots and secrets you won't get until you read it again meaning that this is a book you can read again and again without getting tired of. The storyline is interesting and the reason for the Doctor's "Amnesia" is finally explained fully...
Published on 22 Aug 2006 by Mr. Joseph Murphy

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3.0 out of 5 stars Time�s up, number 8
When the 1997 Paul McGann TV Movie turned out to be a one-off BBC Books continued the adventures of the 8th Doctor in print - and now, 73 books later, with a 9th Doctor appearing back on BBC TV it's time to wrap up the ongoing adventures of the 8th Doctor.
As such, this novel is concerned with tying up as many outstanding unresolved plot-threads as possible from the...
Published on 20 July 2005 by Jane Aland


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3.0 out of 5 stars Time�s up, number 8, 20 July 2005
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Jane Aland (England) - See all my reviews
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When the 1997 Paul McGann TV Movie turned out to be a one-off BBC Books continued the adventures of the 8th Doctor in print - and now, 73 books later, with a 9th Doctor appearing back on BBC TV it's time to wrap up the ongoing adventures of the 8th Doctor.
As such, this novel is concerned with tying up as many outstanding unresolved plot-threads as possible from the previous novels in the series, so if you're a casual fan who hasn't read any of the previous 8th Doctor novels but wants to find out how the 8th Doctor turned into Christopher Eccleston's 9th Doctor this book isn't for you - there is no regeneration scene, and no direct linkage to the new TV series at the novels close.
About halfway through the 8th Doctor novel range a new editor came in, and the direction of the novels was changed by having the Doctor destroy his home planet of Gallifrey and therefore killing off any references to previous continuity - unfortunately as an inept means of sweeping all the characters baggage under the carpet the old cliché of amnesia was wheeled out, and like a festering sore the Doctor's subsequent failure to face up to his actions has plagued the latter novels in the series - Parkin does a good job of transforming the Doctor's darkest hour into something more heroic, though the fact that this plot-thread has been left dangling for so long means that it now takes 3 quarters of this novel to resolve.
Alongside this surprisingly light novel we have a reasonable, if slightly over familiar, attack on Earth by some aliens, though the overly happy ending is a little unconvincing.
A novel more concerned with character moments and continuity than plot, this is a very indulgent Doctor Who novel, but as the last in the series that's forgivable. No classic, but for long term readers Parkin does at least a reasonable job of providing an end to the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great sendoff for 8th Doctor!, 22 Aug 2006
I love Paul McGann's Doctor and this was an exciting and fitting swansong for one of my favourite Doctors. The story is littered with subplots and secrets you won't get until you read it again meaning that this is a book you can read again and again without getting tired of. The storyline is interesting and the reason for the Doctor's "Amnesia" is finally explained fully. Buy this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The wait is over!, 12 Jun 2005
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Well, that was a marathon read!
Having read the entire BBC Books 8th Doctor series, this was obviously the one I've been anticipating for some time. The series has ranged from the absolutely fantastic to the frankly awful, but has nontheless kept me hooked until the end. The 8th Doctor (Paul McGann), despite only appearing in one TV story has developed into a fascinating literary character, with great depth and appeal, his assistants too, paticularly Sam and Fitz were just great companions (and bear uncanny resmblences to Rose and Captain Jack in the new series).
Its a real shame that these books have a niche audience as a lot of these books deserved wider readership, Lawrence Miles, Justin Richards and Kate Oram in particular have certainly added immense quality and kept the series compelling at the very least. Lance Parkin too has produced some great stories and was a worthy choice for the author of this final tale in the saga.
The book has plenty of surprises and unless I'm mistaken, does tie up the many loose ends that have been tantalising readers for so long. There are at least two jaw droppers which were completely unexpected, of which I applaud Mr Parkin wholeheartedly. There is a tendency towards some cringeworthy contemporary references to show how up to date this all is (Revenge of the Sith and The Scissor Sisters, come on!) and the end is a little too backslappy for comfort. But... its great and a fitting end to the journey, which I have enjoyed ridiculously and will miss even more. Thankfully BBC books are planning on releasing non ongoing saga stories for Doctor No 8 and his predecessors, which will be a welcome alternative to the new TV tie-ins which nice as they are, are basically kids books. To the many authors involved, thanks, its been a blast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So much better than Wheel of ice, 21 Jan 2014
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again this is where the BBC made a mistake, instead of getting Steve Baxter to write that bore which was wheel of ice they should have got Lance Park in to do the honours. One word can be used to describe this book wonderful. I do hope that they reprint all the new adventures band the eighth doctor books and make them available as e-books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book, 25 Nov 2013
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great read loved the 8th doctor nice to meet new companions and another time lord ,go buy this book and enjoy
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1.0 out of 5 stars Over cooked, 10 Sep 2014
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I completed this book as it had many good points and I wanted to find out how they were resolved, it was not worth the effort. I have read many Doctor Who books and this is the first I have given a bad review!
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4.0 out of 5 stars expectations, 3 Aug 2006
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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Originally scheduled for early march 2005, this book marked the end of the eighth doctor novels, which had been running since august 1997. After so long reading the stories of the eighth doctor in print, I thought it would be hard to let him go.

But then the BBC forced it to be put back to june of that year. We met, loved, and lost the ninth doctor in the ensuing months. So when this finally came out, it didn't seem like an end of an era anymore, just a footnote.

As such, it was also suffering under the weight of many expectations. How would the story of this doctor conclude?

Well, it's not quite the book that was expected. The first half gives a rather off kilter look at this doctor and what continuity he had established, gives the companions good reasons for moving on - although they don't act entirely sympathetically in the process - and it pretty much hooks the reader.

But then the writer seems to realise halfway through he has to tie everything up, and thus all the cleverness vanishes in order to bring in a rather cliched lot of aliens. The battle against them forms the rest of the book.

Character do meet their destinies at the end, although not everything is resolved. You will have to decide yourself what happened in between this and the tv series.

Not a book, due to the weight of expectations, that could ever have lived up to what was expected from it, but an interesting and decent end to the run
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fitting End, 28 Aug 2005
The Eighth Doctor novels end the same way it started with another great novel by Lance Parkin. Bringing in elements all the way from the first regular Who novel Timewyrm: Genesys back in 1991 and better explaning the events from The Ancestor Cell and the reason for his amnesia. It also give us a way to bring back Gallifrey, for it to be destroyed again in time for the new series. It also ends on a cliffhanger which means any future novels to be set before the Ninth Doctor.
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