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on 5 March 2001
Lance has actually made use of the time element the Doctor is faced with i.e. he has based the story over the 80s decade. I was hoping an author would utilise this factor at some point in this chapter in the Doctor's life, rather than sticking to just one point in time. Reading novels set 20 years apart rather makes one wonder what the Doctor had been up to. The clever plot and colourful characters keep the interest levels up, along with the different settings in each of the three 'Acts'. The thought-provoking material goes hand-in-hand with the tradgedy and I found myself living in the 80s once more. I even imagined the suggested soundtrack playing in the background of the scenes. As the penultimate story in this set of novels, it makes good reading and I hope Colin Brake can put the cherry on the cake in Escape Velocity.
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on 3 January 2001
Father Time is the penultimate novel in the current Doctor Who arc series and sets things up nicely for the final part Escape Velocity.
The plot sees the Doctor's time stranded on Earth reach the 1980's where a girl named Miranda will need his help, for she is the Last One on an Alien Empire that an opposing faction has all but eliminated. To say anymore about the plot would spoil it.
Lance Parkin is one of the best Doctor Who writers around, and Father Time does not disappoint. He draws you into the world he has chosen to set the story in superbly and makes his characters believable. The Doctor, without his memory and his TARDIS for the past 90 years or so, is beginning to feel much more like the Doctor again than in the previous four books, and his relationship with Miranda is very believable.
The quality of the writing is excellent, and overall Lance Parkin has produced another fantastic piece of Doctor Who fiction. I just wish he wouldn't leave it so long to write his next one.
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on 25 January 2001
The "Caught on Earth" story arc has been incredible, and Lance Parkin's entry is nothing short of just that. Alive with rich characters, hints at what the future may hold, and an environment that comes alive, "Father Time" is bold and different in ways that most other Eighth Doctor books are not. Miranda is an absolute gem of a character, and I hope we see her later on in the series. The course of 8 or so years that this book covers is done very well. Lance Parkin knows how to write a mature, more modern Who tale, and has got McGann down to a science. Bravo!!!
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on 19 February 2001
There isn't much to say, except: 'go out and buy this novel'. If you're not hooked on Who by the end of this wonderful book you might as well start knitting, because you're going to have a very long and boring life.
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on 21 January 2001
Parkin is generally a good writer for the programme but he hasn't quite got it right with this work. Split into three parts, the first (based in the early 1980's) is by far the strongest. The story tails off in part two and becomes boring in the third. A good premise but the author seesm to have run out of a plotline by the end. One of the better "Who" covers!
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on 20 January 2001
This book was so eagerly anticipated. The cover blurb promised much (the Doctor with a daughter!), Lance Parkin was the writer, could it really be as good as we thought it would be? The answer is a resounding YES.
From its beginnings in rural Derbyshire, to the space sequences at the end this is pure Doctor Who in all its glory. The story begins with the Doctor still trapped on Earth. He has lived three quarters of the century, his memory has not returned, but he knows he is not of this planet. He is living in a Cottage taken straight from Withnail and I. A Police Box sits in the garden. When UFOs start to be seen in the neighbourhood, he inevitably gets involved. We are introduced to Debbie, a local schoolteacher. She has an interesting pupil named Miranda who has two hearts. And so the adventure has its foundations.
The characterization of the Doctor is wonderful. You can hear and see McGann delivering the lines. You feel his emotions - this is a Doctor who wears them on his Velvet sleeve. The 8th Doctor has never been portrayed more vividly. The supporting characters are the richest. This Earthbound story arc of the last 5 books revels in marvelous personalities. This book is the pinnacle of it. From the everywoman depiction of Debbie, her brash husband Barry, through to Miranda, 80's teenager but something more - these are characters you can identify with and relate to. The book sucks you in and you become part of the world it depicts. Abounding in 80's references it took me back to that decade.
Doctor Who is about magic, about the wonders in life - an imaginative world second to none. This book has all these elements in abundance. The whole Earthbound arc has been a revelation, a return to the best kind of Doctor Who. This book is the pinnacle of that arc - and indeed the pinnacle of the 8th Doctor series to date. Brilliant
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on 2 February 2001
Like The Turing Test, this one tries to do something different, and succeeds. It is well written, includes a lot of interesting hints at the future, and is thoroughly worth reading. Lots of great images, and an 8th Doctor that feels right. Books like this reinvigorate the franchise, more please. Oh, and nice cover.
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on 22 January 2001
Lance Parkin's latest is an actual novel which might be read with pleasure by someone totally ignorant of Dr Who. While there are continuity references they are worn lightly. The presence of a plot will pleasantly surprise long-time 8th Doctor novel readers. Above all the author writes well and has a strong visual imagination. The SF content is constrained by the Who universe into something relatively unsophisticated, but is none the worse for that. Arguably the strongest link this has to the TV series is the presence of Dr Who in big letters on the cover. If you're after a little light reading with a few hints of Dr Who this book is perfect. If you're after something that recreates the feel of the TV series you might be a little taken aback. Heartily recommended to those who will read it in any case, and one to suggest to snobs who deride TV spinoffery to show that literary quality is available in the genre.
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on 29 February 2012
THIS BOOK IS ONE OF THE VERY BEST DOCTOR WHO NOVELS EVER WRITTEN.PARKIN HAS CONSISTENTLY CREATED INDIVIDUAL BOOKS IN THE WHO AND BERNICE SUMMERFIELD NOVEL RANGE THAT ARE ALL UNIQUELY DIFFERENT AND INTERESTING.ALTHOUGH SOME FALTER IN THE'RE DEVELOPED PLOT-LINE'S PARKINS STYLE OF WRITING IS ALWAYS ENTICEING AND DRAWS YOU IN EASILY.
THIS BOOK HOLDS ONE OF THE MOST ENJOYABLE AND CAPTIVATING IDEAS OF THE DOCTOR HAVING TO RAISE A CHILD FROM A BABY WHEN HER PARENTS ARE KILLED IN A SKIRMISH WITH AN ALIEN CLOSE ENCOUNTER.
IT BOTH EVOKES IN THREE SECTIONS THE 1980'S ERA IN STYLE FROM THE START OF THE DECADE TO THE END; AND A COMING OF AGE FOR HIS DAUGHTER WITH THE DOCTOR SADLY HAVING TO MOVE ON IN HIS LIFE WHILE TRAPPED ON EARTH.
A SUPERB EFFORT SHOWING A DIFFERENT SLANT ON THE TIMELORD AND HIS EMOTIONAL LOVING SIDE. A MEMORABLE BOOK NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN ONCE READ, FANTASTIC.
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on 7 May 2015
For more reviews see under 2001 edition with which I concur: it's a brilliant book. But the reprint seems to be some kind of photocopy rather than a genuine reprint. It is with the print that I have a gripe. Maybe I am too old to be reading Doctor Who and maybe that's the point but when the size of the page numbers is much larger than the text something is odd. The text is uncomfortably small to read but there are large blank margins top and bottom - it could have been used to enlarge the size of the font. I want to know why the publisher are trying to put one off buying an excellent book. 5 stars for the content, 1 for the print
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