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4.0 out of 5 stars A fitting homage to the era of the Sixth Doctor
This novella is quite representative of the Sixth Doctor's era. The choice to conduct the narrative through Peri's eyes works very successfully (and is somewhat reminiscent of the various Companion Chronicles audio plays). It allows us to clearly see the strengths and foibles of Colin Baker's interpretation of the Timelord. It also allows Peri to perfectly fulfil the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Viva Las Vegas
A nice little story. An effective portrayal of the Doctor, a non-useless assistant (Peri), and the return of the deliciously rotten Rani. (I always wondered if Michael J. Straczynzki's `Deathwalker' in Babylon 5 was a nod to her?)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fitting homage to the era of the Sixth Doctor, 23 Jun. 2013
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This novella is quite representative of the Sixth Doctor's era. The choice to conduct the narrative through Peri's eyes works very successfully (and is somewhat reminiscent of the various Companion Chronicles audio plays). It allows us to clearly see the strengths and foibles of Colin Baker's interpretation of the Timelord. It also allows Peri to perfectly fulfil the companion role of being the character we associate with. Her disbelief and amazement at a Las Vegas inspired world is in line with how most readers would probably feel in the same situation. Peri is very well characterised by the author (only her irritating screaming habit from the television series is thankfully omitted). Her mixed irritation and faith in the Doctor is captured perfectly. It would be so effortless for Nicola Bryant to do an audio for this. However, the Doctor is perhaps portrayed in a bit more of limited way because he is only seen through the eyes of Peri.

The villain of the piece (it soon becomes obvious who this is) is ideal for a celebration of the Doctor's sixth incarnation. They are well characterised if a little bit too over-emotional and less clinical than they usually appear on screen. The plot is also quite suitable to feature such a villain, even though the aim is perhaps more something the Master would be trying to achieve.

Most of the other characters are bit incidental, but that is because there isn't really the space to further develop them. Wira is given a substantial role however and allows for Peri to have someone to interact with. Wira is a quite a sympathetic character and her love story, although lacking in originality, fits well into this storyline, providing it with an added dimension.

The pace of the action and the narrative is well pitched and the resolution, although a little simple and over-romantic, is quite suitable for the style and length of the novella. It is a good celebration of the Sixth Doctor and even manages to tie in to a couple of the television stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good story in this series., 19 Feb. 2014
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interesting short story - love Dr who and this did not disappoint. loved the integration with other stories and the character of the sixth doctor is nicely captured.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Viva Las Vegas, 4 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who: Something Borrowed: Sixth Doctor (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts Book 6) (Kindle Edition)
A nice little story. An effective portrayal of the Doctor, a non-useless assistant (Peri), and the return of the deliciously rotten Rani. (I always wondered if Michael J. Straczynzki's `Deathwalker' in Babylon 5 was a nod to her?)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Peri's View, 23 Nov. 2013
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Mead manages to highlight the Sixth Doctor's vanity and arrogance extremely well in this story told from the perspective of companion Peri Brown. In a tale set in an alien version of Las Vegas we see the Doctor face off against immoral Time Lord scientist the Rani.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit childish, 29 Aug. 2013
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If you want something quick and simple to read its fine. I personally like a more complex story to get my teeth into
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yay, a good one, 5 Aug. 2013
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These short DW anniversary stories are starting to remind of pick your own. Yes, you get the odd good one, but you're bad to end up with a few rough and sour attempts. I wasn't sure what to expect here. The Sixth Doctor is a bit of a dark horse, ignoring the coat. So you wouldn't hold your breath. Especially when treasured incarnations like 4, 5 and 1 were sort of wasted. It also didn't help I'd just read the excellent Players, which is a cracking DW story. So my expectations were low stepping into this one. But it did not disappointment. In fact, if anything, it really surprised me. A fast, fun read. A romp. Just what I needed. Roll on the little man with the umbrella.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fifty years and counting, 30 July 2013
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Even after half a century of imaginative storytelling, new writers can still bring something vital to the perennial time lord both in print and on screen. It's worth getting every Doctor Who novel in the new series just to revel in the fresh and diverting adventures, especially those weaving the Doctor into our history. Now is a good time to read about how he becomes involved in recent as well as distang history as well as to imagine him on far-flung planets delving into the mysteries of the universe.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unremarkable, 25 July 2013
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A trifling, inconsequential book that really added nothing to this series. Whilst the characterisation of Colin Bakers Doctor was pretty good, the story itself was rather lacking.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good book but too short, 22 July 2013
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I really enjoyed it and it had all the action and mystery of a great Dr Who episode but it was very short and it seemed like they crammed I have not watched really any of the old Dr Who so I dont know how true to character
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointed, 8 July 2013
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This is my second least favourite of the celebration stories so far. The story was OK, but it didn't really come to life for me.
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