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Good representation of the Third Doctor's tenure
on 23 March 2013
In some ways this short story is a microcosm of the signature ingredients of the Third Doctor's era. This is exactly what could be expected from a celebration of that period of the program. Although the Brigadier and UNIT's role is minimal it ticks the correct boxes and it is wonderful to see a little bit of Bessie.
Essentially though the main element of the narrative is based around the relationship between the Doctor and Jo, easily one of the most memorable Doctor/companion relationships. The author has captured the dynamic of this duo perfectly. The strongest element of the story is the portrayal of Jo. You can virtually hear Katy Manning's voice.
However, the concentration around these two protagonists does mean that the collection of Aesir and Vanir lack any distinctive characters and feel a little like two dimensional stock Vikings. But there is very little space to expand upon their characterisation within such a small word count.
It comes as no surprise that this story features another mad scheme by the Master. Although his role is a little predictable and unoriginal there is no better way to celebrate the Third Doctor's era than to feature the larger than life plotting of his arch nemisis.
This is a fun novella that could fit comfortably into Jon Pertwee's second and third years of the Doctor. Fans of that era will find a lot to enjoy in this story.