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on 29 September 2013
This little series of celebratory novellas hits the modern era, and Christopher Eccleston's manic and judgemental Ninth Doctor, under the watchful eye of Charlie Higson. The story starts of strong, as (during the thirty seconds of screen time in his opening episode Rose where he departs without the titular companion and then comes back for her) the Doctor picks up a new companion while tracking ancient Cosmic Horrors called Starmen to ancient Babylon. The nature of this new companion is smartly held back in a way that could never work on screen, and is perhaps the best thing about the book. The worst is the Doctor himself. For much of the book he is entirely himself, with Eccleston's rather different take on the character neatly expressed and a joy to watch. In the final quarter however, his easy dismissal of wholesale slaughter is jarringly wrong, and stained what had previously been an enjoyable romp. For me, a final stumble that kills the book.