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Fantastic final instalment.
on 21 November 2013
The final instalment of this anniversary series exhibits a writing style and structure perfect for a novella. As a master of child and adult fiction and a huge Doctor Who it comes as no surprise that Neil Gaiman has been chosen to produce this final story. He is well suited to the task and this Tory delivers.
In the last few years, particularly in the 'The End of Time', the destruction of the Timelords in the Time War has virtually been seen as if it as good for the universe as the destruction of the Daleks. This story redresses the balance a bit by being concerned with what could go wrong in the universe or threaten it with the Timelords absence. In this story a dangerous species known as the Kin have been able to escape their eternal prison once the Timelords are no longer there to contain them.
The Kin are quite a good invention, certainly they possess some individuality amongst Doctor Who monsters. There probably isn't that much scope for them to be reused because they are more of an interesting concept than anything. It is definitely an idea for an alien that makes you think and it is used to great advantage in this story. They also have a somewhat disconcerting presence.
Set somewhere in the early days of the Doctor and Amy being together, Gaiman captures their pre-Rory relationship perfectly and their characters are spot on. Polly is little more than the stereotypical child role that has become almost generic in this novella series though.
This is a fine story for adults and children alike but one of the series that features a bit more fan indulgence than some. There is even a topical reference in there to the John Hurt version of the Doctor. Overall though it is a strong ending to a generally enjoyable series and I personally prefer this story to Gaiman's two televised Doctor Who stories. But now I'm looking forward to reading Maximelos and the three Orgrons.