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A fantastic novella
on 22 March 2013
A vast improvement on the previous offering for this part of the fiftieth anniversary celebration, `The Nameless City' is a fast paced, action adventure that manages to include plenty of ideas and concepts to contemplate and speculate on. It is a substantial achievement to be able to do this within such a small word count.
The author has successfully grasped many aspects that define the Second Doctor. It feels very much as if Patrick Troughton had performed this. The more determined and fiercely loyal side to Jamie, as opposed to some of the more comical aspects of the character, is also captured perfectly. This is Jamie at his best as a companion and it is a very strong story for this character; no doubt benefitting from the fact that it is a rare occurrence for an adventure to feature only Jamie and the Doctor.
The Archons prove to be quite interesting villains and their home convincingly portrayed. They are a species and a home world that would never have been able to be satisfactorily reproduced within the program during Trougton's tenure. As something similar in background to the Racnoss or the Vampires, there is definitely scope for the Archons to be used again and in greater detail.
It is also a novel idea and an enjoyable fan indulgence to have the Master appear in a Second Doctor story. His manipulation of Jamie is sublime and worthy of Roger Delgado.
To achieve so much, so well in such a short story is a quite a success and it is a promising outlook for the next nine adventures.