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Time and tide and buttered eggs wait for no man,
This review is from: Doctor Who: Anachrophobia (Mass Market Paperback)
Back cover blurb:
The Doctor, Fitz and Anji land in the middle of a war zone. The chief weapon in this particular war is time itself: decelerated time fields bring armies to a virtual standstill, while accelerated time can age a soldier to death within seconds. In a nearby outpost, scientists are attempting to send subjects back in time. But two subjects bring a strange temporal infection back with them...
As with Morris' previous Doctor Who novel, Festival of Death, this novel is all about time. The old Sci-fi theme of what would happen if you were able to go back in time and avoid your own death lies at the heart of the book, as a sinister race of clock-faced time beings, tempt their victims to try and rectify past mistakes before erasing them from the time lines altogether.
The Fourth Doctor and Romana would have fitted into this story well, there are some distinctly Douglas Adams like moments and the clock faced entities even reminded me of the café artist's sketch for Romana in Adams' 1979 serial The City of Death.
The novel starts well but gets a bit bogged down in the middle. Fortunately, Morris provides an effective and nail-biting ending that saved this from being a complete doozy.