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Disppointing portrayal of the First Doctor,
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This review is from: Doctor Who: A Big Hand For The Doctor: First Doctor - 50th Anniversary (Doctor Who Digital) (Kindle Edition)
As a start to a series that aims to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary, this novella is a little disappointing.
The major flaw is in the characterisation. The Doctor is at best a basic generic version. He is certainly nothing like the First Doctor. Susan hardly has much of a role at all and lacks any type of character. The Soul Pirates, although in theory potentially worthwhile adversaries, come across merely as fairy tale type trolls or ogres. It is a shame that more effort wasn't put into them. Finally all the other humans are non-speaking entities with no real role in the story other than as faceless victims.
There are also a few allusions to other books and TV shows. These are generally implemented in a clumsy and unsubtle fashion which makes them feel more anachronistic rather than nostalgic. The idea that the First Doctor knows of his later incarnations, especially the eleventh, also feels out of place.
This short story might have been better featuring a different Doctor. It really doesn't seem to fit the First and it is a shame that this look at the Doctor before `An Unearthly Child' has been wasted.