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3.0 out of 5 stars Breezy but empty, 22 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Players: 50th Anniversary Edition (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special Edition Books) (Kindle Edition)
No doubt re-released by the BBC because it provides a credible a continuity-friendly explanation for why Winston Churchill and the 11th Doctor know each other in the TV show, this is a very plain, very simple adventure from Terrance Dicks. The prose is so sparse it's almost empty, which was appropriate for the episode novelisations Dicks grew a reputation for delivering, but lacking in an original novel. The plot itself appears to be the first act of a sequence involving the mysterious Players, who toy with human history for their own amusement, and so necessarily ends with little resolution. It's not all bad - the Sixth Doctor and Peri are very enjoyable here, and it breezes through established history with gusto. It's ultimately an empty read though, and isn't likely to stay with me for long.
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Initial post: 16 Sep 2013 11:56:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Sep 2013 12:01:19 BDT
It may read like the first part of a story because it is. Dicks tied several of his later Doctor Who novels into a story arc that covered a big chunk of the Doctor's lives. Try reading World Game (2nd Doctor) as the second part and End Game (8th Doctor) finishes off the trilogy.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Sep 2013 12:39:04 BDT
Alas, it didn't grab me enough to make me want to follow through with the other parts. Middle bit of a trilogy is an odd choice to represent the 6th Doctor in this series of anniversary novels though, isn't it? Not the only odd choice for this celebratory run either, given the wealth of material they had to pick from.
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